Veteran Tollywood actor and former MP Kaikala Satyanarayana died at her Jubilee Hills residence in Hyderabad early on Friday after a brief illness, her family members said.
He was 87 years old and is survived by his wife, son and two daughters.
Satyanarayana’s last rites will be performed at the Mahaprasthanam crematorium in Jubilee Hills on Saturday, family members said.
In a long career spanning six decades, Satyanarayana acted in more than 750 films.
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Satyanarayana, who was a close follower of legendary actor and former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh NT Rama Rao was also involved in politics.
He was elected to the 11th Lok Sabha from Machilipatnam on a Telugu Desam Party (TDP) ticket, but retired from politics after 1998.
He received several awards, including the 2011 Raghupati Venkaiah Award, the 2017 Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award for Telugu Cinema and the Andhra Pradesh government’s Nandi Film Awards.
Born on July 25, 1935 in Krishna district, Satyanarayana completed his primary education in Gudlavaller and his secondary education in Vijayawada. He graduated from Gudivada University.
Kaikala was first noticed by DL Narayana, who offered her a role in the 1959 film ‘Supayi Koothuru’ directed by Changayya. Although it did not do well at the box office, it was noticed for its resemblance to NT Rama Rao.
NTR offered Satyanarayana a role in “Apoorva Sahasra Siraccheda Chintamani” directed by SD Lal in 1960.
It was B Vittalacharya who first gave her a negative character in Kanaka Durga Pooja Mahima.
Since then, he excelled in negative roles.
Satyanarayana founded the production house Rama Films and produced films like Kodama Simham (1990), Bangaru Kutumbam (1994) and Muddula Mogudu (1997).
She was last seen in the 2009 film ‘Arundhati’.