Veteran Telugu film director Sharath passed away in Hyderabad on Friday after a long battle with cancer. He was 74.
Sharath made his directorial debut in 1986 Chadastapu Moguduwhich was based on a novel by the name Dear. The film featured Suman and Bhanupriya as the main couple.
He proved his skills as a director with the 1989 multi-star Agni Nakshatram starring Shobhan Babu, Kalyan Chakravarthy Nandamuri and Mohan Babu. After two years, he revived his fortunes at the checkout with Sumans Peddintalludu. The film became a commercial success and since then this director has not been able to look back as he continued to direct over 20 films, including College Bullodu, Chinna Alludu, Bava Bavamaridi, Peddannayyaand Sultan. His films were full of healthy entertainment and family feelings. His latest release was the critically acclaimed family entertainer Vamsodharakudu (2000) with Nandamuri Balakrishna at the helm.
Recalling his connection to Sharath, Balakrishna said: “He was a dear friend and a versatile filmmaker. I am shocked by the news of his sudden death, and I express my deepest sympathies to family members.”
The director’s final rites will be performed on Saturday morning in Maha Prasthanam, Hyderabad.