Telugu filmmaker Sarath dies after battling cancer, Nandamuri Balakrishna pays tribute: ‘We’ve lost a good person’

Telugu film director Sarath died on April 1, 2022 after battling cancer. The filmmaker made over 20 films over a 35-year career.

Veteran Telugu film director Sarath died at his home on Friday morning. Sarath, who worked with actors Nandamuri Balakrishna and Suman, was previously diagnosed with cancer. His final rites will be performed on Saturday at the Vaikunta Mahaprasthanam in Film Nagar, Hyderabad. (Also read: Nishikant Kamat, head of Drishyam and Madaari, dies at age 50 of multiple organ failure)

Production house Sridevi Movies tweeted about Sarath’s death and wrote: “Rest in peace #Sarath garu. Our sincere condolences and prayers to his family. Thank you to him for giving us a big hit ‘Vamsanikokkadu’.”

Actor Nandamuri Balakrishna expressed her grief over Sarath’s death. In a statement, he said: “Sarath was a good friend of mine. He made a name for himself as a good person in the film industry. I did Vamshanikokkadu, Peddannayya, Sulthan and Vamshoddharakudu with him. Today, the news of his passing has left me in mourning. “We have lost a good person. Let his soul rest in peace. My deepest condolences to his family.”

A fan tweeted, “Director Sarath no longer exists … He made so many great films with top stars in Tollywood. May his soul rest in peace.” While many fans dropped “Rest In Peace” in the comments section. (Also read: Malayalam actor Kottayam Pradeep dies at 61; Prithviraj Sukumaran, Mammootty, Mohanlal hyllar)

Sarath made his directorial debut with Chadastapu Mogudu in 1986 and the film proved to be successful at the box office. He made another 20 films, including some film hits such as Sulthan, Peddhannayya, Vamsaniki Okkadu and Vamsoddarakudu with Nandamuri. He also worked with actor Suman in films such as Bava Bavamaridi, Peddinti Alludu and Chinna Alludu.

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