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Dasari – A Legacy that inspired generations


The saddest part of Dasari’s death is that he will no longer be available anymore for all those who face problems in Tollywood. He was the one many army which every actor, director, and producer went to find answers for their problems. Dasari had them all and bailed out many during his illustrious career.

A technician par excellence, he has been in the movie field over 50 years and has worked with the best of talents. The number of heroines, heroes, and technicians that Dasari introduced go up to hundreds and one can easily say that he was the one who brought a star status to the word director. It was during his reign that films opened huge not because of actors but by his name on the posters.

Directing a film itself is a big deal nowadays but Dasari directed 151 movies to date which put him into the Limca Book of records. Born into a simple farmer’s family, Dasari started his career as a scriptwriter in Chennai and worked in every department of film making. Tata Manavadu, his debut film ran for over 350 days and Dasari became an instant sensation post that film.

After giving a number of hits in the coming years, Dasari became a force to reckon with when he directed films for superstars like NTR and ANR. Some of Telugu cinema’s cult classics like Sardar Paparayudu, Bobbili Puli, Premabhi Sekhaam and Megha Sandesam have been directed by Dasari. All these films were not only box office hits but also were hugely acclaimed by the critics for their bold making.

During his blockbuster career, Dasari also launched several stars like Mohan Babu, Murali Mohan, Jaysudha, Jayaprada and more actors who are huge stars in their own fields. Not only did Dasari’s films have superb emotions, some of his movies were quite ahead of their times and dealt with sensitive issues like rape and woman empowerment.

But there was a time he shifted gears and turned into an actor. Dasari gave some memorable performances in films like Mamagaru and won several awards for various other roles. Dasari has on two National Awards, 6 Filmfare and 9 Nandi awards to his credit.

The legendary thespian always had an upper hand on the industry and spoke openly about the changing trends and how they were causing a damage to the Telugu film industry. After ruling the roost for a long period of time, Dasari joined the Congress party and even served as the central minister for coal in India.

He has a huge influence on several generations and many top directors and writers have been inspired by his body of work. His loss will surely be irreplaceable as it can clearly be said that the void he has been left behind will never be covered anytime soon.

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