Tollywood mourns the loss of a legend like Gollapudi
Telugu Cinema Industry were shocked to hear about the demise of legendary writer, actor, theater artist and columnist Gollapudi Maruthi Rao. They expressed their shock and condolences to the family.
Kona Venkat made an emotional video mourning about the loss of his Guru and he said that he always took inspiration from Shri Maruthi Rao to grow as a writer and even in personal life.
Few writers and directors, also expressed their grief on social media. Actors like Mahesh Babu, Varun Tej and Pragya Jaiswal, did talk about their association with him. Even Vice President of India, Venkaiah Naidu, shared his shock and grief about losing a friend.
He wrote on social media,
"I am deeply saddened to learn about the demise of the well-known writer, critic, Telugu film & theatre actor, Shri Gollapudi Maruti Rao in Chennai today. Shri Rao was a very vocal, articulate and straight forward person. #GollapudiMarutiRao"
He clearly wanted to point out about his close relationship with Maruthi Rao and continued to write,
"He was a nationalist to the core. As a journalist, he upheld ethics and moral values all through his life. Shri Maruti Rao will be remembered for his stellar performances on stage and the silver screen."
"Recently, I called on him at the hospital to enquire about his health and was expecting him to recover. His demise is a huge loss for the Telugu film industry and society at large. I offer my heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and followers. #GollapudiMarutiRao"
Mahesh Babu tweeted, "Deeply saddened by the sudden demise of #GollapudiMaruthiRao garu. His contribution to the TFI remains unparalleled. We have lost a gem. Heartfelt condolences to the family and dear ones. Rest in peace Sir "
Actor Varun Tej who worked with him in Kanche, tweeted, "Had the honour of working alongside #GollapudiMarutiRao garu. An amazing person! Thank you for your contribution to cinema. Rest in peace guru garu.."
Pragya Jaiswal, actress from Kanche, tweeted, "Saddened to hear about the demise of #GollapudiMarutiRao garu. He was a genius and learnt so much from him during #Kanche..May his soul rest in peace"
Many Tamil Industry people too expressed their deep condolences on losing such an well articulate orator and writer.