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Ramoji Rao, Founder Of Ramoji Film City, Passes Away At 87


Hyderabad: The chairman of the Eenadu media group and founder of Ramoji Film City, Ramoji Rao, passed away at the age of 87 while undergoing treatment at Star Hospital in Hyderabad.

PM-designate Narendra Modi also expressed deep grief over the demise of Ramoji Film City founder, Ramoji Rao. He emphasised Rao’s impact on Indian media, recognising him as a pioneer who reshaped the media industry.

Taking to his official X handle, Modi said, “The passing away of Ramoji Rao Garu is extremely saddening. He was a visionary who revolutionised Indian media. His rich contributions have left an indelible mark on journalism and the world of films. Through his noteworthy efforts, he set new standards for innovation and excellence in the media and entertainment world.”

Congress’ Rahul Gandhi also expressed his condolences over the demise of Ramoji Rao and said, “My heartfelt condolences on the passing of Padma Vibhushan, Ramoji Rao Garu, a pioneering figure in the Indian media industry. His contributions to journalism, cinema, and entertainment have left a lasting impact and transformed the media landscape.”

He added further, “My thoughts are with his family, friends, and followers during this difficult time.”

Rao’s legacy is vast, encompassing numerous successful business ventures and media productions. Under his leadership, Eenadu became a major force in Telugu media.His other business ventures include the film production house Usha Kiran Movies, the film distribution company Mayuri Film Distributors, the financial services firm Margadarsi Chit Fund, and the hotel chain Dolphin Group of Hotels. He was also the head of the ETV Network of television channels.

In 2016, he received the Padma Vibhushan, the second-highest civilian award in India, from then-President Pranab Mukherjee.

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