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Ramoji film city founder Ramoji Rao passes away at 87

Ramoji Rao’s visionary leadership and entrepreneurial spirit will continue to inspire generations to come

Written by  Shefali Kohli -- June 08th 2024 08:26 AM
Ramoji film city founder Ramoji Rao passes away at 87

Ramoji film city founder Ramoji Rao passes away at 87

 Ramoji Rao no more : In a significant loss to the Indian media and entertainment industry, Ramoji Rao, the visionary founder of Ramoji Film City, passed away at the age of 87. 

He breathed his last early Saturday morning.


Rao passed away while undergoing treatment at Star Hospital in Hyderabad. He was 87.

Rao's legacy is vast, encompassing numerous successful business ventures and media productions. Under his leadership, Eenadu became a major force in Telugu media.

Ramoji Film City has played a pivotal role in the Indian film industry, attracting filmmakers from across the country and around the world. The film city is renowned for its diverse sets, cutting-edge technology, and comprehensive production support, making it a one-stop destination for filmmakers 

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. 

Ramoji Rao’s visionary leadership and entrepreneurial spirit will continue to inspire generations to come. His indelible impact on Indian media and cinema will be remembered and celebrated for years to come.

- With inputs from agencies

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