Veteran Telugu actor Kaikala Satyanarayana passed away at the age of 87 early on Friday morning at his residence in Hyderabad. The veteran actor had been a part of over 750 films from the time of NTR when he initially used to play his dupe. Over a career spanning decades, he played hero, antagonist, and character roles in family and social dramas as well as mythological films. He was also a member of the Parliament in the 11th Lok Sabha from the Telugu Desam party. Members of the Telugu film fraternity, united by grief, paid tribute to the veteran actor on social media.
Actor Kalyanram paid tribute to Kaikala Satyanarayana in his tweet and he wrote: “Saddened to know about the passing of Kaikala Satyanarayana Garu. An absolute legend who immortalized many characters on our Telugu silver screen. Om Shanti.”
Saddened to know about the passing of Kaikala Satyanarayana garu. An absolute legend who immortalised many characters on our Telugu silver screen.
— Kalyanram Nandamuri (@NANDAMURIKALYAN) December 23, 2022
Filmmaker Maruthi tweeted “Rest in peace legend Kaikala Satyanarayana Garu. We miss you forever”.
Actor-producer Ganesh, in his tribute to Kaikala Satyanarayana, wrote: “Legendary actor Kaikala Satyanarayana Garu. RIP. May his soul rest in peace.”
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Kaikala Satyanarayana was survived by his wife Nageswaramma Satyanarayana, two daughters, and two sons.
Besides acting, Kaikala Satyanarayana also forayed into production. His production house Rama Films produced production-backed projects like Kodama Simham, Bangaru Kutumbam, and Muddula Mogudu, to name a few. He was the recipient of several awards including the 2017 Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Telugu cinema and the Andhra Pradesh government’s Nandi film Award.
Legendary actor #KaikalaSatyanarayana garu 🙏 RIP
May his soul rest in peace 🙏 pic.twitter.com/ZjHUeKHkQ3
— BANDLA GANESH. (@ganeshbandla) December 23, 2022
His first project as an actor was Changayya’s 1959 film Supayi Koothuru. A year later, he featured in the Apoorva Sahasra Siraccheda Chintamani. He also starred in Kanaka Durga Pooja Mahima, in which he featured as an antagonist for the first time. Kaikala Satyanarayana was last seen in the 2009 movie Arundhati.