Krishna Ghattamaneni Facts: From his first wife, an icon of Telugu cinema to his retirement
We bring to you some interesting facts about Mahesh Babu's late father Krishna Ghattamaneni.
Mahesh Babu's father and Superstar Krishna left for a heavenly abode today on 15th November at the age of 79. The veteran actor suffered a cardiac arrest on 13th November, and was eceiving treatment at a private hospital in Hyderabad. Many who's who from the South film industry including Chiranjeevi, Nagarjuna, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Balakrishna, Nani, Anushka Shetty, Pooja Hegde and others paid tribute to the late superstar through social media.
The Ghattamaneni family shared an official press note sharing the unfortunate news, "The press note read, "It is with the deepest grief that we inform you of the passing of our dearest Krishna garu. He was a superstar in so many ways beyond the movie screen... guided by love, humility and compassion. He will live on through his work, through us, and the many lives he influenced. He loved us more than anything and we will miss him more with each passing day... but as they say, goodbyes aren't forever. Until we meet again..."
Krishna was hospitalized on 13th November in the Continental Hospital in Hyderabad after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was put on a ventilator.
On this note, we bring to you some interesting titbits from the life of Krishna Ghattamaneni, take a look:
Krishna Ghattamaneni began his journey as an actor by playing small roles in multiple films including Kula Gothralu, Padandi Mundhuku, and Paruvu Prathishta, to name a few. He bagged his first movie as a lead in 1965 and the film was Adurthi Subba Rao's directorial Thene Manasulu. The movie turned out to be a commercial success and Adurthi Subba once again roped him in for his film Kanne Manasulu. The actor went on to be a part of several other films like Gudachaari 116, Marapurani Katha, Manchi Kutumbam, Atthagaaru Kotthakodalu, Undamma Bottu Pedatha, Stree Janma, Niluvu Dopidi, Vichithra Kutumbam, Akka Chellellu, among several others.'
Krishna Ghattamaneni also established his own production house by the name Padmalaya Films, which backed several films like Agni Pariksha, Alluri Seetharama Raju, Mosagallaku Mosagadu Pandanti Kapuram, Devudu Chesina Manushulu, and Alluri Seetharama Raju.
Later, he started another film production company, Vijaya Krishna movies with Vijaya Nirmala, his second wife. They financed some memorable dramas such as Meena and Devadasu, Alluri Seetharamaraju, and Mosagallaki Mosagadu.
Aside from films, Krishna Ghattamaneni also was highly active in politics. He always had an inclination toward the Congress party. Back in 1898, he was even elected as a Member of Parliament for the Congress party.
After a celebrated career, Krishna Ghattamaneni announced that he is retiring from both films and politics in December 2012. He has been awarded several accolades for his work like Padma Bhushan, NTR National Award, and even a doctorate from Andhra University.
Krishna Ghattamaneni was born in 1943 on 31 May. He is the son of Ghattamaneni Raghavayya Chowdary and Nagaratnamma. On 1st November 1961, he got married to Indira Devi and the couple was blessed with five children including two sons Ramesh Babu and Mahesh Babu, and three daughters Padmavathi, Manjula, and Priyadarshini.
Later, Krishna Ghattamaneni was introduced to actress Vijaya Nirmala on the sets of the 1967 film Sakshi and these two tied the knot in 1969. The couple collaborated on more than 40 films.
As you might already know that Mahesh Babu is among the top actors in Tollywood and Padmavathi is married to politician Galla Jayadev. In addition to this, Manjula is the wife of producer and actor Sanjay Swaroop, whereas Priyadarshini tied the knot with actor-producer Sudheer Babu.
For those who do not know, Krishna Ghattamaneni lost both his current and ex-spouse, Vijaya Nirmala and Indira Devi within a span of two years. While Vijaya Nirmala died on 27 June 2019 after suffering a heart attack, Indira Devi left for a heavenly abode on 28 September this year, succumbing to a prolonged illness.
In addition to this, his older son Ramesh Babu also passed away on 8th January 2022 after facing health issues.
Mahesh Babu's upcoming films
In the meantime, Mahesh Babu will star in director Trivikram Srinivas' next named SSMB28 for now. The superstar will be seen romancing Radhe Shyam actress Pooja Hegde, the leading lady of the movie. Ace music composer S Thaman is providing the tunes for the untitled project.
Over and above this, Mahesh Babu will also join forces with the RRR director, SS Rajamouli for another exciting drama that is likely to go on the floors by 2023.