Legendary comedian in Telugu films Ramana Reddy’s wife Sudanamma breathed her last on Thursday in Chennai due to prolonged ill health. She was 93. For the past few days, Sudanamma was being treated in a hospital in Chennai.
On doctor’s advice, her family members took her back home in T Nagar. She leaves behind two sons and three daughters. The funeral is scheduled for Saturday, according to family members.
Ramana Reddy (T. V. Ramana Reddy or Thikkavarapu Venkata Ramana Reddy) was a famous character artist, comedy actor and a producer majorly in the Telugu film industry. Reddy died in 1974. Reddy and Relangi (Venkata Ramaiah) were like Laurel and Hardy of Hollywood during the golden era of the Telugu film industry.
He played memorable roles in classics like Missamma, Rojulu Marayi, Mayabazar, and Gundamma Katha. During his 24-year career, Reddy acted in more than 200 movies. Intrestingly, he is the paternal uncle of industrialist, Congress politician and filmmaker T. Subbarami Reddy.
His debut film in 1951 was Manavathi, which was directed by Yaragudipati Varada Rao or Y.V.Rao and produced by his friend A. Sankara Reddy, who hails from his native district of Nellore. But producer-director KS Prakash Rao’s film Deeksha released first. Reddy essayed several roles opposite N.T. Rama Rao and Akkineni Nageswara Rao.
Many people of the present generation do not know that Reddy was an accidental magician having given over 100 magic stage shows in aid of educational institutions and voluntary organizations. Interestingly, he learnt the art of magic when he played the role of a magician in the movie Akka Chellelu in 1957.