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SS Rajamouli mourns Sirivennela Seetharama Sastry's demise; Chiranjeevi, Mahesh Babu, others attend last rites

SS Rajamouli recalls one of the best incidents with Sirivennela Seetharama Sastry, as he said, "I once visited him on New Year's Eve. When he asked me what kind of a gift I was expecting from him, I handed over a notebook, and asked him to pen down a song for me. I still remember my father's happiness when I took back that notebook with Sirivennela's song written in it. Priceless."

India TV Entertainment Desk Written by: India TV Entertainment Desk
New Delhi Published on: December 01, 2021 14:33 IST
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SS Rajamouli mourns Sirivennela Seetharama Sastry's demise

Highlights

  • Telugu lyricist and writer Sirivennela Seetharama Sastry passed away on November 30
  • He was 66 and is survived by his wife and two sons.
  • He breathed his last while battling lung cancer at KIMS Hospital in Secunderabad

'RRR' director S.S. Rajamouli has recalled his memories of renowned Telugu film lyricist Sirivennela Seetharama Sastry, who died of lung cancer. Sastry was 66 and is survived by his wife, two sons, and a daughter. His family members admitted him to the hospital on November 24 after he complained of uneasiness. However, his condition deteriorated on Tuesday and he died while undergoing treatment. With his demise, The Telugu film industry is in a state of shock.

Rajamouli, who took to his social media to pen a heartfelt note, had mentioned, 'This is my personal loss.' He wrote, "In the year 1996, we lost everything after the movie 'Ardhaangi'. Seetharama Sastry was the one who filled courage in me. Some of his songs fill so much confidence inside me, that I kept listening to his songs whenever I had to face barriers in my life."

Rajamouli recalls one of the best incidents with Sastry, as he said, "I once visited him on New Year's Eve. When he asked me what kind of a gift I was expecting from him, I handed over a notebook, and asked him to pen down a song for me. I still remember my father's happiness when I took back that notebook with Sirivennela's song written in it. Priceless."

Meanwhile, Sastry penned the lyrics for 'RRR' song 'Dosti' from the upcoming pan-India movie. "For 'RRR' music video, we had planned to shoot him signing on the lyric paper. Unfortunately, he got sick by that time, and it never happened. It would have been a great memory," Rajamouli's heartfelt note conveyed. Also, Sirivennela Seetharama Sastry's 'Ammayina Nannayina' from Simhadri, and 'Parugulu theey' from 'Maryada Ramanna' are Rajamouli's best-remembered works among his movies.

Sirivennela Seetharama Sastry's final rites were conducted at his residence, as hundreds of his fans and celebrities including Rana Daggubati, Chiranjeevi, Mahesh Babu, Jr NTR, Pawan Kalyan, Nani among others arrived to pay their last respects. They attended the funeral and also offered condolences to his family. 

Chiranjeevi, who has very closely worked with Sastry on many movies, was there at the hospital on the day of his death. Speaking to the media, Chiranjeevi expressed his shock. "Sirivennela Seetharama Sastry's loss is personal. He called me up even before he was about to leave for the hospital on November 24. We spoke for about 20 minutes. He assured me that he would come back from the hospital soon. As we spoke about the treatment, we both had decided to get him treated in Chennai after he recovers a bit. But my friend never came back," a teary-eyed Chiranjeevi said.

"A person who was full of confidence that he would return to get better treatment, a person who was all well, except that he had uneasiness, a person who spoke to me for such a long time, is no more. How can anyone leave so abruptly?" Chiranjeevi added.

(With IANS Inputs)

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