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Media Baron Ramoji Rao, founder of Eenadu & Ramoji Film City, dies at 87

Media personality and Ramoji Group Chairman Ramoji Rao was admitted to hospital due to heart related issues. The media baron was honoured with the Padma Vibhushan, India's second-highest civilian award.

Edited By: Shashwat Bhandari @ShashBhandari New Delhi Updated on: June 08, 2024 8:26 IST
Businessman and Media Baron Ramoji Rao
Image Source : FILE PHOTO Businessman and Media Baron Ramoji Rao

Businessman and Eenadu & Ramoji Film City founder Ramoji Rao, passed away while undergoing treatment at a hospital in Hyderabad, Telangana, on Saturday. According to the Star Hospital where he was being treated, the media baron took his last breath at 3:45 am.

Telangana BJP chief and party MP G Kishan Reddy condoled the demise of Ramoji Rao.

PM-designate Narendra Modi also condoled the demise of Eenadu and Ramoji Film City founder Ramoji Rao.

"The passing away of Ramoji Rao Garu is extremely saddening. He was a visionary who revolutionized Indian media. His rich contributions have left an indelible mark on journalism and the world of films. Through his noteworthy efforts, he set new standards for innovation and excellence in the media and entertainment world. Ramoji Rao Garu was extremely passionate about India’s development. I am fortunate to have had several opportunities to interact with him and benefit from his wisdom. Condolences to his family, friends and countless admirers during this difficult time," he tweeted.

Cherukuri Ramoji Rao, born on November 16, 1936, was the head of the Ramoji Group which owns the world's largest film production facility Ramoji Film City, Eenadu newspaper, ETV Network of TV channels, film production company Usha Kiran Movies.

His other business ventures include Margadarsi Chit Fund, Dolphin Group of hotels, Kalanjali shopping mall, Priya pickles, and Mayuri Film Distributors.

Rao was honoured with four Filmfare Awards South, five Nandi Awards and the National Film Award for his works in Telugu cinema.

In 2016, Rao was honored with the Padma Vibhushan, India's second-highest civilian honor, for his contributions in journalism, literature and education.

Ramoji Rao, was admitted to hospital due to heart-related problems, and passed away in the early hours of June 8, 2024.

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