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Media Mogul Ramoji Rao, Founder of Ramoji Film City, Passes Away at 87

Renowned media baron Ramoji Rao, the chairman of the Eenadu media group and founder of Ramoji Film City, passed away early this morning at Star Hospital in Hyderabad. He was 87. Rao took his last breath at 3:45 am on Saturday after being admitted on June 5 due to breathing difficulties, according to the Eenadu Group.

A Visionary Media Titan

Ramoji Rao was a towering figure in Indian media, widely respected for his innovative contributions to journalism and the entertainment industry. His legacy includes the establishment of the Eenadu newspaper, which grew into a dominant force in Telugu media, and the creation of Ramoji Film City, the world’s largest film studio complex.

Tributes from Across the Nation

As news of his passing spread, tributes flooded social media. Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi hailed Rao as 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. Om Shanti,” Modi said in a post on ‘X’, formerly Twitter.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister-designate Chandrababu Naidu expressed his grief, stating, “He was a pinnacle in the field of media and we are unable to digest the fact that he is no more.” Naidu, who shared a four-decade-long association with Rao, credited him with playing a pivotal role in the political landscape of Andhra Pradesh.

A Political Influencer

Ramoji Rao’s influence extended beyond media into the political arena. His Eenadu newspaper was instrumental in the rise of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in the 1980s. Founded by Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (NTR) in 1982, the TDP opposed the Congress party, with Eenadu’s support significantly shaping public opinion in its favor. When Chandrababu Naidu staged a political coup against his father-in-law NTR in 1995, Rao again lent his support, marking a crucial turn in Andhra politics.

A Legacy of Innovation

Under Rao’s leadership, Eenadu became a powerhouse in Telugu journalism, known for its rigorous reporting and wide reach. His media empire expanded to include the ETV network of channels and film production ventures, cementing his status as a media mogul.

In recognition of his vast contributions, Ramoji Rao was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian honor, in 2016 by then-President Pranab Mukherjee. This accolade reflected his impact not only on media and entertainment but also on the broader cultural landscape of India.

Remembering Ramoji Rao

Ramoji Rao’s death marks the end of an era in Indian journalism and media. His visionary approach, combined with his passion for excellence, set benchmarks in both fields. As tributes continue to pour in, it is evident that his legacy will endure, inspiring future generations of journalists and media professionals.

In this time of mourning, the media fraternity and the nation remember Ramoji Rao for his monumental contributions and unwavering dedication to journalism and entertainment. His influence, spanning several decades, has left a lasting imprint on the industry and the many lives he touched through his work.

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