Senior actor and filmmaker Madala Ranga Rao passed away in the early hours of Sunday. Rao, popularly known as the Red Star, had been battling heart-related ailments after suffering a heart attack last year. He was admitted to a hospital in Hyderabad a few days ago.
The Red Star acted in and produced several films with leftist ideologies in the ’80s. Through them, he was able to bring about a revolutionary change in the outlook of the youth.
Some of his most acclaimed films include Chairman Chelamayya, Mahaprasthanam, Erra Suryudu, Yuvatharam Kadilindi, Praja Sakthi and Erra Mallelu. He was a two-time Nandi Award-winner.