Hyderabad: Prominent theatre artiste, literary figure, and stalwart of Telugu cinema, Gollapudi Maruti Rao passed away at the age of 80, on December 12. He is a famous journalist, actor, screenwriter and playwright in Tollywood.

He was admitted to a private hospital in Chennai, as he was suffering from ill-health. Born on April 14, 1939, in Vijayanagaram, Maruti Rao used to work in Akashavani before entering the film field. He made his debut in ‘Intlo Ramayya, Vidhilo Krishnayya’ and went on to feature in around 290 movies.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Sri YS Jagan Mohan Reddy had expressed his grief over the death of renowned writer, actor, editor and narrator Sri Gollapudi Maruthi Rao. "Known for his inimitable style of dialogue delivery and power-packed phrases in his short stories, plays and essays, the multifaceted Gollapudi, has earned a space of pride in the literary and cultural fields," said the chief minister, offering his condolences to the bereaved family members.

More than an actor, he became famous as a writer, editor, and a versatile performer. Before making his mark in cinema, he wrote novels and dramas. He was given the Nandi Award for the best TV actor, and Maruti Rao won six consecutive Nandi awards. He was also the chairman of Srikalahasti pipes.

His noted literary works and plays, such as Rendu Rellu Aaru, Patita, Karuninchani Devatalu, Mahanatudu, Kaalam Venakku Tirigindi, and Aasayaalaku Sankellu have won numerous State Awards.

Various universities have included many of Gollapudi Maruti Rao’s iconic works in their academic syllabus. It gives us an idea of how significant his professional contributions are.

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