Yesteryear actor Balaiah no more

The versatile actor had started writing, directing and producing to keep his love for cinema alive

The versatile actor had started writing, directing and producing to keep his love for cinema alive

Veteran producer, director, screenwriter and actor Mannava Balaiah passed away on Saturday morning, which happened to be his 92nd birthday at his Yousufguda home in Hyderabad.

Balaiah debuted with Etthuku Pai Ethu in 1958 in a lead role and then went on to play major character roles in such films as Parvathi Kalyanam, Irugu Porugu, Bobbili Yuddham, Pandava Vanavasam, Monagaalaku Mongaadu, Sri Krishna Pandaveeyam, Vikramarka Vijayam, Alluri Sitaramaraju, Prana Snehitulu, Annamayya, Pelli Sandadi, Malleeswari, Sri Ramarajyam and much more. He portrayed and excelled in roles for the elderly and his repertoire as an actor expanded to nearly 300 films.

Born in Guntur district, he studied mechanical engineering at Guindy Engineering College, Chennai, and kept his passion for acting alive by participating in theater while in college. After entering movies, he diversified his role from acting to story writing and produced successful films such as Chelleli Kapuram with Shoban Baboo, Neramu Siksha with Krishna. Chuttalunnaru jagratha and Oorikichina Maata with Chiranjeevi.

Balaiah proved his mettle as a director with films like Pasupu Thaadu, Nijam Chebite Nerama, Policu Alludu and more. He received Golden Nandi for the Best Picture for Chelleli Kapuram

Balaiah will be remembered for the dignity and grace he brought to his characters with his understated acting.

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