The Dada Saheb Phalke Award-winner was unwell for some time and the end came this afternoon, family sources said. He had a brief stint in politics when he won the Lok Sabha seat in 1999 on a Telugu Desham ticket.
    
A prolific producer of over 130 films in different languages like Telugu, Tamil and Hindi, Ramanaidu was born in Karamchedu in Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh in 1936. He made his debut in cinema with 1963 film 'Anuragam' followed by the superhit 'Ramudu-Bheemudu' starring legendary N T Rama Rao in 1964.
    
Apart from Telugu films, he produced movies in Hindi, Bengali, Oriya, Assamese, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Gujarati, Marathi and Bhojpuri.
His most famous Hindi film was Rajesh Khanna-Hema Malini starrer 'Premnagar' followed by 'Dildar', 'Bandish', 'Anari', 'Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain' and 'Prem Qaidi'.
    
Ramanaidu set up studios, recording, preview and dubbing theatres and laboratories in Hyderabad and Vishakapatnam. His children are producer Suresh Babu Daggubati, actor Venkatesh Daggubati and daughter Daggubati Lakshmi.

The filmmaker was awarded with Indian cinema's highest honour -- Dada Saheb Phalke -- in 2009 and the Padma Bhushan in 2012 for his contribution to cinema.

 

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