Here's what they had to say:

Music composer R.P. Patnaik: Uday, you should not have done that. You still have many fans who like you for what you are. There was still a career to move on. Committing suicide is not a solution for a struggle. You should have fought till the audience realised that you are a self-made star. Our songs have been all-time superhits. You will remain in the hearts of the people forever.

Vimala Raman:
R.I.P (rest in peace), Uday Kiran my first co-star in my career and a sweetheart. You will be missed.

Priyamani: (I) woke up to hear the news of Uday Kiran! RIP Uday! One of the nicest and friendliest guys I know. Deeply saddened by the news!

Prakash Raj: (I'm) extremely disturbed with the news of young actor Uday Kiran's suicide. What was wrong young man? Sad! Shouldn't we find reasons to live?

Vennela Kishore: (I'm) shocked and feeling terrible by the news about Uday Kiran ending his life. What he must've gone through to take such a step? Cruel pressure.

Sundeep Kishan: (I'm) Shocked. Uday Kiran is no more. (He) was such a warm and nice person. (It's a) depressing news. RIP brother. Strength to his family.

Kiccha Sudeep: Uday Kiran's news is a shocker; (I) was unable to react when I got the news. (I) spoke to him when he was here at Bangalore less than a week back. RIP my friend!

Khushbu Sundar: (I'm) shocked to hear that a young and talented Uday Kiran is no more among us. (The) worst you can do to yourself and your loved ones is to commit suicide. RIP.

Varun Sandesh: (I'm) very sad that Uday Kiran is no more. (He was) such a young chap (and) a very sweet and a kind-hearted guy. (I) still can't believe it.

Gopi Mohan: (This is) very bad news about Uday Kiran's suicide. We did 'Nuvvu Nenu' film (together).Teja (director) made him a star. He was a nice guy. (It's a) very sad news to hear in the morning.

Uday Kiran was a passionate actor: Dharma Teja

Telugu filmmaker Dharma Teja, who launched Uday Kiran with ‘Chitram’ in 2000, said the late actor was a very passionate actor. The   news of Uday Kiran's death who commited suicide on Sunday left Teja ‘speechless’.

"Uday and I started our career together with 'Chitram'. It was a very special film for both of us and we enjoyed its success together. He was a passionate actor and I sensed it a few days after we started working on our film," Teja said.

A year after ‘Chitram’, the duo worked again in ‘Nuvvu Nenu’.

"When I received a call last night about his death, I was speechless for a few minutes. I didn't know how to react because I had lost someone very close in my life," he added.

Teja made his directorial debut with ‘Chitram’, which also launched Reema Sen in Telugu filmdom.

When asked if he knew what could have lead Uday to take this tragic step, he said, "I still can't understand what made him to commit suicide. We didn't talk recently but when we did the last time, he didn't talk about anything that may have been bothering him.”

(Agencies)

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