Actor and former MP Kaikala Satyanarayana passes away in Hyderabad

The Raghupathi Venkaiah Award winner had been suffering from age-related ailments for the past two years.

ByDeepthi Nandan

Published Dec 23, 2022 | 10:48 AM Updated Dec 23, 2022 | 5:32 PM

Kaikala Satyanarayana dies

Veteran actor Kaikala Satyanarayana passed away at his residence in Filmnagar, Hyderabad, around 4 am on Friday, 23 December.

The 87-year-old actor had been suffering from age-related ailments for the past two years. His last rites will be performed on Saturday, 24 December, at Mahaprasthanam in Jubilee Hills.

Hailing from Kavutaram village in Andhra Pradesh’s Krishna district, Satyanarayana was fascinated by theatre since his college days.

In a career spanning more than six decades, he had acted in more than 750 movies. He made his movie debut with Sipayi Kuthuru in 1959.

A career spanning more than six decades 

Kaikala Satyanarayana had played characters with multiple shades during his movie career that spanned more than six decades.

He carved a niche space for himself in the industry through these roles — villain, comedian, mythical, period, and character artist.

Satyanarayana earned popularity as a villain during the initial stage of his career. He later won the hearts of Telugu movie lovers as a character artist.

He acted in popular movies such as Srikrishnarjuna Yuddham, Lava Kusha, Chikkadu Dorakadu, Amma Rajeenama Yamaleela, Ghatothkachudu, Mosagallaku Mosagadu, and Adavi Ramudu, to mention a few.

Besides acting, Satyanarayana had also produced successful films, which include Kodamasimham, Bangaru Kutumbam, and Muddula Mogudu.

In 2011, the actor was awarded the prestigious Raghupathi Venkaiah Award for his contributions to movies. In 2017, he was honoured with the Filmfare Award for lifetime achievement in Telugu cinema.

Kaikala Satyanarayana was so popular with Telugu people that he was elected to Lok Sabha from the Machilipatnam constituency in 1996. He served as a TDP MP.

As soon as the news of his demise broke, people from the Telugu film industry and other fields expressed their condolences to Satyanarayana’s family.