Superstar Krishna laid to rest with state honours at Mahaprasthanam

Fans thronged Padmalaya Studio in large numbers to pay their last respects to the ‘first spy hero' Krishna.

ByDeepthi Nandan

Published Nov 16, 2022 | 8:12 PM Updated Nov 16, 2022 | 8:31 PM

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Veteran actor-filmmaker Superstar Krishna, who entertained and lifted the spirits of Telugu people for more than six decades, was finally laid to rest on Wednesday, 16 November.

The last rites of the much-loved star were performed with state honours at Mahaprasthanam near Jubilee Hills in Hyderabad.

Teary-eyed fans and supporters gathered in large numbers to get the last glimpse of their favourite star.

Ghattamaneni Krishna was consigned to flames, bringing curtains down on a golden era in the Telugu film industry and popular history.

Governor pays tribute

Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan paid her last respects to the departed actor at Padmalaya Studios, which he founded. She also expressed her condolences to Krishna’s family.

“I could sense the pulse of people standing and crying. He entertained and helped people all through his life. Now, his fans and supporters are unable to digest the fact that he is no more,” the Governor said, moved by the outpouring of grief for the late actor.

“Superstar Krisha lived a great life and his service to the film industry was invaluable. His death is not just a loss to Telugu people but the entire nation,” she added.

Though it was initially decided to place Krishna’s mortal remains at Gachibowli Stadium for visitors to pay tributes, the plans were changed due to traffic restrictions and the body was directly brought to Padmalaya Studio.

Mourning fans jostle at Padmalaya Studios

As soon as Krishna’s body was brought to Padmalaya Studios, thousands of fans began jostling for a last glimpse of their idol.

As the lane leading to the Studio is narrow, the fans jostled toward the entrance to have a glimpse of their favourite hero. At one stage, it became difficult for the police to control the crowds.

“There is no hero like Superstar Krishna. I know many instances when he gave away money to producers and helped them release their movies, He was so concerned about producers. He had helped innumerable people,” recalled noted producer Allu Aravind.

“Every hero has fans, but the fan following of Krishna is one of its kind. He stopped making movies long ago. But still, so many fans arrived to take part in his funeral. This is amazing and proves his popularity,” he said.

Krishna’s mortal remains were kept till 2.30 pm at Padmalaya Studios, which was considered very dear to him.

AP CM Jagan pays a visit

Earlier in the day, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy paid his last respects to the departed actor.

Jagan’s family shared a special bond with Ghattamaneni Krishna’s family, which was why he travelled all the way from Amaravati to pay his tributes to the actor.

Jagan’s father and former chief minister late YS Rajasekhara Reddy and Krishna were considered close friends.

Jagan avoided talking to the media. He consoled Mahesh Babu and other family members.

Actors and politicians pay last respects

Actor-MLA Balakrishna, yesteryear star and Krishna’s frequent collaborator Jaya Prada, senior actor Kota Srinivasa Rao, BJP Telangana chief Bandi Sanjay Kumar, AP minister-actor RK Roja, writer Paruchuri Gopala Krishna, director Anil Ravipudi, Nara Brahmani, Ali, Tripuraneni, and Siva Parvati were among those who paid respects to Krishna on Wednesday.

Jaya Prada got emotional while remembering her co-star in many films. “Krishna garu and I worked together in more than 40 films. It is because of him that I succeeded in the film industry,” a teary-eyed Jaya Prada told reporters after paying her last respects.

“Krishna garu did not just give me opportunities but also guided me personally. He was a sweet person. I am what I’m today only because of him,” she added.

Jaya Prada also felt that a golden era in the Telugu film industry came to an end with the passing of Krishna.

Procession taken out

Later, Krishna’s body was taken in a procession to Mahaprasthanam. Fans from both the Telugu states took part in the procession in large numbers. It lasted for an hour.

The late actor’s last rites were performed according to Hindu rituals at Mahaprasthanam in the evening.

Telangana Cinematography Minister Srinivas Yadav oversaw the last rites on behalf of the state government.

As there was insufficient space at Mahaprasthanam, the police allowed only family members and close relatives for the rituals.