Tollywood director Vijaya Bapineedu, who was originally named Gutta Bapineedu Chowdary, known for his major contribution to Telugu cinema, has died at the age of 82, earlier today. The director, who has not only made films like Gang Leader, Khiladi No. 786 and Magadheerudu, was also credited for making actor Chiranjeevi, the superstar he is today.
He took his last breath in the presence of his family members at his residence in Banjara Hills. Vijaya Bapineedu last rites will be performed on Thursday at Mahaprasthanam in Hyderabad. A member of his family revealed that they are waiting for his elder daughter to arrive from the US, where she lives.
Several members of the Telugu film industry have sent their condolences to the family. Born in Eluru in 1936, Bapineedu didn’t start his career in showbiz. Rather, he had initially worked in the Public Health Department following his graduation.