Well-known Telugu cinema comedian Gundu Hanumantha Rao passed away in the early hours of Monday in Hyderabad. He was 61.

He was suffering with kidney-related ailments problem and passed away at his home at 3 a.m., according to family sources. He is survived by a son.

Born in Vijayawada on October 10, 1956, Mr. Rao dabbled in theatre from a young age. The first

role he essayed on stage was in a play called Ravana Brahma in Vijayawada.

He got a big break when filmmaker Jandhyala offered him a role in Aaha Na Pellanta where he played a groom’s father who is hard of hearing. He has acted in over 400 movies.

But it was his roles in TV serials like Amrutam which earned him acclaim and awards including three Nandi awards. 
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