Veteran producer Kotipalli Raghava dies of heart attack

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Veteran producer Kotipalli Raghava, who produced some classic movies under his banner Pratap Art Productions in the 70s and 80s, died of heart attack in the wee hours of Tuesday. His last rites will be performed today.

Raghava had introduced noted film celebrities like Dasari Narayana Rao, Rao Gopal Rao, SP Balasubramaniam, Bhanu Chander and Suman to the Telugu film industry. Tata manavadu Samsaram Sagaram, Thoorpu Padamara and Intlo Ramayya Veedhilo Krishnayya are some of the blockbusters produced by Raghava.

He was 105 years old and has seen 100 years of Indian Cinema.

He owned a production banner called Pratap Arts Productions and has funded over 30 movies with a majority of them turning out to be blockbusters.

K Raghava was born in 1913 and he left his home to Kolkata when he was just eight years old. After a few struggling years, he joined Silent Pictures as a trolley puller. He then found a job with the Maharaja of Mirzapur who was into filmmaking and after a lot of struggle, he eventually became a film producer.

K Raghava was conferred with the prestigious Raghupathi Venkaiah Award a few years back.

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