Rumours of a rift between NTR Jr and his uncle, actor and politician Nandamuri Balakrishna have been doing the rounds for quite some time. However, it now seems that the duo has buried the hatchet in the time of distress. Much to the shock of one and all, veteran actor and Telugu Desam Party leader, Nandamuri Harikrishna passed away in a road accident near Nalgonda on NH 65, on Wednesday, August 29. Harikrishna, the son of Andhra Pradesh's former Chief Minister N.T. Rama Rao was driving to Kavali in the Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh to attend a fan's wedding when his car crashed into a road median at the Nalgonda highway. The actor suffered severe head injuries and was bleeding profusely. He was rushed to the Kamineni Hospital where the doctors declared him dead at 7:30 am on Wednesday, August 29. His brother Nandamuri Harikrishna passed away in a road accident near Nalgonda on NH 65 on Wednesday, August 29. Nandamuri Balakrishna rushed to the hospital on hearing the news about his brother Harikrishna’s demise. In a video which surfaced online, Balakrishna is seen paying his last respects to his brother. The actor-politician was also recently seen interacting with his nephews NTR Jr and Kalyan Ram.
As per earlier reports, Balakrishna had a fallout with NTR Jr after the latter didn’t campaign for the Telugu Desam party during the general elections in 2014. In fact, Balakrishna’s fans even reportedly went to the extent of boycotting NTR Jr’s fans. However, in January last year, Nandamuri Balakrishna had refuted rumours of a rift between him and NTR Jr.
Meanwhile, Nandamuri Harikrishna had taken a break from his film career to focus on his foray into politics and was elected to the Rajya Sabha in 2008. However, he quit Telugu Desam Party after accusing Naidu of digressing away from the party’s ethics. He then launched the Anna Telugu Desam Party, however, it failed to take off. Following this, Harikrishna buried the hatchet with Naidu and re-joined the Telugu Desam Party.
Nandamuri Harikrishna is survived by his wife Lakshmi Harikrishna and sons N. T. Rama Rao Jr and Nandamuri Kalyan Ram. Tragedy struck the family back in 2014 when Harikrishna’s third son was killed in a car accident. In 2009, Junior NTR was in a road accident as well, however, he escaped with minor injuries.
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