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. 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.
Harikrishna set foot into the film industry at a tender age of 10 and appeared in films like ‘Sri Krishnavataram’ and ‘Talla Pellarama’ as a child artist. He has also acted in several films like 'Tatamma Kala', 'Ram Raheem', 'Daana Veera Soora Karna', 'Sri Ramulayya', 'Lahiri Lahiri Lahirilo', 'Siva Rama Raju', 'Seetayya', 'Tiger Harishchandra Prasad', 'Swamy', and 'Sravanamasam'. The actor is best known for his role in Akkineni Nagarjuna starrer 'Seetharama Raju'.
Nandamuri Harikrishna took a break from his flourishing film career to focus on his foray into politics. He was elected to the Rajya Sabha in 2008 and was the president of Telugu Yuvatha, the youth wing of Telugu Desam Party. In 1995, Harikrishna sided with Chandrababu Naidu who took over the reigns of the Telugu Desam Party from its founder N. T. Rama Rao. In 1996, Harikrishna was one of the Ministers (Road Transport) in Naidu’s cabinet. 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 which 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, Junior NTR escaped with minor injuries.
Nandamuri Harikrishna’s tragic death has sent shock waves across the industry with tributes pouring in on social media.
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