Legendary writer and actor, columnist Shri Gollapudi Maruthi Rao passed away on 12th December in Chennai. Including Vice President of India, several actors, expressed their grief on losing such a legend and here are some of the reactions from Telugu Cinema celebrities.
Vice President Shri Venkaiah Naidu tweeted,
"I am deeply saddened to learn about the demise of the well-known writer, critic, Telugu film & theatre actor, Shri Gollapudi Maruti Rao in Chennai today. Shri Rao was a very vocal, articulate and straight forward person. #GollapudiMarutiRao"
He further talked about his association with him.
"He was a nationalist to the core. As a journalist, he upheld ethics and moral values all through his life. Shri Maruti Rao will be remembered for his stellar performances on stage and the silver screen."
He concluded by saying,
"Recently, I called on him at the hospital to enquire about his health and was expecting him to recover. His demise is a huge loss for the Telugu film industry and society at large. I offer my heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and followers. #GollapudiMarutiRao"
Mahesh Babu tweeted,
"Deeply saddened by the sudden demise of #GollapudiMaruthiRao garu. His contribution to the TFI remains unparalleled. We have lost a gem. Heartfelt condolences to the family and dear ones. Rest in peace Sir "
Varun Tej tweeted,
"Had the honour of working alongside #GollapudiMarutiRao garu.
An amazing person!
Thank you for your contribution to cinema.
Rest in peace guru garu.."
Pragya Jaiswal tweeted,
"Saddened to hear about the demise of #GollapudiMarutiRao garu. He was a genius and learnt so much from him during #Kanche..May his soul rest in peace"
"Deeply saddened by the demise of #GollapudiMaruthiRao Garu. your contribution to film fraternity will be remembered forever sir. #RIPGollapudiMaruthiRao"