Senior actor and writer Gollapudi Maruthi Rao passed away today. He was 80 years old. Rao sir is popular for his films Swathi Mutyam, Intlo Ramayya Veedhilo Krishnayya and leader. He was being treated for age related ailments.
Maruthi Rao has also written the scripts of films like Doctor Chakravarthy, O Seetha Katha, Kallu, Tarangini. He has acted in around 250 films. His recent most films were Manamantha, Size Zero and Jodi.
He has established an award in the name of his son, Gollapudi Srinivas Memorial Award in Indian Cinema.