21st March, Mumbai: Veteran actor Kota Srinivasa Rao, who was recently seen in a blink-and-miss role in Kannada action-thriller Kabzaa, on Tuesday released a video in which he laughed off rumours about his sudden demise. Reports about Rao’s death started circulating on social media on Tuesday morning and he was forced to release a video to clarify that he’s doing absolutely fine.
In the video, he went on to urge people who spread such unverified reports to not play with someone’s life. “Namaste to all. Firstly, my hearty Ugadi wishes to all the viewers. The reason I’m talking in this video is to clarify that I’m doing absolutely fine. I came to learn that some people have put out in social media that I have passed away. I was absolutely unaware of this news and was preparing for Ugadi celebrations tomorrow when I started receiving calls from as early as 7.30 AM,” he said.
Rao added that hearing about his death, police personnel arrived at his residence to offer support. “What was more surprising is that police people arrive in a van. There were about ten of them. They said since I’m a senior actor and people would come and pay their respects, we’ve come to provide any kind of support and security. I insisted that they look into such disturbing rumours. Through this video, I’m urging people to not fall for such rumours. People shouldn’t play with someone’s life.”
Kota Srinivasa Rao is one of the finest actors of Telugu Cinema. He made his acting debut with 1978 Telugu film Pranam Khareedu. He was presented with the Padma Shri in 2015. He has worked in over 500 films across multiple languages. He’s popular for playing both negative as well as strong character roles. In 2005, Rao made his Hindi debut with Ram Gopal Varma’s Sarkar. He played a character called Silver Mani. He had also worked in over dozen Tamil films and a few Malayalam and Kannada movies.