By Arré Bench Sep. 08, 2020
Tollywood, the Telugu film industry, lost one of its most recognisable faces today. Jaya Prakash Reddy, the veteran actor, passed away at his residence in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh after suffering a cardiac arrest. Before discovering acting, Reddy was working as a sub-inspector of police in the state.
Tollywood, the Telugu film industry, lost one of its most recognisable faces today. Jaya Prakash Reddy, the veteran actor, passed away at his residence in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was 74 years of age. After a long career in Telugu cinema, Reddy’s passing was condoled by many leading figures from the industry. They paid tribute to Reddy’s talent for playing both comedic and villainous roles with equal prowess.
— Sudheer Babu (@isudheerbabu) September 8, 2020
Reddy did not make his foray into acting in his youth. In fact, his debut film found him already in his 40s, when he appeared in the 1988 film, Brahma Puthrudu. At the time, Reddy was working as a sub-inspector of police in Andhra Pradesh. Despite the late start, Reddy went on to appear in close to 100 films. He acted not just in Telugu films, but Tamil films as well. Some of his best-known roles came in films like Samarasimha Reddy, Ready, Kick, Kabaddi Kabbadi, Evadi Gola Vadidi and Kithakithalu. Reddy’s final turn before the camera came this year, in the film Sarileru Neekevvaru, which also starred Mahesh Babu.
Saddened by the passing of #JayaPrakashReddy garu. One of TFI’s finest actor-comedians. Will always cherish the experience of working with him. Heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones.
— Mahesh Babu (@urstrulyMahesh) September 8, 2020
Allu Arjun, star of Telugu films, expressed his condolences to Reddy’s surviving family, his wife and two sons.
Saddened to know that Jaya Prakash Reddy Garu is no more . Condolences to the family , near & dear ones . May he Rest in Peace . pic.twitter.com/HPODCOWvEB
— Allu Arjun (@alluarjun) September 8, 2020
Venkatesh Daggubati, a frequent co-star of Reddy’s, including in his first film Brahma Puthrudu, reminisced about their on-screen chemistry while paying his respects.
I am extremely sad to hear about the sudden demise of my dear friend #Jayaprakashreddy garu. We were such a great combination on screen. Will definitely miss him. #RIP 🙏😢
Praying for his family and loved ones 💔 pic.twitter.com/9E2FCVVXod
— Venkatesh Daggubati (@VenkyMama) September 8, 2020
Nagarjuna, one of South Indian cinema’s biggest stars, who acted opposite Reddy in several projects, called the late actor “a fine gentleman”.
He was a fine gentle man mr. Jaiprakash reddy Garu .. my condolences to his family and may his soul rest in peace🙏
— Nagarjuna Akkineni (@iamnagarjuna) September 8, 2020
The director SS Rajamouli paid tribute to Reddy by remembering his versatility and the ease with which he could switch between comedy and villainy.
Shocked & saddened to know about the sudden demise of #JayaPrakashReddy garu. Had great times working with him. Thanks for entertaining us with your versatility by portraying some memorable comedy and villian roles over the decades. May your soul rest in peace 🙏
— rajamouli ss (@ssrajamouli) September 8, 2020
The tributes continue to pour in, proving that Reddy’s presence in Tollywood will be sorely missed.