HYDERABAD: It was a gloomy Monday for Tollywood and millions of fans of music director Chakri, who succumbed to a heart attack. Chakri, who was suffering from obesity and other ailments, was taken to a private hospital at 7:45 am following the heart attack, but he could not be saved, film industry sources said. In a career spanning about 15 years, Chakri, whose real name was Chakradhar, composed music for about 80 films, many of which were huge hits. His music in films like Idiot, Amma Nanna O Tamil Ammayi, Chakram, Simha and Desamuduru brought him laurels. He received several awards, including the prestigious Nandi award of Andhra Pradesh government, for his work.
Chakri’s body, who was born in Warangal district of Telangana, was kept at the film chamber office to enable his friends and fans to pay their last respects. His cremation took place in the evening.
Many political leaders, including Telangana Finance Minister E Rajender, opposition leader in Telangana Assembly K Jana Reddy (Congress), Telangana BJP president G Kishan Reddy, his AP counterpart and MP K Haribabu, Telangana Congress president Ponnala Lakshmaiah, Telangana TDP president L Ramana, YSR Congress leader Y S Jaganmohan Reddy and several film personalities condoled the death of Chakri.
Chakri began his career as a music composer for the movie Bachi that was directed by Puri Jagannath and starred Jagapathi Babu and Prakash Raj in important roles.