Kaikala Satyanarayana, the veteran Telugu actor who was admitted to a private hospital in Hyderabad on Saturday after suffering a fall, is now stable and responding well to treatment, as per a report in The Indian Express.
The 86-year-old actor, who has appeared in over 750 films, is expected to be discharged from the hospital soon.
Satyanarayana, who is also a producer, director and politician, was taken to the hospital as a precaution after he had suffered a fall at his residence on Saturday.
The actor debuted with the 1959 Telugu film Sipayi Koothuru when producer DL Narayana first recognised him and offered him a role in the film. He was found to bear a striking resemblance to actor and filmmaker NTR and thus moved on to playing the double of the latter in several films. NTR then offered him a role in his 1960 film Apoorva Sahasra Siraccheda Chintamani, directed by SD Lal, and kick-started Satyanarayana’s acting career.
In a career spanning over 60 years, he has worked in several Telugu films as well as a few Hindi films, a couple of Tamil ones, and one Kannada movie. His filmography includes films such as Ghayal Sherni (1988), filmmaker Subhash Ghai’s Karma (1986), Shri Ram Vanvas (1977), Sita Swayamvar (1976), Swarna Gowri (1963), and Periyar (2007), among many others.
He last appeared in two 2019 Telugu films – N.T.R. Kathanayakudu and Maharshi.
Satyanarayana has also worked in several Telugu and Hindi mythological films, including Sri Krishnarjuna Yudham (1963), Pandava Vanavasam (1965), Shri Krishna Pandaviyam (1966), Shri Krishnavataram (1967), Lakshmi Kataksham (1970), Sampoorna Ramayanam (1971), Sita Kalyanam (1976), Sita Swayamvar (1976), Daana Veera Soora Karna (1977), and Kurukshetramu (1977).
He also established himself in villain roles, starting with his negative role in Kanaka Durga Pooja Mahima.
Satyanarayana is the winner of two Nandi Awards: the Best Feature film award for his 1994 production Bangaru Kutumbam and the Raghupathi Venkaiah Award in 2011. He also won the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.
The veteran actor has also served as a jury member for South Region II at the 59th National Film Awards in 2012.