Narayan K Das Narang, the Telugu film producer, financier, exhibitor, and acting president of the Telugu Film Chamber of Commerce, died at a private hospital in Hyderabad around 9.04 am on Tuesday. He was 76.
As per a statement issued by Narang’s office, the producer was unwell for a while and had been under treatment at Star Hospital in Hyderabad.
Born on July 27, 1946, Narang has produced Telugu films like Love Story and Lakshya, to name a few. Although Narang worked predominantly in the Telugu film industry as a producer, financier, and distributor, he had also financed prominent films in Hindi, and Tamil. Narang also served as a distributor in the Nizam region of Telangana and was part of Telugu production house SVCC, which has backed films such as Chatrapathi (2005), Solo Brathuke So Better (2020), and Ninnila Ninnila (2021). He was also associated with setting up several multiplexes like AMB Cinemas, AVD Cinemas, and AAA cinemas.
Speaking to Silverscreen India about Narang, Anupam Reddy, Secretary of the Telangana State Film Chamber of Commerce, said, “He was a gentleman and had worked as a distributor during the time of veteran actors Akkineni Nageswara Rao and NT Rama Rao. He is a very senior person and can be called one of the pioneers of Telugu film distribution. His thoughts were ahead of his time and he was a visionary. He was a dynamic, process-oriented thinker who was also very down-to-earth. ”
Actor Mahesh Babu tweeted that he was “shocked and saddened” by Narang’s demise and called him a “prolific figure in film industry”. “His absence will be deeply felt. A privilege to have known and worked with him. His vision and passion for cinema is an inspiration for many of us. Strength and condolences to his family and loved ones,” the actor tweeted.
Narang is survived by two sons and a daughter. His sons Sunil Narang and Bharath Narang are also film producers.
The final rites of the late producer will take place at 4 pm on Tuesday at the Mahaprasthanam crematorium in Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad.