Telugu actor-comedian Kallu Chidambaram passes away

Telugu actor- comedian Kallu Chidambaram died at a private hospital in Visakhapatnam on Monday morning. He was 70. He is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters. The veteran artiste was undergoing treatment for respiratory ailments and age related issues at Care Hospital in Vizag. Chidambaram was reportedly on ventilator for the past two months.

Originally named Kolluri Chidambara Rao, the popular comedian was born in Akkayapalem, Andhra Pradesh. He started out by acting in stage plays and made his film debut in 1988 with ‘Kallu’, based on a play written by noted author Gollapudi Maruti Rao. His performance in the film won him his first Nandi Award. He thereafter, changed his screen name to Kallu Chidambaram.

He appeared in comic roles in over 300 films which include ‘Govinda Govinda’, ‘Aa Okkati Adakku’, ‘Jambalakadipamba’ and ‘Pelli Pandiri’. He retired as an assistant engineer in Visakhapatnam Port Trust and mostly acted in films shot in and around Visakhapatnam.

In 2008, Chidambaram founded Sakala Kalakalrula Samakhya, a federation for the welfare of artistes, and also used to organise monthly programmes for some time.

His last rites will take place later on Monday, October 19.