Iconic Telugu actor Brahmanandam Kanneganti underwent a heart bypass surgery at the Asian Heart Institute (AHI), sources close to the family said in Mumbai on Tuesday. He was rushed to the AHI Mumbai in a critical condition on Sunday and underwent several tests.
He was finally operated upon by renowned heart surgeon Ramakanta Panda on Monday. Post-surgery, the condition of Brahmanandam is described as stable and he is under observation now, the sources said.
62-year-old Brahmanandam was accompanied by his sons Raja Gautam and Siddharth to the hospital for the surgery.
An acclaimed actor and comedian, Brahmanandam has acted in over 1,000 films, mostly Telugu, and holds the Guinness World Record for the maximum film credits for any living actor. He was honoured with a Padma Shri in 2009 and is ranked amongst the most highly paid actors in the country.
A household name, Brahmanandam made his debut in 1985 in the movie Aha Naa Pellanta by director Jandhyala Subramanya Sastry.
With a unique way of delivering his dialogues, the actor has played a prominent role in many films include Vinodham, Ready, Race Gurram, Manmadhudu, Koncham Ishtam Koncham Kashtam, Dookudu and Baadshah to name a few.
In September last year, the actor launched the Great Telugu Laughter Challenge, the local version of the popular show, The Great Indian Laughter Challenge, where he was the judge, marking his debut in TV.
Many people also took to Twitter, expressing concern for the actor and wishing him a speedy recovery.
“Get well soon Brahmanandam garu !!! we want ur vintage comedy on screen (sic),” wrote one Twitter user. ‘Get well soon, wishing to see you back on screen soon!! #Brahmanandam (sic),” another added.
get well soon, wishing to see you back on screen soon!! #Brahmanandam— Rocky Kata (@tweet_Rocky) January 15, 2019