Late actor and journalist TNR succumbed to COVID-19 on May 10 in Hyderabad. He was 45 years old.

Late journalist TNR on the left and actor Chiranjeevi on the right. PTI
Flix Tollywood Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 20:26

The Telugu film industry mourned the untimely demise of actor and journalist Tummala Narasimha Rao aka TNR on Monday, May 10. After testing positive for the novel coronavirus a week ago, he succumbed to the virus at a hospital in Malkajgiri, Hyderabad. Actor Chiranjeevi has stepped forward to help TNR’s family after his demise. In a video which has now gone viral on social media, TNR’s wife Jyoti mentions that Tollywood star Chiranjeevi has helped the family during this difficult time.

"It was TNR's dream to interview Chiranjeevi garu and it is sad that he passed away without getting the opportunity to interview him. Chiranjeevi garu called and expressed his condolences. He also donated Rs 1 lakh for immediate expenses and also added that he’d provide further help if required,” Jyoti says in the video. 

Many celebrities including Nani, Vijay Devarakonda, Anil Ravipudi and filmmaker Maruthi, among others, offered condolences to TNR’s family. TNR had recently appeared in several small-budget Tollywood films like Jathi Ratnalu, Uma Maheswara Ugra Roopasya and Falaknuma Das. He was also part of director Anil Ravipudi’s upcoming film F3. 

TNR rose to fame by hosting the show Frankly Speaking with TNR for the YouTube channel iDreams, in which he interviewed celebrities. The late actor had also taken initiatives to promote independent films. Apart from hosting his YouTube show, he was also an aspiring filmmaker, as he revealed his interest in directing his own film in an earlier interview.

Meanwhile, actor Chiranjeevi awaits the release of his upcoming Telugu movie Acharya. He will be sharing the screen with his son actor Ram Charan, Kajal Aggarwal and Pooja Hegde. He will be seen as a communist in the movie. The makers of Acharya recently announced that the theatrical release of the movie has been postponed in view of the spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in the second wave of infections in the country. 

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