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Celebs pay final respects to Sirivennela; cremated at Mahaprasthanam

Published: 1st Dec 2021 3:56 pm

Hyderabad: Celebrities and people from different walks of life on Wednesday paid their final respects to legendary lyricist Sirivennela Seetharama Sastry, who passed away here on Tuesday.

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Several hundreds from the Telugu film industry turned up to be part of the funeral, with more reaching his residence and the Film Chamber as well to pay homage to the man who made his mark in Telugu films through his words.

The funeral procession from the Film Chamber to the Mahaprasthanam saw celebrities including actors like Chiranjeevi, Venkatesh, Balakrishna, Nagarjuna, Mahesh Babu, Devi Prasad Jagapathi Babu, Rajasekhar, Jeevitha, Allu Aravind, Allu Arjun, Jr. NTR, Rana Daggubati, Nani, director Trivikram, ministers T. Harish Rao and Talasani Srinivas Yadav, among others.

Chiranjeevi, who worked closely with Sastry for many movies told the media that the ‘loss was personal’.

“He called me up even before he was about to leave for the hospital on November 24. We spoke for about 20 minutes. He assured me that he would come back from the hospital soon. As we spoke about the treatment, we both had decided to get him treated in Chennai after he recovers a bit. But my friend never came back,” a teary-eyed Chiranjeevi said.

“A person who was full of confidence that he would return to get better treatment, a person who was all well, except that he had uneasiness, a person who spoke to me for such a long time, is no more. How can anyone leave so abruptly,” he said.

Sirivennela was diagnosed with lung cancer six years ago. He was on respiratory support for five days before breathing his last on Tuesday.

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