Telugu director Vijaya Bapineedu passes away; superstar Chiranjeevi pays homage to his mentor
February 14, 2019
Telugu director and producer Vijaya Bapineedu, 82, left for heavenly abode today, February 12, 2019. He took his last breathe at his residence in Hyderabad due to old-age related ailments. Reportedly, he was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease since years and was being treated at a hospital in Hyderabad. Known for a blockbuster film, Khaidi No 786, Vijaya Bapineedu’s last rites will take place at the Mahaprasthanam in Hyderabad. Thd family is waiting for his elder daughter to arrive from the USA. The first celebrity to pay a visit to director Vijaya Bapineedu was Chiranjeevi.
Times Of India quoted superstar Chiranjeevi saying, “I still cannot believe that Vijaya Bapineedu is no more. He is like a father, brother and mentor to me. Besides the director-hero relationship, we are extremely close in personal space. From Patnam Vachina Pativrathalu in 1982, we worked in a total of six films together.”
Chiranjeevi also shared that how Vijaya helped him to stay at a guest house when he shifted to Hyderabad from Chennai. “After I shifted to Hyderabad from Chennai, Bapineedu asked me to stay in his guest house and allocated two full floors to me. I would miss him terribly,” he revealed.
Chiranjeevi and Vijaya have worked together in a lot films like Maga Maharaju (1983), Magadheerudu (1986) and Khaidi No. 786 (1988).