Film actor ‘Vizag Prasad’ passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest in Hyderabad early on Sunday. He was 75 and is survived by his wife, a daughter and a son.
Born as Korlam Parvati Vara Prasada Rao into a traditional middle class family at Gopalapatnam, he began acting in plays at the age of 16.
After a short stage stint with Vankayala Satyanaryana, his colleague, he had a much longer and fruitful association later with noted actor S.K. Misro in his ‘ Bahurupa Nata Samakhya .’
“We acted together in around 100 plays for about 25 to 30 years, with Prasad playing several key roles and winning awards. A disciplined man, he was a solid support for the Sakamkhya,” Mr. Misro recalled.
He made a name for himself in plays like ‘ Danta Vedantam ,’ ‘ Anta Inte ,’ ‘ Manastatvalu’ and ‘ Garibi Hatao .’
A system analyst with the Hindustan Shipyard, he first acted in the 1983 Balakrishna-starrer ‘ Babay-Abbay ,’ directed by Jandhyala. With so many Prasads in the film, it was Jandhyala who pre-fixed ‘Vizag’ to his name.
However, he continued his job in the HSL, while acting in a few films every year. He shifted to Hyderabad in 2000 after his retirement and took up acting full-time.
He had acted in a total of 375 films including some directed by Jandhyala and K. Viswanath. His role as the father of late Uday Kiran in ‘ Nuvvu-Nenu’ in which director Teja had cast him after considering several big names,. The movie had fetched him a lot of recognition and name. He also had acted in several TV serials too.
Vizag Film Society secretary Narava Prakasa Rao mourned Prasad’s death.