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Rajababu statue unveiled

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Remembering the actor: Film director and actor Dasari Narayana Rao, Union Minister Pallam Raju, and Minister D.K. Aruna unvieling statue of comedian Rajababu in Rajahmundry on Saturday. —

RAJAHMUNDRY: Punyamurthula Appalaraju, popularly known as Rajababu, a yesteryear comedian of Telugu film industry, was remembered on the eve of unveiling his 9-foot statue on the banks of river Godavari in Rajahmundry on Saturday.

Film director, actor and former Union Minister Dasari Narayana Rao unveiled Rajababu's statue at a grand function organised here by Movie Artists Association (MAA) led by M. Murali Mohan. Union Minister of State for Defence M.M. Pallam Raju, State Information Minister D.K. Aruna, MPs Vundavalli Arun Kumar, G.V. Harshakumar, MLAs Rowthu Suryaprakasha Rao, Maganti Babu, along with comedians Bramhanandam, Tanikella Bharani, and Venu Madhav participated in the event.

Union Minister Pallam Raju said that Telugu film industry has always given the centre stage to comedy and it patronised comedians from the days of Relangi, Ramana Reddy and Rajababu.

He said that it was a matter of pride that Rajababu was born and brought up in Rajahmundry.

He later went to Madras to act in Telugu films. D.K. Aruna said that Rajababu was very much alive, through his comedy, in the hearts of crores of Telugu people across the globe.

Dasari Narayana Rao said Rajababu was a great comedian, and his first film with Rajababu, “Tata-Manavadu”, was a big hit on the silver screen.

He said Rajababu will never be forgotten by Telugu film industry, and it was indeed a tribute to the comedian to install his statue in his native place. Bramhanandam and Tanikella Bharani described the occasion as “Hasya Kumbhabhishekam” in Rajahmundry.

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