Renowned Telugu film producer and distributor V. Doraswamy Raju passed away on Monday at a private hospital in Hyderabad due to cardiac arrest.
As the soon as the news flashed, tributes started pouring in from the film circuit. Producer Naga Vamsi tweeted, “Condolences to Doraswamy Raju garu family. He was one of the most passionate distributors and producers of TFI. Rest in Peace Sir!”
Screenwriter Gopi Mohan also paid respects on social media. Poducer AM Rathnam expressed condolences through the Twitter handle of Mega Surya Productions.
ప్రముఖ నిర్మాత , డిస్ట్రిబ్యూటర్ వి.ఎం.సి అధినేత శ్రీ వి.దొరస్వామిరాజు గారు ఇక లేరు అన్న విషయం తెలుగు సినిమా పరిశ్రమకు తీరని లోటు.
కిరాయిదాదా,సీతారామయ్య గారి మనవరాలు,ప్రెసిడెంట్ గారి పెళ్ళాం, అన్నమయ్య,సింహాద్రి లాంటి బ్లాక్ బస్టర్ హిట్లు అందించిన రాజు గారికి నా వినమ్ర నివాళి🙏🏻💐 pic.twitter.com/0AesrYsy8L
— Gopi Mohan (@Gopimohan) January 18, 2021
Doraswamy Raju garu did a lot to help many producers as a distributor and produced memorable films too. It is a great loss to the telugu film Industry. My condolences to his family & friends!
— Mega Surya Production (@MegaSuryaProd) January 18, 2021
Doraswamy Raju is the founder of VMC organizations that includes the film production house Vijaya Maruthi Creations and VMC film distributions. VMC was inaugurated by legendary actor NT Ramarao in 1978.
Raju has more than 700 movies to his credit as a film distributor and produced blockbuster films with actors Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Nagarjuna Akkineni, and Junior NTR. As a producer, he has bankrolled films like Seetharamaiah Gaari Manavaralu, Annamayya, Simhadri, President Gari Pellam, amongst others.
Besides the film production and distribution, Doraswamy Raju also served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) from the Nagari constituency. He held the president positions of Film Chamber, Distribution Council, and Exhibitors Association too.