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Telugu film editor Gautham Raju dies at 68 

He made his debut with Chiranjeevi’s 1981 film Chettaniki Kallu Levu.

Photo: Courtesy Vamsi Shekar on Twitter

Haricharan Pudipeddi

Popular Telugu film editor Gautham Raju, who has worked in over 100 films, died early on Wednesday morning at a private hospital in Hyderabad. He had been suffering from health issues for months. 

Gautham, 68, made his debut as an editor with Chiranjeevi’s 1981 film Chettaniki Kallu Levu. Some of his other popular films include Padamati Sandhya Ragam (1987), Nari Nari Naduma Murari (1990), Karthavyam (1991), Assembly Rowdy (1991) and Peda Rayudu (1995)

Some of his recent films include Chiranjeevi’s comeback film after an eight-year hiatus, Khaidi No 150, as well as Gabbar Singh (2012), Sardaar Gabbarsingh (2016), Touch Chesi Chudu (2018) and Katamarayudu (2017). 

Vamsi and Shekar, public relations officers in the Telugu film industry, confirmed the news about Gautham's demise on Twitter. 

"Senior editor Gautamraju garu passed away. May his soul rest in peace. Strength to family, friends and loved ones (sic)," they wrote. 

Composer MM Keeravani took to Twitter to share his condolences. 

“Saddened by the premature exit of Gouthamraju garu. Happened to work with him for Dhammu. Huge respect for his humility and talent (sic),” Keeravani wrote. 

Filmmaker Bobby wrote, “Shocked and saddened by the passing away of Veteran editor Gowtham Raju garu, May his soul rest in peace. My deepest condolences to the family members (sic).” 

Writer-Producer Kona Venkat tweeted, “Very sad to hear about the demise of the legendary Editor Sri Goutham Raju garu. Had the privilege to work along with him on many memorable movies (sic).”