Tollywood’s one of the most popular senior director died in Chennai on Sunday following a brief illness. Bapu passed away at 80, he started his movie journey in 1967 with ‘Sakshi’, and his last was with Balakrishna’s ‘Sriramarajyam’ in 2011. Along with the movie fans, Telugu fraternity missed Bapu and several celebs took to their social blogs to express their deep condolences. See below.

Chandra Babu Naidu: I’m deeply saddened by the demise of PadmaSri Bapu garu, a prodigal Illustrator, cartoonist & film director. His loss is immeasurable.

SS Rajamouli: It must have been a happy reunion up there. But for us in TFI, it is a deep void..BapuRamana

Nagarjuna: #Bapu Remember spending wonderful times with bapu garu on the Godavari during the making of andala ramudu. May his soul rest in peace

Prakash Raj: Rip. Bapugaru… Take a bow chief ..for the soul n respect u brought to Telugu cinema. Thank uuuu. Will miss you.

Nani: Bapu gaaru is no more..My first director..My guru..My inspiration.A great artist.An amazing director.A complete human being.Will miss u sir. I am very very proud to say that I belong to Bapu school .. Thank you for everything sir.

Hero Ram: Andamaina ammayini varninchadaaniki ,English vaallu “Angel” ane padham vadathaaru..Manavaallu “Bapu Bomma” antaaru..#RIPBapuGaru

Lakshmi Manchu: Rip Bapu garu. A legend rests. What an amazing artistic journey.

Devi Sri Prasad: Had d greatest honour of accompanying Bapu garu 2 his car at Gama Awards this year!! Greatest LEGEND!! R.I.P sir:(((

Allu Sirish: Telugu cinema loses yet another of its beloved sons. So long Bapu garu! Rest in peace.

Siddharth: The great Bapu garu has passed away… Artist, writer, film maker par excellence. Huge influence on many a generation! RIP sir.

Korata Siva (Mirchi director): Another legend rests. Bapu garu ika leru. We will miss the real art sir.