Veteran director, screenwriter and producer Vijaya Bapineedu passed away at his residence in Hyderabad.
The doyen filmmaker gave the Telugu film industry some of its biggest hits like Khaidi 786, Gang Leader, Big Boss, Magadheerudu to name a few.
He was best known for his collaborations and hit films with renowned actors like Megastar Chiranjeevi, Shobhan Babu, Superstar Krishna, Rajendra Prasad and others.
Vijaya Bapineedu began his career as a magazine editor and went on to direct over 25Telugu films apart from also producing over 40 movies.
The eminent filmmaker who was born in Eluru passed away after a prolonged illness at the age of 83.