(This article is authored by Alar)
Popular Tollywood actor Mahesh Babu's mother Indira Devi passed away in the wee hours on Wednesday - September 28 at the age of 70 in Hyderabad due to illness. Her demise has shocked the entire industry and the fans and fraternities have been paying tribute and expressing condolences to the actor's family.
According to reports, Ghattamaneni Indira Devi breathed her last at 4 am on September 28 in Hyderabad and her mortal remain was kept at Padmalaya Studios for the public to pay homage. The last rites were scheduled to be held at Mahaprasthanam on Wednesday. It has been reported that Indira Devi had been unwell for the past few weeks and was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Hyderabad.
Indira Devi was married to Ghattamaneni Krishna and they have five children- Ramesh Babu, Mahesh Babu, Priyadarshini, Manjula, and Padmavathi. Of these five, Ramesh Babu passed away earlier this year at 56 and the family has now been further distressed over the demise of Indira Devi, who was the first wife of Krishna. The latter's second wife Vijaya Nirmala passed away in 2019.
Indira Devi's daughter and film producer Manjula has written a eulogy for her mother on Instagram. She wrote, "Dear Mom, You are my first Guru, my foundation and my heart. Your love has been my protection. You are the biggest influence in my life. My mom knew only giving, giving, giving all through her life and did not ask anything for herself. There has not been a single day in our childhood where we missed her presence. She took care of all our needs in her usual selfless loving way."
She concluded her eulogy by stating, "Even though we are apart, I know you will always protect us with your unconditional love. You will continue to live in our hearts forever. I love you very much. Love and prayers on your further journey." Several stars and leaders have been paying tribute to the deceased soul. Former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu also expressed his condolences to the family and said that he would pray for the family's mental strength to deal with the loss.
Veteran actor Chiranjeevi said the news of Indira Devi's passing has disturbed him and wrote on Twitter, "May her soul rest in peace. I express my deepest condolences to actor Krishna, Mahesh Babu, and to all other family members." Paying tribute to Indira Devi, actor Junior NTR took to Twitter and wrote, "Deeply saddened by the passing away of Indira Devi Garu. Deepest condolences to Krishna garu, Mahesh anna and family in this time of grief."
On the work front, Mahesh Babu is currently busy with the projects helmed by Trivikram Srinivas and SS Rajamouli. He was last seen in Sarkaru Vaari Paata, which got released earlier this year. It is pertinent to note that in May 2022, on the occasion of Mother's Day, Mahesh Babu released a picture of his children with his mother Indira Devi and he wrote, "To my Amma, To the mother of my lifelines, And to all the mothers in the world, A very happy Mother's Day! Your love is irreplaceable. Respect always!"
Deeply saddened by the passing away of Indira Devi Garu. Deepest condolences to Krishna garu, Mahesh anna and family in this time of grief.— Jr NTR (@tarak9999) September 28, 2022