Nandamuri Harikrishna, the fourth son of former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister NT Rama Rao, died today in a road accident in Telangana. N Harikrishna, 61, was a former parliamentarian and an actor. He was also the brother-in-law of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and a member of the politburo of the state’s ruling Telugu Desam Party.
Harikrishna, 61, was driving a Toyota Fortuner and was going to Kavali in Nellore district in Andhra Pradesh to attend a fan’s wedding. However, the SUV hit a road median on the Nalgonda highway near Anaparthi and flipped over several times.
The police believe Mr Harikrishna was driving at a speed of up to 150 km per hour as he wanted to make it to the wedding by 9 am. Police later confirmed that he was not wearing seat belt.
The accident took place around 6:30 am in Nalgonda, 100 km from Hyderabad. The accident completely smashed the front portion of the car and sent debris flying in all directions. He suffered serious injuries and was rushed to Kamineni Hospitals, where several cadres of the TDP began to gather after learning about the incident. He was declared dead at 7:30a.m.
Today morning, Harikrishna had left home at 4:30 and was scheduled to reach Kavali by 8:30 am. After attending the fan’s wedding, Harikrishna was supposed to drive 300 kms to Allagadda in Kurnool district to attend the wedding of AP Tourism Minister B Akhila Priya Reddy.
Harikrishna is also the father of popular Telugu film actor Jr NTR. Harikrishna’s other son Kalyan Ram is an actor and producer. Harikrishna’s third son Janakiram was a film producer, but passed away in a road accident in 2014.
Mr Harikrishna’s sons, Junior NTR and Nandamuri Kalyanram, both popular actors, went to the hospital.
Harikrishna was best known for his performances as a child artist in the Telugu cinema in the sixties.
He made his acting debut with Sri Krishnavataram in 1964 and gave box office hits such as Laahiri Laahiri Laahirilo (2002) and Seetayya (2003).