Vijaya Bapineedu (86), born as Gutta Bapineedu Chowdary, today breathed his last at his Hyderabad residence. He was one of the most renowned directors and producers in Tollywood in the 1980s and 1990s. Bapineedi was born on September 22nd, 1936 in Eluru. He studied in the prestigious college, CRR and started his career as a journalist. In the year 1982, Bapineedu made his directorial debut and went on to direct commercial hits like ‘Maga Maharaju,’ ‘Mahanagaramlo Mayagadu’ including Chiranjeevi’s biggest blockbuster ‘Gangleader.’
He directed a total of 22 films in Telugu and produced couple of movies as well. Bapineedu ably handled heroes as different as Shoban Babu and Rajendra Prasad. It may be recalled that, after his favourite hero made a re-entry into cinema, the celebrated veteran expressed his desire to direct Chiranjeevi once more. His wish will remain unfulfilled. ‘Kodukulu’ was the last film of Bapineedu in the year 1998. He was one of the men behind Chiranjeevi emerging as Megastar.