At 80 years of age, Chandra Mohan leaves behind a loving legacy, his wife Jalandhara, and their two daughters, who will carry his memory forward.
Renowned Telugu cinema luminary Chandra Mohan, celebrated for gracing 932 films with his presence, of which he held the lead in 150, has gracefully left this world after a fleeting encounter with illness. The sun had barely kissed the horizon when the Apollo Hospitals in Hyderabad became the backdrop for his final act, a tale that his grieving family recounted.
At 80 years of age, Chandra Mohan leaves behind a loving legacy, his wife Jalandhara, and their two daughters, who will carry his memory forward. In the quiet hours of Saturday morning, he bade adieu to his earthly existence, succumbing to the ravages of time and age-related ailments, the very forces that had weakened his once-resilient spirit.
News of his passing rippled through the media, a somber reminder of his illustrious connection to the world of Telugu cinema. His last rites, a poignant farewell, are set to unfold in his beloved Hyderabad, a city that bore witness to his cinematic journey.
Underneath the spotlight, Chandra Mohan, known as Mallampalli Chandrasekhar Rao in the records, wasn’t merely an actor but a thread woven into the rich tapestry of his family’s artistic lineage. Cousin to the esteemed director and Dada Sahab Phalke award laureate, K Vishwanath, whose own departure marked the pages of this year’s calendar, Chandra Mohan’s connections extended to the legendary playback singer, the late S P Balasubrahmanyam.
Hailing from the tranquil embrace of Pamidimukkala village in Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh, Chandra Mohan’s cinematic odyssey commenced with the 1966 release, “Rangula Ratnam,” earning him the esteemed Nandi award from the state government. In 1968, he assumed the role of the caring brother in “Sukha Duhkalu,” opposite Vanisri, an enactment that garnered him accolades and recognition.
The years unfurled, and Chandra Mohan’s repertoire of roles expanded to include iconic films like “Padaharella Vayasu,” “Siri Siri Muvva,” “Seethaamalakshmi,” “Radha Kalyanam,” “Shankarabharanam,” and “Chandamama Raave.” Along this journey, he claimed two Filmfare awards, coupled with a constellation of state government awards honoring his talents as a lead actor and a character artiste.
Chandra Mohan, an embodiment of the Telugu silver screen, now rests among the stars, his cinematic legacy etched in the hearts and minds of those who reveled in his performances.