Veteran Indian actor Raghu Balaiah passes away at 70

 November 4, 2023

Fans of Indian cinema were saddened this week to learn that one of its veteran stars suffocated to death. 

According to India Today, Tamil actor Raghu Balaiah passed away in the early hours of Thursday morning at the age of 70.

Actor suffered from breathing difficulties

Balaiah, who was affectionately known by the nickname "Junior Balaiah" died at his home in Valasaravakkam, a neighborhood in the Chennai district.

India Today noted that the actor was known to suffer from breathing difficulties. His funeral took place a day after his death.

He was the son of Indian film star T.S. Balaiah and rose to prominence following his appearance in the 1975 film "Melnaattu Marumagal."

That was followed by starring roles in a number of other movies, including "Karagattkaran," "Sundara Kandam," "Winner," and "Saattai."

Balaiah found success in television as well

Balaiah also drew praise four years ago for his role in Ajith Kumar's "Nerkonda Paarvai." His final film appearance came in 2021 with "Yennanga Sir Unga Sattam."

In addition to acting on the big screen, Balaiah also found success in television as well, with programs like "Chithi," "Vazhkai," and "Chinna Papa Periya Papa."

News of Balaiah's death was met with sadness from his fans and friends on social media, including one who said she "will be missing a loving and wonderful person."

Fellow actor recalls teenage friendship with Haasan

Another online tribute was shared by famed Indian actor, dancer, writer, and director Kamal Haasan, who shared fond memories of the deceased.

"Junior Balayya Raghu, son of legendary actor D.S. Balayya, became my teenage friend," Haasan wrote in a post on the social media platform previously known as Twitter.

"Like his father, who started his career on the theater stage and crawled on the screen, he is gone today. My tribute to him. My condolences to his family," he added.

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