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It happened on November 15th, my best friend’s birthday. Ghattamaneni Siva Rama Krishna Murthy, known to the world as Superstar Krishna, had passed away. I became sad and immediately sent the message to my close family members
[ Ghattamaneni Siva Rama Krishna Murthy, known to the world mononymously as Krishna, passed away on 15th November 2022. Superstar Krishna was not only an actor whose career span over five decades, but he was also director and producer who helped in shaping of the Telugu film industry to its current stature! ]
It happened on November 15th, my best friend’s birthday. I woke from sleep and took my mobile to send her birthday wishes.
Later, took a cup of coffee and switched on the TV. I saw the news on TV9 that, Ghattamaneni Siva Rama Krishna Murthy, known to the world as Superstar Krishna, had passed away. I became sad and immediately sent the message to my close family members.
Then I got glued to the TV to see the exclusive news. I could not switch off the TV the whole day.
I became emotional and started crying like hell. Then I watched all programs and interviews related to Superstar Krishna. It was inspirational that I completed the long pending tasks the same day.
I am not related to Superstar Krishna, nor have I met him personally, but what made me cry so much?
I thought for a while.
Then I realized that I was missing my parents. I could connect the songs with my childhood days and my parents. During our childhood, he was one of the mainstream heroes. I watched most of his movies on TV on Saturday and Sunday.
I felt nostalgic and took a trip down memory lane. In those days, cinema was just not a popular form of entertainment. It was the medium that helped us create memories.
Some of Superstar Krishna’s songs were played wherever we went on any occasion or festival. During the Ganesh festival, we are used to loudspeakers playing his songs continuously on a loop.
The organizers of a Ganesh Mandal would bring projectors and organize a film screening on the streets during the festival. People would turn up in large numbers and bring mats to sit on.
Now, I understand and relate to what it means to be an orphan after losing a parent.
If we had a time machine and I would travel back in time, I would like to hug my parents and tell them how much I love them and miss them. We don’t value what we have until it is gone.
Death is inevitable for everyone. We must understand and bounce back for other family members who depend on us.
Image source: Deccan Herald, edited on CanvaPro
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