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Missing Telugu producer Akkineni Ravi Shankara Prasad found dead

July 14, 2013 by Prabhu in CINEMA

Five days after Chennai-based film producer and hotelier A Ravi Shankar Prasad went missing from his hotel in Yanam, his body was found in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh.

Police found his decomposed body in Gogula Lanka village in I Polavaram mandal. Ravi, grandson of renowned film producer L V Prasad, was last seen on July 8 when he left Anand Regency Hotel for an early morning walk at 3am. Police have been searching after his partner filed a ‘man missing’ complaint.

Ravi, the managing director of the Gemini Film Circuit, Anand Cine Services and Anand Regency Group, was said to be in debt, but friends and relatives said he wouldn’t have committed suicide. “He had been in touch with all of us till last Sunday,” said Ravi’s sister Mano Akkineni. “He sounded normal.”

South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce secretary L Suresh said Ravi was to appear before the Supreme Court in connection with a case his production house faced, on the day he went missing. However, Ravi’s uncle Sriramulu said he need not have appeared as his brother Manohar Prasad had appeared in the case.

Ravi, the elder son of Anand Prasad, had entered the family business early, along with his brother Manohar. Anand Prasad had taken forward his father L V Prasad’s legacy and launched Anand Cine Services, probably the first outdoor film shooting unit in the south. “Ravi had always been fond of cameras and other gadgets. He went on to strengthen the gadgetry part of the business,” said Sunder C, who has directed Gemini’s yet-to-be-released movie ‘Mathakala Raja.’

Ravi was also instrumental in taking the family business abroad, by opening a Malaysia office of Anand Cine Services in 2008. He toured the world to visit exhibitions of film gadgetry and would procure the latest. He also took care of the hotel business in Andhra Pradesh. In fact, his last night was in his latest hotel in Yanam.

Ravi’s companies ran into debt, but he had enough properties to protect himself from a great fall. His death, hence, has shocked many.

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