Producer and distributor Yalamanchili Hari Krishna passed away last night at home in Hyderabad. He was 76 and was survived by wife and three sons. Hari Krishna was ailing from Lungs disease for some time and succumbed to the same. Hari Krishna will be remembered for the tasteful and meaningful movies he produced and / or distributed during his tenure as the head of Sri Lakshmi Chitra.
Self made, Hari Krishna worked for ace production and distribution houses like Navayuga and Lakshmi Films in Vijayawada and launched his own production house Lakshmi Chitra in Hyderabad on which he produced films like Vande Mataram, Devalayam etc in revolutionary director T. Krishna. The films would stand out even today for their honest depiction of social values and effort to help change. The movies got several awards including Nandi and critics acclaim too. He followed them with movies like Aruna Kiranam, Ida Prapancham, Padmavathi Kalyanam, God Father, Inspector Pratap, Kalyana Tamboolam, Mamatala Kovela etc. His movies epitomize his quest for good cinema and were filled with qualitative emotions.
Hari Krishna was the first secretary of AP Film Chamber of Commerce, first Joint secretary of FNCC and also worked on the Nandi awards committee and other such committees relating to film industry development. He will be remembered as a soft spoken, efficient, noncontroversial and professional filmmaker who made a difference to the way films were made.