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Tollywood filmmaker B Jaya passes away after prolonged illness

One among the few women filmmakers in Telugu cinema, B Jaya, passed away on Thursday late in the evening after suffering a massive cardiac arrest. B Jaya has been battling prolonged illness and breathed her last a private hospital in Hyderabad late in the evening. This comes as another shocker to Telugu film industry after the sudden demise of actor-politician Nandamuri Harikrishna. B Jaya is survived by husband, BA Raju, who is a popular PRO in Telugu film industry and son Shiva Kumar. Telugu film industry mourns another loss in the industry and posted condolence messages for the family on social media. The final rites of B Jaya will be conducted today in Hyderabad.

The journalist-turned-director has been unwell for the last many months and breathed her last on Thursday evening. Tollywood is mourning the loss of two popular faces of the industry.

B Jaya started her career as a columnist for a leading Telugu daily and later went on establish her career in filmmaking. Jaya studied MA English from Chennai University and is one among the few women filmmakers in Tollywood. Jaya made her debut as director with ‘Chantigadu’ in 2003 and went on to direct films like Gundammagari Manavadu’ and ‘Lovely’. Her last film was released in 2017 titled Vaisakham.

The veteran also has the credit of introducing many new faces to Telugu film industry which includes actresses Shanvi Srivastava who is now an established actress in Kannada cinema.

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