Ramesh Babu was an Indian film producer and former actor. He was the eldest brother of the famous South Indian actor Mahesh Babu. Ramesh died of liver-related ailments on 8 January 2022.
Ramesh Babu aka Ghattamaneni Ramesh Babu was born on Wednesday, 13 October 1965 (age 56 years; at the time of death) in Madras (now Chennai), Tamil Nadu. His hometown is Burripalem, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh. His zodiac sign is Libra. He used to look after Mahesh Babu’s academic performance when Mahesh was in school.
Height (approx.): 5′ 6″
Eye Colour: Brown
Hair Colour: Black (Semi-bald)
Parents & Siblings
His father, Ghattamaneni Siva Rama Krishna, is a former actor, director, and producer. His mother’s name is Indira Devi. His stepmother, Vijaya Nirmala, was an actor, who died in 2019.
His younger brother, Mahesh Babu, is an actor who is married to the Indian actress Namrata Shirodkar. He had three younger sisters Manjula Ghattamaneni (actor and producer), Padmavathi, and Priyadarshini. His step-brother, Naresh Babu (younger), is an actor too.
Wife & Children
He was married to Mrudula. He had two children, a son named Jaya Krishna Ghattamaneni, and a daughter named Bharathi Ghattamaneni.
As a Child Actor
In 1974, he debuted as a child actor with the Telugu film ‘Alluri Seetarama Telugu’ in which he played the role of young Alluri Seetaramaraju.
He then acted in the Telugu films ‘Dongalaku Donga’ (1977), ‘Manushulu Chesina Dongalu’ (1977), and ‘Annadammula Saval’ (1978). At the age of 14, Ramesh, along with his younger brother Mahesh, appeared in the Telugu film ‘Needa.’
As a Lead Actor
After taking a break from acting, he played the lead role of Samraat in the Telugu film ‘Samraat’ (1987).
He then acted in various Telugu films like ‘Bazaar Rowdy’ (1988), ‘Mugguru Kodukulu’ (1988), ‘Krishna Gari Abbayi’ (1989), and ‘Kaliyuga Abhimanyudu’ (1990). After appearing in the Telugu film ‘Encounter’ in 1997, he quit acting and ventured into film production.
As a Producer
Ramesh Babu worked as an executive producer in the Hindi film ‘Sooryavansham’ (1999). Later, he started a film production company ‘Krishna Productions Private Limited’ in Hyderabad, Telangana, after his father’s name. Some of the Telugu films produced by Ramesh Babu are ‘Arjun’ (2004), ‘Athidhi’ (2007), ‘Dookudu’ (2011), and ‘Aagadu’ (2014).
On 8 January 2022, he took his last breath at AIG Hospital, Gachibowli, Hyderabad. He was suffering from prolonged liver-related ailments. Ramesh Babu’s film production company ‘GMB Entertainment’ confirmed the news of his demise through Twitter. The tweet reads,
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved Ghattamaneni Ramesh Babu garu. He will continue to live in our hearts forever. In light of the current circumstances, we request all our well-wishers to adhere to the Covid-19 norms and avoid gathering at the cremation venue.”
Various South Indian celebrities shared their grief on his demise. The veteran South Indian actor Chiranjeevi tweeted,
My heartfelt condolences to Shri Krishna garu, @urstrulyMahesh and all the family members. May the Almighty give strength to the family to cope with the tragic loss.”
Actor Sai Dharam Tej tweeted,
Saddened to know about the untimely passing on of Shri. #GhattamaneniRameshBabu garu.”