Don’t have the courage to attend Uday’s funeral: R.P. Patnaik

Hyderabad, Jan 7: Singer-composer R.P. Patnaik, who had worked with late actor Uday Kiran, says he doesn’t have the courage to attend the funeral scheduled to take place here Tuesday.

Uday reportedly committed suicide Sunday by hanging himself from the ceiling in his flat. He was 33.

Uday’s last rites will be performed in the evening. His body is kept at the Andhra Pradesh Film Chamber of Commerce for the public to pay their last respects.

“I don’t think I have the courage to attend his funeral. I’m watching the proceeding on television and I feel so heavy listening to the songs I composed for him being played in the background,” Patnaik told IANS.

Patnaik had composed music for six of Uday’s films — “Chitram”, “Nuvvu Nenu”, “Manasantha Nuvve”, “Sreeram”, “Nee Sneham” and “Neeku Nenu Naaku Nuvvu”.

“I have so many memories with him. I can still remember the fun we have had every time we worked together. I still can’t believe he chose to end his life like this,” he said.

Uday reportedly ended his life because he was depressed after not getting roles in films.

Born on Jan 26, 1980, the actor made his cinematic debut with Telugu romantic-drama “Chitram” in 2000. He went on to act in several successful films such as “Nuvvu Nenu” and “Manasantha Nuvve”.

He had also worked in Tamil films such as “Poi” and “Pen Singam”.

IANS