Senior Telugu editor Gautham Raju passed away earlier today (July 6) at 1:30 AM at his residence in Moti Nagar, Hyderabad. He had said to have passed away due to a certain age related illness. He was 68 and was reportedly undergoing a kidney related treatment at a private hospital in the city for the past couple of days but his health only got worse. His health started deteriorating at midnight and he finally breathed his last breath. His remains were kept at his residence before the last rites were performed at Maha Prasthanam, Jubilee Hills today afternoon. 

In a career spanning over four decades, he has worked in more than eight hundred feature films across various film industries. He debuted as an editor in 1981 with Chattaniki Kallu Levu and won the Nandi award for best editing for Jr. NTR’s Aadi, other than working for some classic Telugu hits such as Nalugu Stambta which came out in 1982. He was the man and reason behind several superhit blockbusters of Telugu cinema. He has worked on many classics such as Aditya 369 and Assembly Rowdy. Gautham had also edited many blockbusters such as Gabbar Singh, Kick, Race Gurram, Khaidi No. 150, etc. He was the go-to editor for many directors like V. V. Vinayak.

The Telugu film industry is in deep shock with the demise of their beloved Editor Gautham Raju. The tragic news of his demise has left the Telugu film industry in deep shock which resulted in a number of tributes pouring in across various social media platforms. Megastar Chiranjeevi spoke about how the Gautham was an absolute professional when it came to editing, while Vishnu wrote that he had learned a lot from the editor since his childhood.