Telugu actor Bharath Raju's funeral held in Hyderabad; brother Ravi Teja not among attendees
Bharath, the brother of Ravi Teja, a known face of the Telugu film industry, died in a road accident on the night of 24 June. His funeral was held at the Jubilee Hills Mahaprasthanam. Teja reportedly did not attend it.
Teja was in Hyderabad at the time of the funeral, reports Times of India, and did not see the body when it was placed at Osmania General Hospital mortuary either. With the exception of his younger sibling Raghu, none of Teja's family members attended the last rites, as they were unable to cope with Bharath's death and the condition in which his body was found, said actor Uttej, who is close to Teja.
Ravi Teja is said to be close to Bharath as well as the rest of his family. The last rites were performed in a hurry, says the same Times of India report, and the body was not taken to any of the family members' houses. It was transported straight from the mortuary to the crematorium.
The last rites were overseen by Uttej, and the funeral was attended by Jeevitha, Ali, Raghu Babu, as well as some producers and members of the Telugu film fraternity.
The car Bharath was driving crashed into a stationary lorry at Kotwalguda, which is on the outskirts of Hyderabad. He was driving the car alone. It is registered under his mother's name.
While Ravi Teja is the more famous actor, Bharath appeared in cameo and supporting roles in films such as Aa Mugguru, Rama Rama Krishna Krishna and Jump Jilani.