Born on 15 June 1974, Chakradhar ‘Chakri’ Gilla was a Tollywood music composer and singer. Brother of three sisters and one brother, Chakri started his musical career with private albums. He started his musical career in Tollywood with the movie Bachi directed by
. The movie shows the story of a police officer named Bachi who finds a young boy in front of his house. This young boy claims to be his son, and Bachi tries to do his best to prove the boy wrong.
The movie did poorly receiving a rating of a mere 4/10. Later on, he worked with director Puri Jagannadh for ten more films. After this movie, he gave his voice and music for over 85 films. In this span, he also released many hit albums, ones who won him many awards. Most of his famous songs come from movies like Devadasu, Desamuduru, Krishna, and Maska. He won the Tollywood Filmfare Best Singer Award for the movie Satyam.
He also won the Nandi Award for the movie Simha. After divorcing his first wife, Chakri met Sravani ten years later and got married to her despite objections from her parents. In 2013, he was charged with molestation.
The police report said that a friend of Chakri had invited him to her home to a party where he along with director Paruchuri Prasad had molested her after getting drunk. On 15 December 2015, Chakri was pronounced dead when he wife was unable to wake him up one morning. He had been suffering due to obesity and related issues. The doctors stated that he had died of a heart attack. His last hit song was one named Erra Bus.