ANR no more

Legendary actor and Dada Saheb Phalke Award winner Akkineni Nageswara Rao ( ANR) passed away at Care Hospital in Hyderabad early on Wednesday at around 2 am.  He was 90.  His body will be placed at Annapoorna Studios for the public to pay homage.He is survived by three daughters and two sons.

ANR was born on 20 September 1923.  His acting career started in 1941 at the age of 18 years with Telugu film “Dharmapatni.”  In a career span of 8 decades, Akkineni Nageswara Rao starred in more than 250 films in various languages.

Labelled as the ‘Tragedy King’ of Telugu cinema, ANR rose to fame for portraying many historical characters on silver screen.

His last film ‘Manam’ will be released this year.  Directed by Vikram Kumar, the movie will see the presence of three generations of Akkeneni family with son Akkineni Nagarjuna and grandson Akkineni Naga Chaitanya.

ANR won many prestigious awards during his illustrious career including Dada Saheb Phalke, Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibushan.

He was the pioneer in shifting Telugu film industry from then Madras to Hyderabad.  Annapurna Studios was established by ANR on 13th August 1975.  Its one of the leading film production centres in India.

Nageshwar Rao’s contribution to Indian cinema will always be cherished by cine goers.

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