End of a glorious chapter for Akkineni Nageswara Rao

The passing away of legendary Telugu film actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao (fondly remembered as ANR) marks the end of another glorious and unforgettable chapter in Telugu cinema.

By (Ramesh G. Jethwani, by email)

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Published: Thu 23 Jan 2014, 9:12 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 3:57 AM

There is a pall of gloom over the demise of this thespian of Telugu cinema and ANR’s fans are heart-broken. The Telugu film industry makes the second largest number of films annually in India, next only to Bollywood. ANR was an actor par excellence loved by generations of cinema goers.

In his illustrious career spanning almost seven decades, he enacted the roles of literary and cultural icons, acting in more than 250 films, not only in Teugu, but in Tamil and Hindi as well. Some of his all-time hits are Tenali Ramakrishna, Devdas, Maya Bazar and Missamma. A multi-faceted personality, ANR was a rare mix of actor and author. Besides being a super star of Telugu cinema, he was a prolific writer. Punctual, dedicated to his profession and a great human being, ANR was an actor his colleagues enjoyed working with.

His many awards and accolades include the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1991 for lifetime achievement, the Padma Bhushan and NTR Award. At the time of his death, he was working in a historical film, Manam, with three generations of his family. ANR’s films will have enduring value for generations to come. May his soul rest in peace.

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