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Flash Back - Know About Akkineni Nageswara Rao Life History

Written By Just 10 Media on 1/22/2014 | 23:10

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Know about Nageshwara Rao
Full Name : Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Born on : 20 September 1923
Died : 22 January 2014 (aged 90)
Birth Place : Venkata Raghava Puram, Madras Presidency, British India
Residence at : Ramapuram, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
Other names : Natasamrat, ANR
Occupation : Actor, producer, studio owner
Spouse : Annapurna Akkineni (1933–2011;her death)
Children : Venkat Akkineni, Akkineni Nagarjuna, Sathyavathi Akkineni, Naga Susheela A., Saroja Akkineni
Relatives : Sumanth (grandson), Sushanth (grandson), Naga Chaitanya (grandson), Akhil Akkineni (grandson), Amala Akkineni (daughter-in-law)

Akkineni Nageswara Rao (20 September 1923 – 22 January 2014) was a prominent Indian film actor and producer, predominantly in the Telugu cinema. He became a famous stage artiste, specializing in playing female characters, because women at that time were prohibited from acting.

Rao was discovered, by chance, by the then prominent film producer, Ghantasala Balaramaiah, at the Vijayawada railway station. He was then cast in the film Dharmapatni. Since then, he starred in several films of various genres during his 75-year acting career and came to be known as one of the two pillars of the Telugu cinema along with N.T. Rama Rao.

Rao won two Andhra Pradesh state Nandi Awards for Best Actor, three Filmfare Best Telugu Actor Awards during his acting career, and is a recipient of the Dada Saheb Phalke Award, the highest individual lifetime achievement award for films in India. He was honored with the Padma Vibhushan, India's second highest civilian award, for his contribution towards Indian cinema.

Earlier Life of Nageswara Rao

Akkineni Rao was born into a poor family on 20 September 1923, the youngest of five brothers, at Ramapuram, Krishna District. His parents, Akkineni Venkatratnam and Akkineni Punnamma, were from the farming community. His formal education was limited to primary schooling due to his parents' poor economic condition Indian cinema.

Rao was invited as a State Guest by the United States of America, England, France and Germany in 1964 and the USSR in 1972 besides some other countries in the West to study Film Craft and Theatre Arts in the respective countries. He had visited Australia in 1967 leading the delegates for the Indian Entry Film, Antastulu, at the Sydney Film Festival. He also led a high level Film Delegation to Mauritius. All across the globe, the people felicitated Dr. Akkineni with love and honour.

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Nageswara Film Career

In 1941, at the age of 17, Rao made his debut in the Telugu film, Dharmapatni, in which he played the role of the protagonist's friend.ANR, as he's fondly referred to, was discovered by chance at the Vijayawada railway station by the noted film producer, Ghantasala Balaramaiah, a popular film producer of that time, and was immediately offered the lead role of Lord Rama in his upcoming movie Seeta Rama Jananam. Before that, he predominantly acted in theater, many times donning female roles since women weren't allowed on stage at that time. He has since acted in over 255 films, spanning the Telugu, Tamil and Hindi languages and became of the most prominent figures in the history of Telugu cinema. A majority of his films were both commercial and critical successes.

Among other things, Rao is credited for influencing Telugu film producers and creating a base for Telugu films in Hyderabad. The Telugu film industry, in its early days, was based out of Madras (now Chennai) in Tamil Nadu. The new state of Andhra Pradesh was carved out from the Madras Presidency on 1 November 1956 and several leaders opined that in order to create a separate identity for the Telugu film industry, it had to be based out of Hyderabad, the capital of Andhra Pradesh. ANR was one of the first actors of that period who insisted on moving the Telugu film center from Chennai to Hyderabad. He established his own 22 acre production studio/house, named Annapurna Studios after his wife, in the heart of Hyderabad, to facilitate this.

About Nageshwara Rao Death

Akkineni Nageswar Rao died on 22 January 2014 in Hyderabad aged 90. He was suffering with intestinal cancer and died undergoing treatment in Care Hospitals, Banjara Hills. Family sources said he died at 12.10 AM, however the announcement was made after 2 AM.

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