Akkineni Nageswara Rao, icon of Telugu film industry, is no more. He dominated, alongside N. T. Rama Rao, the Telugu cinema through the 1960s and the 1970s. For half a century, ANR and NTR (N. T. Rama Rao), were like the two eyes of the Telugu film industry, or Tollywood.
His portrayal of Sarat Chandra’s tragic hero Devdas got him nation-wide acclaim. Experts rate his performance the best among the various versions of Devdas. ANR’s was a fairy-tale like rise in the industry. With no godfather and without a good education, he scaled several peaks with grit and discipline.
ANR’s acting career continued till the very end. He had just finished shooting for the film Manam (We) co-starring his son, Nagarjuna, and grandson, Naga Chaitanya. He received many top honours including Dada Saheb Phalke Award, Raghupati Venkaiah Award and Padma Vibhushan.