Telugu Actor AKKINENI NAGESWARA RAO Biography
Akkineni Nageswara Rao (born September 20, 1924 at Venkataraghavapuram, Dist. Krishna, Andhra Pradesh), also known as ANR, is a film actor from Gudivada Andhra Pradesh. He is one of the first fully commercial Telugu Cinema heroes.
His films include a diverse range of genres which include mythological, folk tale, social, adventure and drama. He is a contemporary to NTR who jointly shared popularity as one of the greatest telugu actors for almost 40 years. Nageswara Rao was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1990 for his lifetime contributions to Indian cinema. He is also a recipient of the Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri.
He is the first person to cause the shift of Telugu film industry to Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh from Chennai, Tamilnadu in an attempt to bring the native language to the heart of the Telugu community. Soon after moving to Hyderabad, Nageswara Rao founded his own production house, Annapoorna Studios located in Banjara Hills.
He goes a bit philosophic and introspective. "What would have happened to me if Ghantasala Balaramiah did not notice me on the railway platform and looked other side while I was walking on the platform", he recalls. "It was a tryst with destiny or say was a matter of chance that I came into his view and that moment changed my destiny", he observes.
He has his favorite artistes to cherish. Ashok Kumar and Dilip Kumar of Hindi cinema and Gregory Peck and Marlon Brando of Hollywood. But remember ANR has been a contemporary of these actors. There is a lot in his life for other artistes to learn. This actor, who was considered unfit for socials, after he figured in many folklores in the early period, ultimately proved he is a master at socials, historicals, mythologicals and devotionals like 'Vipranarayana'.
ANR also takes credit even for the development of film industry in Andhra Pradesh. With him came many of his producers to Hyderabad. "All of us went to Madras from our state and developed the film industry there. Now we come back to our own state, to which we belong and will develop here in toto," says he. It happened. He is credited for many firsts – first who introduced hero dancing in cinema, call sheet diary system.
"'Maya Bazar' of KV Reddy is a lesson in cinematography art," he says. For him 'Donga Ramudu' is a social epic in cinema art. ANR described Adurti Subba Rao as a bridge between the old and new generations of directors. He brought changes in story narration, combining the values of the past with the present and narrating a story with the technical advancement. These are all firsts. For ANR the golden period for Telugu cinema was between 1950 and 1970.
ANR is an engineer and architect within himself and a designer too, when it came to the construction of his studios. Annapoorna Studios is one of the best in Asia, with all the facilities, the lack of which in other studios, ANR worked in, put him to inconvenience. He is a man with great sense of discipline and perspicacity. A legend in his own lifetime.
Seeta Rama Jananam
Keelugurram /Maya Kudhirai;
Shri Lakshmamma Katha;
Paramanandayya Sishyula Katha
Ardhangi/ Pennin Perumai;
MatharKula Manikam/ Cbaranadasi
Allavudeenum Arputba Vilakkum/Allauddm Adbbuta Deepam/Alladdin Ka Chirag;
angalya Balam/Manjal Magimai;
Pelli Sandadi/Kalyana Penn;
Enga Veetu Mahalakshmi
Namminabantu/ Pattayilin Vetri;
Velugu Needalu/Thooya Ullam;
Manchi Manushulu/Penn Manam;
Gundamma Katha/Manitban Maravillai;
Shri Krishnarjuna Yuddham
Manasu i Mangalyam;
Manchi Roju Lostai;
Devadasu Malli Puttadu;
Shri Rama Raksha
Megha Sandesam Yuvaraju
Ramudu Kadu Krishnudu;
Bharya Bharthala Bandham;
Seetharamayya gari manavaralu;