Jul 21, 2009

Akkineni Nageswara rao - Living Legend

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.

AKKINENI FILMOGRAPHY.........

1940:
Dharmapatni

1942:
Seeta Rama Jananam

1945:
Mayalokam

1947:
Palnati Yuddbam;
Ratnamala

1948:
Balaraju

1949:
Keelugurram /Maya Kudhirai;
Laila Majnu;
Raksbarekha

1950:
Palletoori Pilla;
Shri Lakshmamma Katha;
Swapna Sundari;
Samsaram;
Paramanandayya Sishyula Katha

1951:
Prema/Kathal

1953:
Bratuku Theruvu;
Devadasu;
Kanna Talli/Petrathai;
Poongothai/ParadeshiVayyari Bhama

1954:
Chakrapani;
Annadata;
Nirupedalu;
Parivarthana;
Vipranarayana

1955:
Anarkali;
Ardhangi/ Pennin Perumai;
Missamma/Missiamma;
Rojulu Marayi;
Santhanam;
Vadina;
Donga Ramudu

1956:
Tenali Ramakrishna;
Bbale Ramudu;
Ilavelpu;
MatharKula Manikam/ Cbaranadasi

1957:
Thodi Kodallu;
Sati Savitri;
Maya Bazaar;
Allavudeenum Arputba Vilakkum/Allauddm Adbbuta Deepam/Alladdin Ka Chirag;
Suvarna Sundari;
Dongalo Dora

1958:
Bhukailasa;
Mantradandam;
Mayalamari/Mayakkari;
Saudamini;
Strisahasam;
Tilottama/ Mayamalai;
Ore Iravu

1958:
Bhukailasa;
Chenchulakshmi;
Shri Krishnamaya;
Aadapettanam;
Pelli-nati Pramanalu

1959:
angalya Balam/Manjal Magimai;
Pelli Sandadi/Kalyana Penn;
Athisaya Penn;
Jayabheri;
Kalyana Parisu;
Illarikam,
Kalaivanan;
Vazhkai Oppantham;
Daivame Thunai;
Naradbar Kalyanam;
Kanniraindba Kanavan;
Enga Veetu Mahalakshmi

1960:
Shantinivasam;
Namminabantu/ Pattayilin Vetri;
Mahakavi Kalidasa;
Pelli Kanuka;
Engal Selvi;
Abhimanam;
Runanubandbam;
Maa Babu

1961:
Velugu Needalu/Thooya Ullam;
Anbu Magan;
Bharya Bartulu;
Bhakta Jayadeva;
Batasari/Kanal Neer,
Vagdanam;
Shabash Raja;
Iddaru Mithralu

1962:
Aradhana;
Manchi Manushulu/Penn Manam;
Gundamma Katha/Manitban Maravillai;
Kalimilemulu;
Kulagothralu;
Siri Sampadalu;
Shri Krishnarjuna Yuddham

1963:
Chaduvukonna Ammayilu;
Punarjanma;
Moogamanasulu

1964:
Poojaphalam;
Atmabalam;
Murali Krishna;
AmarashilpiJakanna;
Dr Chakravarthi

1965:
Sumangali;
Antastulu;
Preminchi Cboodu;
Manasulu Mamathalu

1966:
Zamindar,
Atmagauravam;
Navarathri;
Manase Mandiram;
Astiparulu

1967:
Grihalakshmi;
Pranamithrulu;
Vasantsena;
Rahasyam;
Poolarangadu
Sudigundalu

1968:
Brahmachari;
Manchi Kuttimbam;
Govula Gopanna;
Bandbipotu Dongalu;
Bangaru Gajulu

1969:
Adrushtavanthalu;
Mooganomu;
Adarsha Kutumbam;
Atmiyulu;
Bhale Rangadu;
Buddbimanthudu;
Sepoy Chinnaiab

1970:
Akkachellelu;
JaiJawan;
Maro Prapancham;
Dbarmadatba;
Manasu i Mangalyam;
Iddaru Ammayilu

1971:
Dasara Bullodu;
Pavitra Bandham;
Rangeli Raja;
Suputbrudu;
Amayakuralu;
Shrimantbudu;
Prem Nagar,
Bbarya Biddalu;
Raitu Kutumbam

1972:
Beedala Patlu;
Manchi Roju Lostai;
Dattaputhrudu;
Vichitra Bandham;
Koduku Kodalu;
Bangaru Babu

1973:
Kanna Koduku;
Bhakta Tukaram;
Palletoori Bhava;
Andala Ramudu;
Marapurani Manisbi;
Manchi Vadu

1974:
Premalu Pellilu;
Bangaru Kalalu;
Dora Babu

1976:
Mahakavi Kshetrayya;
Secretary,
Mahatmudu

1977:
Chakradhari;
AaluMagalu;
Bangaru Bommalu;
Raja Ramesh;
Chanakya Chandragupta;
Athmiyudu

1978:
Chilipi Krishnudu;
Devadasu Malli Puttadu;
Vicbitra Jeevitbam;
Ramakrishnulu;
Shri Rama Raksha

1979:
Ravanude Ramudaithe,
Hema Hemeelu;
Muddula Koduku;
Andaman Ammayi

1980:
Edantastulameda;
Nayakudu Vinayakudu;
Buchi Babu;
Pilla Zamindar,
Prema Kanuka;
Pratibimbalu;
Sreevari Mucbatlu;
\Premabhishekham;
Manavude Mahaniyudu

1981:
Guru Sbisbyulu;
Satyam Shivam;
Prema Mandiram;
Prema Simhasanam

1982:
Raga Deepam;
Bangaru Kanuka;
Gopala Krishnudu;
Megha Sandesam Yuvaraju

1983:
Muddula Mogudti;
Urantha Sankranthi;
Ramudu Kadu Krishnudu;
Bahudoorapu Batasari;
Amarajeevi;
Shri Ranganeetbulu;
Koteeshwarudu

1984:
Tandava Krishnudu;
Anubandham;
S.P. Bhayankar,
Vasantha Geetam;
Justice Chakravartby;
Sangeetha Samrat

1985:
Bharya Bharthala Bandham;
Dampatyam;
Illale Devatha

1986:
Aadi Dampatbulu;
Brahma Rudrulu;
Captain Nagarjuna;
Guru Brahma

1987:
Collectorgari Abbayi;
Agni Putrudu;
Atma Bandhavulu;

1988:
Ravugarillu

1989:
Rajakiya Chadarangam;
Bhale Dampathulu;
Sutradharulu;
Adarsbavanthudu

1990:
Iddam Iddare

1991:
Ragulcitunna Bharalamu;
Seetharamayya gari manavaralu;
Pranadata

1992:
College Bullodu;
Rajeshwari Kalyanam

1993:
Radhasarathi;
Mechanic Alludu

1994:
Bangaru Kutumbam;
Theerpu;
Godfather

1995:
Maya Bazaar

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