#GoldenFrames: Akkineni Nageswara Rao, the king of Telugu cinema | Photogallery

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Late legendary actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao, popularly known as ANR, was one of the finest actors in Telugu cinema. ANR started his career in 1941 and made a mark on the silver screen with critically-acclaimed performances in different genre movies. He is best known for his classic roles in ‘Keelu Gurram’ (1949), ‘Devadasu’ (1953), ‘Tenali Ramakrishna’ (1956), ‘Mayabazar’ (1957), ‘Gundamma Katha’ (1962), and to name a few. ANR often played a second lead to Sr NTR. ANR has acted in over 255 movies in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi. A majority of his movies were both commercial and critical successes.

 

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Before starting his career in Tollywood, ANR spent much of his time performing in theatre. In fact, he appeared on stage several times in a woman’s avatar.

 

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Akkineni made his debut in movies playing the lead actor’s friend in the Tamil-Telugu Bilingual ‘Dharmapatni’ (1941). He was seventeen at the time.

 

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#GoldenFrames: Akkineni Nageswara Rao, the king of Telugu cinema

ANR’s life changed after producer Ghantasala Balaramaiah cast him as ‘Lord Rama’ in his movie ‘Seeta Rama Jananam’ (1944) after seeing him at the railway station.

 

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#GoldenFrames: Akkineni Nageswara Rao, the king of Telugu cinema

ANR was noticed for his performance in folklore-based movies and eventually got his first break for the movie ‘Samsaram’ (1950).

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#GoldenFrames: Akkineni Nageswara Rao, the king of Telugu cinema

ANR has played various roles ranging from a charming prince to a frustrated alcoholic lover, from a valiant soldier to a holy saint, and from a college student to a composed government official. He excelled in mythological roles too!

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#GoldenFrames: Akkineni Nageswara Rao, the king of Telugu cinema

ANR’s portrayal as the star-crossed lover in ‘Devadasu’ (1953) won hearts all over. After this movie, he was nicknamed the ‘Tragedy King’ of Telugu Cinema.

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#GoldenFrames: Akkineni Nageswara Rao, the king of Telugu cinema

Akkineni Nageswara Rao married Annapurna on February 18, 1949. Annapurna Studios (established 1985) is named after her, and she was also credited as presenter for several of the studio’s productions. Annapurna passed away in 2011 after a prolonged illness. The couple had 5 children: Nagarjuna, Venkat Rathnam, Saroja, Sathyavathi and Naga Susheela.

 

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#GoldenFrames: Akkineni Nageswara Rao, the king of Telugu cinema

ANR was battling cancer for several months. He passed away on Jan 22, 2014, at a private hospital in Hyderabad. Akkineni was ninety-one and is survived by three daughters and two sons.

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#GoldenFrames: Akkineni Nageswara Rao, the king of Telugu cinema



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