Akkineni Nageswara Rao

Other names of Akkineni Nageswara Rao: Nageswara Rao Akkineni, ANR
Birthday: 20-09-1923
Date of death: 22-01-2014
Star sign: Libra

Akkineni Nageswara Rao is undoubtedly the ‘Bhisma Pitamah’ of Telugu cinema. Even after few decades not any actor have reached the status that he had achieved. He was also a naturalistic actor who inherited theatrical approach in acting and perhaps of his such approach; he could deliver the high-drama scenes that were indeed Telugu cinema’s landmark films even.

Nageswara Rao bagged the Dada Saheb Phalke Award, the highest honorary award for achievement in Indian cinema. The reason he is considered ‘Bhisma Peetamah’ is because he was instrumental in locating Telugu cinema to Hyderabad. He not only shifted his residence from Madras to Hyderabad but even shifted the idea of the shooting of Telugu films in Hyderabad even that gave a fillip to filmmaking pattern in Kollywood. He launched his own film studio ’Annapurna Studios’, in 1975, to provide infrastructural support to the film industry in Hyderabad.

Along with the studio, he even established a film and media school, Annapurna International School of Film and Media in 2011. He made his debut in the cinema when he was just 17 years old. He turned an actor through the Telugu film ‘Dharmapatni’ in 1941. Due to his theatrical knowledge, he even played mythological characters such as Lord Rama in ‘Seeta Rama Jananam’, Abhimanyu in ‘Maya Bazaar', Lord Vishnu in ‘Chenchu Lakshmi’, Narada in ‘Bhookailash’ and Arjuna in ‘ Sri Krishnarjuna Yuddham’. Later on, he switched to family dramas. He was the tragic and romantic hero of the silver screen. Every film that he had acted was a landmark in Telugu cinema such as Prem Nagar, Devadasu, Meghasandesham. Premabhishekam, Anarkali or even Laila Majnu.

As a versatile actor, he was good in comedy too. His screen persona smiled with his sheer attitude and dedication that he showed in acting, and he was always grateful to the audiences. He ushered a new romantic hero- who could play urban, rural role with sophisticated and charming personality. That is why he dominated for over five decades in Telugu cinema. He enjoyed uninterrupted success for many decades. ‘ Manam’ was ANR’s last film that brought his son Nagarjuna, and grandsons, Naga Chaitanya and Akhil in the movie. He was born on 20 September 1924 in Krishna District of Andhra Pradesh. His passing away on 22 January 2014 created a void in the world of Indian cinema.

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N. T. Rama Rao

Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao, better known by the name N. T. Rama Rao, was the first superstar of the Telugu films, Adored by people of his state in Andhra, he was the only celebrity to become Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh for three consecutive terms. His charisma and personality were so great that even if he played the role of Gods in mythological films, people used to touch his feet. He became more famous therefore for his role of Hindu deities that he performed on screen (be it Krishna or Rama); people considered him even as ‘messiah of the masses’. People fondly used to call him by his initials N.T.R in the industry. He gained fame for his role of mythological characters and this hero always negated himself for the spiritual advancement in these films to prove the experience of pain the Indian Gods like Rama and Krishna had suffered. He cultivated the God image on the screen by playing characters such as Bheeshma, Karna, Arjuna, that were pivotal Mahabharata characters. He also performed commendably in a few light-hearted social dramas in films like Devudu Chesina Manushulu (1973(, Driver Ramudu (1979), Vetagadu (1979) Kondaveeti Simham (1981), Justice Chowdhary (1982) and Bobbili Puli (1982). He acted will all leading actress of three generation. One of his best-known roles was in ‘Maya Bazar’, ‘Lava Kusa’, ‘Sri Venkateswara Mahatya ' and ‘ Dakshayagnam’. He is the only actor, who has done all roles, comedy, sentimental, historical, mythological. Whatever NTR would say, people did. He was living god for all Andhraites. NTR had debuted as an actor with Mana Desam in 1949 and acted in 274 Telugu movies, 15 Tamil movies & 3 Hindi movies. Even after these many years, the actor was named as the greatest Indian actor of all time by CNN –IBN poll. He is undoubtedly the giant of Telugu cinema who switched from playing mythological characters to the common man fighting the system. The actor had a modest beginning. Born in a farmer's family of Andhra Pradesh to Nandamuri Lakshmaih Chowdary and Venkata Ramamma, on 28 May 1923, at the age of 20, he married Basava Tarakam. The couple later had eight sons and four daughters. As a film actor, he took an interest in writing scripts, screenplays and even produced many films. He even owned a production house National Art Theater Private Limited in Madras. He died of a heart attack at the age of 72 on 18 January 1996.

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Actor Nani (Naveen Babu Ghanta) is an adorable hero in Tollywood who had a dream to become a film director. He was born on 24 February 1984 in Hyderabad (Telangana). During his college days, he was a movie-buff and was addicted watcher of movies. Hence, he found inspiration from Mani Ratnam’s movies and even became a clap director to Bapu for the film ‘Radha Gopalam.' Later, of course, he worked as an assistant director to Srinu Vaitla and also with great Bapu. After taking a long sabbatical from studios, he worked as a radio jockey for a World Space Satellite. Nani even titled his program as ‘Non-Stop Nani’ and presented the program for one year. In between, an offer came to him for a hero role from a director Mohan Krishna Indraganti, who signed him for ‘Asta Chemma’. In this film, Nani debuted as a hero. It is said that again in 2015, the same director Indraganti roped in actor Nani to work on an upcoming untitled film that is slated to go on the floor in December. Nani has been confirmed to play hero in this project and has been paired with Surabi and Niveda. It is believed that actor has been signed to play a lead role with Karthi for a Malayalam movie that is being directed by Mani Ratnam, and the shooting is likely to begin in December 2015 onwards. After his debut film ‘Asta Chemma’ which was a huge success, Nani had never looked back. Critics and audiences have complimented the actor for his dancing and good screen presence. He was watched and appreciated by his fans for emotions that he could deliver spontaneously. His first two films 'Ashta Chamma’ and ‘Ride' fared well in the box-office, and he gained stardom easily. Some of the prominent movies where he gained confidence as a matured performer and even ruled the box-office include films include ‘Ala Modalaindi,'’Eega,' ‘Yeto Vellipoyindi Manas ‘ etc. He also played a dual role in the film ‘Janda Pai Kapiraju’. Some of his earlier critically acclaimed films include Krishna Vamsi's ‘Paisa’, and Yash Raj film ’Aaha Kalyanam’. The actor turned producer with a film named ‘D for Dopidi ‘which was a flop. He also had acted in Tamil movies. In 2015, his films like ‘Yevade Subramanyam’, and ‘Bhale Bhale Magadivoy’ retained his position in the box office. The actor is married to his girlfriend, Anjana Yelavarthy. Even at the age of 34, he remains a loved celebrity in Tollywood. 

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