Had a great friendship with NTR: Amitabh

Last Updated: Tue, Apr 16, 2013 06:04 hrs

Nandi Awards for year 2011 were presented to the winners on Ugadi festival day at Lalita Kala Toranam in Hyderbad. 

Along with Nandi Awards, other prestigious government awards like NTR Award also presented. Bollywood acting legend Amitabh Bachchan received NTR Award from Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy.

Amitabh said, "Indian films play a great role in uniting the India together. Only at movies do people forget about their religion, cast and class status. Happy to receive NTR Award. I had great relationship with Late NTR. He is the pride of India. I had acted in several of remakes of his films, and NTR also remade my hit movies in Telugu. We used to discuss on films every time we met."

Mahesh Babu received the Best Actor Award for his performance in Dookudu from Amitabh Bachchan and Chief Minister. Best Actress award was presented to Nayanthara for Sri Ramarajyam

Other winners like Nagarjuna, Charmee, Manchu Lakshmi, Srinu Vaitla, N Shankar, Allu Aravind, Supriya, Anil Meka, Yalamanchali Saibabu, M S Narayana and Ramesh Prasad also received the awards personally. Raghupathi Venkaiah Award was presented to veteran actor Kaikala Satyanarayana and Nagireddy-Chakrapani award was given to G Adiseshagiri Rao. 

Music maestro Ilayaraja (Best music director), veteran director Shyam Benegal, actor Prakash Raj and others could not attend the awards ceremony. 

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