In the enormous history of Telugu cinema, ANR as Akkineni Nageswara Rao is popularly known, was Nata Samrat - emperor of the acting world. He was truly a great actor in every sense.
In a career spanning seven decades, ANR had starred in various kinds of cinema and portrayed all kind of characters. ANR had seen the silent era, talkies, eastman colour, colour and digital age. His films include a gamut of genres including mythology, biographies, folk tale, social, adventure and drama. He had done them all.
He lived cinema. He was one of the pillars that built this Telugu film industry that we are seeing today. He acted in path breaking movies, produced films, built a studio, established infrastructure for films in Hyderabad and breathed cinema till the end.
The legend of Telugu Cinema did not retire till his last days. Even when he was diagnosed with intestinal cancer, the patriach of Akkineni called for a press conference and announced it to his fans. He was determined to fight the disease and hoped to live till his 100th. He always said I will act till my dying day…and he just did that. His last film was Manam with his son Nagarjuna and grandson Naga Chaitanya.