Biography of Akkineni Nageshwara Rao-Indian- Telugu Cinema Actor

Name: Akkineni Nageswara Rao

Known As: ANR, Natasamrat

Date of Birth: 20th September 1923 at Ramapuram / Venkataraghavapuram, Krishna District, Andhrapradesh

Father: Akkineni Venkatratnam -Farmer

Mother: Akkineni Punnamma

Wife: (Late) Akkineni Annapurna (1933-2011) Married in 1949

Education: Primary Education

Occupation: Telugu Cinema Actor/Producer/Owner of Annapurna Studios, Hyderabad

Date of Death: 22nd January 2014 at Hyderabad at the age of 90 years

Children: 2 Sons and 2 Daughters including Telugu Actor Akkineni Nagaarjuna

Famous For: Akkineni Nageswara Rao started acting in Movies from the age of 17 years and has acted in more than 250 Movies including Telugu, Tamil and Hindi Movies in more than 70 years. ANR

ANR has acted in a variety of roles including comic, tragic and mythological roles as:

  • charming prince,
  • a frustrated alcoholic lover,
  • valiant soldier,
  • a holy saint,
  • college student,
  • a composed government official and
  • Abhimanyu, Lord Vishnu, Arjuna and Naradar (Mythological Roles)
ANR had become the ‘First Super Star’ of Telugu Cinema World.
Awards Given to A Nageswara Rao:
Dada Saheb Phalke Award – The Highest National Award Given For Life Time Achievement in the Field of Cinema- 1991
 Padma Vibhushan-Indian Union Government of India- 2011
 Kalaimamani from Tamil Nadu State
In the year 1968 ANR was given the ‘Filmfare-South The Best Film Award’ for his Telugu Movie-Sudgundalu
The following is the list of Telugu Movies For which ANR was given the ‘Filmfare-South- The Best Actor Award’:
Year / Movie
1973 /  Marapurani Manishi
1991 / Seetharamaiah Gari Manavaralu
1994 / Bangaru Kutumbam
ANR was given “Nandi Award- for The Best Actor for the following Telugu Movies:
  • Meghasandesam in the year 1982 and
  • Bangaru Kutumbam in the year 1994
ANR was given
  • Raghupathi Venkaiah Award in the year 1989 and
  •  NTR National Award in the year 1996.
Consequent to his receiving the prestigious “Dada Saheb Phalke Award”, ANR wished to create
a ‘life time award’ in his name and in the year 2005 Akkineni International Foundation was instituted as a wing of his Annapurna Studios, Hyderabad. 
The ANR Award, consisting of a momento, citation and cash (From Rs 3 lacs To 5 Lacs) has been given to the following celebrities of Indian Cinema:
Year/Name of the Awardee/Cash Amount Along with Momento and Citation

2005/ Bollywood Actor,Writer,Director & Producer Dev Anand / Rs 3 Lakhs

2006/Bollywood Actress-Shabana Azmi / Rs 3 Lakhs

2007 /Telugu&Tamil Actress&Producer  Anjali Devi / Rs 4 Lakhs

2008/Bollywood Actress, Singer,Classical Dancer & Choreographer-Vyjayantimala Bali /Rs 4 Lakhs
 
2009 /Bollywood Playback Singer-Lata Mangeshkar / Rs 4 Lakhs

2010 /Tamil Director & Producer- K. Balachander / Rs 5 Lakhs

2011 /Bollywood Actress, Classical Dancer, Director & Producer-Hema Malini / Rs 5 Lakhs

2012/Indian Writer, Producer & Director- Shyam Benegal / Rs 5 Lakhs

ANR was born in a poor family toiling in the soil of paddy fields and by his talented acting in Indian Movies / Cinema Field, could earn not only name&fame, but also ‘Money’ and became rich and died as a rich and charitable man.

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