Akkineni Nageswara Rao - A name that permeates through every single moment in the history of telugu cinema. A karma yogi, who made the stage his life, and a Gandhian who made his life his message.
He had mentioned in numerous interviews that everything he learnt in his life was from the very marrow of life itself. No wonder his life became one of the most cherished memory for millions of telugu people. It is indeed hard to believe that a magnum opus of an acting career spanning over 75 years, started out on theatre dramas in a remote village at the age of 10. From such modest roots, he went on to become one of the most prolific actors in the subcontinent, finally culminating his career in an end-of-an-era performance in one of the most deserving swansongs in the history of cinema.
His career was not just extraordinarily long, but also incredibly versatile ranging from the genre-defining biographical films, to wildly experimental social films to the swooning love stories. If NTR was the alter-ego of God for telugu people, ANR was the very human spirit. And the human spirit lives on..