Nagarjuna, Venkatesh, other Telugu stars bid adieu to ANR

Nagarjuna, Venkatesh, other Telugu stars bid adieu to ANR

Doyen of Telugu cinema Akkineni Nageswara Rao, who mesmerised audiences with memorable performances in hits like 'Batasari', 'Devadas' and 'Tenali Ramakrishna' in a career spanning more than seven decades, died early on Wednesday (January 21) after losing his battle with cancer.

Nagarjuna along with family members and relatives mourn the death of his father and legendary actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao in Hyderabad.

The Telugu actor, a Dadasaheb Phalke award winner who also had a Padma Vibhushan and three Filmfare awards, died in his sleep in the early hours on Wednesday (January 22) at a private hospital. He was 90 and had battled cancer for a year. (PTI)

Doyen of Telugu cinema Akkineni Nageswara Rao mesmerised audiences with memorable performances in hits like 'Batasari', 'Devadas' and 'Tenali Ramakrishna' in a career spanning more than seven decades.

Nagarjuna's sister consoles her brother. (PTI)

Nagarjuna and his sister mourn as they stand next to their father's death. (PTI)

Telugu actor Siddharth with ANR's grandson Sumanth. (PTI)

Akkineni Nageswara Rao had a lively chat with family members on Tuesday (January 21) night and died in his sleep, the legendary actor's son Nagarjuna, a popular hero, said.

A Dada Saheb Phalke award winner, the 90-year-old acted in more than 250 films, including a few in Tamil.

Nagarjuna standing next to his father ANR's casket.

A stalwart in his own right, he went on to act in around 250 films, including some in Tamil and Hindi, in a career spanning seven decades and was the recipient of several coveted awards including the Dada Saheb Phalke Award.

Telugu Desam Party Chief Chandrababu Naidu also paid respects to the late actor.

Nageswara Rao, a contemporary of towering south Indian heroes like M G Ramachandran and Sivaji Ganesan, had gained the stature equal to that of N T Rama Rao in Telugu film industry.

Nagarjuna's elder son and Telugu actor Naga Chaitanya with Jr NTR.

While N T Rama Rao was popular with the mass audience, Nageswara Rao made a name for himself by playing a variety of roles, which were liked by the educated middle-classes, besides doing mythological and folk films.

Naga Chaitanya's younger brother Akhil Akkineni.

ANR started off with playing female roles on stage and in films in the earlier stage of his career as women were not allowed to act in those days.

Telugu superstar Venkatesh standing next to ANR's body.

Nageswara Rao had played a key role in the Telugu film industry shifting its base from Chennai to Hyderabad. A strict disciplinarian in real life, Nageswara Rao earned kudos for his poignant portrayal of an alcoholic and jilted lover in films like 'Devdas', 'Prem Nagar' and 'Premabhishekam'.

ANR's daughter-in-law and Nagarjuna's wife Amala arrives.

The late actor immortalised the character of 'Devdas' in the Telugu film based on the novel of acclaimed Bengali author Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyaya.

Noted Telugu comedian Brahmanandam arives.

Nageswara Rao convinced several producers to come and join him in producing movies in Hyderabad. A son of the soil, he insisted that all his grandchildren should be fluent in mother tongue Telugu and told them to work on their diction to be successful as actors.

Nagarjuna with Naxal activist and poet Gaddar.

Telugu actress Anushka Shetty looks sombre as she arrives at ANR's home.

Hundreds of fans queued up to pay last respects to their favourite actor.

Telugu actor Nandamuri Harikrishna with actor Nandamuri Kalyan Ram, grandson of NTR.

Telugu actresses Jamuna and Jayasudha, who had worked with ANR, at the condolence meet.

Telugu actor Kamal Kamaraju at ANR's residence.

Lakshmi Parvathi, wife of late Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N T Rama Rao, arrives.

Veteran actor Mohan Babu with his actor-son Vishnu Manchu.

Film director, K. Ragavendra Rao arrives.

Film producer and Dadasaheb Phalke Award winner D. Ramanaidu.

Singer S. P. Balasubrahmanyam at ANR's residence.

Film producer and distributor in Tollywood Allu Aravind arrives to pay his last respects.

ANR's grandsons Akhil Akkineni and Sushant.