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Legendary actor of Telugu films Akkineni Nageswara Rao dies
Legendary Telegu cinema actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao passed away early on Wednesday morning. ANR, as he is fondly remembered, passed away at the age of 90. He was suffering from cancer.

ANR won three Filmfare Best Telugu Actor Award in his acting carrier. He was honoured with the Padma Vibhushan for his contribution to Indian cinema. ANR is also the recipient of the Dada Saheb Phalke Award, the lifetime achievement award.

Born in Ramapuram in 1923, ANR made his way into Telegu Movie world from a small farming background. He made his debut in the Telugu film, Dharmapatni at the age of 17. Since then he has acted in over 250 films, in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi.

He is one of the most prominent figures in Telegu, helping the industry to base its production from Hyderabad. Apart from being a Telegu superstar, he was also a prolific writer. Some of his best works in Telugu cinema are Tenali Rama Krishna, Devdas, Maya Bazaar, Missamma, Muga and others.

The ANR National Award was instituted by the Akkineni International Foundation in the honour of Akkineni Nageswara Rao in 2005 to recognize people for their lifetime achievements and contributions to the Indian film industry.

He was a prominent Indian film actor and producer, predominantly in the Telugu cinema. From paddy fields, he strode into the field of fine arts through theatre. He became a famous stage artiste, specialising, surprisingly, in playing female characters, because women at that time were prohibited from acting.

Some of the famous plays he acted in were Harishchandra, Kanakatara, Vipranarayana, Telugu Talli, Aasajyoti and Satyanveshanam. Subsequently, he was discovered, by chance, by the then prominent film producer, Ghantasala Balaramaiah, at the Vijayawada railway station.

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