Celebrating ANR’s best avatars from the silver screen

Remembering Akkineni Nageshwar Rao widely known as ANR on his birthday, the man who dedicated 75 years of his life to cinema, by reminiscing his groundbreaking acting skills and flawlessness on screen.

The versatile and charismatic actor from the golden age of Indian cinema, who was acted till his last breath and also one of the instrumental figures in moving the Telugu cinema industry from  Madras to Hyderabad in the early 1960’s.

On the 95th birth anniversary of our legendary icon who hypnotises the audience with his alluring performances, we are listing down some best avatars of ANR we’ve been lucky to witness.


His first blockbuster, Balaraju (1948) made him a superstar. A beautiful love story with a touch of mythology and in an interview, ANR acknowledged that the film’s success gave his career a much-needed boost.


ANR played one of the prominent role of Abhimanyu (mythological character) ,once while talking about the movie ANR exclaimed “What a movie it was!!!” Mayabazaar is considered as classic of Telugu cinema, particularly in its use of technology.

It’s the first Telugu movie to be digitally remastered and colorised with an estimated cost of 75 million INR, the movie was both critically and commercially successful. 



ANR bagged his first Nandi Award for this movie, where he portrayed as doctor who loves his sister immensely and sacrifices his love interest to fulfil his sister’s last wish.

The film was recorded as Industry hit in the box office. It is the first film to win the Nandi award, instituted by the Government of Andhra Pradesh in 1964, which inspired many people to become doctors.



The character played by ANR was one of the most heart-rending roles. It is said that people left the theater teary eyed.
ANR won Filmfare award for Best Actor – Telugu for this film and this movie was also remade in Hindi and Tamil.



MANAM – 2014

The last movie of ANR, which still holds his image fresh in our minds. Even at the age of 90 the energy, dedication and love for the films can be felt in his acting.

It was a magical film which gives a beautiful message about love and bonding. 

The film was screened at the 45th International Film Festival of India in the Homage to ANR section on 29 November 2014. The film garnered the Filmfare award for the Best Film – Telugu. 

ANR lives on …….
We miss him deeply but let us take a moment to thank him for his contribution to Cinema – The legacy left behind is his films , the Annapurna studio and the Annapurna College.
It is now our collective responsibility to carry forward his dream of giving back to Mother Industry!!
In the end, his life stands as an example of what you can achieve through perseverance and  honesty.


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