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Celebrities Speak About The Legend

IndiaGlitz [Thursday, January 23, 2014]

Celebrities and iconic people themselves as actors/directors/producers who have associated with ANR or learnt from his experiences or inspired from his enormous legacy.

He Has Always Remained An Icon: Chiranjeevi

He was my first guru in terms of dances. I learnt my dances watching him like an Ekalavya and practicing his expressions, trying to bring the grace with which he would do that. My mom was a huge fan of his and I was born on a day his movie was released half a century ago. He was an icon of Telugu people not just in terms of acting but in wisdom, enormous will power and he epitomizes success of a middle class man. My tributes to the great man.

He Inspired Me To Join Films: Krishna

When ANR had completed 60 films, he was being felicitated across the state, and my college was one of the institutions which honoured him. When he entered my college campus, I was stunned to see the crowd that was gathered, just to get a glimpse of the actor! I got to watch him from close quarters and saw the fame an actor would get. That triggered the desire in me to make a career in films. When I heard that the makers of Tene Manasulu were looking for fresh talent, I wasted no time in applying for it. ANR was instrumental in choosing me for my debut film.

'Greatest Loss To The Film Industry: Dr. Rama Naidu

Making a film with ANR was the easiest thing for me, since he hardly gave me any trouble. It's a great loss to the industry, and since he's also a part of our family, it is personally a huge loss. It's shocking because when I met him recently, he was doing well. He was a man of discipline and would never come late, be it on the sets of movies or marriage.

He Dedicated His Life To Movies: Dasari Narayana Rao

He was the man instrumental in bringing the Telugu film industry from Chennai to Hyderabad and was one of the few personalities who dedicated his life to movies. Telugu cinema had two eyes - NTR and ANR. ANR and I go back a long way in the film industry. I'm the only person who's had the honour of working with him in more than 25 films! As long as there's Telugu cinema, he'll be remembered...

I Have Learnt A Lot From Him: Mohan Babu

This is an irreplaceable loss. ANR was like a father figure to me. I worked in several films produced under his banner and have learnt a lot.

He Will Remain Forever: Mahesh Babu

The great ANR will remain in our memory forever. He'll stay with us forever in our hearts and in the enormous legacy he chose to leave with us.

We Lost The Second Pillar: NTR Junior

NTR and ANR are film industry's two eyes and we lost the second pillar. It's a black day for Telugu film industry. I'm not eligible to acclaim ANR's accomplishments and feats. I hope he continues to show his blessings on the industry.

MMS in Texas from Jan 23

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