Senior actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao who has acquired the status of a Legend by acting in Telugu and other south Indian language films breathed his last at the care hospital, last night. The father of Telugu super star Nagarjuna and Grandfather of upcoming star Naga Chaithanya was 91 and was suffering from cancer.
Nagarjuna confirmed the death and was quoted saying "Dad has passed away. He spoke happily with everyone one last time. We will be bringing his body to Annapurna Studios at9:30am on Wednesday morning and fans can pay their respects over there."
Rao was born in Venkatraghavapuram on September 20, 1924. The actor's debut film was Dharmapatni that was released in 1941 when he was a young chap at19. With 250 films and prestigious awards like Padma Vibushan, Dada Sahib Phalke and Raghupathi Venkiah Awards in his kitty, the legend has never quitted acting and acted as sage Valmiki in the film Ramarajyam that released in 2011. His last film Manam that features the three consecutive generations of the Rao family clan is yet to be released.
He is best remembered for his performance in films like, Devadasu, Mayabazar, Donga Ramudu, Dr. Chakravarthi, Dasara Bullodu, Sudigundaalu, Seetharamaiah Gari Manavaralu, Megha Sandesam, Prem Nagar, Missamma and so on.
Akkineni Nageswara Rao has also acted in tamil films that include Kalyana Parisu the debut film of Legendary director C.V.Sridhar, which had another Legend in actor Gemini Ganesan playing the lead role.