Talkie film of Telugu Cinema 'Bhakta Prahlada'
was released in 1931. Akkineni Nageswara Rao's (ANR) first
film was released in 1941. It shows that the Telugu Cinema
followed him except for the first 10 years. Knowing about
Dr. Akkineni is like reading the encyclopedia of Telugu
is only one era for Telugu cinema as for as the Telugu
Cinema is concerned. That is called Akkineni era.
He gave new dimensions to the dances with his variety
steps and at one time, people used throng to theaters
to see his magical steps in his musical blockbusters.
image is not restricted just to Andhra Pradesh alone.
His characters do have Indian wide exposure. His 'Devdas'
belongs to Bengali state, 'Kalidas' belongs to
north, 'Tukaram' and 'Kora Gumbhara' belongs
to Maha Rastra, 'Jayadeva' role belongs to Orissa
and 'Kshetrayya' role belongs to Andhra Pradesh.
By acting in films having background of various regions
of India, he truly showed the national integrity and unity
is liberally graced with all the awards an actor can get.
He is the recipient of Dada Saheb Phalke Award,
the greatest honor for an actor in this country. He is
also the recipient of Raghupati Venkayya Award,
the best award for any actor at state level. He also grabbed
the Kalidasu award granted by MP Government at
national level. Not to mention the NTR National award
given by our state government. He is recently been appointed
as an adviser to the State Film Development Corporation.
Though, it was an official position for ANR, he was voluntarily
helping the film industry in various ways since ages.
He was the first Telugu hero to migrate from Madras (now
known as Chennai) to Hyderabad to develop film industry
in AP. He laid the foundation stone for Hyderabad Telugu
cinema by announcing that all his producers have to produce
their films in AP, if ANR has to act in them. He gave
a five-point plan to state government about how to improve
the Telugu Cinema industry in AP in 1963.
there were no studios in AP at that time, ANR has put
in his hard-earn money to build the glorious Annapurna
studios. After seeing the deterioration in the number
of films getting produced in AP, he incorporated an award
for the best film to encourage the filmmakers. State Government
is presenting Akkineni Nageswara Rao award every year.
ANR never cared for commercial success when it comes to
producing films on his own banner, Annapurna Pictures.
He did two noble films, Sudi Gundalu and Maro
Prapancham. These two films flopped as Andhra people
couldn't appreciate them. Otherwise, there would have
been more message-oriented films in the future.
Nageswara Rao complete his 81st year today (20th September
2005). On this occasion, we at idlebrain.com, wish the
legend of Telugu Cinema a happy birthday and many more
birthdays like this in the future.