Akkineni International Foundation announced its
first ANR Award and the recipient is going
to be evergreen superstar of Hindi Cinema Devanand.
This award was announced at a press meet held at Annapurna
studios today by ANR and Venkat Akkineni. This award
would be presented by YSR on 14th of January in Hyderabad.
Here are the excerpts of the press meet -
Akkineni said, We have incorporated Akkineni
International Foundation with a corpus fund of Rs.
1 crore and decided to give ANR award every year.
The trustees of this foundation are the family members
of Akkineni - ANR, Annapurna, Venkat Akkineni, Nagarjuna
Akkineni and Naga Suseela. In additional to our family
members, C Narayana Reddy, Vithal and Ram Gopal Varma
are also on the board. We have decided to give ANR
award every year to the achievers who excelled in
Arts and Sports.
said, I am giving this awards to express my
gratitude to the film industry. In entered in film
industry in 1941 and completed 60 film by 1957. I
became the first person in the film industry to complete
60 films by 1957. I always wonder what would have
been my future if Ghantasala Balaramayya did not spot
me at Bejawada railway station and offered me my 1st
role. I always regard producers in high esteem. I
felicitated all my producers in 1957 in the presence
of Kamaraju (Tamil Nadus CM) and Sanjeevayya
Reddy (APs CM). Filmy guys were outcasts when
I entered the film industry. Now, the government honors
film people for their service to the society.
about how he got the idea of awards ANR said, I
was the 22nd person to receive Dada Phalke Saheb Award,
which is the highest achievement for any person in
Indian film industry. I was given a cash award of
1 lakh. That is when I decided to incorporate an award
on my name. We started Akkineni International Foundation
and kept 1 lakh into that fund. Since then I deposited
50% of my earnings into that fund. Now that fund has
reached to 1 crore and we decided that its the
time to start awards.
narrated about how he looks at the life by saying,
I always that we should live even after our
death. Awards and good deeds like these would keep
us eternal in the memory of the people. This award
would be continuously given every year till Akkineni
the name of Devanand, ANR said Devanand has
been serving Indian film industry since 1945. He is
ever green hero and he is still acting as hero in
films. He would be conferred with ANR award on 14th
of January 2006 in a function arranged at Jubilee
Hall. YSR agreed to grace the occasion of chief guest.
Priya Ranjan Das Munshi would give away the award
to Devanand. A cash award of 3 lakhs would also be
given. The award selection committee for this year
includes T Subbirami Reddy, Boney Kapoor and D Rama