Akkineni Nageswara Rao (20 September 1923 – 22 January 2014) was an Indian film actor and producer, predominantly in Telugu cinema.
He starred in several films of various genres during his 75-year acting career and came to be known as one of the two pillars of Telugu cinema along with N.T. Rama Rao.He acted in over 255 films, spanning the Telugu, Tamil and Hindi languages and became of the most prominent figures in the history of Telugu cinema.He was instrumental in shifting the base of Telugu Cinema from Madras, Tamil Nadu to Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh in 1974.With an aim to provide infrastructural support to the film industry in Hyderabad, he built a film studio, Annapurna Studios, in 1975. He founded a film and media school, Annapurna International School of Film and Media within Annapurna Studios in 2011.
Nageswara Rao won two Andhra Pradesh state Nandi Awards for Best Actor, four South Filmfare Awards for during his acting career. He is a recipient of the Dada Saheb Phalke Award, the highest individual lifetime achievement award for films in India. He was honored with the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian award, for his contribution towards Indian cinema
Awards and honours:
Padma Vibhushan (2011)
Padma Bhushan (1988)
Padma Shri (1968)
National Film Awards
Dada Saheb Phalke Award (1991)
Filmfare Awards South
Best Film – Telugu – Sudigundalu (1968)
Best Actor – Telugu – Marapurani Manishi (1973)
Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award – South (1988)
Best Actor – Telugu – Seetharamaiah Gari Manavaralu (1991)
Raghupathi Venkaiah Award (1989)
NTR National Award (1996)
Nandi Award for Best Actor
Bangaru Kutumbam (1994)
Other State honors
Kalaimamani from Tamil Nadu State
Arignar Anna Award from Tamil Nadu State (1993)
Kalidasu Kaustubh from Madhya Pradesh State
Appointed as an adviser to the State Film Development Corporation.
Lifetime Achievement Award from Telugu Association of North America – 2012