Legendary filmmaker K Balachander has expressed his condolences over the death of veteran Telugu actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao aka ANR. He said that the late actor was not only a star, but also a great human being, who loved and respected others.
K Balachander said that ANR's death is a big loss to our Indian film industry. The Telugu legend was cared, loved and respected by all. This factor made him a great human.
"We have lost an icon. There's no doubt that he was a legend, but he also cared, loved and respected all around him. This made him a great human being. It's a big loss to our Indian film industry as I feel there can't be another Nageswara Rao," Balachander told IANS.
K Balachander was awarded Akkineni Nageswara Rao (ANR) National Award in 2010. "I will cherish that moment for a lifetime. I was honoured to have received that award from him. I sought his blessings at that function," he added.
Nageswara passed away in Hyderabad on Wednesday (January 22) after battling intestinal cancer. He was 89. The whole South Indian film industries have expressed its sadness over the death of the Telugu legend.