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Beggar taught ANR to act

Hyderabad (UNI): Dada Saheb Phalke award-winning A Nageswara Rao revealed that he owed the success of one of his old hits, Aradhana at the ticket window to a cadger who, pretending to be blind, had been calling for alms for six months. To play the lead character who turns visionless in that film, the Padmabhushan awardee had observed blind people, particularly the blind destitutes who used to seek alms from him at a busy junction in the city.

He observed the beggar for six months and prepared for his performance. One day, he did not have much money in his pocket and could offer only ten paise to the beggar. To his utter surprise, the asker said, '' Being such a big actor are you not ashamed to offer such a paltry amount to a blind beggar'', he recalled as the spell-bound audience, gathered at a function yesterday to observe 'World Sight Day', cheered him. Nageswara Rao said it took him some time to realise how the destitute of vision identified him as he had never told him who he was. The beggar was not blind at all! He said there were better actors in society than in the film industry.

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