Veteran actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao (ANR) has been honoured with
The Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award in the
Republic of India. The Prime Minister's office announced it on the
eve of the Republic Day.
ANR has been conferred for his outstanding contribution in the
field of Arts-Cinema. He is the first actor from Tollywood to
honour with the Padma Vibhushan. He was earlier honoured with Padma
Shri (1968), Padma Bhushan (1991) and Dada Saheb Phalke Award
The 87-year-old actor started his acting career with a minor
character in Dharmapatni in 1941. It took him another
three years to get a full-fledged role. It was Ghantasala
Balaramaiah's Seeta Rama Jananam, which made him an
overnight star in Tollywood. It is noted that the actor has played
the lead role in more than 250 films.
However, singer S P Balasubrahmanyam, who has crooned over 2,200
songs in different languages is also honoured with Padma Bhushan,
which is the third highest civilian award in India.