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Interview: Akkineni Nageswara Rao Owes His Career To Chennai

The Indian film industry is yet to find a place amid world cinema even as it celebrates its centenary year, rues one of the country's acting legends, Akkineni Nageswara Rao (ANR), who turns 90 Friday.

In an interview to IANS, Nageswara Rao said "It is unfortunate that we haven't found a place yet in world cinema. It's a great loss to the industry that produces maximum number of films in the world. In the global film festival circuit, we are not well noted due to the quality of our products, which do not cover global markets."

The veteran actor added, "Our penetration in the global film market is also quite low vis-a-vis Hollywood. Going forward, we need to become experimental and create content that can attract global audiences."

Looking back at his 70-year-old career comprising a filmography of over 250, he said two persons deserve to be credited for his success and fame. "My mother has been my biggest inspiration in life. She encouraged me to pursue theatre at a very young age. My biggest influence has been filmmaker Ghantasala Balaramaiah, who picked me from the Bezawada (Now Vijayawada) railway platform and signed me as a lead for his film 'Sitarama Jananam' in 1944," he said.

Even though he shifted base to Hyderabad many decades ago, Nageswara Rao owes his career to Madras (Chennai). Continue to read what he has to say about this city in the slideshow.

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