Legendary Telugu actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao, who recently underwent surgery for intestinal cancer, is currently not critical, said his actor-grandson Sumanth. On Tuesday, a Telugu newspaper had reported the deteriorating health condition of the veteran actor, who is popularly called as ANR. Even ace director SS Rajamouli dubbed the reports as rumours.
Sumanth, who was shocked to read the reports about his grandfather's health, took to his Twitter page on Wednesday morning to clarify the rumours. The budding actor tweeted, "A rumour seems to be floating around that my grandfather is critical. It's not true! ANR is doing alright! Thanks for your concern."
Meanwhile, SS Rajamouli took to his Facebook account to slam the reports about Akkineni Nageshwara Rao's condition. The acclaimed director posted, "Nageswara Rao garu is fine. Don't believe in rumors. Wishing him a speedy recovery."
Akkineni Nageswara Rao had suffered a heart problem in 1974. After 14 years, he had a heart attack in 1988 and underwent an operation for the same. He was diagnosed with cancer after he was admitted to hospital following stomach pain in October 2013. In a recent public event, he had said, "I am not shocked or scared at the cancer diagnosis now. I have a strong will and I have the best wishes of the people."
The 90-year-old made his acting debut with Telugu film Sitarama Jananam in 1944 and has featured in 250 films. Batasari, Devadasu and Prem Nagar are some of his best films. He is currently shooting for Telugu family drama Manam with son Akkineni Nagarjuna and grandson Akkineni Naga Chaitanya.