He was a legend in the Telugu film industry. But in real life, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, popularly known as ANR, was a humble man, says his son and Telugu superstar Nagarjuna. It would be near impossible to fill the gap created by the demise Jan 22 of his 91-year-old father who won the Padma Vibhushan and Dadasaheb Phalke Award for his contribution to cinema, Nagarjuna told IANS in a telephone interview.
In an interview to IANS, Nagarjuna detailed his earliest memories of ANR. The actor said, "My childhood was special because dad brought me a bicycle when I was small and I loved it." When quizzed about how he differentiates between ANR the father and the star, he said, "They were completely different. My father was a humble human being and a very disciplined actor."
Nagarjuna, 54, is one of the top stars in Telugu cinema. So far, he has acted in over 80 movies, mainly in Telugu. He has also starred in Hindi films like Shiva, LoC Kargil and Criminal. "I remember going to shoots with dad, with my brother and sister," recalled Nag with a deep sigh. "It was his aura and presence that moved me every time he would walk into a room... He was my best guide," he added.
Akkineni Nageswara Rao played a critical role once Nagarjuna decided to plunge into the movie industry, giving him invaluable tips. Even as a busy actor, Nag pined for his father's company. "I would wait for him so that we can have dinner together. After a tiring day, my most precious time (was spent) with him," Nag said. Continue to read more in the slideshow. (IANS)