Actor-producer M Mohan Babu describes ANR's death as the Tollywood has lost its second eye. If late actor NT Rama Rao was considered one eye of Telugu filmdom, thespian Akkineni Nageswara Rao, who died of cancer on Wednesday in Hyderabad, was the other eye of the industry, he said.
See Photos: Manchu Mohan Babu Family Pays Last Respect To ANR
Talking to reporters, Mohan Babu said, "Rama Rao and Nageswara Rao were always considered as the two eyes of Telugu industry. We lost Rama Rao many years ago and today we lost the second eye, Nageswara Rao. Telugu industry exists today because of these two pioneers."
Mohan Babu recalls the actor as a "legend" with "humility". He added, "I have worked in villainous roles in several films produced under Annapurna Studios. It was always wonderful to meet him and we shared a father-son relationship. He may have been a legend but he lived with humility. He is not gone because he still resides in our hearts."
The 91-year-old actor lost his battle with intestinal cancer. Nageswara Rao's body was kept at Annapurna Studios where several eminent film personalities and hundreds of fans have assembled to pay tributes to the icon. Along with his son Manchu Vishnu, Mohan Babu visited the studio on Thursday and paid his last respect. ANR's last rites were performed on the same day.
Union Tourism Minister K. Chiranjeevi, veteran actors G. Krishna, Jamuna, Murali Mohan and Krishnam Raju, famous filmmakers Dasari Narayana Rao, D. Ramanaidu, actors Mohan Babu, Harikrishna, Rajasekhar, Jeevitha, Jayasudha, Junior N.T Rama Rao, Pawan Kalyan, Venkatesh, Meka Srikant, Mahesh Babu, his wife Namrata Shirodkar, Rana Daggubati, Prakash Raj, Anushka Shetty and others paid tributes to the late actor. Continue to see the photos of ANR's cremation in the slideshow.