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.
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.
Mohan Babu Pays Last Respect To ANR
Mohan Babu is seen paying his last respect to Akkineni Nageswara Rao at Annapurna Studios, where his body was kept for public darshan.
Nag's Last Look At ANR
Akkineni Nageswara Rao's son Nagarjuna is seen having last look at his father before his mortal remains put to ashes.
Allu Aravind At ANR Funeral
Producer Allu Aravind, who attended ANR's cremation, is seen having last look at Akkineni Nageswara Rao.
Chiranjeevi At ANR Funeral
Megastar Chiranjeevi, who attended ANR's cremation, is seen having last look at Akkineni Nageswara Rao.
Jr NTR, Venky At ANR Funeral
Junior NTR, Victory Venkatesh and Kalyan Ram attended the cremation of Akkineni Nageswara Rao.
Rajasekhar At ANR Funeral
Dr Rajasekhar, who visited Annapurna Studios with his wife Jeevitha, aslo attended the cremation of Akkineni Nageswara Rao.
Anushka At ANR Funeral
Actress Anushka Shetty attended the cremation of Akkineni Nageswara Rao.
ANR's Last Rites
Akkineni Nageswara Rao's son and grandson are seen performing his last rites.
Venkat Performs Last Rites
Akkineni Nageswara Rao's son Venkat is seen performing the last rites of his father.
Grief Stricken ANR Family
Nagarjuna, Venkat and their sister could not stop crying as flames engulfed ANR's body.
The cremation of Akkineni Nageswara Rao took place at 1.3o p.m on Thursday at Annapurna Studio with all state respect. Police personnel showed their respect by firing in the air.
Ali At ANR Funeral
Comedy actor attended the cremation of Akkineni Nageswara Rao.
Rana At ANR Funeral
Along with his uncle Venkatesh, Rana Daggubati attended the cremation of Akkineni Nageswara Rao.
Dasari At ANR Funeral
Filmmaker Dasari Narayana Rao attended the cremation of Akkineni Nageswara Rao.
KRR At ANR Funeral
Director K Raghavendra Rao, who attended the cremation of Akkineni Nageswara Rao, is seem consoling the grief stricken Nagarjuna.