Telugu film industry woke up on Wednesday to hear the sad demise of legendary actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao. Actors Siddharth, Priya Mani, Prakash Raj, filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar mourn his sudden death.
Legendary actor of Telugu cinema Akkineni Nageswara Rao passed away at around 2.10 am in a Hyderabad hospital on Wednesday. He was suffering from cancer. He was 91 years old.
Rao had acted in more than 250 Telgu and Tamil films in his career. One of the film character immortalised by the actor was that of Devdas. He had also established Annapurna studios, which is one of the top studios in the country.
Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar took to Twitter to express his grief over Nageswara's death. He wrote, "Sad to hear the demise of The Doyen of Telugu Cinema Shri.Akkineni Nageswara Rao. The stalwart of memorable performances will be missed.RIP."
Actor Siddharth tweeted, "A true legend & a giant has left us. RIP Akkineni Nageswara Rao garu. What a life. What a man. Will cherish every second I spent with you."
A true legend & a giant has left us. RIP Akkineni Nageswara Rao garu. What a life. What a man. Will cherish every second I spent with you.— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) January 22, 2014
Abhishek Bachchan: And the industry loses another Legend. RIP A. Nageshwara Rao garu. A true inspiration. Thoughts and prayers for his family.
Anupam Kher: An Actor, A Gentleman & A Cinematic Phenomena Akkineni Nageswara Rao Garu. Have learnt a lot from him. Will Miss him & his performances.RIP.
"Had the opportunity to just have a glimpse of #Akkineni Nageshwar Rao garu at one of the audio launches in hyd!!!!!," tweeted actress Priya Mani. "A very encouraging person he was!!!a great loss for the industry!!!!u will b missed ANR garu!!!!! May the family find strength to cope with this huge loss:(," she added.
"Thank u ANR garu.. For entertaining us. 4 ur studios 4 ur children. 4 being a pioneer in bringing Telugu film industry to Hyderabad. RIP !!," tweeted Prakash Raj.
Thank u ANR garu.. For entertaining us. 4 ur studios 4 ur children. 4 being a pioneer in bringing Telugu film industry to Hyderabad. RIP !!— Prakash Raj (@prakashraaj) January 22, 2014
Narendra Modi: Akkineni Nageswara Rao was one of Indian cinema's stalwarts, who will be remembered for his rich contribution. Saddened by his demise. RIP.
Rana Daggubati: And our first pillar falls. A man who has lived and worked in cinema from the silent era till this date is no more amongst us. RIP ANR garu.
Pranitha Subhash tweeted, "Saddened by the news of ANR Garu. A true legend. May his soul Rest in Peace."