Nageswara Rao, who died early on Wednesday, was a legendary actor who set several records in Telugu cinema.
Akkineni Nageswara played a range of characters from a charming prince to a frustrated alcoholic lover, to a valiant soldier to a holy saint and many more.
Premabhishekam is one of the biggest hits in Tollywood with an amazing 533 days run in Hyderabad City, which is still the highest run in a city for any Telugu movie. The movie, directed by Dasari Narayana Rao, is also the only Telugu film to have run for more than a year.
He was the first to play a double role in Telugu films. He also played nine roles in Navarathri.
ANR's portrayal of the alcoholic lover in Devadasu remains a classic portrayal of the character that has been adapted on-screen several times.
Some of his commercially successful films were Samsaram, Bratuku Teruvu, Aradhana, Donga Ramudu, Dr. Chakravarthi, Ardhaangi, Mangalya Balam, Illarikam, Shantinivasam, Velugu Needalu, Dasara Bullodu, Bharya Bhartalu, Dharmadata, Batasari, and College Bullodu.
Sitaramayyagari Manavaralu was released in 1991, exactly 50 years after his debut, and was a huge success at the box office, despite the influx of young stars.
Some of his best films:
Bratuku Teruvu (1953)
Rojulu Maraayi (1955)
Maya Bazaar (1957)
Lord Vishnu in Chenchu Lakshmi (1958)
Narada in Bhookailash (1958)
Arjuna in Sri Krishnarjuna Yuddham (1962)
Preminchi Choodu (1965)
Prem Nagar (1971)
Laila Majnu (1979)
Sitaramayyagari Manavaralu (1991)