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Akkineni Nageshwara Rao

Akkineni Nageshwara Rao
Name : Akkineni Nageshwara Rao
Birth Name : Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Gender : Actor
Born on : Sep 20, 1923
Died : January 22, 2014 (age 90) in Hyderabad, India
Born in :  Venkataraghavapuram, Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh, India
Acting in : Telugu

Biography : Akkineni Nageshwara Rao was born on September 20, 1923 in Venkataraghavapuram, Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh, India as Akkineni Nageswara Rao. He was an actor and producer, known for Manam (2014), Sri Rama Rajyam (2011) and Meghasandesam (1983). He was married to Annapurna Akkineni. He died on January 22, 2014 in Hyderabad, India.

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He was born into a poor farming family. Like many other actors of the era, he started out in theater, often taking the roles of female characters because it was considered a social taboo for women to appear on the stage.
He helped relocate the Telugu film industry from its former base in Madras (now Chennai) to Hyderabad. He built his own movie studio in 1975, naming it Annapurna Studios after his wife. His move spurred several Telugu film studios to relocate to Hyderabad, which now is home to the second biggest film industry in India, behind Bollywood.
Father of actor Nagarjuna Akkineni.
Was awarded the prestigious Raghupathy Venkaiah award by the State Government of Andhra Pradesh for his outstanding contribution to Telugu cinema in 1989.
Was awarded Dadasaheb Phalke award by the Government of India for his outstanding contribution to Indian Cinema.
Was awarded Padmasri and Padmabhushan by the Government of India.