Nageswara Rao, also known as ANR, died Wednesday due to intestinal cancer. He was 89.
“ANR was my spiritual guru. He was my guru not just in acting, but as a rationalist. When I was 16 and working as an assistant, he spoke to me once. The effect of that has kept me intact as a rational person for this long,” Kamal said in his condolence video message.
“As a star, he has seen three generations. Till the moment he left us, in my eyes, he was a star. We’ve now lost a star. The sky will be bereft of the brightest star I have known who spoke Telugu, Hindi and Tamil,” he added.
Rao’s last rites will be performed Thursday at Annapurna Studios in Hyderabad.
Born on Sep 20, 1924, Rao’s 70-year career boasts a filmography of over 250 films. He made his cinematic debut in the 1941 Telugu film Dharmapatni in a brief role. In 1944, he essayed the lead role in Telugu drama Sitarama Jananam.
He had worked predominantly in Telugu and a few Tamil films.