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Print edition : February 21, 2014

Akkineni Nageswara Rao at the last press conference he gave, on October 19, 2013. Photo: G. Ramakrishna

In "Devadasu" (1953). Photo: The Hindu Archives

ANR in his home office with Bapu, Ramana and Adurthi Subba Rao. Photo: M.V. Rayudi/Manasu Foundation

A poster of "Gundamma Katha".

A poster of "Maya Bazaar".

ANR and Anjali Devi on the song book of "Mayalamari" (1951), the film their company produced. Photo: M.V. Rayudu/Manasu Foundation

ANR and Savithri in "Maya Bazaar" (1957). Photo: The Hindu Archives

The story of Akkineni Nageswara Rao (1923-2014), the icon of cultural authenticity who found the perfect fit between good cinema and commercial profitability, has an immense relevance to the Telugu industry seeking to reinvent itself.
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