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Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Akkineni Nageswara Rao
(20 September 1924 – 22 January 2014), widely known as ANR, was an Indian film
Indian film
actor and producer, known for his works predominantly in Telugu cinema. He starred in a variety of roles in his seventy five-year career as a matinee idol, while becoming one of the most prominent figures in the history of Telugu cinema.[1] He was one of the instrumental figures in moving the Telugu cinema industry from Madras
Madras
to Hyderabad
Hyderabad
in the early 1960s, alongside D. V. S. Raju.[2] He founded Annapurna Studios in the year 1975 to provide infrastructural support to the new film industry in Hyderabad. He later started the Annapurna International School of Film and Media within Annapurna Studios in 2011.[3] Nageswara Rao is known for his path-breaking works in biographical films; Rao essayed as Tamil saint Thondaradippodi Alvar
Thondaradippodi Alvar
in the 1954 film Vipra Narayana; as Tenali Rama
Tenali Rama
in the 1956 film Tenali Ramakrishna which received the All India Certificate of Merit for Best Feature Film; as Kalidas
Kalidas
(the Sanskrit poet of Ujjain) in the 1960 film Mahakavi Kalidasu; as 12th Century Sanskrit poet Jayadeva
Jayadeva
of Odisha
Odisha
in the 1961 film Bhakta Jayadeva; as Kannada sculptor Amarashilpi Jakanachari
Amarashilpi Jakanachari
in the 1964 film Amara Shilpi Jakkanna; as Marathi saint Tukaram
Tukaram
in the 1971 film Bhakta Tukaram; as Kabir
Kabir
in the 2006 film Sri Ramadasu; and as Valmiki
Valmiki
in the 2009 film Sri Rama Rajyam. Similarly, Rao essayed mythological figures such as Abhimanyu in Mayabazar, which was screened at the 1957 International Film Festival of India and the Indonesian Film Festival; as Lord Vishnu
Vishnu
in Chenchu Lakshmi; as Narada
Narada
in Bhookailas; and as Arjuna
Arjuna
in Sri Krishnarjuna Yuddhamu. Rao is best remembered for his performances in romantic tales such as Laila Majnu (1949), Devadasu (1953), Anarkali (1955), Batasari
Batasari
(1961), Mooga Manasulu
Mooga Manasulu
(1964), Prem Nagar (1971), Premabhishekam (1981) and Meghasandesham
Meghasandesham
(1982), which was featured at the 9th International Film Festival of India, the 1983 Cannes Film Festival
1983 Cannes Film Festival
and the Moscow film festival.[4][5] During this time, Rao has appeared in super-hits such as Ardhangi
Ardhangi
(1955), Bhale Ramudu
Bhale Ramudu
(1956), Mangalya Balam
Mangalya Balam
(1958), Gundamma Katha
Gundamma Katha
(1962), Doctor Chakravarty
Doctor Chakravarty
(1964), Dharma Daata
Dharma Daata
(1970) and Dussehra Bullodu
Dussehra Bullodu
(1971).[6] Rao received seven state Nandi Awards, and five Filmfare Awards South. He is a recipient of the Dada Saheb Phalke Award, the highest honorary award for achievement in Indian cinema. He was also honoured with the Padma Vibhushan, India's second highest civilian award, for his contribution towards Indian cinema.[7][8][9][10] Manam (2014) was the last film of Nageswara Rao, who died on 22 January 2014 during the film's production phase. The film was a "befitting send off" and a tribute from his son, Nagarjuna. The film was screened at the 45th International Film Festival of India
International Film Festival of India
in the Homage to ANR section on 29 November 2014.[10]

Contents

1 Early life and background 2 Mainstream 3 Death 4 Literary works 5 Charity 6 Filmography 7 Awards and honours 8 References 9 External links

Early life and background[edit] Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Akkineni Nageswara Rao
was born into a poor family on 20 September 1924, the youngest of five brothers, at Ramapuram, Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh. His parents, Akkineni Venkatratnam and Akkineni Punnamma [1], were from the farming community. His formal education was limited to primary schooling due to his parents' poor economic condition. From the paddy fields, he strode into the field of fine arts through theatre at the age of 10.[2] He was a famous stage artiste, specialising, surprisingly, in playing female characters, because women at that time were prohibited from acting. He became a rage on the stage as a heroine in some of the famous dramas of the day: Harishchandra, Kanakatara, Vipranarayana, Telugu Talli, Aasajyoti and Satyanveshanam. He became the "Glamour Queen" and from there made a quick jump to another extreme – playing hero on-screen. The turning point of his film career came when Ghantasala Balaramaiah, who was a prominent film producer during that time, discovered him by chance at the Vijayawada
Vijayawada
railway station and he subsequently made his debut, as a seventeen-year-old boy in the film Dharmapatni. Mainstream[edit] In 1941, at the age of 17, Nageswara Rao made his debut in the Telugu film, Dharmapatni, in which he played the role of the protagonist's friend.[11] Subsequently, ANR was noticed by chance at the Vijayawada railway station by film producer, Ghantasala Balaramaiah, who cast him as Lord Rama in his movie Seeta Rama Jananam.[11] Before that, ANR predominantly acted in theatre, frequently donning female roles, since women weren't allowed on stage at that time.[11][12] From those humble beginnings, he went on to star in over 255 films, spanning Telugu, Tamil and Hindi languages.[13] A majority of his films were both commercial and critical successes.[7][8][9][10][14] He was a good singer, who could recite "slokas" with a flourish, and had acted in theatre when he just about 10. Also he had a way with languages. His turning point in cinema came in 1955 when he essayed a good-hearted thief in Donga Ramudu - and it was no surprise that the year 1955 alone saw seven of his movies being released. One of them was Missamma (with Savithri), where he portrays a lonely, unemployed young man. Akkineni Nageswara played a range of characters from a charming prince to a frustrated alcoholic lover, to a valiant soldier to a holy saint, from a rich man to a pauper, from a lovelorn man to a saint to a college student to a bureaucrat; he travelled the entire gamut of emotions with aplomb. His movie, Premabhishekam is one of the biggest hits in Tollywood, with an amazing 533 days run in Hyderabad, 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 and he also played nine roles in Navarathri. ANR's portrayal of the alcoholic lover in Devadasu (the tragic tale of a jilted lover written by Bengal's Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay), remains a classic portrayal of the character that has been adapted on-screen several times and is one of his most memorable films. Even though many versions of the plot were filmed in many languages (in Hindi with Dilip Kumar, and later with Shah Rukh Khan), critics aver that Nageswara Rao's portrayal of the alcoholic lover was by far the best. Even Dilip Kumar
Dilip Kumar
once famously remarked that it was Nageswara Rao's performance that outshone the rest. Though he did the role of mythological figures such as Rama, Krishna and many others, his fame emerged from the man-on-the-street kind of roles that he did with remarkable excellence. His last movie, Manam, is set in various time periods, over the course of a hundred years up until 2013, and deals with the concepts of rebirth and eternal love. Manam was the last film of Nageswara Rao, who died on 22 January 2014 during the film's production phase. The film was promoted as a "befitting send off" and a tribute from his son, Nagarjuna. The film was released worldwide on 23 May 2014 to positive reviews from critics and was commercially successful. The film was screened at the 45th International Film Festival of India
International Film Festival of India
in the Homage to ANR section on 29 November 2014. The film garnered the Filmfare Award for Best Film - Telugu. He is fondly called Natasamrat by his fans and some of his commercially successful films are Maya Bazaar, Samsaram, Bratuku Teruvu, Aradhana, Donga Ramudu, Dr. Chakravarthi, Ardhaangi, Mangalya Balam, Illarikam, Shantinivasam, Velugu Needalu, Dasara Bullodu, Bharya Bhartalu, Dharmadata, Batasari
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. Death[edit] On 19 October 2013 Rao announced that he was diagnosed with colon cancer.[15] He continued shooting for his final film Manam, two weeks after a major laparoscopic surgery, surprising many.[16] He had often said that he wished to act till his death, and Manam proved that. His last public appearance was befittingly at the foundation day celebrations of Annapurna Studios on 14 January 2014. Akkineni died a week later, on 22 January 2014.[17] He was cremated on 23 January 2014, at Annapurna Studios with full state honours amid a 21-gun salute. Thousands were present to pay their last respects.[18][19][19] Literary works[edit] Apart from being a movie star, ANR was a prolific writer. Most of his books were autobiographical works, the most famous of which are Nenu Na Jeevitham, the memoirs of his first visit to the USA, Nenu Choosina America, and a poetic rendition of his personal thoughts, A Aalu. Other books he wrote were Manasuloni Maata and Akkineni Alochanalu. Charity[edit] ANR was very active in social service. Pointing toward the sky, he once famously said, "If there's a presence there, I'm sure he'll want us to perform our earthly duties well and be a good human being rather than blindly worship him".[20] He set up the Akkineni Janmabhoomi trust in order to foster development in his home town, Ramapuram. He strove hard to realise it under the Janmabhoomi programme during the TDP regime. He was instrumental in the construction of the Akkineni Varadhi (Akkineni bridge, named after him), which improved his village's economy by facilitating easy connectivity. In Ramapuram, even safe drinking water was something which was unheard of until Akkineni contributed to the construction of a water filtration plant.[21] He instituted the Akkineni International Foundation in 2005 to honour those who contributed to the Film Industry.[22] The Annapurna International School of Film and Media, founded by his family in 2011, was set up as a non-profit entity. Rao was generous towards educational institutions since the beginning of his career. Even though he didn't have the opportunity to go to school, he understood the importance of education. He created scholarships in various state universities such as GITAM University (Vizag).[23] He was the Chief Donor and President of the College at Gudivada, which was subsequently named after him as Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Akkineni Nageswara Rao
College.[24] Apart from being a Life Member of the Senate of Andhra University, he was also Adviser to its Department of Dramatics and Theatre Arts. He instituted Gold Medals for students who excelled in Acting and Direction.[25] In 2012, he instituted the Akkineni Annapurna Educational Trust in memory of his wife Annapurna.[26] Filmography[edit] Main article: Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Akkineni Nageswara Rao
filmography Awards and honours[edit]

Civilian honors

Padma Vibhushan
Padma Vibhushan
(2011)[27][28] Padma Bhushan
Padma Bhushan
(1988)[29] Padma Shri
Padma Shri
(1968)[30]

National Film Awards

Dada Saheb Phalke Award
Dada Saheb Phalke Award
(1991)[27][31]

Filmfare Awards South

Filmfare Best Film Award (Telugu) - Sudigundalu
Sudigundalu
(1968) (shared with veteran Adurthi Subba Rao)[32] Best Actor – Telugu – Marapurani Manishi (1973)[33] Best Actor – Telugu – Aatma Bandhuvulu
Aatma Bandhuvulu
(1987)[34] Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award – South
Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award – South
(1988)[35] Best Actor – Telugu - Seetharamaiah Gari Manavaralu
Seetharamaiah Gari Manavaralu
(1991)[36][37]

Nandi Awards

Raghupathi Venkaiah Award (1989)[27] NTR National Award (1996)[27]

Nandi Award for Best Actor

Dr. Chakravarthy
Dr. Chakravarthy
(1964)[38] Antastulu (1965)[39] Sudigundalu
Sudigundalu
(1967)[40] Meghasandesam
Meghasandesam
(1982)[41] Bangaru Kutumbam (1994)[42]

Other state honours

Kalidasu Kaustubh from Madhya Pradesh
Madhya Pradesh
State[43] Appointed as an adviser to the State Film Development Corporation.[43] Tamil Nadu State Film Honorary Award - Arignar Anna Award in 1992[44][better source needed]

References[edit]

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Akkineni Nageswara Rao
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Telugu cinema
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Akkineni Nageswara Rao
lived and breathed cinema". Rediff.com. 22 January 2014. Retrieved 23 Jan 2014.  ^ a b "Nagarjuna about God". MyFirstShow.com. Retrieved 2014-01-23.  ^ a b "ANR, Actor Par Excellence, Student and Humanist". Indian Express. 2014-01-23. Retrieved 2014-01-23.  ^ a b c "Romance Is All". Outlook India. 2013-10-14. Retrieved 2014-01-23.  ^ a b c Video on YouTube[dead link] ^ Raja-Harishchandra – Trailer – Cast – Showtimes – NYTimes.com ^ "Legendary telugu actor ANR passes away at 91". Eenadu. Retrieved 22 January 2014.  ^ Interview with A. Nageswara Rao – Celebrity Inews, Tollywood Interviews, Telugu Movie Reviews, Telugu Actress Photo Galleries, Movie Galleries, Tollywood Gossip ^ "ANR Struck by Cancer of intestine". thehindu.com.  ^ "ANR dubbed for his film from his death bed". Times of India.  ^ "Evergreen actor ANR has cancer". Times of India.  ^ "Thousands bid tearful farewell to Akkineni Nageswara Rao". thehindu.com.  ^ a b "Film personalities pay last respects to ANR". Hindustan times. Archived from the original on 4 February 2014.  ^ "ANR Always". theHindu.com. Retrieved 26 February 2014.  ^ "Akkineni Varadhi". thehindu.com.  ^ "Entertainment Hyderabad : Such a long journey". The Hindu. 20 January 2006. Retrieved 22 January 2014.  ^ "2013 Merit Fellowships, GITAM University". Education in India. Retrieved 26 February 2014.  ^ " ANR College History". ANR College. Archived from the original on 25 January 2014. Retrieved 26 February 2014.  ^ "Andhra University - Department of Theatre Arts". Andhra University. Retrieved 26 February 2014.  ^ "ANR @ Akkineni Annapurna Education Trust Press Meet". Bharath Movies. Retrieved 26 February 2014.  ^ a b c d " Akkineni Nageswara Rao
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Akkineni Nageswara Rao
dies aged 91". ibnlive.in.  ^ "Legendary Telugu Actor Nageswara Rao Passes Away". One India Entertainment.  ^ K Rajnikanth. "Doyen of Telugu cinema
Telugu cinema
ANR dies at 91". Business Standard. Retrieved 22 January 2014.  ^ Collections. Update Video Publication. 1991. p. 395.  ^ The Times of India Directory and Year Book Including Who's who. Bennett, Coleman. 1980. p. 308.  ^ https://archive.is/20170205141932/https://archive.org/details/35thAnnualFilmfareAwardsSouthWinners ^ http://www.filmfare.com/features/lifetime-achievement-award-south-winners-down-the-years-6684.html ^ https://archive.is/20170207133748/https://archive.org/details/39thAnnualFilmfareBestActorDirectorTeluguWinners ^ Sainik Samachar: The Pictorial Weekly of the Armed Forces, Volume 40. Government of India. p. 30.  ^ " Nandi Awards - 1964 - Winners & Nominees".  ^ " Nandi Awards - 1965 - Winners & Nominees".  ^ " Nandi Awards - 1967 - Winners & Nominees".  ^ " Akkineni Nageswara Rao
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Passed Away". AEG India. Archived from the original on 24 January 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2014.  ^ Who's who. Rajya Sabha Secretariat, Indian Parliament. 2000. p. 496.  ^ a b ANR – Telugu cinema
Telugu cinema
stars ^ Tamil Nadu State Film Honorary Award

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Balamani Amma Kishori Amonkar Nikhil Banerjee Roddam Narasimha R. D. Pradhan Annada Shankar Ray Julio Ribeiro Man Mohan Sharma Farokh Udwadia Mohammad Yunus

1988

19th Kushok Bakula Rinpoche Ram Prakash Bambah Kartar Singh Duggal Ashok Sekhar Ganguly Abid Hussain Shreyans Prasad Jain Kelucharan Mohapatra Bal Ram Nanda Akkineni Nageswara Rao Pratury Trirumala Rao Renuka Ray B. V. Sreekantan Satya Pal Wahi

1989

Fenner Brockway, Baron Brockway Banoo Jehangir Coyaji Girija Devi Kattingeri Krishna Hebbar Girilal Jain Anna Rajam Malhotra M. V. Mathur Ashesh Prosad Mitra Russi Mody Suresh Shankar Nadkarni Narinder Singh Randhawa Yoshio Sakurauchi Lakshman Singh Prakash Narain Tandon

# Posthumous conferral

1954–1959 1960–1969 1970–1979 1980–1989 1990–1999 2000–2009 2010–2019

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Raghupathi Venkaiah Award

1980–1990

1980: L. V. Prasad
L. V. Prasad
(director and producer) 1981: P. Pullaiah and Santha Kumari
Santha Kumari
(director and producer) 1982: B. A. Subba Rao
B. A. Subba Rao
(director, producer and writer) 1983: M. A. Rahman 1984: Kosaraju Raghavaiah Choudary (lyricist, poet and actor) 1985: Bhanumati (actor, producer, singer, music director, and writer) 1986: Bapu and Mullapudi Venkata Ramana 1987: B. Nagi Reddy (producer) 1988: D. V. S. Raju (producer) 1989: Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Akkineni Nageswara Rao
(actor) 1990: Dasari Narayana Rao
Dasari Narayana Rao
(actor, director, and producer)

1991–2000

1991: Kasinathuni Viswanath
Kasinathuni Viswanath
(Film director) 1992: S. Rajeswara Rao (composer) 1993: D. Madhusudhana Rao (producer) 1994: Anjali Devi
Anjali Devi
(actress) 1995: Kovelamudi Surya Prakash Rao (actor, cinematographer, director, producer) 1996: Inturi Venkateswara Rao 1997: V. Madhusudhan Rao 1998: Gummadi Venkateswara Rao (actor) 1999: Santha Kumari
Santha Kumari
(actress and producer) 2000: Kanta Rao
Kanta Rao
(actor, producer)

2001–present

2001: Allu Rama Lingaiah (actor) 2002: P. Susheela
P. Susheela
(playback singer) 2003: V. B. Rajendra Prasad (producer) 2004: Krishnaveni (actress and producer) 2005: M. S. Reddy (producer, writer, and director) 2006: Daggubati Rama Naidu (producer, actor) 2007: Tammareddy Krishna Murthy (producer) 2008: Vijaya Nirmala (actress, producer and director) 2009: K. Ragava (producer) 2010: M. Balaiah (actor, producer and director) 2011: Kaikala Satyanarayana (actor, producer and director) 2012: Kodi Ramakrishna
Kodi Ramakrishna
(director) 2013: Vanisri (actress) 2014: Krishnam Raju
Krishnam Raju
(actor) 2015: Eswar (publicity designer, writer) 2016: Chiranjeevi
Chiranjeevi
(actor, producer)

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Nandi Award for Best Actor

Nandi Awards

1964–1980

Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Akkineni Nageswara Rao
(1964) Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Akkineni Nageswara Rao
(1965) Chandra Mohan (1966) Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Akkineni Nageswara Rao
(1967) S. V. Ranga Rao
S. V. Ranga Rao
(1968) Sobhan Babu
Sobhan Babu
(1969) N. T. Rama Rao
N. T. Rama Rao
(1970) Sobhan Babu
Sobhan Babu
(1971) Sobhan Babu
Sobhan Babu
(1972) Sobhan Babu
Sobhan Babu
(1973) Krishna (1974) Sobhan Babu
Sobhan Babu
(1975) Rallapalli (1976) Krishnam Raju
Krishnam Raju
(1977) Hema Sundar (1978) Gokina Rama Rao (1979) M. Prabhakar Reddy (1980)

1981–1990

M. Prabhakar Reddy (1981) Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Akkineni Nageswara Rao
(1982) Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan
(1983) Krishnam Raju
Krishnam Raju
(1984) Murali Mohan (1985) Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan
(1986) Chiranjeevi
Chiranjeevi
(1987) Venkatesh (1988) Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan
(1989) Rajendra Prasad (1990)

1991-2000

Dasari Narayana Rao
Dasari Narayana Rao
(1991) Chiranjeevi
Chiranjeevi
(1992) Jagapati Babu
Jagapati Babu
and Suman (1993) Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Akkineni Nageswara Rao
(1994) Venkatesh and Naresh (1995) Jagapati Babu
Jagapati Babu
(1996) Akkineni Nagarjuna
Akkineni Nagarjuna
(1997) Venkatesh (1998) Venkatesh (1999) Jagapati Babu
Jagapati Babu
(2000)

2001-present

Nandamuri Balakrishna
Nandamuri Balakrishna
(2001) Chiranjeevi
Chiranjeevi
and Akkineni Nagarjuna
Akkineni Nagarjuna
(2002) Mahesh Babu
Mahesh Babu
(2003) Rajendra Prasad (2004) Mahesh Babu
Mahesh Babu
(2005) Akkineni Nagarjuna
Akkineni Nagarjuna
(2006) Venkatesh (2007) Ravi Teja
Ravi Teja
(2008) Dasari Narayana Rao
Dasari Narayana Rao
(2009) Nandamuri Balakrishna
Nandamuri Balakrishna
(2010) Mahesh Babu
Mahesh Babu
(2011) Nani (2012) Prabhas
Prabhas
(2013) Nandamuri Balakrishna
Nandamuri Balakrishna
(2014) Mahesh Babu
Mahesh Babu
(2015) N. T. Rama Rao
N. T. Rama Rao
Jr. (2016)

Category

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Filmfare Award for Best Telugu Actor

1972–1990

N. T. Rama Rao
N. T. Rama Rao
(1972) Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Akkineni Nageswara Rao
(1973) Sobhan Babu
Sobhan Babu
(1974) Sobhan Babu
Sobhan Babu
(1975) Sobhan Babu
Sobhan Babu
(1976) Krishnam Raju
Krishnam Raju
(1977) Chandra Mohan (1978) Sobhan Babu
Sobhan Babu
(1979) Somayajulu (1980) Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan
(1981) Chiranjeevi
Chiranjeevi
(1982) Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan
(1983) Krishnam Raju
Krishnam Raju
(1984) Chiranjeevi
Chiranjeevi
(1985) Krishnam Raju
Krishnam Raju
(1986)

Venkatesh (1988) Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan
(1989) Rajasekhar (1990)

1991–2010

Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Akkineni Nageswara Rao
(1991) Chiranjeevi
Chiranjeevi
(1992) Chiranjeevi
Chiranjeevi
(1993) Rajasekhar (1994) Mohan Babu (1995) Venkatesh (1996) Akkineni Nagarjuna
Akkineni Nagarjuna
(1997) Venkatesh (1998) Chiranjeevi
Chiranjeevi
(1999) Venkatesh (2000) Uday Kiran
Uday Kiran
(2001) Chiranjeevi
Chiranjeevi
(2002) Mahesh Babu
Mahesh Babu
(2003) Chiranjeevi
Chiranjeevi
(2004) Siddharth (2005) Mahesh Babu
Mahesh Babu
(2006) N. T. Rama Rao
N. T. Rama Rao
Jr. (2007) Allu Arjun
Allu Arjun
(2008) Ram Charan
Ram Charan
(2009) Allu Arjun
Allu Arjun
(2010)

2011–present

Mahesh Babu
Mahesh Babu
(2011) Pawan Kalyan
Pawan Kalyan
(2012) Mahesh Babu
Mahesh Babu
(2013) Allu Arjun
Allu Arjun
(2014) Mahesh Babu
Mahesh Babu
(2015) N. T. Rama Rao
N. T. Rama Rao
Jr. (2016)

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Filmfare Award South for Lifetime Achievement

1983–1989

S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
(1983) Sowcar Janaki
Sowcar Janaki
(1984) Sivaji Ganesan
Sivaji Ganesan
(1985) Thikkurissy Sukumaran Nair (1986) Bhanumathi Ramakrishna
Bhanumathi Ramakrishna
(1987) Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Akkineni Nageswara Rao
(1988) Ilaiyaraaja
Ilaiyaraaja
(1989)

1990–1999

Padmini (1990) M. T. Vasudevan Nair (1991) L. V. Prasad
L. V. Prasad
(1992) Gemini Ganesan
Gemini Ganesan
(1993) K. Balachander, Kasinathuni Viswanath, B. Saroja Devi, Madhu, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Soumitra Chatterjee
Soumitra Chatterjee
(1994) Nagesh & Manorama (1995) Krishna & Sharada (1996) Nedumudi Venu
Nedumudi Venu
& S. Janaki
S. Janaki
(1997) Allu Rama Lingaiah & Lakshmi (1998) Pandari Bai
Pandari Bai
& Mugur Sundar (1999) D. Ramanaidu & Sheela (2000)

2001–2010

M. S. Viswanathan
M. S. Viswanathan
& Dasari Narayana Rao
Dasari Narayana Rao
(2001) Kovelamudi Raghavendra Rao & Vishnuvardhan (2002) K. J. Yesudas
K. J. Yesudas
& Vijayashanti (2003) K. R. Vijaya & Ramoji Rao (2004) Thilakan
Thilakan
& Sukumari
Sukumari
(2005) Krishnam Raju
Krishnam Raju
& P. Susheela
P. Susheela
(2006) Sivakumar
Sivakumar
& Jaya Prada
Jaya Prada
(2007) Veturi Sundararama Murthy
Veturi Sundararama Murthy
(2008) Ambareesh & KPAC Lalitha (2009) Chiranjeevi
Chiranjeevi
& Jayasudha (2010)

2011–present

S. P. Muthuraman
S. P. Muthuraman
& Seema (2011) Bapu & Vani Jairam
Vani Jairam
(2012) Balu Mahendra
Balu Mahendra
& Jayabharathi
Jayabharathi
(2013) I. V. Sasi
I. V. Sasi
& Raadhika (2014) Mohan Babu (2015) Vijaya Nirmala (2016)

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 3886685 LCCN: n84207

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