The Gujarat Chief Minister took to Twitter to mourn Akkineni Nageswara Rao’s demise. Describing Nageswara as the “stalwart" of Indian cinema, Modi said, "Akkineni Nageswara Rao was one of the Indian cinema's stalwarts, who will be remembered for his rich contribution. Saddened by his demise. RIP.”

Nageswara Rao, who made his debut in 1941 with "Dharmapatni", is known for his performances in "Devadasu", "Laila Majnu", "Anarkali", "Premabhishekham", "Prema Nagar" and "Megha Sandesham".

Akkineni Nageswara Rao alias ANR is survived by three daughters and two sons, including actor Nagarjuna.
The Telugu film industry, which plunged into gloom on Wednesday following the legendary actor’s death, will remain shut on Thursday.

Members of the Telugu film industry and eminent personalities from various walks of life made a beeline to pay their last respects to Nageswara Rao at Annapurna Studio, which he founded in the 1960s.
Shooting and other filmmaking activities were also suspended as a mark of respect to the veteran actor.

Eminent film personalities and politicians rushed to his house in Jubliee Hills to pay their respects. The body was shifted to Annapurna Studio on Wednesday morning to enable his fans to pay their last respects.


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