Pioneer, Legend, Padma Vibushan and Dada Saheb Phalke awardee Akkineni Nageswara Rao passed away this morning in Hyderabad after battling a prolonged illness. A pioneer who transformed and revolutionized Telegu cinema and won millions of hearts with his bold approach to cinema. Nageswara Rao strode into acting as a theatre artist and performed exceptionally well by playing female characters. His quick grasping power and his eye for innovation was noticed by prominent film producer Balaramaiah who cast him in his first full-length feature film, Dharmapatni. He then went on to star in nearly 75 films as the lead actor including Tamil films Kaanal Neer and Vazhkai Opandam.
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