Saturday, October 22, 2011

AKKINENI NAGESWARA RAO


Like MGR and NTR who were famous in their short form of names, Akkineni Nageswara Rao is also famous  in the short form of his name as ANR.Like MGR and NTR, ANR also came to limelight from common conditions.ANR belonged to a poor family and his parents could not give him good education but only up to primary level.He had to join street drama troupe at he age of 9 because of poverty.But these difficulties and sorrows helped him develop in to a humanist of good qualities and the experiences from the stage plays and street plays carved out an actor of excellence who was able to present any type of roles clan and ease brilliantly well.
Akkineni Nageswara Rao was born on 20 Sept. 1924 Ramapuram Gudivada Taluk,Krishna District.There was not enough facilities for higher eduacation in that area where agriculture was given much importance.So later ANR started a College at Gudivada Taluk to felicitate higher education to people mainly from his native place.He is the Chairman of the College where Graduate and Post Graduate courses in many subjects and M.B.A and M.C.A courses are also being done.
In the childhood days and as a young actor on stage Nageswara Rao was usually given female roles because of his attractive personality.At the age of 17 in 1941 he was offered a role in a film 'Dharma Patni'.He used to act in dramas then also and while coming back after a stage show a film maker spotted him at Vijayawada railway station and offered him role in his next film.The producer of that film 'Balaramaiah' kept his word and gave him the lead role as 'Lord Rama' in his movie
'Sita Rama Jananam'.It was a turning point in his life and a versatile actor was born
with that film and continued that victory ride for a long span of 69 years.
He could impress the audience with his exquisite acting style and earn the love and support from them so that usually his films were successes critically and commercially.
He was mainly responsible for choosing Hyderabad as the centre of Telugu Cinema(Tolly wood).He insisted the producers to select Hyderabad and in support to that need he started a film studio,which is famous Annapurna Studios at Hyderabad.
He was able to play several immortal characters in mythological,Biographical and historical films also.Tenali Rama Krishna,Mahakavi Kalidasu,Devadasu,Maya Bazaar,Dr.Chakravarthy,Dassara Bullodu,Ardhangi,Muga Manasulu,Misamma,Prem Nagar, etc were all much acclaimed films.Film 'Premabhishekam' directed by Dassari Narayana Rao was an eminent film which was exhibited at a Hyderabad  movie house for 533 days which was a record.Usually films  do not run continuously for 365 days also.
He was well appreciated for his film 'Mahakavi Kalidasu' which was directed by Kamaleswara Rao in which ANR played the title role.In the film 'Maya Bazaar' NTR played the role of Krishna and Nageswara Rao appeared as 'Abhimanyu'.
In 'Ardhangi' he acted as a mentally retarded person.In the film 'Anuradha' he was in the character 'Murali' who loved 'Anuradha'.Murali loses his eyes in an accident and the consequences were the theme of that film.Dr.Chakravarthy was a film based on the novel written by novelist 'Koduri Kousalya Devi' and ANR was in the lead role.'Antasthulu' was a musical film with some melodious songs.In the 2006 film
'Chukkello Chandrudu' he handled the role as the grandfather of character 'Arjun'.In another film of the same year 'Ramadasu' he was in the role of 'Kabirdas'.
Akkineni Nageswara Rao was given Dada Saheb Phalke Award in 1990.
He was given Padma Shri in 1968
He received Padma Bhushan in 1988
He was awarded Padma Vibhushan in 2011
He is recipient of  Doctorate Degree also.
A National award named 'ANR National Award' is arranged in his name to be given  as life time achievement award to people for their noted contributions for Indian cinema.
Selected Filmography
Seeta Rama Jananam
Maya Lokam
Ratna Mala
Palnati Yudham
Balaraju
Pallotoon Pilla
Samsaram
Prema Paradesi
Devadasu
Chakrapani
Misamma
Ardhangi
Anarkali
Santhanam
Sati Savitri
Surama Sundari
Chenchu Lakshmi
Jayabheri Namminabantu
Mahakavi Kalidasu
Abhimanam
vVeligu Needalu
Sabhash Raja
Aradhana



Manchi Manasulu
Kulagothralu
Sri Krisharjuna Yudham
Chanduvudanna Ammayilu
Poojafalam
Atmabalam
Muralikrishna
Sumangali
Atma Gowravam
Navaratri
Brahmachari
Bangaru Gajulu
Bandhipotu Dongalu
Prem Nagar
Pavitra Bandhanam
Vichitrabandham
Datta Putradu
Bangaru Babu
Andala Ramudu
Dorababu
Secretary
Chilipi Krishnudu
Premabhishekam
Koteeswarudu
Anubandham
Agni Puthrudu
Guru Brahma
Sutradharulu
Sitarammayyagari Manavaralu
Rajeswari Kalyanam
Mechanic Alludu
Gandeevam Theerpu
Godfather

Thursday, October 13, 2011

MADHU

Madhu, whose original name is Madhavan Nair hails from 'Gowreesapattam' of Trivandrum City.His Father's name was Parameswaran Pillai and mother was Thankamma.His father was also a public figure and social worker who was Mayor of Trivandrum city corporation for a term.
Madhu was born on 23 September 1933 and after finishing Post Graduation he joined Scott Christian College,Nagercoil as Hindi Lecturer.During that time he happened to see an advertisement in News Papers inviting applicants to join for  a training at National School of Drama in Delhi and since he had a flair for acting applied for that.
Madhu got admission there and  while the training course was in progress the famous Malayalam film director Ramu Karatt visited the Institute and they became friends.When the course was completed Ramu Kariatt offered him role in his next film 'Moodupadam' for which he went to Chennai for the shooting.Before the completion of Moodupadam he got chance in 'N.N.Pisharody's film "Ninamaninja Kaalpadukal' which was released earlier and became his debut film in 1963.'His acting in the  film 'Bhargavi Nilayam' earned good reputation from the audience and by the release of that film Madhu became an established actor of Malayalam cinema.'Chemmeen' which got Gold medal for the first time as the best film in National level in 1967 which was directed by Ramu Kariatt,  Madhu was one of the hero of that film.The role as 'Pareekkutty' was a challenge to him but he presented it amazingly brilliant.
In 2013 he will be completing 50 years in cinema and now in the age of 78 he is still appearing in films and T.V.Serials.Madhu is a person endowed with surprising qualities and abilities.Apart from acting he was a successful film director and Producer also.He was the proud owner of a film studio (Uma Studio) at Trivandrum where so many films were made.He has acted in more than 300 films and directed 14 Malayalam films.The films directed by him were all success at the box office and were exceptionally nice movies also.
During the 60s 70s and 80s he was in the lead roles of films in which almost all heroines of that time acted as his pair.In films like 'Abhijatyam' 'Theerthayatra' 'Swayamvaram' etc Sarada was his pair  and Sheela was his pair in Chemmeen.
Sreevidya proved to be his success pair in several movies like 'Jeevitham oru Ganam' 'Hridayam oru Kshetram' 'Theekkanal' etc.Jayabharathy was also suitable to him in films like 'Karakana kadal' 'Asthamayam' 'Maram' 'Sindhooracheppu' etc.
Madhu used to be differently well when he presented  demagogic and transcendent type characters.He was able to act all types of characters fabulously with his intrinsic abilities.
As a director also he proved himself a prodigy.His first attempt 'Priya' itself drew much attention from critics and received much applause.'Theekkanal' which was directed by Madhu was a blockbuster film in which Madhu and Sreevidya acted their characters awfully well.'Kamam Krodham Moham' 'Manyasree Viswamitran'  'Sindhooracheppu' etc were all nice films.
'Sindhooracheppu' received Kerala Government 2nd best film award.In 1995 Madhu produced a children's film 'Mini' which received National award.In 2002 Asianet presented him Lifetime achievement award.In 2004 Kerala Government gave him Life time achievement award.(J.C.Daniel award).
He received Padma Shri from Government of India in 2013.
Selected Filmography
Moodupadam
Ninamaninja Kalpadukal
Bhargavi Nilayam
Chemmeen
Sarasayya
Abhayam
Thacholi Othenan
Line Bus
Priya
Youvanam
Bobanum Moliyum
Madhavikutty
Vidyarthikale Ithile Ithile
Olavum Theeravum
Vidarunna Mottukal
Sindhooracheppu
Aparadhi
Theekkanal
Kamam Krodham Moham
Manyasree Viswamithran
Neelakannukal
Hridayam oru Kshetram
Kallichellamma
Sindhu
Kanyadanam
Ala Kadalinakkare
Udayam Padinjaru
Postmortam
Bandham
Yudham
Pratiksha
Theerthayatra
Akkaldama
Thiruvabharanam
Ramanan


Enippadikal
Iniyoru Janmam tharoo
Themmadi Velappan
Vilakku Vangiya Veena
Thurakkatha Vathil
Kayalum Kayarum
Ithiri Poove chuvanna poove
Aarorumariyathe
Yakshaganam
Divyadarsanam
Rowdy Ramu
Kara Kanakkadal
Yudhakandam
Snehadeepame mizhi thuraku
Dheera sameere yamuna theere
Aabhijathyam
Udyogastha
Theekkadal
Orikkal koodi
Raktham
Akramanam
Vellam
Naduvazhikal
Sudhikalasam
Oru ragam pala thalam
Pin nilavu
Ee ganam Marakkumo
Jeevitham oru ganam
Itha oru Manushyan
Kudumba Sametham
Nakhangal
Ravanan
Rashtram
August 15
Umma
Karyasthan
Twenty 20
Ezhupunna Tharakan
Oru Painkili Kadha
Thalamura
Naran
Chambakkulam Thachan
Meen
Eetta
Arikkari Ammu
Sambhavam
Santha oru devatha
Kolilakkam
1921
Vadakakku oru hridayam
Aaradhana
Padayottam
Venalil oru Mazha
Asthamayam
Amma
Itha Ivide vare
Dheera sameere Yamuna theere