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Remembering NT Rama Rao on his 97th birth anniversary

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Updated: May 29, 2020 8:33:43 am
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    Legendary Telugu actor Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao, popularly known as NTR, would have been 97 years old today if he were alive. On the birth anniversary, many celebrities and politicians have been paying tributes to the thespian who left behind a rich legacy both in the film industry and politics.

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    NT Rama Rao embodied the spirit of entrepreneurship in a period when a government job was considered a key to a secure and comfortable life. He quit his sub-registrar job to pursue opportunities in film acting in the late 1940s.

    Here, NT Rama Rao is seen with Anjali Devi in Jayam Manade. (Express archive photo)

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    NTR made his screen debut in a minor role of a police officer in Mana Desam (1949), and as they say, the rest is history. His first lead role was Palletoori Pilla.

    Here, NT Rama Rao is seen with Jamuna in Naya Aadmi. (Express archive photo)

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    Director Kadiri Venkata Reddy's iconic movie Pathala Bhairavi catapulted him to superstardom, and he never looked back.

    Here, NT Rama Rao is seen with Savitri in Missamma. (Express archive photo)

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    NTR found tremendous success by bringing to life numerous mythological characters in Mayabazaar, Vinayaka Chavithi, Bhookailas, Seetarama Kalyanam, Lava Kusa, to name a few.

    Here, NT Rama Rao is seen with Padmini in Sampoorna Ramayanam.(Express archive photo)

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    NTR rose through the ranks of the film industry and achieved demi-god status by playing the role of Lord Venkateshwara in Sri Venkateswara Mahatyam. So much so that a pilgrimage to Tirupati was not complete for many without getting ‘NTR Darshanam’ at his house. (Express archive photo)

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    Of the 300 films in NTR's career, a significant number of them were directed by the actor himself. He also wrote screenplays for many of his films. (Express archive photo)

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    The most iconic movie NTR ever created was Daana Veera Soora Karna (1977). He wrote, produced, directed and played multiple lead roles in this magnum opus. (Express archive photo)

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    NTR played the roles of Karna, Lord Krishna and Duryodhana in Daana Veera Soora, which was based on Mahabharata. It is not an exaggeration to say that it was the biggest movie event of the 70s. (Express archive photo)

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    NTR won several prestigious awards, including three National Awards. He was bestowed with the Padma Shri in 1968. (Express archive photo)

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    Arguably, no other actor after NTR has managed to garner unconditional love and devotion from fans of Telugu cinema. (Express archive photo)

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