Veteran Telugu actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao's 90th birthday celebrations, turned out to be a star-studded event, attended by the likes of Kamal Haasan and Mohanlal.
Many south Indian film biggies like Madhu, Venkatesh, Jaya Prada, Jayasudha, Nandamuri Balakrishna, Krishnam Raju, Dr Rajendra Prasad, Murali Mohan, Sai Kumar, Srikanth, Charmee and Meena among others marked their attendance at the birthday bash.
Looking back at his 70-year-old career comprising a filmography of over 250, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, in an interview with IANS, said two persons deserve to be credited for his success and fame.
"My mother has been my biggest inspiration in life. She encouraged me to pursue theatre at a very young age. My biggest influence has been filmmaker Ghantasala Balaramaiah, who picked me from the Bezawada (Now Vijayawada) railway platform and signed me as a lead for his film 'Sitarama Jananam' in 1944," he said.
Nageswara Rao retired as a lead actor years ago, but he still feels connected to the industry.
"I'm involved in many ways in the industry. I always wanted to give back to the industry and hence set up Annapurna Studios and even a film school recently. I'm facing arc lights for my new film 'Manam' with my son and grandson (Naga Chaitanya); so I was never away from the industry," he added.