Akkineni Nageshawara Rao is one of the legendary actors of Indian Cinema. In a career spanning over 73 years, ANR had acted in many memorable films. But as we say, first works will always be special. Today marks one such special memory in ANR's career. On this day, ANR started shooting for his first film as a lead hero, Sri Seeta Rama Jananam. The film had hit the screens on 16th November 1944.
Nageshwara Rao made his debut with the 1941 film Dharmapatni. He played a minor role in this movie. Cut to three years, he made his debut as a lead actor with Sri Seeta Rama Jananam. This mythological drama got produced and directed by Ghantasala Balaramaiah. ANR played the role of Lord Rama in this movie. Tripura Sundari acted as Lord Seetha. This film also marked the debut of legendary composer Ghantasala. He was a part of the chorus group of the film and has also acted in a minor role in it.
This film was a major hit at the box office and gave a big boost to Nageshwara Rao's career. It ran for more than 100 days in Vijayawada. After this film, there was no looking back for the actor. Right in the late 40s, he starred in many successful films like Mayalokam, Mugguru Maratilu, Rathnamala, Palnati Yuddham, Balaraju, Keelu Gurram and Laila Majnu. He then had a glorious career of more than seven decades. ANR's last film was the 2014 release Manam. He passed away in the very same year.