Akkineni National Award ceremony was held on Sunday at Shilpa Kala Vedika auditorium in Hyderabad. Chief Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu, Telangana CM Chandrasekhar Rao were special guests for the event organized by Akkineni family.
Director Rajamouli received the Akkineni National Award from the hands of Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu.
Rajamouli gave an emotional speech He said,”In 1974 when Akkineni Nageswara Rao was 55 years old. He had a massive heart attack. Most of the top doctors came to him for operation. After successful completion operation, They said that his heart will serve for another 14 years without any problems.
In 1988, for a second time, he had a heart attack, When open heart surgery was attempted, the heart was so weak. Doctors said His heart is weak and he could survive for only a few days.
Nageshwara Rao told to himself that Doctors and drugs have given him 14 years life, It’s time for him to live for another 14 years with his Willpower. Since then he changed his car numbers to 2002. He gave Warning to the death, not to come for him until 2002′.
In 2002, he came out and thought that death was away from him for last 14 years old, he saw a 9 number and told the death to stay away for another 9 years.
In 2011, ANR said Bored with the life, You (death) can come whenever you like. Finally, God could take his body but not memories that he gave, said Rajamouli.
Rajamouli compared Akkineni Nageshwara Rao with Bhishma Pitamah of Mahabharata who had a wish-long life.
Rajamouli also said that It’s a proud moment to receive the Akkineni National Award. He feels his responsibility has increased after receiving this award. He said that it would do more hard work to honor the award.