Akkineni was born in a small village named Venkata Raghava Puram. Though he attained a great place in Film industry and was noticed through out India, he never forgot his native, He organised many medical camps and also provided employment for the people of Raghava puram.
He received many prestigious awards like Dada saheb Phalke award , four filmfare awards,2 AP state awards and one tamilnadu, one Madhyapradesh state award.He was also a cultural ambassador for India and was invited for many countries. He a writer too, and written few books like Nenu Na Jeevitham, Nenu Chusina America, Manasuloni Mata.He was the main person who took initiative to shift the base of Telugu film industry from Madras(Chennai) to Hyderabad.. For that he also established Annapurna Studios after his wife’s name.
Last year he became sick and hospitalized for few days, on Oct 19, 2013 he held a press meet and announced that he was diagnosed with intestinal cancer. He expressed his positive outlook over the disease and said he will fight till the end.
He was debuting his last film Manam in which three generations of his family playing characters in the film. Yesterday night around 2:00am The legendary actor passed away with the disease he had. He was 90 when he expired.
Many people consider ANR’s family for their good health and hospitality they provide. Its really a great loss for Telugu film industry to lose such a great actor. Though he left his soul from body physically, he’ll be alive in our hearts as long as the Telugu film industry is alive..May his soul rest in peace.