Akkineni Nageswara Rao dies

Doyen of Telugu cinema Akkineni Nageswara Rao, who mesmerised audiences with memorable performances in hits like Batasari, Devadas and Tenali Ramakrishna in a career spanning more than seven decades,

died early today after losing his battle with cancer.

A Dada Saheb Phalke award winner, the 91-year-old acted in more than 250 films, including a few in Tamil. Nageswara Rao had a lively chat with family members last night and passed away in his sleep, the legendary actor’s son Nagarjuna, a popular hero, said.