PM Modi remembers NTR on his 101st birth anniversary: ​​’From his unforgettable roles…’

Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao Jr., popularly known by his stage name NTR Jr., arrived at the NTR Ghat on the morning of Tuesday, May 28. The Telugu cinema actor paid tribute to his grandfather and former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (NTR) on his 101st birth anniversary.

Video footage obtained from the spot showed NTR Jr paying tribute with folded hands at the memorial. The RRR star’s brother Nandamuri Kalyanram also paid tribute to NTR by offering flowers at the memorial. NTR’s son actor-politician Nandamuri Balakrishna was seen at the ghat, where he came to pay tribute to his late father.

Former Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu, TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu and other leaders and film personalities also paid tributes to the legendary NT Rama Rao.

“Remembering the great NTR on his birth anniversary. He was a remarkable icon of Telugu cinema and a visionary leader,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on social media platform X. “His contribution to film and politics will continue to inspire generations. From his unforgettable roles on screen to his transformational leadership, he will always be remembered. We will keep working to fulfil his vision for our society,” he added.

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In a post on X, Venkaiah Naidu described NTR as a “heartthrob” and a “symbol of self-esteem of the Telugu people”. He said the TDP founder won acclaim as an actor for his performances in mythological roles and also ushered in a new era in politics. He further remarked that NTR was a great nationalist who stood against autocratic politics, “Sri Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao was a great reformer who brought many revolutionary changes including property rights for women and decentralisation of power.”

Who was NTR?

Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao, fondly known as NTR, was an Indian actor, producer, director, editor and politician who served as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh for seven years.

Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao was an actor, producer, director, editor and politician. He served as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh for seven years. NTR received national recognition for his work as he was awarded three National Film Awards for co-producing ‘Thodu Dongalu’ (1954) and ‘Seetharama Kalyanam’ (1960) and directing ‘Varakatnam’ (1970).

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Apart from this, another honour in NTR’s list was the then President’s Award for his performances in films like ‘Raju Peda’ (1954) and ‘Lava Kusa’ (1963).

NTR Jr’s upcoming pan-India film ‘Devra’ stars Saif Ali Khan and Janhvi Kapoor in pivotal roles. NTR Jr will also be seen in Ayan Mukerji-directed ‘War 2’.

(With ANI inputs)

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Published: May 28, 2024, 12:31 PM IST