Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu presented the award to Rajamouli for his contribution to the Telugu film industry.

Director SS Rajamouli conferred with ANR award says its an impetus to work harder
Flix Entertainment Monday, September 18, 2017 - 08:47

Filmmaker SS Rajamouli, who was conferred with the Akkineni Nageswara Rao (ANR) National Award on Sunday, said the honour will be a "burden" but also an impetus to work harder.

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu presented the award to Rajamouli for his contribution to the Telugu filmdom and inspiring a new generation of filmmakers.

In his acceptance speech, Rajamouli said: "I don't think I'm worthy of this honour and I am not saying this out of humility. Such an award should give you power and wings to fly. I feel this as a huge burden, but I know it will certainly inspire me to work harder."

Naidu, in his speech, described Rajamouli as one of the most creative, innovative and inspiring filmmakers.

"You deserved the award because you are Baahubali. Felicitation is to inspire people. It is a memorable moment for me to present the evergreen ANR award today," he said.

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao was also present at the event.

Speaking about legendary actor, ANR, KCR said “The doyen of Telugu film industry Dr. Akkineni Nageswara Rao, left a lasting impression for many generations as he immortalised many films across social, romantic and mythological generis.”

KCR also praised Director Rajamouli and said he enjoyed watching Baahubali, first in Hindi, and then in Telugu. 

Started in 2005, the award has previously been given to Dev Anand, Shabana Azmi, Anjali Devi, Vyjayanatimala Bali, Lata Mangeshkar, K. Balachander, Hema Malini, Shyam Benegal and Amitabh Bachchan among others.

SS Rajamouli became the 10th recipient of the award, which carries a memento, a citation and a cash prize.


IANS inputs

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