On the occasion of the 98th birthday of the legendary actor and former Chief Minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh, the late Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao on Friday, his family and friends commemorated him on social media. While the Nandamuri family visits NTR Ghat to pay tribute to him on that day every year, they broke with tradition this year because of Covid-19.
In memory of his grandfather, Telugu superstar Jr NTR tweeted, “Touch our hearts again grandpa.”
మా గుండెలను మరొక్కసారి తాకి పోండి తాతా 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/a3wAJeN6XR
– Jr NTR (@ tarak9999) May 28, 2021
Actor producer Nandamuri Kalyanram remembered his grandfather with a tweet in Telugu. It loosely translates, “You are our glory, you are our glory … great personality, our tribute to you. #Joharntr.”
Nara Rohith wrote: “On the occasion of the 98th birthday, I pay tribute to that great man. #LegendaryNTRJayanthi. “
NT Rama Rao’s contributions to Telugu cinema are unmatchable. On the occasion of his birthday, we bring you a list of his memorable movies to watch on streaming services.
Pathala Bharavi (1951)
A classic, this fantasy drama was directed by Kadiri Venkata Reddy. Very nice to watch for the trick photography used in it, it starred NTR as Thota Ramudu while SV Ranga Rao played a wizard. K Malathi was the female lead actor. Ghantasala composed the tunes for the film. Evergreen classics “Kalavaramaye” and “Prema Kosamai Valalo Padene” are only from this movie.
The film is available for viewing on Amazon Prime Video and ETV WIN.
Missamma is a classic social drama, which is recognizable even today. Directed by the great director LV Prasad, the film stars NTR, Savitri, Akkineni Nageswara Rao and Jamuna. The film is a light-hearted comedy, yet impressive. The film features songs composed by Saluri Rajeswara Rao and the album includes charts such as “Adavari Matalaku Arthale Verule”, “Brindavanamadi Andaridi” and “Ravoyi Chandamama”.
Stream this movie on ETV WIN or Amazon Prime Video.
Helped by Kadiri Venkata Reddy, this film is an epic take on Mahabharata. Even though the Pandavas are central to the film, they are never shown. In addition to the comedic part of the film, the film’s music track, composed by the legendary Ghantasala, is pure magic. While NTR played Sri Krishna’s character, SV Ranga Rao Ghatotkacha wrote and Akkineni Nageswara Rao and Savitri played the roles of Abhimanyu and Sasirekha respectively.
You can stream this classic on ETV WIN and Amazon Prime Video.
This director of K Shankar presents NTR in the character of Ravana and the story revolves around the demon king who worships Lord Shiva to reach Atma Lingam. NTR’s performance as Ravana is so flawless it is remembered even today.
The movie is available for streaming on Amazon Prime.
Gundamma Katha (1962)
Another cult hit starring the winning combination of NTR, ANR, Savitri and Jamuna was directed by Kamalakara Kameswara Rao. Legendary actress Suryakantam is the main attraction of the movie. The film is available on Amazon Prime and ETV WIN.
Daana Veera Sura Karna (1977)
Directed and produced by NTR itself, this epic presents Mahabharata from Karna’s point of view. NTR played triple roles: that of Sri Krishna, Karna and Suyodhana. This movie was a hit and NTR’s dialogues in the role of Suyodhana are so popular that they are remembered even today.