Legendary actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao will be the first Indian actor to be honored with a postage stamp by the U.S. Post Service (USPS).
The Akkineni Foundation of America (AFA) has said that the stamp will be issued on the birth anniversary of Nageshwara Rao, who died of cancer early this year. A special release ceremony is being planned by AFA on September 20 in Dallas, Texas.
The AFA is also planning to release the stamp in India on December 17 at the first International Akkineni Awards Ceremony being planned at ANR College, Gudivada in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh.
ANR, who died on January 22 this year, has acted in over 255 films in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi. A majority of his films were both commercial and critical successes. Apart from being a movie star, ANR was a prolific writer.
His final movie project was ‘Manam’, which saw three generations of the Akkineni family including himself, his son Nagarjuna and grandsons Naga Chaitanya, Akhil in it. The movie is the biggest success of year 2014.
The actor was honoured with a number of awards including 3 Filmfares, Padma Vibhushan, Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Nandi Award, Kalaimamani.