World Telugu Federation felicitates actor Krishna
Chennai | Sunday, Feb 1 2009 IST
If age had not slowed him down, he would still have lived upto to his title of 'superstar', which Telugu Film Industry bestowed on him in his prime, as he showed at the felicitation function got up by the World Telugu Federation at the Andhra Social and Cultural Association here today for being honoured by the Indian Government with 'Padma Bushan' one of the highest civilian awards on Republic Day last week.
For, nothing has changed for veteran Telugu actor Krishna as he, exuding the delight of an old student, recalling the best days of his youth in his alma mater, recalled his days of baptism in Chennai, since he made his debut in films in 1965. Late celebrity director Aadurti Subba Rao of Telugu Cinema had introduced Krishna in a film title "Tene Manasulu".
"I shifted to Hyderabad after the Telugu Film Industry itself shifted there, only after completing 250 out of the 340 films in which I acted, in Chennai", the 70-year-old actor, who had also donned the role of Jesus Christ in a film recently, said, speaking about his attachment to regard for this city, known for its culture and cinema.
Among the first of the actors of the generation of Telugu film artistes, who held his own agianst the matinee idols late N T Rama Rao and A Nageswara Rao, Krishna, who also took the plunge into politics supporting the Congress, also answered a variety of questions from the media.
Asked if he would be contesting again in the forthcoming Lok Sabha or Assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh, Krishna, a former Congress MP said, he would not. "But my support for Congress since 1989, would continue.", he added.
The actor, who was accompanied by his wife and well-known actor- director Vijaya Nirmala, who is also a well known Tamil film star alongside her career in Telugu cinema, said "Mahesh Babu (his popular actor- son) would also not campaign directly or contest in the next elections. But he will also support Congress party." Krishna's observations came in the wake of the fact that a number of Telugu film stars have jumped on to the bandwagon of some party or the other, after megastar Chirajneevi launched his Praja Rajyam Party(PRP) to launch his political career, emulating Mr Rama Rao, who had originally formed the Telugu Desam Party(TDP) now the main opposition, in 1982.
"2009 is a very special year for me", the actor noted, adding "before the Padma Bhushan I was honoured with the NTR award for my contribution to Telugu cinema as actor, producer and studio-owner, besides wielding the megaphone for a few films and after that with the Honorary Doctorate by Andhra University." "I feel thrilled like a child to be back here today", he said, adding I started in films here, Tene Manasulu, which was shot in Chennai and Udagamandalam(Ooty) and after that I made an art film here 'Saakshi, which was directed by the great Baapu."
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