59/28 Bazulla Road in T Nagar Chennai is a popular address as the house located on this street once belonged to one of the legendary actors of the South and the founder of Telugu Desam Party(TDP) Nandamuri Taraka Ramarao, affectionately called as ‘Anna’ by one and all. The house which once was a pilgrimage for NTR fans who visited him after darshan at Tirupathi now lies in a state. Now a ‘For Sale’ board has come up at the residence.
A close associate of NTR told Sakshi that NTR bought a small house in Rangarajapuram after he settled as an actor in Chennai. He used to even have a dog with him. Later he moved to the Bazulla Road house in 1953, which he bought from famous comedian Kasturi Sivarao. He left the old house and the dog to his brother Trivikrama Rao.
NTR renovated the house included an office, makeup room and visitors’ room in the ground floor while his rooms and the children’s rooms were on the first floor. ‘Kallajodu’ Prasad was his manager.
NTR would wake up at 3:30 am and had breakfast at 6 am with rice and chicken. By 7 am he would be ready with makeup and would affectionately meet his fans waiting at the gate. He asked their native place and made arrangements for them to see the shoot.
NTR was a very spiritual man and on Sunday wore white clothes with vibudhi on his forehead. He never personally gifted money to anyone but through the hands of his wife Basavatarakam or his children. He had his dinner of chapathi and milk at 8:30 pm and everyday slept on the floor alone.
Though veteran actors NTR and Akkineni Nageswara Rao had professional differences during those times, they were united after ANR’s Premabhishekam. NTR personally called ANR and felicitated him on his film’s success and strengthened their friendship bond once again.
The house lost its glory when NTR shifted to Hyderabad. The 8000 square feet bungalow which carried many memories of NTR and which was a pilgrim spot for the legendary actor’s fans is now in a derelict condition ready ‘for sale’.