Akkineni Nageswara Rao Award for dream girl

Hyderabad: The `Dream Girl` of Indian cinema, Hema Malini has been chosen for the prestigious Akkineni Nageswara Rao Award for the year 2011. The ANR award was instituted in the year 2005 by the Akkineni International Foundation as an `Award for Excellence` to those who dedicated their life "towards service to our medium" (the film industry).

Akkineni Nageswara Rao, ANR as he is popularly known, is a living legend of the Telugu film industry. From Padma Vibhushan to Dada Saheb Phalke to NTR National Film Award, ANR won each and every honour in his more than seven decades of film career. Devanand was the first recipient of the ANR Award in 2005, followed by Shabana Azmi, Anjali Devi (popular Telugu actress), Vyjayanthimala Bali, Lata Mangeshkar and K Balachander (ace Tamil film director) respectively.

This year, the ANR Award will be presented to Hema Malini at a function here on December 26, according to the award committee chairman and Rajya Sabha member T Subbirami Reddy. "Hema Malini is a worthy actress and dancer. Even at the age of 60 years, she is so active both in her acting and dancing careers," ANR noted, adding that "she is a right choice" for the award. The ANR Award carries a memento, citation and a cash prize of Rs 4 lakh.