Hyderabad: A major fire broke out on a set at the popular Annapurna Studios on Road No 2 of Banjara Hills here on Monday evening. It was the same set used for the shooting of ‘Manam’, the last movie of legendary actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao.
According to authorities, the fire broke out around 6.20 pm on the set that is 15 square metres in length and breadth. Two fire tenders from the Film Nagar Fire Station and one each from Sanathnagar and Secunderabad Fire Stations were deployed at the spot with around 25 Fire personnel.
Fire Station Officer — Film Nagar D Mohan Rao said it took nearly two hours to extinguish the fire.
“Solar panels that were installed atop the shed too were gutted in the fire, suspected to have been triggered by a short circuit in a switchboard,” he said, adding that the last movie shot on the set was Ranrandoi Veduka Chuddam in which Akkineni Nagarjuna’s son A Naga Chaitanya and popular actress Rakulpreet Singh played lead roles.
Meanwhile, studio owner and actor Nagarjuna, speaking to the media, said the damage was being estimated and that a report would be submitted to the authorities concerned by Tuesday morning.
Stating that fortunately no one was present on the set when the fire broke out, Nagarjuna said the set had sentimental value for them since it was the one used for ‘Manam’. The set was being retained because of the memories of his father attached to it, he said.
ANR, as he was popular, had continued shooting for ‘Manam’ even after being diagnosed with colon cancer, and had in fact collapsed on the same set a few days before his death in January 2014.