NTR, Sridevi greatest actor of all times in India: survey

By Hindustan Times

Late Telugu actor and former chief minister Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (NTR) has been named the greatest Indian actor of all time, while Sridevi was voted the best actress, in a CNN-IBN Poll survey conducted in celebration of 100 years of Indian cinema.

NTR garnered 53% of total votes, while actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan amassed 44% of rest of the votes. Southern actors Rajkumar and Mohanlal shared 1% votes each, and the rest of the actors got less than a percent of votes.

Bollywood diva Sridevi, who recently made a comeback with English Vinglish, garnered 39% votes to be adjudged the best actress, while Madhuri Dixit and Savithri finished second and third respectively with 16 and 12% votes.

Aishwarya Rai, Saroja Devi, Madhubala and Smita Patil finished with eight, six, four and three% votes, respectively, and others on the list ended up with very few votes.

Mani Ratnam's Tamil action-drama Nayagan, starring Kamal Haasan won 42% of votes to be named India's greatest film of all time, and Ramesh Sippy's Sholay finished second with 29%. Swayamvaram received six% votes, while Mughal-e-Azam and Pather Panchali had five% votes respectively.

Among the directors, Mani Ratnam was adjudged India's greatest director of all time with 29%. Tamil director K Balachander finished second with 18%, while Satyajit Ray finished third with 14% and Tamil director S Shankar came fourth with 9%.

Music maestro Illayaraja garnered 49% votes to be named India's greatest music composer. Oscar-winner AR Rahman took the second spot with 29%. Singer-composer SP Balasubramanyam finished third with seven%, while late RD Burman garnered four% votes.

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