Mumbai, Jan. 13 -- Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (NTR, 1923-96) was a rare phenomenon in cinema and politics not just in India, but possibly the world, too. The son of a Telugu farmer, he dominated cinema and politics like none other during his life time. In a 44-year (1949-1993) career in films, he made some 302 films, and every second one was a box office hit. He also produced and directed films, and knew every aspect of film-making. He never took more than six weeks to complete a film. And, at the height of his popularity, he completed 15 films in 12 months in 1964! Shortly before turning 60, NTR entered politics to restore the Telugus' "atma gauravam" (self-respect), formed the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in March 1982. He stormed into power j...