Legends like K Viswanath, Dasari Narayana Rao and many others were not yet named for Akkineni award. While Dasari is no more, he could have been named posthumously.
But, Dadasaheb Phalke awardee K. Viswanath not being named for ANR National Award has surprised many. Also the fact that ANR National Award has not been announced for 2015, 2016 has left much shocked.
Many thought that the award committee would announce the awards for all three years 2015, 2016 and 2017, but the award has been announced for 2017. And, it is announced for Rajamouli.
People say this could be an attempt to woo Rajamouli into Akkineni compound. Rajamouli had in the past directed Nagarjuna in the action scenes of Rajanna. And he is yet to direct Chaitu, Akhil.