Akkineni Nagarjuna

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Akkineni Nagarjuna
Akkineni Nagarjuna.jpg
Born Akkineni Nagarjuna
(1959-08-29) August 29, 1959 (age 55)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Residence Film Nagar, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Other names Nag
Yuva Samrat
Alma mater Eastern Michigan University
Anna University
Occupation Actor, Producer, Businessman, Philanthropist
Years active 1986–present
  • Lakshmi Ramanaidu Daggubati
    (m.1984–1990; divorced (1 child))
    (m.1992–present; (1 child))
Children Naga Chaitanya Akkineni
Akhil Akkineni
Parents Nageswara Rao Akkineni
Annapurna Akkineni
Relatives Sumanth (nephew)
Sushanth (nephew)
Ramanaidu Daggubati
(paternal uncle)
Venkatesh Daggubati
(paternal cousin)
Suresh Babu Daggubati
(paternal cousin)
Rana Daggubati (2nd nephew)

Akkineni Nagarjuna (Telugu: అక్కినేని నాగార్జున), born on August 29, 1959, is a prominent Indian film actor and producer who works primarily in the Telugu Cinema. He has acted in over ninety films as an actor in a lead, supporting and cameo roles, including Bollywood and Tamil films. He has received two National Film Awards, nine state Nandi Awards and two Filmfare Awards South. He received wide critical reception for his performances in biographical and historical films.

He enacted the role of 15th century composer Annamacharya in the 1997 film Annamayya; as Yavakri (the son of the ascetic Bharadwaja) in the 2002 film Agni Varsha; as Major Padmapani Acharya in the 2003 war film, LOC Kargil; as 17th-century composer Kancherla Gopanna in the 2006 film Sri Ramadasu; as Sai Baba of Shirdi in the 2012 film Shirdi Sai; and as Chandaludu (Lord Siva in disguise) in the 2013 film Jagadguru Adi Sankara.[1]

In 1989, he was starred in the Maniratnam directed Romantic drama film, Geetanjali, which won the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment. In the same year, he acted in Siva, an action blockbuster directed by Ram Gopal Varma. In 1990, he subsequently made his Bollywood debut with the Hindi remake of the same film titled Shiva, which was premièred at International Film Festival of India. In 1997, he received the National Film Award for producing Ninne Pelladata. In 1998, He received the National Film Award-Special Mention for his performance in the historical film Annamayya.

In 2013, he has represented Cinema of South India at the Delhi Film Festival's 100 Years of Indian Cinema's celebration, alongside Ramesh Sippy and Vishal Bharadwaj from Bollywood.[2] As of 2013, He is the co-owner of Mumbai Masters of Indian Badminton League along with Sunil Gavaskar, and Mahi Racing Team India along with Mahendra Singh Dhoni.[3] Nagarjuna hosts the Telugu version of KBC - Meelo Evaru Koteeswarudu.[4] The show is being aired on MAA TV since June 2014.[5]

In 1995, He ventured into film production, with a production unit operating in Seychelles, and was a co-director of an Emmy Award-winning film animation company in Michigan, U.S.[6] Along with his brother, Venkat Akkineni, Nagarjuna is the co-owner of the Production company, Annapurna Studios and is the president of the non-profit film school Annapurna International School of Film and Media based in Hyderabad.[7][8][9] He is the co-founder of Blue Cross of Hyderabad, a registered society recognized by the Animal Welfare Board of India.[10] He was listed #56 and #61 in Forbes India top 100 Celebrities for the year 2012 and 2013 respectively.[11][12]

Early life and family[edit]

Nagarjuna was born on 29 August 1959 at Chennai, Tamil Nadu[13] to veteran actor Nageswara Rao Akkineni and Annapoorna Akkineni. The family later moved to Hyderabad where he attended the Hyderabad Public School and Little Flower Junior College. He got his Bachelor of Engineering from the College of Engineering, Guindy. He completed M.S. in Automobile Engineering from Eastern Michigan University.[14][15] He is the spouse of actress Amala Akkineni, the father of actor Naga Chaitanya Akkineni

As Actor[edit]

Nagarjuna at TeachAIDS launch in 2010

Initial Years (1986 - 1989)[edit]

He made his debut as a lead actor through the 1986 Telugu film Vikram directed by V. Madhusudhana Rao. It is the remake of 1983 Hindi film Hero. The film was a big success. Later, he was starred in a couple of unsuccessful films, Captain Nagarjun and Aranyakanda. Both were nearly average grossers.

His first breakthrough as an actor came through Majnu, directed by veteran Dasari Narayana Rao. The film was well received and became successful, upon release. Nagarjuna received positive reviews for his portrayal. He was then starred in Sankeertana, another hit directed by debutant Geetha Krishna with music by Ilaiyaraaja. The film was appreciated for its content and music.

His next breakthrough came in the form of Aakhari Poratam (1988), scripted by Yandamuri Veerendranath, and directed by K. Raghavendra Rao where he was paired opposite Sridevi and Suhasini. The film was a huge blockbuster.

Major Breakthrough (1989 - 1992)[edit]

In 1989, he was starred in Maniratnam directorial Romantic-drama, Geetanjali. It tells the story about relationship between two ill-fated lovers. Upon release, it received extremely positive critical acclaim and went on to become one of the biggest blockbusters of that year. Nagarjuna received rave reviews for portrayal of a cancer patient. Further more, the film went on to win the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment in 1990. The tamil version of the same film titled as "Idhayadhai Thirudathey" also saw resounding success and fetched huge popularity for Nagarjuna in Tamil Nadu. This film attained cult status over years, and is often listed among the best movies in telugu film history. This remains, the only Telugu film directed by Maniratnam till date.

Immediately, he saw another success in the form of Siva. This film marked the debut of leading Bollywood director Ram Gopal Varma. The film is based on college politics. Upon release, the film became a massive hit and was declared as the biggest hit of the year 1989. This film in particular, established the careers of Nagarjuna and Ram Gopal Varma. It is often considered as path-breaking effort by both. Nagarjuna received highly positive critical reception for his portrayal of a cold and ruthless youngster. Further more, this film fetched him his first Filmfare Award for best actor. Subsequently, Ram Gopal Varma received Nandi Award for Best Director. The film was dubbed into Tamil and was released as "Udhayam". The Tamil version also became a blockbuster. In 1990, he subsequently made his Bollywood debut with the Hindi remake of the same film titled Shiva. Even, the Hindi version saw a huge box-office success earning him popularity all over the country.

He was then starred in the film Jaitra Yatra. He received positive critical reception, though it was an average grosser. He followed it up with moderately successful films like Prema Yuddham and Iddaru Iddare. Although Nagarjuna's performances won him rave reviews, these films enjoyed only average success.

He was then starred in films like Killer, Neti Siddhartha, Chaithanya and Nirnayam working with eminent directors such as Fazil, Prathap Pothen and Priyadarshan. All these films were above average grossers, though they were appreciated for their content. Killer and Nirnayam were successful at the box-office.'

Success Streak - Raise to Stardom (1992 - 1997)[edit]

His next major box-office breakthrough came in the form of President Gari Pellam, directed by A. Kodandarami Reddy. The film tells the story about the relationship between a village president, played by Nagarjuna, and his brother. Upon release, the film was declared as a blockbuster. He then starred in another box-office success Varasudu which was the remake of hindi film Phool Aur Kaante. It was directed by E. V. V. Satyanarayana. The film also starred popular telugu actor Krishna in one of the important roles. The film was ultimately declared as a successful venture.

He was then starred in mass comedies Gharana Bullodu and Allari Alludu. While Gharana Bullodu was directed by acclaimed director Raghavendra Rao, Allari Alludu was directed by another veteran Kodandarami Reddy. Both the films were hugely successful. These two films are often listed among the best films in Nagarjuna's career.

In 1994 he was starred in a Hindi-Telugu bilingual Criminal directed by Mahesh Bhatt. It was a moderate success. He then starred in Ram Gopal Varma's controversial venture Govinda Govinda opposite Sridevi. The film was a box-office failure and attracted many controversies due its content. But, the film gained cult following over the years and is often considered as a path-breaking effort, though it was an unsuccessful venture at that time.

The same year he ventured into full length comedy for the first time with Hello Brother which was a remake of Hong Kong action comedy Twin Dragons. This film stars Nagarjuna in a dual role, for the first time in his career. It was directed by E.V.V. Satyanarayana. The movie got highly positive critical reception and went on to become one of the biggest hits in Nagarjuna's career. Nagarjuna received rave reviews for his portrayal. This film catapulted Nagarjuna to Superstardom and concreted his fan-base in masses. It was later remade into Hindi as Judwaa and dubbed into Tamil and both versions were equally successful. Particularly, the tamil version was a huge success.

In 1996, Nagarjuna starred and produced romantic comedy Ninne Pelladata, which was directed by Krishna Vamsi. The film features actress Tabu opposite Nagarjuna. It also marks the debut of acclaimed composer Sandeep Chowta. Upon release, the film went on to become one of the biggest blockbusters of Nagarjuna's career. Nagarjuna and Krishna Vamsi got universal positive critical acclaim. It was also considered as the biggest hit of year 1996. The film triggered off a string of family stories in films featuring similar story lines. Apart from critical acclaim and audience reception, the movie also won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu and Filmfare Award for Best Film - Telugu.

The next year, Nagarjuna forayed into a mythological role, for the first time in his career with Annamayya where he portrayed the role of Annamacharya, a 15th-century Telugu singer and poet. The film saw a resounding success and Nagarjuna won high critical acclaim for his portrayal. Nagarjuna's performance in the titular role is often considered as one of the best ever performances in Telugu cinema. The movie as a whole is also considered, a trend setting one in mythology genre. Apart from critical acclaim, this role also fetched him his first Nandi Award and second Filmfare Award. It also fetched him National Film Award – Special Jury Award / Special Mention (Feature Film). The music of also got high critical acclaim and music director M. M. Keeravani went on to win National Film Award for Best Music Direction that year.

Simultaneously, he also acted in his first straight Tamil venture Ratchagan, which features Sushmita Sen in female lead role and popular composer A. R. Rahman in music. The film was an average grosser though it was appreciated for its visuals and music.

Dip in Career Graph (1997 - 2001)[edit]

His subsequent releases were bollywood movie Zakhm and Chandralekha. Chandralekha saw Nagarjuna collaborating with Krishna Vamsi again after the sensational success of Ninne Pelladatha. It was appreciated for slapstick comedy but was declared a box-office failure. The same year saw the release of his another movie, Auto Driver. It was a huge box-office flop.

The next year, 1999, saw the releases of three Nagarjuna's movie. They are Ravoyi Chandamama, Seetharama Raju and Aavida Maa Aavide. All these films were average grossers and none of them really fared well with exception to Seetharama Raju, which was a moderate success. That year also saw the debut of his nephew Sumanth through the film Prema Katha which was directed by Ram Gopal Varma and produced by Nagarjuna. The film received high positive critical reception. But it was a box-office failure. It won Nandi Award for Best Feature Film - Kansya (Bronze).

Year 2000 had three releases from him, Nuvvu Vastavani, Ninne Premistha and Azad. While Ninne Premistha and Azad were only moderately successful, Nuvvu Vastavani went on to become one of the biggest hits in his career. It was the remake of a Tamil film named Thulladha Manamum Thullum. It was directed by V.R.Prathap and has a successful soundtrack by S. A. Rajkumar. Nagarjuna got positive reception from critics and audience alike.

The next year, 2001 had four releases, Edhuruleni Manishi (Dual role), Akasa Veedhilo, Bava Nachadu and Snehamante Idera, from him. None of them were successful.

Regaining Success (2002 - 2006)[edit]

In 2002, he was starred in the romantic comedies such as Santosham and Manmadhudu. Santosham is the debut directorial venture of director Dasaradh and features a very successful music by R. P. Patnaik. The film tells the story of an NRI (Played) who longs for the well being of his wife's family. Upon release, the film got rave reviews and eventually became highly a successful venture. Nagarjuna received high critical acclaim with many reviewers labeling it as one of the finest ever performances by Nagarjuna. Furthermore, he went on to win his second Nandi Award for Best Actor.

Manmadhudu saw Nagarjuna collaborating with director K. Vijaya Bhaskar and acclaimed writer Trivikram Srinivas and features a very successful soundtrack by Devi Sri Prasad. This film was produced by Nagarjuna himself. It was huge box-office blockbuster with many reviewers praising the charm and elegance of Nagarjuna.[16] The film also has bollywood actress Sonali Bendre in the female lead. It is often considered as one of the best Romantic-Comedies produced in Telugu Cinema.

The next year, 2003, Nagarjuna collaborating with acclaimed writer-director Puri Jagannath for the film Shivamani. It was an action entertainer which depicts the love story of a police officer. Upon release, the film received moderately positive reviews but the film became one of the biggest hits of that year. Nagarjuna's characterization and his punch line "Naaku Konchem Mental" were well received by the audience. The film took highest opening collections in Nagarjuna's career. He produced Satyam in 2003, which starred his nephew Sumanth in lead role. The film got rave reviews and became a sleeper hit at the box-office.

In 2004, Nagarjuna had two releases, Nenunnanu and Mass. Nenunnanu was directed by V. N. Aditya. Upon release, the film received mixed reviews from critics.[17] But, the film was a huge blockbuster.

Mass was an action entertainer, which was produced by Nagarjuna and directed by noted choreographer Lawrence Raghavendra. Upon release, the film received rave reviews with many critics opining that "Nagarjuna is terrific as the mass hero who accomplishes his mission with slick action sequences and commendable mind games."[18] The film became one of the biggest hits in Nagarjuna's career collecting more than Rs. 17 crores in 50 days which was a whopping sum at that time. It completed 100 days in 74 centers which is still the highest figure for Nagarjuna.[19] Nagarjuna reprised this role in another film, Style directed Lawrence himself.

In 2005, Nagarjuna acted in and produced Super which saw Nagarjuna collaborating with Puri Jagannath again. The film was appreciated for its glossy visuals, stylish taking and slick action sequences. The film was an above average grosser at the box-office.

Year 2006 saw Nagarjuna venturing into mythological genre for Sri Ramadasu. The film had Raghavendra Rao in direction and M. M. Keeravani in music. Upon release, the film received universal critical acclaim with most reviewers praising Nagarjuna's performance as "Magnificent". Nagarjuna's performance in the titular role is also considered as one of Nagarjuna's best ever performances.[20] Further more, Nagarjuna went on to win his third Nandi Award for Best Actor. Upon release the film became sensational hit at box-office.

Dip in Success Graph (2006 - 2010)[edit]

He then starred in Boss. Nayanthara was starred opposite him. The film, upon release, received mixed reviews and became a box-office failure.

In December 2007, he was starred in Don directed by Raghava Lawrence. Initially it was reported that Mamta Mohandas would play the female lead but was later replaced by Anushka. The film was released under tremendous hype and took the best opening among Nagarjuna's movie. Though the film was appreciated for its slick content, it became an average grosser at the box-office.

A year later, he appeared in King alongside Trisha Krishnan and Srihari under direction of popular director Srinu Vytla. Upon release, the film got moderately positive reviews with many reviewers praising Nagarjuna's performance in three roles[21] and comedy track of Brahmanandam. It was also a commercially successful venture celebrating 100 days in 6 centers.

In the following year 2010, he had releases such as Kedi and Ragada. Kedi was panned down by most of the critics and was considered as one of the biggest disasters in Nagarjuna's career, while Ragada had a slightly better performance at the box-office. It got moderate response from critics above average reception from audience. The film was appreciated for Nagarjuna's characterization went on to have an average run at box-office by completing 50 days in 89 centers.

Venturing into Matured Roles (2010 - Present)[edit]

His next film Gaganam, a Tamil-Telugu bilingual was released on 11 February 2011. Its Tamil version was titled Payanam. The film is a hijack drama in which Nagarjuna portrayed the role of an NSG commando "Ravindra". The telugu version got high critical acclaim. Nagarjuna's performance was praised by most reviewers. The Tamil version got slightly moderate response but was well received by the audience.

In 2011 Nagarjuna signed three movies in a row. They are Rajanna,[22] Damarukam and Shirdi Sai.[23] Among them, Rajanna released first, followed by Shirdi Sai and Damarukam.

Rajanna was produced by Nagarjuna himself. tells the story of a young girl who, inspired by her father Rajanna (portrayed by Nagarjuna), strives to protect her village from the clutches of Razakaars. The film was a period drama set in early 1950s. Upon release, the film got very positive critical acclaim. Rediff hailed the film as brilliant and fullhyd.com said "Mallamma's story is brilliantly written", and praised the performances as well, particularly that of Baby Annie. StudentLive, the popular e-magazine from Hyderabad, gave this 4/5 saying "Rajanna is a movie made with a genuine effort. It’s not a movie stuffed with brainless action. This is something rare from the stables of Tollywood which more often than not dishes movies that require you to leave your brain behind when you watch the movie. Rajanna is sure to touch your hearts."[24][25] Though commercially not a very successful venture, it was hailed as a path-breaking effort by Nagarjuna. The film won 6 Nandi Awards, with Nagarjuna himself winning two of them.

Shirdi Sai was released on 6 September 2012. It has Nagarjuna again venturing into mythology, after the resounding successes of Annamayya and Sri Ramadasu. The film depicts the real life incidents of God-man Shirdi Sai Baba. Nagarjuna portrayed the title role. It received highly positive critical acclaim and critics praised Nagarjuna's performance as "Exceptional and Terrific". It is considered as one of the best performances of Nagarjuna. A reviewer from idlebrain wrote - "Nagarjuna epitomized Shirdi Sai Baba with his perfect portrayal of the sadguru. His pure eyes, calmness in face and authentic body language makes us all fall in love with his character. Nagarjuna is extraordinary in climax episode with white beard. Nagarjuna will get awards for his exceptional work."[26][27] The film had a good run at the box-office.

The same year saw another release of Nagarjuna, the Socio-fantasy Damarukam. This film was touted to be the film with highest budget in Nagarjuna's career. After several delays owing to delay in CG works, it was finally released on 23 November 2012 to mixed reviews. But, the film went on to become one of the highest grossers in Nagarjuna's career. The film was widely appreciated for graphics and background score.

The next year, 2013, had two releases from Nagarjuna, Greeku Veerudu and Bhai. Greeku Veerudu is a romantic comedy which was directed Dasaradh. The film also has Nayanthara in female lead role. The film was released to mixed reviews from critics who appreciated Nagarjuna's looks and criticized Photography. The film was a moderate success at the box office. While Bhai was unanimously criticized. The film had a decent opening but was ended as a dud at the box-office.

The next year, 2014, saw the release of the film Manam which has three generations of Akkinenis (ANR, Nagarjuna and Naga Chaitanya) in the lead roles, directed by Vikram Kumar. The film is considered as the last film of late Akkineni Nageswara Rao. It also marks the debut of Nagarjuna's younger son Akhil Akkineni. The film was screened specially for all the celebrities and had the release on 23 May 2014. Upon release, the film received extremely positive critical reception with most reviewers hailing it as a "Classic" and "A Befitting Sendoff to the Legend (ANR)". Nagarjuna got highly positive critical acclaim for his role with most reviewers hailing it as one of the best roles in Nagarjuna's career. The film became a phenomenal success at the box-office, grossing over 1.5 million U.S Dollars by the end of its run at the US box-office. It was also hailed as the biggest blockbuster of the year 2014 at the Indian box-office.[28][29]

As Producer[edit]

He often produces films under the banner Annapurna Studios.

Even before beginning his acting career in lead roles, he produced several movies which starred his father late Nageswara Rao in lead roles under his home production Annapurna Studios, such as Kalyani (1979), Pilla Zameendaaru (1980), Buchhibabu (1980), Premaabhishekam (1981), Sri Ranganeethulu (1983). Even after becoming a busy actor, he continued producing films.

Films in which Nagarjuna, himself has acted in while producing include Vikram (his debut film), Agni Putrudu (1987), Shiva (1989), Iddaru Iddare (1990), Rakshana (1993), Theerpu (1993), Sisindri (1995), Ninne Pelladutha (1996), Chandralekha (1998), Seetharama Raju (1999), Manmadhudu (2002), Mass (2004), Super (2005), Rajanna (2011), Bhai (2013) and Manam (2014).

He also produced some films which starred other actors in lead roles. The list includes Aaha (1998) starring Jagapathi Babu, Prema Katha (1999), Yuvakudu (2000) and Satyam (2003) starring Sumanth (his nephew) and Oka Laila Kosam (2014) starring Naga Chaitanya (his elder son).

Most of the films produced by Nagarjuna received high critical acclaim and won many prestigious awards.

Year Film Director Cast Award Details
1996 Ninne Pelladutha Krishna Vamsi Akkineni Nagarjuna
Won National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu
Nandi Awards - Akkineni Award for Best Home-viewing Feature Film
Filmfare Best Film Award (Telugu)
1999 Prema Katha Ram Gopal Varma Sumanth
Antara Mali
Won Nandi Award for Best Feature Film (Bronze)
2000 Yuvakudu
(Under the banner - Great India Entertainments)
A. Karunakaran Sumanth
Bhumika Chawla
Won Nandi Awards - Special Jury Award
2002 Manmadhudu K. Vijaya Bhaskar Akkineni Nagarjuna
Sonali Bendre
Won Nandi Award for Best Feature Film (Gold)
2011 Rajanna K. V. Vijayendra Prasad Akkineni Nagarjuna
Won Nandi Award for Best Feature Film (Silver)

In Television[edit]

Nagarjuna made his début as a television producer in 2009 with the serial Yuva.[30] He is the brand ambassador for HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns. He is one of the major shareholders of the television channel Maa TV.[31]

As a Producer[edit]

Nagarjuna as a producer, under his home production Annapurna Studios, produced some successful serials like Yuva, Love, Pelli Pandiri and Pasupu Kunkuma (Won Nandi award - Best daily serial for 2011[32]).

As Host - Meelo Evaru Koteeswarudu[edit]

Nagarjuna has hosted the Telugu version of KBC - Meelo Evaru Koteeswarudu. The first season of show was telecasted on MAA TV From June 9, 2014 to August 7, 2014 (40 episodes).[5][33] The show was a huge success and apparently got the highest TRPs among all other versions of KBC, including the original.[34] The Season - 1 of this show finally culminated on 7 August 2014 with a special episode featuring Nagarjuna and Tollywood Megastar Chiranjeevi. The first season had 40 episodes and it also had several popular celebrities including Chiranjeevi, Vidya Balan, Naga Chaitanya, Vishal, Kajal, Anoop Rubens, Sunil, Lakshmi Manchu, Swathi, Suma Kanakala and Jhansi taking part in the show.[35]

After the success of the first season, reports suggested that the makers are gearing up to start the second season and , Nagarjuna is expected to host the second installment as well. More details about the second season are however awaited and yet to be revealed.[35]

Film Studio[edit]

Main article: Annapurna Studios

Akkineni Nagarjuna is currently the Managing director and Chairman of the Film studio Annapurna Studios, which was named after his mother Smt. Annapurna and founded by his father, popular actor late Akkineni Nageswara Rao.[36]

Annapurna Studios is a leading Film & Television studio and production house located in Hyderabad, India. It was started in 1975. It provides various production facilities, including studio floors for set construction, outdoor sets, editing, dubbing and Digital Intermediate suites. The non-profit Annapurna International School of Film and Media is situated on the grounds of Annapurna Studios.

Annapurna International School of Film + Media[edit]

Annapurna International School of Film and Media, chairmaned by Nagarjuna, is the only privately managed, non-profit film and media school in India. [37]

It is also the only film school in India with government-accredited bachelor's, master's and MBA courses in film related subjects. It is also one of the only schools that is situated within the premises of a leading Film Studio and hence serves as a practical learning center for the students.

The school was launched in August 2011 by Actor & Chairman of Annapurna Studios, Dr. Nageswara Rao Akkineni and the Akkineni family with the intention of giving back to the community through their knowledge and experience in the field.

The industry has joined the school to support non-profit film education. The advisory board includes Shabana Azmi, Mahesh Bhatt, Farah Khan, Karan Johar, Javed Akhtar, Kamal Hassan, Tabu, Anurag Kashyap, Mani Ratnam, Gautham Menon, S. S. Rajamouli, Deva Katta and Krish.

Mahi Racing Team India[edit]

Mahi Racing Team India is a FIM Supersport World Championship team founded by the captain of the Indian cricket team, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and is currently co-owned by Nagarjuna. The team entered the last rounds of the 2012 season under the name MSD R-N Racing Team India with two Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R for wildcard riders Florian Marino and Dan Linfoot.[38] Linfoot took the first podium finish for the team in the last round of the season in Magny-Cours.[39] For the 2013 season the team name changed to Mahi Racing Team India and two new riders were signed, the 2012 World Supersport champion Kenan Sofuoğlu and Fabien Foret.[40]

IBL - Mumbai Masters[edit]

Mumbai Masters is a badminton team owned by former cricketer Sunil Gavaskar, Nagarjuna and V. Chamundeshwarnath for the Indian Badminton League. The team's home ground is National Sports Club of India in Mumbai. The team is captained by two-time Olympic silver medallist and World No. 1, Lee Chong Wei from Malaysia.[41] Lee was the highest paid player in the tournament with a bid of 135000 US Dollars by Mumbai Masters during the auction.


Nagarjuna, with his wife Amala, is the co-founder of Blue Cross of Hyderabad,[42] a non-government organization (NGO) in Hyderabad, India, which works towards the welfare of animals and preservation of animal rights. He is also involved in some welfare programs undertaken by the MAA TV association.[43] In 2010, he starred in an HIV/AIDS animated software tutorial created by TeachAIDS, a nonprofit founded at Stanford University.[44]

On 13 September 2014, Nagarjuna has pledged to donate his organs in private program organised by Yashoda Hospitals. Apart form his donation, he also inspired about 4000 people to take a pledge to donate their organs.[45]


Akkineni Nagarjuna was listed 61st among Forbes India Top 100 celebrities with earnings of INR21 crore (US$3.4 million) in 2013.[12]


Nagarjuna currently endorses Kalyan Jewellers in Andhra Pradesh.[46]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Nagarjuna has been the recipient of many prestigious awards including National Film Awards. In an illustrious career spanning over two decades, he has won 2 National Film Awards, 9 Nandi Awards and 3 (Out of 10 nominations) Filmfare Awards.

Year Award Category Film Result
1986 Vamsee Berkeley Awards Best Actor Vikram Won
1989 AP Cinegoers Awards Best Actor Geetanjali Won
1990 Filmfare Awards South Best Actor (Telugu) Siva Won
Bharatamuni Awards Best Actor
Cinema Express Awards
Vamsee Berkeley Awards
1996 Nandi Awards Akkineni Award for Best Home-viewing Feature Film Ninne Pelladuta Won
Filmfare Awards South Best Film (Telugu) (Producer)
Akruthi Film Award Best Movie
1997 National Film Awards Best Feature Film in Telugu (Producer)
Nandi Awards Best Actor[47] Annamayya Won
Filmfare Awards South Best Actor (Telugu)
Screen Videocon Award Best Actor
Bharatamuni Awards
1998 National Film Awards Special Mention (Actor)
1999 Nandi Awards Best Feature Film - Kansya (Bronze) (Producer) Prema Katha Won
2000 Nandi Awards Special Jury Award (Producer) Yuvakudu[48] Won
Andhra Pradesh Film Journalists Association Award Best Actor Azad
Filmfare Awards Best Actor (Telugu) Nuvvu Vastavani Nominated
2002 Nandi Awards Best Feature Film - Swarna (Gold) (Producer) Manmadhudu Won
Best Actor Santosham[47]
Filmfare Awards Best Actor (Telugu) Nominated
2004 Filmfare Awards Best Actor (Telugu) Mass Nominated
2005 Filmfare Awards Best Actor (Telugu) Super Nominated
2006 Nandi Awards Best Actor Sri Ramadasu Won
Filmfare Awards Best Actor (Telugu) Nominated
2011 Filmfare Awards Best Actor (Telugu) Rajanna Nominated
Nandi Awards Best Feature Film - Rajata (Silver) (Producer)[49] Won
Special Jury Award (Actor)
2012 South Indian International Movie Awards Special Appreciation (Actor)[50]
CineMAA Awards Special Jury Award for Best Actor[51]
Filmfare Awards Best Actor (Telugu) Damarukam Nominated
2013 CineMAA Awards Special Jury Award for Best Actor Shirdi Sai[52] Won



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