Nagarjuna at TeachAIDS launch in 2010
|Born||Akkineni Nagarjuna Rao,
August 29, 1959
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
|Residence||Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India|
|Other names||Yuva Samrat
|Alma mater||Anna University
Eastern Michigan University
|Occupation||Actor, Producer, Businessman|
|Spouse(s)||Lakshmi Ramanaidu Daggubati (1984–1990 divorced)
|Children||Naga Chaitanya Akkineni
|Parents||Nageswara Rao Akkineni
Suresh Babu Daggubati
Nagarjuna Akkineni is an Indian film actor and producer who works primarily in the Telugu Cinema. He has acted in over ninty films as an actor in a lead, supporting and cameo roles, including Bollywood and Tamil films. He has won two National Film Awards, nine state Nandi Awards and two Filmfare Awards South. He owns 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. He is the co-founder of Blue Cross of Hyderabad, a registered society recognized by the Animal Welfare Board of India. He was listed #56 in Forbes India top 100 Celebrities for the year 2012.
Early life and Family 
Nagarjuna was born on 29 August 1959 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India to actor Nageswara Rao Akkineni and Annapurna Akkineni of the Naidu Family. The family later moved to Hyderabad where he attended the Hyderabad Public School and studied at Little Flower Junior College and B.E. from the College of Engineering, Guindy, Chennai.
Acting career 
Nagarjuna acted as a child artist in the 1967 Telugu film Sudigundalu directed by veteran Adurthi Subbarao. Years later he made his debut as a lead actor through the 1986 Telugu film Vikram directed by V. Madhusudhana Rao. In 1988, he starred in Aakhari Poratam directed by K. Raghavendra Rao where he was paired opposite Sridevi and Suhasini.
In 1989, he was starred in the Maniratnam directed Romantic-drama, Geetanjali which became a major box-office success and was critically acclaimed. The film went on to win the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment in 1990.
He followed it up with action films like Killer, Chaithanya and Nirnayam working with eminent directors such as Fazil and Priyadarshan. Other films which were released in the subsequent years include President Gari Pellam, Varasudu, Gharana Bullodu and Allari Alludu. In 1994 he starred in a Hindi-Telugu bilingual Criminal directed by Mahesh Bhatt. The same year he ventured into comedy for the first time with Hello Brother. It was later remade into Hindi as Judwaa and dubbed into Tamil.
In 1996, Nagarjuna starred and produced Ninne Pelladata, which was directed by Krishna Vamsi. The movie won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu and Filmfare Award for Best Film - Telugu that's his first Filmfare Award as a producer. The next year, Nagarjuna acted in Annamayya where he portrayed the role of Annamacharya, a 15th-century Telugu singer and poet, won him his Filmfare Best Actor Award and his first Nandi Award for Best Actor. His subsequent releases were Nuvvu Vastavani, Ninne Premistha and Azad. He starred in the romantic comedies such as Santosham, Manmadhudu, and Shivamani as well. He produced Satyam in 2003, that starred his nephew Sumanth.
In 2004, Nagarjuna had two releases, Nenunnanu and Mass. The latter was produced by Nagarjuna and directed by choreographer Lawrence Raghavendra. In 2005, Nagarjuna acted in and produced Super. In 2006, he starred in Sri Ramadasu, his second period film based on the 18th-century Telugu composer of the same name. Nagarjuna received the Nandi Award for Best actor for the film. In December 2007, he appeared in Don and a year later, he appeared in King alongside Trisha Krishnan and Srihari.
In the year 2010, he had releases such as Kedi and Ragada. His latest film Gaganam was released on 11 February 2011. Its Tamil version was titled Payanam. In 2011 Nagarjuna signed three movies in a row. They are Rajanna, Damarukam and Shirdi Sai. He recently signed Greeku Veerudu which started its shooting in June 2012 and audio release is scheduled to release on 3 April 2013.
Television production 
Nagarjuna, with his wife Amala, is the co-founder of Blue Cross of Hyderabad, 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 of the welfare programs undertaken by the MAA TV association.
- 1997 - National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu for producing Ninne Pelladata
- 1998 - National Film Award – Special Jury Award / Special Mention (Feature Film) for acting Annamayya
- Nandi Awards
- 2011 - Nandi Special Jury Award for Rajanna
- 2006 - Nandi Award for Best Actor for Sri Ramadasu
- 2002 - Nandi Award for Best Actor for Santosham
- 1997 - Nandi Award for Best Actor for Annamayya
- 1996 - Akkineni Award for Best Home-viewing Feature Film - Ninne Pelladuta
- 1999 - Nandi Award for Best Feature Film - Kansya (Bronze) for producing Prema Katha
- 2000 - Nandi Special Jury Award for producing Yuvakudu
- 2002 - Nandi Award for Best Feature Film - Swarna (Gold) for producing Manmadhudu
- 2011 - Nandi Award for Best Feature Film - Rajata (Silver) for producing Rajanna
- 1996 - Filmfare Best Film Award (Telugu) for Ninne Pelladata
- 1997 - Filmfare Best Actor Award (Telugu) for Annamayya
- Other Awards
- 1990 - Cinema Express Award for Shiva
- 1996 - Akruthi Film Award for Ninne Pelladata
- 1997 - Screen Videocon Award for Annamayya
- 2000 - Andhra Pradesh Film Journalists Association Award for Azad
- 2011- TSR Kala Ratna Award
- Bharatamuni Awards
- Vamsee Berkeley Awards
- AP Cinegoers Awards
- 1989 - Best Actor for Geetanjali
As actor 
As producer 
|1981||Money Hai To Honey Hai|
|Sri Seetarama Kalyanam Chutamurarandi|
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