Nagarjuna at TeachAIDS launch in 2010
|Born||Akkineni Nagarjuna Rao
August 29, 1959
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
|Residence||Film Nagar, Hyderabad, India|
|Alma mater||Anna University
Eastern Michigan University
|Occupation||Actor, Producer, Businessman|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Children||Akkineni Naga Chaitanya
|Parents||Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Daggubati Suresh Babu
Rana Daggubati (2nd nephew)
Akkineni Nagarjuna is an Indian film actor and producer who works primarily in the Telugu Cinema. He has acted in over ninety films as an actor in lead, supporting and cameo roles, including Bollywood and Tamil films. He has won two National Film Awards, nine state Nandi Awards and three Filmfare Awards South. He received high critical reception for his performance in Biographical films. He enacted the roles of 15th-century composer Annamacharya in the 1997 film Annamayya, a 17th-century composer Kancherla Gopanna in the 2006 film Sri Ramadasu and Sai Baba of Shirdi in the 2012 film Shirdi Sai.
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. 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. 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.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Acting career
- 3 Personal life and family
- 4 Television production
- 5 Charity
- 6 Endorsements
- 7 Awards
- 8 Filmography
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Nagarjuna was born on 29 August 1959 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India to actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao and Akkineni Annapurna. The family later moved to Hyderabad where he attended the Hyderabad Public School and studied at Little Flower Junior College. He studied B.E. from the College of Engineering, Guindy, Chennai.
"Akkineni Nagarjuna" is one of the very successful actors of Telugu cinema. He is described as one of the four pillars of "Cinema of Andhra Pradesh". The other three being his contemporaries Chiranjeevi, Nandamuri Balakrishna and Daggubati Venkatesh
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 starred in the Maniratnam directed Romantic-drama, Geetanjali which became a major box-office success and was critically acclaimed. This is still regarded as one of the best ever love stories made in "The Indian film industry". This remains the only direct Telugu film directed by Maniratnam till date. The film went on to win the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment in 1990.
In the same year (1989), Nagarjuna acted in Siva, an action blockbuster directed by Ram Gopal Varma. This film was best known for introducing the ace film maker "Ram Gopal Varma" to the fim industry. During the shooting days of Siva, many warned Nagarjuna for selecting a new person to direct his movie. But Nagarjuna trusted Ram Gopal Varma and gave him a chance. Proving all warnings and expectations wrong, Siva went on to become the biggest blockbuster of Nagarjuna's career, shooting him to the top league actors overnight. This film dealt with student politics and local mafia involvement in the student politics. This film was lauded as "The Trend Setter" in Telugu film industry. It is not an exaggeration that Telugu movies are often categorised as, those belong to "Pre-Siva era" and those which belong to "Post-Siva era". Such is the impact of Siva. This film revolutionised the film making in Telugu film industry. This film marked the grand entry of Ram Gopal Varma. Nagarjuna received his first Filmfare Award for best actor. In 1990, Nagarjuna subsequently made his Bollywood debut with the Hindi remake of the same film titled Shiva, which was a super hit too.
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 which was a blockbuster. "Hello Brother" is often described as one of the best contemporary comedies in Telugu cinema. It was later remade into Hindi as Judwaa with "Salman Khan" reprising Nagarjuna's role. It was also 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. "Ninne Pelladatha" is still considered as one of best family movies ever made. Ninne Pelladatha helped Nagarjuna to create huge female fan following, which was rare in those days.
The next year, Nagarjuna acted in Annamayya in which he portrayed the role of Annamacharya, a 15th-century Telugu singer and poet. His performance won him his second Filmfare Best Actor Award and his first Nandi Award for Best Actor. This was the most daring decision ever took by Nagarjuna. His role is a periodic one which needs lot of maturity and acting skills. Nagarjuna passed the test and came out with "Flying colours". His performance in the lead character - Annamayya won him several overwhelming praises and was described as one of the path breaking performances of Telugu cinema. He went on to win "National Film Award – Special Jury Award / Special Mention (Feature Film)" for his realistic and perfect portrayal of the role "Annamayya". Apart from another Telugu actor Kantharao, "Nagarjuna" remains as the only other "telugu" actor to receive a National award for acting.
Decline in success rate
Later Nagarjuna suffered some flops like "Aavida Maa Aavide" and "Chandralekha". "Chandralekha" is the remake of Mohanlal starrer Malayalam film with same title. "Chandralekha" was appreciated by critics for Nagarjuna's performance, Sandeep Chowta's music and sensible storyline. But, it failed to entertain audience.
His subsequent releases were Nuvvu Vastavani, Ninne Premistha and Azad of which the former one, Nuvvu Vastavani, is the remake of Tamil film "Thulladha Manamum Thullum". Nuvvu Vastavani became a huge hit and restored Nagarjuna's stardom. Again Nagarjuna's career suffered few hiccups with "Baava Nachadu", "Snehamante Idera" and "Aakasa Veedhilo", all becoming flops.
He then starred in the romantic comedies such as Santosham, Manmadhudu and both went on to become biggest hits of his career. Santosham is based on family relationships. This film was a blockbuster and gained Nagarjuna his second Nandi Award for Best Actor. Interesting thing is that Nagarjuna shared his award with another Tollywood Superstar "Chiranjeevi". Manmadhudu is a romantic comedy which has the lead character, portrayed by Nagarjuna, hating women. This film concreted his huge female fan following brought by Ninne Pelladata. This film earned him the title "Manmadhudu" of Telugu film industry. Manmadhudu was a blockbuster too and went on to win "Nandi award for Best movie" that year. He also acted in action movies like "Shivamani" and "Nenunnanu" with both becoming super hits. Subsequently 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. "Nenunnanu" was a good hit, but was over shadowed by thunderous Mass. Mass was a huge hit. It collected a then huge sum of 17 crores in just 50 days, showcasing Nagarjuna's craze and stamina in B,C centres. It proved wrong the myth that a dance master couldn't direct well, with Lawrence becoming overnight star director. Starting from Santosham to Mass, Nagarjuna delivered five super hits on a row, which was a rare feat in Telugu film industry. In 2005, Nagarjuna acted in and produced Super which was an average grosser and was mainly appreciated for its stylish taking and Nagarjuna's stylish getup.
In 2006, he returned to his favourite genre, Mythology, with Sri Ramadasu, his second period film based on the 18th-century Telugu composer of the same name. The film opened to great reviews with many reviewers hailing Nagarjuna's performance as his best till date. Nagarjuna's hitrionics in the second half of the film, in particular, were regarded as "top notch" with popular reviewing website "idlebrain" commenting "Nagarjuna is perhaps the most luckiest hero among his contemporaries for getting such roles like Annamayya and Sri Ramadasu. He did extremely well in the title role. His histrionics in the last reel where ‘Dasaradhi’ song comes are extraordinary. Nobody knows how Sri Ramadasu looks like and whenever we think about Sri Ramadasu in the future, the image of Nagarjuna becomes the visual aid". This movie was also appreciated for its mythological content and soulful music by "M. M. Keeravani". Sri Ramadasu was declared as a super hit and Nagarjuna received the Nandi Award for Best actor for the film, this being his third.
He then appeared in "Boss", which was a flop. In December 2007, he appeared in Don, which was appreciated for its stylish taking. A year later, he appeared in King alongside Trisha and Srihari and his performance in three distinct roles in this film, King, Bottu Seenu, Sarath, is very well appreciated.
2010 to till now
In the year 2010, he had releases such as Kedi and Ragada. His next one was Gaganam, released on 11 February 2011. Its Tamil version was titled Payanam which was produced by actor "Prakash Raj". In 2011 Nagarjuna signed three movies in a row. They are Rajanna, Damarukam and Shirdi Sai. Rajanna was produced by Nagarjuna himself and he donned the title role. His performance was termed as "Major Highlight" of the film. Though the film was not commercially very successful, it was critically appreciated and won 6 Nandi Awards with Nagarjuna himself receiving "Nandi Special Jury Award" for his portrayal of title role. His next one was the Socio-fantasy "Damarukam". In the climax scene, Nagarjuna showcased his six-pack ( at the age of 50 plus) which is a testament to his dedication, hard work.
His next film was "Shirdi Sai". Shirdi Sai had Nagarjuna portraying the role of "Shirdi Saibaba". This was termed as one of the finest performances of Nagarjuna with "idlebrain" reviewing as "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.". He then signed Greeku Veerudu which started its shooting in June 2012 and audio release is scheduled to release on 3 April 2013. "Greeku Veerudu" became a good hit at the Box office. Particularly, Nagarjuna's getup in Greeku Veerudu was well appreciated. His next film was Bhai, which was an average grosser. His next venture would be under his home banner "Annapurna Studios", tilted as "Manam (film)" which has his father, legendary actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao, himself and his son Naga Chaitanya in lead roles. This film will be directed by Vikram Kumar.
Works in other languages
He also acted in few Bollywood films, collaborating with several Bollywood stars, like in Khuda Gawah(with Amitabh Bachchan), Mr. Bechara(with Anil kapoor), Zakhm(with Ajay Devgan), Angaaray(with Akshay Kumar), Agni Varsha (with Amitabh Bachchan and Raveena Tandon), LOC Kargil(with Ajay Devgan, Sanjay Dutt, Suniel Shetty, Saif Ali Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Akshaye Khanna and Manoj Bajpai). He also acted 2 direct Tamil films. One among them is Ratchagan, which had music composed by "Oscar" award winning Indian music composer A. R. Rahman and the other one is Payanam.
He is also known for pairing up with several leading Bollywood actresses like Juhi Chawla (in Vicky Dada and Santhi Kranthi), Ayesha Jhulka (in Neti Siddhartha) Urmila Matondkar (in Antham), Manisha Koirala (in Criminal (1995 film)), Sushmita Sen (in Ratchagan), Pooja Bhatt (in Zakhm), Sonali Bendre (in Angaaray and Manmadhudu),Isha Koppikar (in Chandralekha), Shilpa Shetty (in Azad), Aishwarya Rai (in Ravoyi Chandamama) and Raveena Tandon (in Agni Varsha, Akasa Veedhilo).
As a producer
Apart from being a successful actor, he is also a very successful producer known for his good taste in subjects. Many of the films produced by him like, Sisindri, Ninne Pelladutha, Chandralekha, Aaha, Seetharama Raju, Prema Katha, Manmadhudu, Satyam, Mass and Rajanna,Bhai, under his home banner Annapurna Studios, were critically very well appreciated and won him many awards.
Nagarjuna is often considered one of the "finest" actors Telugu cinema has ever produced. He is referred as "Celluloid Scientist" for experimenting with several genres like Action, Mythology, Comedy, Romance, Family etc. and introducing new trends in Telugu Film Industry. He is also best known for introducing several young and talented directors. He is considered as one of the most "Handsome" looking actors of Indian cinema and is also termed as one of the very few actors who are suitable for any kind of role.
Personal life and family
Nagarjuna was born to legendary Telugu actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao and Akkineni Annapurna. Nagarjuna married Amala (actress), who was also an actress, in 1992. They had a son, Akhil Akkineni, in 1993. Akhil Akkineni starred as a child artist in Sisindri, which was produced by Nagarjuna. Nagrjuna is also the father of famous Tollywood actor Naga Chaitanya.
Actors Sumanth and Sushanth are Nagarjuna's nephews. Sumanth acted in films like Prema Katha, Satyam, Godavari. Sushanth acted in films like Current (film) and Adda (film). Nagarjuna has an elder brother Venkat Akkineni.
Nagarjuna is often described, in industry, as "Aajatha Satruvu" which means "A man with no enemies". Nagarjuna is the co owner of Indian Badminton League team "Mumbai Masters" along with cricketer Sunil Gavaskar.
Nagarjuna made his début as a television producer in 2009 with the serial Yuva. He is the brand ambassador for HIV/AIDS. He is one of the major shareholders of the television channel Maa TV. He also produced serial "Pasupu Kunkuma" and dance show "Theenmar" which are being aired on Zee TV, under his own banner Annapurna Studios. His channel, MAA TV, is among the top regional channels in Telugu.
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.
Nagarjuna currently endorses "Kalyan Jewellers" in Andhra Pradesh. He also endorsed Parachute Coconut Oil for few days.King nagarjuna was listed in top 100 celebrities list with a earnings of 12 crore (US$1.8 million) through his films and endorsments in 2012.
Nagarjuna is known to have won all kinds of major awards like 2 National awards, 9 State film - Nandi awards and 3 Filmfare awards. He won awards both as an actor and as a producer.
- 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
- 1990 - Filmfare Best Actor Award (Telugu) for Shiva
- 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
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