Akkineni Nagarjuna

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{{Infobox person | image = Akkineni_Nagarjuna.jpg | caption = | birth_name = Akkineni Nagarjuna | birth_date = 29 August 1959 (1959-08-29) (age 54) | birth_place = Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India || yearsactive = 1986–present | parents = Nageswara Rao Akkineni
Annapurna Akkineni | spouse = {[[Amala (actress)|Amala]} | children = Naga Chaitanya Akkineni
Akhil Akkineni | occupation = Actor, Producer, Businessman, Philanthropist | residence = Film Nagar, Hyderabad, Telangana, India | relatives = Sumanth (nephew)
Sushanth (nephew)

Nagarjuna Akkineni (born 29 August 1959) 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 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 critical reception for his performance 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 KBCMeelo 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

Acting career[edit]

Nagarjuna at TeachAIDS launch in 2010

Nagarjuna began his acting as a child artist in the 1967 Telugu film Sudigundalu directed by veteran Adurthi Subbarao. It stars his father Akkineni Nageswara Rao in lead role. Years later 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 success giving Nagarjuna a good start. Later, he was starred in films like Majnu, directed by Dasari Narayana Rao, which was well received and became successful, 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. In 1988, he starred in the blockbuster Aakhari Poratam, scripted by Yandamuri Veerendranath, and 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. The film went on to win the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment in 1990. Immediately, he saw another success, Siva. This film marked the debut of leading Bollywood director Ram Gopal Varma. The film is based on college politics, a new genre at that time. 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. He was then starred in the social problem film Jaitra Yatra for which he received critical reception. He followed it up with average fares like Prema Yuddham, Nirnayam and Iddaru Iddare. All the films did nothing exceptional to Nagarjuna's career as they were only moderately acclaimed and saw only average success.

He followed it up with box office hits like Killer, Neti Siddhartha, Chaithanya, and Nirnayam working with eminent directors such as Fazil, Prathap Pothen and Priyadarshan. Nagarjuna thus gained the tagline Celluloid Scientist for experimenting with different genres. Other films which were released in the subsequent years include President Gari Pellam, Varasudu, Gharana Bullodu and Allari Alludu. Among them, President Gari Pellam, Gharana Bullodu and Allari Alludu were big hits at box-office.

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. 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 was 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.[16] 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,[17] Damarukam and Shirdi Sai.[18] He completed two new films Greekuveerudu starring Nayanatara opposite him and this was an average grosser at the box office. His next release was Bhai which was a disaster at the box office starring Richa Gandhopadhyay opposite to him.[19] In 2014, Nagarjuna, was starred in the blockbuster, family drama, Manam, directed by Vikram Kumar.


Nagarjuna made his début as a television producer in 2009 with the serial Yuva.[20] He is the brand ambassador for HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns. He is one of the major shareholders of the television channel Maa TV.[21] Nagarjuna hosts the Telugu version of KBCMeelo Evaru Koteeswarudu. The first season of show was telecasted on MAA TV From 9 June 2014 to 7 August 2014 (40 episodes).[5][22]


Nagarjuna, with his wife Amala, is the co-founder of Blue Cross of Hyderabad,[23] 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.[24] In 2010, he starred in an HIV/AIDS animated software tutorial created by TeachAIDS, a nonprofit founded at Stanford University.[25]


Akkineni Nagarjuna was listed 62st among Forbes India Top 100 celebrities with earnings of INR21 crore (US$3.5 million) in 2013.[12]


Nagarjuna currently endorses Kalyan Jewellers in Andhra Pradesh.[26]


National Film Awards
Nandi Awards
Filmfare Awards South
South Indian International Movie Awards
  • 2012 – Special Appreciation (Actor) for Rajanna[31]
CineMAA Awards
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
  • 1986 – Best Actor for Vikram
  • 1990 – Best Actor for Shiva
AP Cinegoers Awards


As actor
Year Title Role Co-stars Notes
1 1967 Sudigundalu Cameo Akkineni Nageswara Rao Special appearance
2 1986 Vikram Vikram Shobhana Remake of Hindi Movie Hero
3 1986 Captain Nagarjun Nagarjun Khusboo, Rajendra Prasad
4 1987 Aranyakanda Chaitanya Aswani, Radhika
5 1987 Majnu Rajesh Rajani
6 1987 Sankeertana Kaasi Ramya Krishna
7 1987 Collector Gari Abbai Ravi Rajani
8 1987 Agni Putrudu Kalidaasu Rajani
9 1987 Kirai Dada Vijay Khusboo, Amala
10 1988 Aakhari Poratam Vihari Sridevi, Suhasini
11 1988 Chinababu Venu Gopal Amala Akkineni
12 1988 Murali Krishnudu Murali Krishna Rajani
13 1988 Janaki Ramudu Ramu / Ranga Vijayashanti, Jeevitha
14 1988 Rao Gari Illu Nagarjuna Revathi, ANR, Jayasudha Special appearance
15 1989 Vijay Vijay Vijayashanti
16 1989 Vicky Daada Vikram Juhi Chawla, Radha
17 1989 Geetanjali Prakash Girija, Silk Smitha
18 1989 Agni Pawan Shantipriya
19 1989 Siva Siva Amala Akkineni
20 1990 Shiva Shiva Amala Akkineni Hindi film
21 1990 Prema Yuddham Kalyan Amala Akkineni
22 1990 Neti Siddhartha Siddhartha Shobhana, Ayesha Jhulka Remake of Hindi film Dharmatma
23 1990 Iddaru Iddare Ravi Ramya Krishna, ANR
24 1991 Nirnayam Vamsi Krishna Amala Akkineni
25 1991 Chaithanya Chaithanya Goutami, Silk Smitha
26 1991 Shanti Kranti Kranti Juhi Chawla
27 1991 Jaitra Yatra Teja Vijayashanti
28 1992 Killer Eeshwar / Prem Nagma, Sharada
29 1992 Khuda Gawah Raja Mirza Sridevi, Shilpa Shirodkar, Amitabh Bachchan Hindi film
30 1992 Antham Raghav Urmila Matondkar
31 1992 Drohi Raghav / Shekhar Urmila Matondkar Hindi film
32 1992 President Gari Pellam Raja Meena
33 1993 Rakshana Bose Shobhana, Roja (Guest Role), Silk Smitha
34 1993 Varasudu Vinay Nagma, Krishna Remake of Hindi Movie Phool Aur Kaante
35 1993 Allari Alludu Kalyan & Rajesh (Dual role) Nagma, Meena, Vanisri
36 1993 Govinda Govinda Seenu Sridevi
37 1994 Hello Brother Deva & Ravi Varma (Dual role) Ramya Krishna, Soundarya
38 1995 Criminal Dr. Ajay Kumar Manisha Koirala, Ramya Krishna Hindi film
39 1995 Sisindri Raja Aamani, Tabu, Pooja Batra
40 1995 Gharana Bullodu Raju Ramya Krishna, Aamani
41 1995 Ghatothkachudu Chitha Special appearance
42 1995 Vajram Chakri Roja, Indraja (Guest Role) Remake of Malayalam blockbuster film Spadikam
43 1996 Ninne Pelladatha Seenu Tabu Also producer,
Filmfare Best Film Award (Telugu)
44 1996 Mr. Bechara Ajay Sridevi, Anil kapoor Hindi film
45 1996 Ramudochadu Ram Soundarya, Ravali
46 1997 Ratchagan Ajay Sushmita Sen Tamil film
47 1997 Annamayya Annamacharya Ramya Krishna, Kasthuri, Suman, Mohan Babu National Film Award-Special Mention
Nandi Award for Best Actor
Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu
48 1998 Zakhm Raman Desai Sonali Bendre, Ajay Devgan, Pooja Bhatt Hindi film
49 1998 Chandralekha Seeta Rama Rao Ramya Krishna, Isha Koppikar
50 1998 Angaarey Raja Lokhande Sonali Bendre, Akshay Kumar Hindi film
51 1998 Auto Driver Jagan Simran, Deepti Bhatnagar
52 1998 Aavida Maa Aavide Vikranth Tabu, Heera Rajagopal
53 1999 Ravoyi Chandamama Sashi Anjala Zhaveri, Keerthi Reddy Remake of Bollywood film, Mann
54 1999 Seetharama Raju Ramaraju Sanghavi, Sakshi Shivanand
55 2000 Azad Chandra Sekhar Azad Soundarya, Shilpa Shetty Nandi Award for Best Feature Film – Silver
AP Film Journalists Association Award
56 2000 Ninne Premistha Srinivas Soundarya, Srikanth
57 2000 Nuvvu Vastavani Chinni Krishna Simran, Raksha (in a guest role)
58 2001 Edhuruleni Manishi Surya Murthy & Satya (Dual role) Soundarya, Shehnaaz Dubbed in Hindi title as Pandit Ek Yodha year 2014
59 2001 Akasa Veedhilo Chandu / Chandra Shekar Raveena Tandon, Kasthuri, Rajendra Prasad
60 2001 Bava Nachadu Ajay Simran, Reema Sen, Suman Ranganathan
61 2001 Adhipathi Jagan Soundarya, Mohan Babu, Preeti Jhangiani Guest appearance
62 2001 Snehamante Idera Aravind Bhumika Chawla, Sumanth
63 2002 Agni Varsha Yavakri Raveena Tandon Hindi film
64 2002 Santosham Karthikeya Shriya Saran, Gracy Singh Nandi Award for Best Actor
65 2002 Manmadhudu Abhiram Sonali Bendre, Anshu
66 2003 LOC Kargil Major Padmapani Acharya Priya Gill Hindi film
67 2003 Shivamani 9848022338 Shivamani Asin Thottumkal, Rakshita
68 2004 Mass Mass / Ganesh Jyothika, Charmy Kaur Dubbed in Tamil title as Veeran and
Hindi as Meri Jung – One Man Army
69 2004 Nenunnanu Venu Madhav Shriya Saran, Aarthi Agarwal, Anitha
70 2005 Super Akhil Ayesha Takia, Anushka Shetty , Sonu Sood Dubbed in Hindi title as Robbery
71 2005 Amudhey Ravindra Varadharajan Jagapati Babu, Shalini Tamil film
72 2006 Style Mass Cameo appearance
73 2006 Sri Ramadasu Kancherla Gopanna Sneha, Suman, Veda(Archana) Nandi Award for Best Actor
74 2006 Boss - I Love You Gopal Krishna
Gaurav Khanna (Hindi)
Saloni Aswani, Nayantara,
Poonam Bajwa, Shriya Saran (Guest role)
Dubbed in Malayalam with same title and
Hindi as Yeh Kaisa Karz
75 2007 Don Suri Anushka Shetty, Nikitha Dubbed in Malayalam title as Bhai and
Hindi as Don No. 1
76 2008 Krishnarjuna Lord Krishna (Bangaram) Vishnu Manchu, Mamta Mohandas
77 2008 King King / Bottu Seenu / Sarath Trisha Krishnan, Mamta Mohandas
78 2010 Kedi Ramesh (Rummy) Mamta Mohandas
79 2010 Thakita Thakita As himself Bhumika Chawla, Anushka Shetty Special appearance
80 2010 Ragada Satya Reddy Anushka Shetty, Priyamani, Charmy Kaur Dubbed in Hindi as same title
and in Tamil as Vambhu
81 2011 Payanam Major Raveendra Poonam Kaur Made in Tamil title as Payanam and
in Telugu title as Gaganam
82 2011 Gaganam
83 2011 Rajanna Rajanna Sneha
84 2012 Shirdi Sai Sai Baba of Shirdi Srikanth, Kamalinee Mukherjee, Sarath Babu
85 2012 Damarukam Mallikharjuna Anushka Shetty, Ganesh Venkatraman Charmi
86 2013 Greeku Veerudu[34][35] Chandu Nayantara
87 2013 Sri Jagadguru Aadi Sankara[36] Chandaludu Mohan Babu, Srihari
88 2013 Bhai[37] Vijay Richa Gangopadhyay
89 2014 Manam[38] Nageshwar Rao/Seetharamudu/Bittu Shriya Saran, Akkineni Nageswara Rao,
Naga Chaitanya, Samantha[39]

As producer[edit]

Year Film
1979 Kalyani
1980 Pilla Zameendaaru
1981 Money Hai To Honey Hai
1983 Sri Ranganeethulu
1995 Sisindri
1996 Ninne Pelladata
1998 Aaha
Sri Seetarama Kalyanam Chutamurarandi
1999 Prema Katha
2000 Yuvakudu
2002 Manmadhudu
2003 Satyam
2004 Mass
2005 Super
2011 Rajanna
2013 Bhai
2013 Uyyala Jampala


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