Amala at TeachAIDS launch in 2010
12 September 1968
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
|Residence||Hyderabad, Telangana India|
|Occupation||Actress, social activist, chairperson, blue cross of hyderabad .|
|Children||Akkineni Akhil (b.1994)|
|Relatives||Naga Chaitanya Akkineni
Nageswara Rao Akkineni
Amala is an Indian film actress known for her works predominantly in Tamil and Telugu films. She was one of the mainstream top heroine from 1986 to 1991. She has acted in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi films and has won two Filmfare Awards. She is also an animal welfare activist.
Amala was born in Kolkata, West Bengal to an Irish mother and Bengali father. She has an elder brother and elder sister. The family moved around a lot due to her father being a Naval officer : Mumbai, Delhi, IIT Kharagpur, Vizag. Amala went to boarding school at Kalakshetra, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, where she completed her education and trained in Bharatnatyam under the guidance of Sharada Hoffman and Rukmini Devi Arundale. She was member of the Kalakshetra troupe from an early age and gained valuable experience as a performer. Spotted in one such performance she was offered a role in films by T. Rajender who was casting for his Tamil film "Mythili Yennai Kadali " featuring her as a Bharat Natyam dancer.
Amala made her debut in a Tamil film titled Mythili Ennai Kaathali directed by Vijaya T. Rajendar, which was a big box office hit. Winning overnight fame, she charmed cinegoers in a flurry of fifty films. She acted in a number of Tamil movies. Her performance in Pushpak and Agni Natchathiram are unforgettable. She acted with her future husband Akkineni Nagarjuna in hits like Nirnayam and Siva. The latter was a mega blockbuster and brought her wider fame and recognition. She has acted with iconic actors like Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Chiranjeevi, Mammootty and Mohan Lal.
She has also acted with Prabhu, Mohan, Sathyaraj in Tamil, Kumar Bangarappa and V. Ravichandran in Kannada, Suresh Gopi in Malayalam and Nagarjuna, Venkatesh and Rajashekar in Telugu among several others. Her Hindi co-stars were Mithun Chakraborty, Vinod Khanna and Aditya Pancholi. She has worked with acclaimed directors like Mani Ratnam and Ram Gopal Varma. She quit acting in 1992 following her marriage to Nagarjuna, but made a comeback in 2012 with the Telugu film Life is Beautiful. She received a CineMAA Award for Best Outstanding Actress and Telugu category Film Fare Award for best supporting actress in 2013 for Life is Beautiful.
Amala is married to Telugu Film actor Akkineni Nagarjuna in 1992 and the couple have a son, Akhil and currently they live in Hyderabad . She is the step-mother of actor Naga Chaitanya Akkineni. Amala is Co-founder of Blue Cross of Hyderabad, a non-government organisation (NGO) in Hyderabad, India, which works towards the welfare of animals and preservation of animal rights. She is a vegan and an environmentalist. She works with 16 Non Governmental and Governmental organisations to promote social issues and animal welfare. Amala practices Vipassana meditation, the teaching of the Buddha, as taught by S.N.Goenka . She studied Yoga in the Krishnamacharya Yoga tradition at Chennai.
- 1991 : Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Ulladakkam
- 2012 : Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Telugu – Life Is Beautiful
- 2012 : Best Outstanding Actress – Life Is Beautiful
|1986||Mythili Ennai Kaathali||T. Rajendar||Mythili|
|Mella Thirandhathu Kadhavu||Mohan, Radha||Noorjahan|
|Oru Iniya Udhayam||Vijayakanth|
|Unnai Ondru Ketpen||Mohan|
|Kavithai Pada Neramillai||Raguvaran|
|Idhu Oru Thodarkathai||Mohan|
|Pesum Padam||Kamal Hassan||Magician's daughter|
|1988||Agni Natchathiram||Prabhu, Karthik||Anjali|
|Vetri Vizha||Kamal Hassan, Prabhu||Lalitha|
|Mounam Sammadham||Mammooty, Y. Gee. Mahendra||Hema|
|1991||Vaasalile Oru Vennila||Nizhalgal Ravi||Kamal|
|Karpura Mullai||Raja||Maya Vinodini|
|2012||Life is Beautiful|
|Kab Tak Chupe Rahungi||Aditya Pancholi|
|1991||Ente Sooryaputhrikku||Suresh Gopi||Maya Vinodini|
|1988||Pushpaka Vimana||Kamal Hassan|
|1990||Bannada Gejje||V. Ravichandran|
|1991||Ksheera Saagara||Kumar Bangarappa|
|Belliyappa Bangarappa||Kumar Bangarappa|
|2010||Super mom ||Judge||Tamil||STAR Vijay|
Small Screen Presence: Amala Akkineni is stated to have signed for a Telugu serial. Full details are yet to be revealed to the media.
- "Amala Akkineni makes comeback with 'Life Is Beautiful'". Retrieved 1 September 2012.
- "Blue Cross of Hyderabad – The Team". Blue Cross of Hyderabad. 26 January 2011. Retrieved 26 January 2011.
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