Amala (actress)

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Amala Akkineni
Amala at Life is beautiful promo by post noon.jpg
Amala at TeachAIDS launch in 2010
Born Amala Mukherjee
(1968-09-12) 12 September 1968 (age 46)
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Residence Hyderabad, Telangana India
Occupation Actress, social activist, chairperson, blue cross of hyderabad .
Years active 1986–1991
2012–present
Spouse(s) Akkineni Nagarjuna
(m.1992–present)
Children Akkineni Akhil (b.1994)
Relatives Naga Chaitanya Akkineni
(step-son)
Nageswara Rao Akkineni
(father-in-law)

Amala Akkineni (née Mukherjee) 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.

Early life[edit]

Amala with husband Nagarjuna and son Akkineni Akhil. Step son Naga Chaitanya (far left)

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.

Career[edit]

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.[1] 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.

Personal life[edit]

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,[2] 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.

Awards[edit]

Filmfare Awards South
CineMAA Awards

Filmography[edit]

Tamil movies[edit]

Year Film Co-stars
1986 Mythili Ennai Kaathali T. Rajendar Mythili
Mella Thirandhathu Kadhavu Mohan, Radha Noorjahan
Panneer Nathigal Sivakumar
Kanne Kaniyamuthe Rahman
Oru Iniya Udhayam Vijayakanth
Unnai Ondru Ketpen Mohan
1987 Velaikaran Rajinikanth Kaushalya
Poopoova Poothirukku Prabhu
Koottu Puzhukkal Raghuvaran
Vedham Pudhithu Sathyaraj Vaidehi
Kavithai Pada Neramillai Raguvaran
Idhu Oru Thodarkathai Mohan
Pesum Padam Kamal Hassan Magician's daughter
1988 Agni Natchathiram Prabhu, Karthik Anjali
Kodi Parakuthu Rajinikanth
Sathya Kamal Hassan
Jeeva Sathyaraj
Illam Sivakumar
Kaliyugam Prabhu
1989 Mappillai Rajinikanth Geetha
Varam Prabhu
Nalaya Manithan Prabhu
Uthama Purushan Prabhu Rekha
Vetri Vizha Kamal Hassan, Prabhu Lalitha
1990 Pudhu Padagan Vijaykanth Devi
Mounam Sammadham Mammooty, Y. Gee. Mahendra Hema
1991 Vaasalile Oru Vennila Nizhalgal Ravi Kamal
Karpura Mullai Raja Maya Vinodini

Telugu movies[edit]

Year Film Co-star Role
1987 Kirai Dada Nagarjuna
1988 Raktha Tilakam Venkatesh
Chinna Babu Nagarjuna
1989 Siva Nagarjuna
1990 Raja Vikramarka Chiranjeevi
Prema Yuddham Nagarjuna
Aggiramudu Venkatesh
1991 Nirnayam Nagarjuna
1993 Aagraham Rajashekar
2012 Life is Beautiful
2014 Manam Nagarjuna Cameo

Hindi movies[edit]

Year Film Co-star
1988 Dayavan Aditya Pancholi
Kab Tak Chupe Rahungi Aditya Pancholi
Pushpak Kamal Haasan
1989 Dost Mithun Chakraborty
Jurrat Kumar Gaurav
1990 Shiva Nagarjuna
2013 Listen... Amaya

Malayalam movies[edit]

Year Film Co-star Role
1988 Pushppakavimaanam KamalHassan
1991 Ente Sooryaputhrikku Suresh Gopi Maya Vinodini
1991 Ulladakkam Mohanlal Reshma

Kannada movies[edit]

Year Film Co-star
1988 Pushpaka Vimana Kamal Hassan
1990 Bannada Gejje V. Ravichandran
1991 Ksheera Saagara Kumar Bangarappa
Belliyappa Bangarappa Kumar Bangarappa

Television[edit]

Year Series/Show Role Language Channel
2010 Super mom [1] Judge Tamil STAR Vijay
2014–2015 Uyirmai Tamil Zee Tamil

Small Screen Presence: Amala Akkineni is stated to have signed for a Telugu serial. Full details are yet to be revealed to the media.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amala Akkineni makes comeback with 'Life Is Beautiful'". Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Blue Cross of Hyderabad – The Team". Blue Cross of Hyderabad. 26 January 2011. Retrieved 26 January 2011. 

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