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
Spouse(s) Akkineni Nagarjuna
Children Akhil Akkineni (b.1994)
Relatives Naga Chaitanya Akkineni
Nageswara Rao Akkineni

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 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.[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.


Filmfare Awards South
CineMAA Awards



Year Film Role Notes
1986 Mythili Ennai Kaathali Mythili
Mella Thirandhathu Kadhavu Noorjahan
Panneer Nathigal
Kanne Kaniyamuthe
Oru Iniya Udhayam
Unnai Ondru Ketpen
1987 Velaikaran Kowsalya
Poopoova Poothirukku
Koottu Puzhukkal
Vedham Pudhithu Vaidehi
Kavithai Pada Neramillai
Idhu Oru Thodarkathai
Pesum Padam Magician's daughter
1988 Agni Natchathiram Anjali
Kodi Parakuthu
1989 Mappillai Geetha
Nalaya Manithan
Uthama Purushan Rekha
Vetri Vizha Lalitha
1990 Pudhu Padagan Devi
Mounam Sammadham Hema
1991 Vaasalil Oru Vennila Kamala
Karpoora Mullai Maya Vinodini


Year Film Role Notes
1987 Kirai Dada
1988 Raktha Tilakam
Chinna Babu
1989 Siva
1990 Raja Vikramarka
Prema Yuddham
1991 Nirnayam
2012 Life is Beautiful Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Telugu
CineMAA Award for Best Outstanding Actress
2014 Manam Cameo


Year Film Role Notes
1988 Dayavan
Kab Tak Chupe Rahungi
1989 Dost
1990 Shiva
2013 Listen... Amaya


Year Film Role Notes
1988 Pushpaka Vimana Magician's daughter
1991 Ente Sooryaputhrikku Maya Vinodini
1991 Ulladakkam Reshma Filmfare Award for Best Actress


Year Film Role Notes
1988 Pushpaka Vimana
1990 Bannada Gejje
1991 Ksheera Saagara
Belliyappa Bangarappa


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


  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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