Amala at TeachAIDS launch in 2010
September 12, 1968
West Bengal, India
|Residence||Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India|
|Occupation||Actress, Social Activist, Chairperson, Blue Cross of Hyderabad .|
|Relatives||Naga Chaitanya Akkineni
Nageswara Rao Akkineni
Amala Akkineni (born September 12) is an Indian film actress and Animal welfare activist. She has acted in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi films. She got the south filmfare award for best actress for the Malayalam movie Ulladakkam
Amala was born on September 12, in West Bengal to an Irish mother and Bengali father. She has an elder brother and 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. In 1992, She married Nagarjuna Akkineni and became a part of the Akkineni Family.
Amala made her debut in a Tamil film titled Mythili Ennai Kaathali directed by 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, Prabhu.
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 lives in Hyderabad . She is the step-mother of actor Naga Chaitanya Akkineni. Amala is 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. She is a vegan and an environmentalist. She works with 16 Non Governmental and Governmental organizations 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.
|2nd South Indian International Movie Awards||Best Actress in a Supporting Role||Life Is Beautiful||Won|
|60th Filmfare Awards South||Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Female||Life Is Beautiful||Won|
|CineMAA Awards||Best Outstanding Actress||Life Is Beautiful||Won|
|1986||Mythili Ennai Kaathali||T. Rajendar|
|Mella Thirandhathu Kadhavu||Mohan, Radha|
|Oru Iniya Udhayam||Vijayakanth|
|Unnai Ondru Ketpen||Mohan|
|Kavithai Pada Neramillai||Raguvaran|
|Idhu Oru Thodarkathai||Mohan|
|Pesum Padam||Kamal Hassan|
|1988||Agni Natchathiram||Prabhu, Karthik|
|Vetri Vizha||Kamal Hassan, Prabhu|
|Mounam Sammadham||Mammooty, Y. Gee. Mahendra|
|1991||Vaasalile Oru Vennila||Nizhalgal Ravi|
|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|
- "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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