N. T. Rama Rao Jr.
|Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao|
|Native name||నందమూరి తారక రామా రావు|
|Born||Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao
20 May 1983 
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
|Residence||Film Nagar, Hyderabad, India|
|Other names||Jr. NTR
|Alma mater||Vidyaranya High School|
|Occupation||Actor, Playback Singer|
|Years active||1991–1997 (child artist)
|Spouse(s)||Narne Lakshmi Pranathi (m. 2011)|
Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (Telugu నందమూరి తారక రామా రావు) (born on 20 May 1983) known popularly as Jr. NTR, is an Indian film actor, playback singer and an accomplished Kuchipudi dancer. His work has been exclusively in Telugu cinema. He is the grandson of veteran Telugu actor and former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao, and the son of actor and Rajya Sabha MP Nandamuri Harikrishna.
In 1997, He starred in Ramayanam, which won the National Film Award for Best Children's Film for that year. His first film in a lead role was in the film Ninnu Chudalani which released in 2001. He achieved his breakthrough in the same year with the blockbuster film Student No. 1. He then appeared in many successful films such as Aadi (2002), Simhadri (2003), Rakhi (2006), Yamadonga (2007), Brindavanam (2010), Adhurs (2010), and Baadshah (2013).
In his film career, Jr. NTR has worked in twenty three films till date, two as a child artist and twenty one as a lead actor. He has won two Andhra Pradesh state Nandi Awards, one Filmfare Best Telugu Actor Award and three CineMAA Awards. Other than films he is the brand ambassador for several brands such as Malabar Gold, Himani Navratna Hair Oil and Zandu Balm in Andhra Pradesh. He was listed #66 in Forbes India top 100 Celebrities for the year 2012.
Jr. NTR is also involved in politics and is currently an inactive member of his grandfather's political party, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP). Also the fans like to see him as Chief Minister of AP.
Jr. NTR was born into Nandamuri Family as Nandamuri Taraka Ram on 20 May 1983 in Hyderabad to Telugu film actor and politician Nandamuri Harikrishna and his second wife Nandamuri Shalini. He is the grandson of veteran Telugu actor and former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao. Jr. NTR did his schooling from Vidyaranya High School, Hyderabad, following which he completed his Intermediate (+2) from St. Mary's College, Hyderabad. At an early age, Jr. NTR learned the Indian classical dance Kuchipudi.
Career in Telugu cinema
He began his career as a child artist. The first movie he starred in was Brahmarshi Viswamithra directed by N. T. R. But his full length major role was in the movie Bala Ramayanam directed by Guna Shekar. Tarak made his re-entry into the Tollywood with Ninnu Choodalani in 2001; but it failed to perform well at the box office. He mentioned in an interview that his remuneration for "Ninnu Choodalani" was about 4 lakh Rupees.
However in the same year he went on to gain fame with Student No. 1 directed by S.S. Rajamouli, followed by soft love story Subbu and Aadi, which was a blockbuster, and brought immediate stardom for him. In year 2003, he came up with a political movie Naaga. Even though the movie raised some political issues worth giving a thought, it settled as an average grosser. However his next movie Simhadri went on to become an Industry Hit as on 2003.
In 2004, his career took a down turn with Andhrawala. Though Samba fared as above average grosser his next movies Naa Alludu and Narasimhudu released in year 2005 did badly at box office. In 2006, his film Ashok had the biggest opening week gross in his career but did not appease his fans and ended as a just average flick.
His next movie Rakhi directed by Pasupuleti Krishna Vamsi, which proved an average grosser at the box office, gained him admirable reviews from fans and critics alike. His next movie, Yamadonga, which was inspired by his grandfather's blockbuster Yamagola, released in August 2007 brought him back into the super-hit stream, and became the sensational movie of the year, Yamadonga became a Blockbuster by collecting 35 crore (US$5.6 million) in a month and it played for 50 Days in 420 theaters. Tarak's next film was Kantri, released in May 2008 exposed his superb skill of dancing but did average at box office with 30 crore (US$4.8 million). In year 2010 he appeared in two movies, and both of them Adhurs&Brindavanam became super Hit's. Adhurs in which he played a dual role succeeded well at box-office with 41 crore (US$6.6 million) world wide share and Brindavanam succeeded well at box-office with 48 crore (US$7.7 million) world wide share in 100 Days. Then Shakthi released on 1 April 2011 and it failed to perform well at the box office With 36 crore (US$5.8 million). Tarak played the lead role in the film Oosaravelli, directed by Surender Reddy, which was released on 6 October 2011 and though it received mixed reviews, it generated good revenue at the box office With 20 crore (US$3.2 million)(gross).Because of the widest release in Telugu cinema (i.e.1800 theaters worldwide) in 2011.
Another movie titled Dammu under the direction of Boyapati Seenu was released on 27 April 2012. Which received mixed reviews But the movie managed to collect good revenue at box office With 43 crore (US$6.9 million) world wide share. NTR did a film Ramayya Vasthavayya with Harish Shanker. It was released on September 27, 2013. Ramaiya Vastavaiya turned out as average movie by collecting 60 crore (US$9.6 million) gross in 50 days.
Ntr is currently acting in Untitled Santosh Srinivas project.Ntr is going to start Sukumar's film from April and later he'll work for trivikram after that Adhurs 2 is going to begin in 2015.A film with Puri Jagannadh is in Talk.
Political stint and accident
Tarak was one of the campaigners for the Telugu Desam Party, for the Indian general election, 2009 from April to May 2009. On March 26, 2009, After electioneering, en route to Hyderabad, the SUV in which he was a passenger was struck head-on with another vehicle, at Khammam. He and his companions were thrown from the SUV and suffered brutal injuries, Tarak, was treated at Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences, in Secunderabad to recuperate.
Jr. NTR married Narne Lakshmi Pranathi, the daughter of Narne Srinivasa Rao, the owner of the Telugu news channel Studio N and a relative of Jr. NTR's uncle, the former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Nara Chandrababu Naidu on 5 May 2011 at Hitex Exhibition Center, Madhapur, Hyderabad.The wedding is thought to be Biggest & richest event ever in Telugu film industry.
|1991||Brahmarshi Viswamitra||Bharatha||N. T. Rama Rao||N. T. Rama Rao||Child Artist|
|1997||Ramayanam||Lord Rama||Gunasekhar||M. S. Reddy||Madhavapeddi Suresh
L. Vaidyanadhan (Background score)
|2001||Ninnu Chudalani||Venu||VR Pratap||Ramoji Rao||S. A. Rajkumar|
|Student No.1||Aadithya||S.S. Rajamouli||C. Ashwini Dutt
K. Raghavendra Rao
|M. M. Keeravani|
|2002||Subbu||Subbu||Rudraraju Suresh Varma||R Srinivas
PM Hari Kumar
|Aadi||Aadi Keshava Reddy||V.V. Vinayak||Bellamkonda Suresh||Mani Sharma|
|Allari Ramudu||Ramakrishna||B. Gopal||Chanti Addala||R. P. Patnaik|
|2003||Naaga||Naaga||D.K. Suresh||A.M. Ratnam||Vidyasagar
|Simhadri||Simhadri||S.S. Rajamouli||K. Vijay Kumar Varma||M. M. Keeravani|
|Samba||Samba||V.V. Vinayak||Kodali Nani||Mani Sharma|
|Vara Mullapudi||Bharati||Devi Sri Prasad|
|Narasimhudu||Kondaveeti Narasimhudu||B. Gopal||Chengala Venkat Rao||Mani Sharma|
|2006||Ashok||Ashok||Surender Reddy||Valluripally Ramesh||Mani Sharma|
|Rakhi||Ramakrishna||Krishna Vamsi||K.L. Narayana||Devi Sri Prasad|
|2007||Yamadonga||Raja||S.S. Rajamouli||Urmila Gunnam
|M. M. Keeravani|
|2008||Kanthri||Kranthi||Meher Ramesh||C. Ashwini Dutt||Mani Sharma|
|Chintakayala Ravi||Yogi||Nallamalupu Bujji||Vishal-Shekhar||Special appearance|
|V.V. Vinayak||Vallabhaneni Vamshi Mohan||Devi Sri Prasad|
|Rama Rama Krishna Krishna||Srivass||Dil Raju||M.M. Keeravani||Voice over|
|Brindaavanam||Krishna (Krish)||Vamsi Paidipally||Dil Raju||S.S. Thaman|
|Meher Ramesh||C. Ashwini Dutt||Mani Sharma|
|Oosaravelli||Tony||Surender Reddy||Sri Venkateswara Cine Chitra
|Devi Sri Prasad|
|2012||Dammu||Sri Raja Vasi Reddy Vijaya
Dhwaja Sri Simha/
|Boyapati Srinu||K. S. Rama Rao/
N. T. Rama Rao
|Srinu Vaitla||Bandla Ganesh||S.S. Thaman|
|Harish Shankar||Dil Raju||S.S. Thaman|
|2014||Rabhasa||Santosh Srinivas||Bellamkonda Suresh||S.S. Thaman||Filming
As a Playback Singer
Awards and nominations