N. T. Rama Rao Jr.

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Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao
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Jr NTR during the shooting of Rabhasa movie
Born Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao
(1983-05-20) 20 May 1983 (age 31)[1]
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
Residence Film Nagar, Hyderabad, India
Nationality Indian
Ethnicity Telugu
Alma mater Vidyaranya High School[2]
Occupation actor
playback singer
dancer
Years active 1991–1997 (child artist)
2001–present
Religion Hinduism
Spouse(s) Nandamuri Lakshmi Pranathi (m. 2011)
Children Nandamuri Abhay Ram
Parents Nandamuri Harikrishna
Nandamuri Shalini
Relatives

Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (born 20 May 1983) known popularly as Jr. NTR, is an Indian film actor, playback singer and an accomplished Kuchipudi dancer best known for his work in Telugu cinema.[3] 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.[4][5]

In 1997, he starred as a child artist, 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 Student No. 1 which was supposed to be his first major release, though Ninnu Choodalani came before. He achieved his breakthrough in the same year with the delayed blockbuster film Student No.1.[6] He then appeared in many successful films such as Aadi (2002), Simhadri (2003), Samba (2004), Rakhi (2006), Yamadonga (2007), Brindavanam (2010), Adhurs (2009), and Baadshah (2013).[7]

In his film career, Jr. NTR has worked in twenty four films till date, two as a cameo and twenty two 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.[8] He was listed #66 in Forbes India top 100 Celebrities for 2012.[9] Jr. NTR is also involved in politics and is currently an inactive member of his grandfather's political party, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP). At present, he has a huge fan following, not only in Andhra Pradesh, but also in other states, like Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka. His recent film, Baadshah did well in Japan, and established a fan club in Japan too, after Rajinikanth.[10]

Early life[edit]

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.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Jr. NTR married Narne Lakshmi Pranathi,[12] the daughter of Narne Srinivasa Rao, the owner of the Telugu news channel Studio N and a relative of Jr. NTR's uncle, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Nara Chandrababu Naidu on 5 May 2011 at Hitex Exhibition Center, Madhapur. They have one son. [13]

Career in Telugu cinema[edit]

2001[edit]

After the huge success of the child-oriented film Bala Ramayanam, prominent director K. Raghavendra Rao recommended Jr. NTR to director S. S. Rajamouli to act in his debut Student No. 1, during mid-2000 after being impressed with his performance in the auditions and his previous film Bala Ramayanam However the film went under production for so long. He was later signed ace producer R. B. Choudary, and decided to work on the romantic drama Ninnu Choodalani to make his debut as a full-time hero. By that time, he was only 17 in his debut film. The film had another debutant Raveena Rajput, and consisted of an ensemble cast of K. Viswanath, and Kaikala Satyanarayana who played their grandparents. The film created a lot of hype as the grandson of the late NTR was going to debut. The film received negative reviews, and was a huge failure.[14] Jr. NTR was criticised of being a hero too along with his female co-star. But that failure didn't stop him from getting more offers. He then started working on his delayed project produced by veteran C. Ashwini Dutt. The film Student No. 1 directed by SS Rajamouli, became a huge success and striked gold at the box office. The story was about a college student who was facing murder charges. The film became a huge success, and prompted remakes in Tamil and Hindi. Student No. 1 ran for more than 100 days. Due to the huge success, he got more offers in the industry. He then acted in the love story Subbu. The film received mixed reviews but ended up as a box-office failure. In his early days, he was often criticised because of his looks and severe obesity.[citation needed]

2002–2003[edit]

He then signed up for another debutant director VV Vinayak's Aadi. For the first time, he played a youth cum action hero, who is trying to take revenge on a landlord for the death of his parents. The film became a huge blockbuster and was one of the highest grossers of 2002, just behind Chiranjeevi's Indra. The film ran for 200 days. He got huge fan following due to the large success of this film, and he rose from obscurity to stardom.[15] He then signed up for veteran director B. Gopal's Allari Ramudu. The film was an average grosser, but managed to run for more than 100 days. He then signed up for A. M. Rathnam's political thriller Naaga. Though, the film received mixed to positive reviews, his dances became a huge hit among the audience in the film and his performance was critically aclaimmed. He then collaborated with the same director SS Rajamouli for the action masala film Simhadri. He gave a new look, in order to get rid of the youth one, and grew a light beard. This film became a huge blockbuster, giving him the title of Young Tiger. He later quit youth films and started experimenting with faction dramas.[16]

2004–2006[edit]

Jr. NTR later signed up Puri Jagannadh's Andhrawala, which was an action drama. The director, had successful releases in the past year, and this film created a lot of hype. He played a leader of the village. The film had competition against fellow actors, Prabhas's Varsham and Chiranjeevi's Anji. However, the latter two became very successful, with the former failing. The film became a huge disaster, turning as a huge setback for the actor, as he was almost having competition with Chiranjeevi.[17] The film was an expensive film made with a budget of 10 crores. He then signed up another faction film, Samba with his old director V. V. Vinayak. The film received mixed to positive reviews, but managed to top the box office for several weeks.The film became his only blockbuster during that period.[18][19] For the first time in his career, he experimented by acting in a family drama film Naa Alludu. The film had a huge ensemble cast consisting of Ramya Krishna who acted with his grandfather, and uncle in the past, and Charan Raj. He played a dual role of Karthik, a responsible man who has an aim to work in a good business company and Murugan, a Tamil- speaking villager who works in the business of coconut water. However, the film became another Sankranthi disaster after his previous failure Andhrawala. But, however his performance along with Ramya Krishna's were critically acclaimed, and the song "En Peru Murugan" was popular and helped the film gain a bit more attention. He then collaborated with director B. Gopal for a film Narasimhudu who was riding high on the success of Indra. Bollywood actresses Ameesha Patel, and Sameera Reddy were selected, with the latter making her Telugu debut. The film despite huge fanfare, became another disaster. He lost his position among the top heroes of Tollywood. Jr. NTR took a one-year hiatus, and then later signed up for Surender Reddy's Ashok. The director just delivered a blockbuster with his older half-brother Kalyan Ram. The film saw him pairing with Sameera Reddy for the second time. However, the film gained mixed to negative reviews, and became a financial failure for the producers, thus continuing his string of failures.[20] Most of his films during this period were either disasters or failures, with Samba being his only hit during this period. His career got hampered, completely.

2006–2010[edit]

Jr. NTR decided to collaborate with ace director Krishna Vamsi for the film Rakhi. The film was a social drama cum brother-sister sentiment. For this film, he had to speak a lot of dialogues. Veteran actress Suhasini Maniratnam acted as a police officer from Tamil Nadu in this film. The film received favorable reviews and managed to become a hit for the audience. Jr. NTR's dialogues were praised by many actors and actresses including fellow Kollywood actor Vishal. Rakhi managed to resurrect his career.

Jr. NTR collaborated with director SS Rajamouli for the third and final time for a socio - fantasy film Yamadonga. For this film, he had to sport a new look by shedding more than 20 kg. as he used to be 94 kg. Veteran actors and actresses Mohan Babu and Kushboo signed up to act in this film. Jr. NTR played Raja, a thief who later criticizes and insults Yama and then suddenly goes into heaven due to some bad acts. The film received extremely positive reviews, and later brought him back to the top league in Tollywood, and this film made him receive a Filmfare award for best actor in Telugu from his old rival Chiranjeevi. Late actor Sobhan Babu praised Jr. NTR's performance too. However, the film was criticized of its meaty runtime of 186 min. So the producers trimmed it, for the DVD Version.

Jr. NTR later signed up for the gangster-thriller film Kantri which was directed by debutant Meher Ramesh who is the cousin of Chiranjeevi and Pawan Kalyan. The film was shot in various locations such as South Africa, and Japan. The film though receiving mixed reviews, earned some attention, as Jr. NTR's dances helped it.[21] Jr. NTR's dance steps in the song "I Go Crazy" and "123 Nenoka Kantri" went viral over South India, and he got applause and recognition from many South Indian actors. Jr. NTR took a two-year hiatus in order to join politics. Unfortunately for him, his political stint failed, and he got admitted to the hospital due to the severe car accident.

Jr. NTR signed up for the action-comedy Adhurs, in which he played dual roles for the third time after Andhrawala, and Naa Alludu, after a long 1-year-hiatus. The film became a super hit due to the hilarious episodes and great comedy timing done by Jr. NTR. The film also saw him pairing opposite Kerala beauty Nayantara for the first time, along with Sheela. Adhurs grossed more than 40 crores. Adhurs released on late 2009, but despite having competition with 3 Idiots and Vettaikaran, the film managed to do good business. He then returned to romantic films after a 9-year gap. The romantic comedy Brindavanam was directed by Vamsi Paidipally and produced by ace producer Dil Raju who is known for romantic films.[22] He was paired opposite beauties Kajal Aggarwal and Samantha Ruth Prabhu. The film received positive reviews, became a commercial success and emerged to be one of the highest grossers of 2010, beating his uncle's Simha. His position in Tollywood went sky-high due to the consecutive successes.[23]

2011–present[edit]

Jr. NTR collaborated with Kantri director Meher Ramesh for a historical fantasy action film Shakti. The film was very expensive and was produced on a budget of 42 crores. He paired with Ileana D'Cruz for the second time after the critically acclaimed Rakhi. The film amidst huge fanfare and hype became a huge disaster, but did not have much effect on Jr. NTR's career, as he was among the top heroes of Tollywood. He then collaborated with Ashok director Surender Reddy for the romantic action film Oosaravelli. He was paired opposite Tamannaah. Though the film received mixed reviews stating that the film was only for hardcore NTR fans,[24][25] it became an average grosser at the box office competing with Dookudu. He, however, due to his fan following managed to reach 66th position in the Forbes list. His along with his female lead's performances were critically acclaimed.

Jr. NTR for the first time, signed Boyapati Srinu's fourth venture Dammu, with the latter riding high on the success of his previous venture Simha. The film saw him pairing opposite Trisha Krishnan and Karthika Nair, with the former finally accepting an NTR film after rejecting two NTR films in the past. Dammu again received mixed reviews, but NTR's performance was appreciated from critics. Garnering mixed reviews, Dammu however managed to cross 35 crores at the worldwide box office.[26]

Jr. NTR signed up comedy cum action director Srinu Vaitla's action-thriller venture Baadshah produced by ace producer Bandla Ganesh. The film saw him pairing opposite Kajal Aggarwal for the second time after the successful venture Brindavanam. For this film, he gave a new look by straightening his curly hair, and growing a beard, in order to suit the don image. The film won positive reviews and became a commercial success plus comeback for Jr. NTR, after 3 colossal failures. However, the film became a sleeper hit. Baadshah's final figures was over 45 crores in 50 days.[27][28] Times of India, described his performance as a cakewalk, and described his comic timing as a commendable show. His dances and emotions were described as impressive.[29]

Jr. NTR's next release of 2013, was the revenge drama Ramayya Vasthavayya, directed by Mirapakay and Gabbar Singh fame Harish Shankar. The film saw him pairing opposite Shruti Hassan for the first time, and Samantha Ruth Prabhu for the second time. The music of the film was an instant hit even before its release, and topped the charts in ITunes.[30] Ramayya Vasthavayya however received mixed to positive reviews, due to old story, lack of comedy. Some sources stated the movie is only for NTR fans.[31][32] The Times of India gave a review stating "The film is packaged entirely around its hero with NTR looking uber cool and as stylish as ever. He got into the skin of the character and has delivered a fantastic performance to shoulder the film. All in all, Ramayya Vasthavayya's first half is a fun-ride as you see NTR in his elements. However, the second half is a huge disappointment."[33] The Hindu gave a review stating "Until a few minutes before the interval, you’re left looking beneath the surface of the comedy, songs and romance to see what the film is trying to communicate to you. And post interval, when the film takes you into a rural hamlet and recalls an ill-fated past followed by revenge, there’s way too much bloodshed that leaves you numb. Watch this film if you are an NTR fan."[34] The film received scathing reviews, and had a slow start in the box office. Ramayya Vasthavayya collected INR81 crore (US$13 million)gross in 50 Days worldwide.[35] Most of the sources, stated that NTR, was the soul and saving grace for this film.

2014–present[edit]

Jr. NTR, is currently working on the mega-budget Rabhasa, which is touted to be a romantic action entertainer. The film will feature him as a Casanova cum playboy, for the first time in his career.[36] He is currently exercising everyday, in order to develop a six-pack, for the film.[37] Jr. NTR has reportedly choreographed few songs, which is said to be the highlights of the film.[38] Jr. NTR also signed up 3 films, which are directed by Puri Jagannadh, Vamsi Paidipally, and Sukumar. He also recently expressed his interest to star in a Selvaraghavan starrer of 7G Rainbow Colony and Aadavari Matalaku Ardhale Verule fame.[39]

Political stint and accident[edit]

Tarak was one of the campaigners for the Telugu Desam Party, for the Indian general election, 2009 from April to May 2009.[40][41][42][43][44][45] On 26 March 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.[46]

Philanthropy[edit]

Jr. NTR, despite being an actor, has also participated outside of the media, too. He has been an active philanthropist, in order to follow his grandfather's footsteps. It is learnt that, Jr NTR donated gym equipment for an orphanage school named Rock School situated in the outskirts of Hyderabad. As per sources, NTR in person visited the school and handed over the gym equipment to the management. Gym trainer, school management and students are happy for NTR’s help. Earlier also, NTR provided donations to few charity homes.[47] Once, when his fan died in Baadshah audio function due to a heavy stampede, he along with producer Bandla Ganesh donated 5 lakhs to their family. Jr. NTR also promised to take care of their family, due to the fan's sudden demise.[48]

Brand endorsements[edit]

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.

Filmography[edit]

Further information: Jr. NTR filmography

See also[edit]

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