|Born||Naga Chaitanya Akkineni
November 23, 1986 
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
|Residence||Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India|
|Other names||Chay ,Chaitu
Lakshmi Ramanaidu Daggubati
Naga Chaitanya is an Indian film actor who stars in Telugu films. He debuted in the 2009 film Josh, directed by newcomer Vasu Varma and produced by Dil Raju. Prior to the release of his first film, he signed his second film with Indira Productions, which was to be directed by Gautham Menon. Ye Maaya Chesave released in February 2010 with comparisons drawn to his father's romantic film, Geethanjali.
His next movie was Sukumar's 100% Love which was followed by Dhada and Bejawada. Chaitanya also appeared in the movie Autonagar Surya. In 2013, he appeared in Thadaka. His latest movie was an Akkineni family production called "Manam".
Naga Chaitanya was born in Hyderabad, but moved to Chennai with his mother after his parents split. He received schooling at the PSBB School in Chennai. He played the guitar and drums occasionally for the PSBB school band. He was not originally interested in acting,but later changed his mind. He was then sent to an acting school in Mumbai, and subsequently to Hollywood Studios in California (USA) to learn dance and fights before he made his debut.
Chaitanya debuted in 2009 with the film Josh directed by Vasu Varma in which he played the role of a college student. Upon release, the film received mixed reviews but Chaitanya received moderate positive response from critics for his performance. Rediff.com wrote "As a debutant, Naga Chaitanya has performed well. He has his moments where he's proven himself. There is always scope for improvement and one hopes that he will hone his skills in the years to come." Though a "average" at the box office, the film secured him Filmfare Award South for Best Male Debut Actor.
He next starred in the romantic film Ye Maaya Chesave directed by Gautham Menon which was the simultaneously shot Telugu version of the Tamil film Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa with a different cast and climax. He played the role of a Hindu Telugu assistant director who falls in love with a Syrian christian Malayali girl. The film opened to positive reviews with Chaitanya receiving praise for his performance and his onscreen chemistry with debutante actress Samantha Ruth Prabhu. A reviewer from Sify.com wrote "Naga Chaitanya is at home in romantic scenes. his asset is his voice and his casual acting style. Chaitanya has improved much better in performance from his first film. He can now confidently act in more romantic films and strengthen his position." However, the reviewer felt that he should concentrate on his looks as he felt that Chaitanya looked "very boyish". The film was a surprise Hit at the Box office marking Chaitanya's first musical hit . He also received a nomination for Filmfare Award South for Best Actor Male.
After Ye Maaya Chesave, he worked with Sukumar for another love story titled 100% Love in which he played the role of a studious and egoistic college student who is the top ranker of his college which was quite opposite to the one he essayed in his debut film. The film received positive reviews from critics and Chaitanya was appreciated for his performance with two timelines and his onscreen chemistry with his co-actress Tamannaah in both of them. IndiaGlitz wrote "Naga Chaitanya's action has improved from his previous films. Though his expressions fall flat at places, the music, charecterisation, camera and the look covers it all. His timing and grasping of his role is commendable. Though he didn't impress with his action, he didn't depress either. His best is perhaps yet to come." However, the reviewer opined that Chaitanya should improve his dancing skills. The film was also a "super hit"" at the Box office.
His next film was Dhada directed by debutante director Ajay Bhuyan in which he shared the screen with Kajal Aggarwal. The film's story is based on an engineering graduate student who was to complete his studies in USA and return to India in another 10 days. It opened to negative reviews from critics and Chaitanya's performance too received negative response from them. The Times of India wrote "After good performances in his last two films, Naga Chaitanya doesn't live up to expectations. He has the same expression stuck on his face throughout the movie." The film ended up as a Disaster at the Box office.
His last release of the year was Bejawada directed by Vivek Krishna and produced by Ram Gopal Varma. The film saw Chaitanya portraying the role of a college student-turned-gangster. The film received negative reviews with critics calling it the worst film of Chaitanya which even outshines Dhada in being the worst. His performance was also panned by critics. The Times of India wrote "This film might have even outdone "Dhada", in being called the worst film of Naga Chaitanya's career. While the young actor still needs to work on his facial expressions, he was saddled with a poorlyetched character in this film, devoid of all heroism, and he fails to rise above it." The film eventually ended up as a Disaster at the Box office.
After an year, Chaitanya's next film Tadakha released in 2013 which also saw Sunil playing the lead role along with him. The film was the official remake of N. Lingusamy's successful Tamil film Vettai. The film opened to positive reviews from critics and Chaitanya received positive response for his performance in the role reprising Arya from the original. The Hindu wrote "Naga Chaitanya shows tremendous improvement over his last outing, the debacle called Bejawada. He is in sync with his role, exudes confidence and seems to have had fun both during the stunt sequences and comic portions. Reprising a role essayed by an established actor like Arya is no mean task and Chaitanya pulls it off rather well." The film was a Hit at the Box office giving the actor a much needed break.
In 2014, Chaitanya appeared in the period drama Manam directed by Vikram Kumar. Apart from him, the film featured his grandfather Akkineni Nageswara Rao, father Akkineni Nagarjuna, Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Shriya Saran in the lead roles. He played two roles in the film which were a middle class employee who is a father of a 8 year old in 1983 and a happy college student in 2013. The film which marked the last appearance of Akkineni Nageswara Rao on screen received rave reviews from critics and Chaitanya received positive reviews for his performance. Deccan Chronicle wrote "Naga Chaitanya has done a decent job and compared to his earlier films he matured a lot as an actor." Sify.com wrote "There is lot of improvement in Naga Chaitanya`s acting. He looks natural and has done justice to his role." The film was "blockbuster" at the Box office.
Currently Naga Chaitanya has 3 projects in hand. The first being the long delayed political drama Autonagar Surya directed by Deva Katta in which he played the role of Surya, a skilled mechanic. Though its principal photography commenced in October 2011, it ended in November 2013 because of halts due to financial troubles and after umpteen postponements due to financial troubles, the film is scheduled for a worldwide release on June 27, 2014. Apart from that, he is starring in Oka Laila Kosam directed by Vijay Kumar Konda which is in its final stage of shooting and an untitled crime thriller directed by Sudheer Varma which was launched officially in June 2014.
|2010||Ye Maaya Chesave||Karthik|
|2014||Manam||Nagarjuna / Radha Mohan|
|2014||Untitled Sudheer Varma project||Filming began on June 12, 2014|
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