Nandamuri Balakrishna

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Nandamuri Balakrishna
Balakrishna sketch picture.jpg
Member of the Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
May 2014
Preceded by P. Abdul Ghani
Constituency Hindupur
Personal details
Born (1960-06-10) 10 June 1960 (age 54)
Chennai, India
Nationality Indian
Political party Telugu Desam Party
Spouse(s) Vasundhara Devi (m. 1982)
Children Nara Brahmani
Mathukumilli Tejaswini
Nandamuri Mokshagna Teja
Parents Taraka Rama Rao
Basava Tarakam
Residence Film Nagar, Hyderabad, India
Alma mater Nizam College, Hyderabad
Profession Film Actor, Politician
Religion Hindu

Nandamuri Balakrishna (born 10 June 1960) is an Indian film actor and politician, who works predominantly in Telugu cinema.[1] He is the sixth son of Telugu matinee idol and former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N. T. Rama Rao. He entered the film industry as a child artist at the age of 14 with the film Tatamma Kala.[2][3] In the mid-1980s, he graduated to acting in the lead role and soon became one of the sought after actors in Telugu cinema. As of 2014, In his film career, spanning 40 years successfully completed in Telugu film industry as an actor its industry record after Akkineni Nageswara Rao, he has acted in ninety eight films, in a variety of roles,[4] and has received two state Nandi Awards.[5]

Balakrishna was the guest of honour at the 43rd International Film Festival of India.[6] He is actively involved in politics and is a member of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) founded by his father. In 2014, he was elected incumbent M. L. A. from Hindupur for the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly.[7][8] He is also the chairman of the trust board for The Basavatarakam Indo American Cancer Hospital and Research Institute based in Hyderabad, India.[9][10]

Early life and family[edit]

Balakrishna was born in Chennai, to veteran Telugu actor and three-time former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao and his wife Basava Tarakam, of the Nandamuri Family.[11][12] As the Telugu film industry was based in Madras at the time, he spent his entire childhood in Madras. During his adolescence, he moved to Hyderabad following the shifting of the Telugu film industry to that city. He earned a bachelors degree in commerce from Nizam College in Hyderabad.[13]

In 1982, at the age of 22, Balakrishna married Vasundhara Devi.born at kakinada, daughter of srmt owner[14] They have 2 daughters, Brahmani and Tejaswini, and a son, Taraka Rama Mokshagna Teja.[14] His elder daughter Brahmani is an alumnus of Santa Clara University and Stanford University.[15][16] She is married to her cousin Nara Lokesh, the son of TDP president and present Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N. Chandrababu Naidu.[17] It is rumoured that his son Mokshagna Teja will make his film debut in 2014 .[18]

Film career[edit]

Breakthrough (1974–1986)[edit]

In 1974, he acted as a child artist in Tatamma Kala which was directed by NTR. Over a period of time he acted in several films, many of them were directed by NTR. Out of which Dana Veera Soora Karna, Srimadvirataparvam, Akbar Saleem Anarkali and Sri Tirupati Venkateswara Kalyanam became memorable films in his film career. His roles as Abhimanyu in Dana Veera Soora Karna, Srimadvirataparvam and saleem in Akbar Saleem Anarkali, saint Narada In Sri Tirupati Venkateswara Kalyanam are highly praised. At the age of 16, Balakrishna acted in a movie titled Annadammula Anubandham, a remake of Dharmendra's Hindi movie Yaadon Ki Baaraat. After watching this movie, other legend of Tollywood Akkineni Nagewara Rao commented that 'Simham kadupuna Sihame puttindi'. In this film, Balakrishna appeared in brother role to his real life father Swargiya NTR. Balakrishna appeared as son to his real life brother Harikrishna in the movie Dana Veera Sura Karna. In 1984 he debuted in a hero role with Sahasame Jeevitham. Even though BalaKrishna acted in several films named as N.T. Rama Rao son, later his hard work, discipline, talent and dedication made him stand in the industry and to win the hearts of crores of fans. He then starred in a drama film Mangammagari Manavadu (1984) alongside Bhanumathi, Suhasini directed by Kodi Ramakrishna.[19] The film was a Block Buster at the box-office.[20] In the same year, he acted in Kathanayakudu and in Biographical film Shrimad Virat Veerabrahmendra Swami Charitra. Both the films were hits at the Box-office.[21] Again his role as Siddhappa in Shrimad Virat Veerabrahmendra Swami Charitra is critically praised. This movie was directed by his father NTR. In the year 1985, he acted with Akkineni Nageswara Rao in the film Bharya Bhartala Bandam alongside rajani, which is a moderate success. In the year 1986, he acted in hit movies like Muddula Krishnnayya, Seetarama Kalyanam, Anasuyamma Gari Alludu and Desoddarakudu which gradually increased his potential at boxoffice.

Commercial stardom (1987–1999)[edit]

In 1987, he acted in a dual role in the film Apurva Sahodarudu directed by K. Raghavendra Rao, was a box-office success. This year he had six super hit films in a row.[22] In the same year, he starred in Presidentugari Abbai directed by Tatineni Rama Rao and Muvva Gopaludu by Kodi Ramakrishna were biggest hits of the year.[23] Bhargava Ramudu, which is made from a novel, alongside vijayashanti is success at the box office. His other films like Inspector Pratap, Bharatamlo Bala Chandrudu, Tiragabadda Telugubidda, Rakthabhisekham were also critically and commercially successful at the boxoffice. In 1989, he paired with Vijaya Shanti in Muddula Mavayya directed Kodi Ramakrishna. The film was a blockbuster at the box-office.[24] Bhale Donga alongside Vijayasanthi and sharada was also success at the boxoffice. In 1990, he acted in Nari Nari Naduma Murari directed by A. Kodandarami Reddy alongside Shobana and Nirosha.[25] The film was a box-office success. In the same year he appeared in B. Gopal's Lorry Driver opposite Vijaya Shanti; the film was a Superhit at the box-office.[26] Talli Tandrulu alongside vijayasanthi was again a success at the boxoffice.

In 1991, he acted in another blockbuster science fiction film Aditya 369 directed by Singeetam Srinivasa Rao. The film is about a time machine that goes into the past and the future. And now they are trying to remake it again[27] This is the only science fiction film in Telugu cinema, during that period of time. He then had two releases in 1992 Dharma Kshetram was an Average and Rowdy Inspector directed by B. Gopal, was a "Super Hit" at the box-office.[28] In the year 1993, balakrishna had two releases on the same day which are Nippu Ravva alongside Shobana and Vijaya Shanti directed by A. Kodandarami Reddy and Bangaru Bullodu alongside Raveena Tandon and Ramya Krishna directed by Ravi Raja Pinisetty,[29] out of which "Bangaru Bullodu" was a super hit.[30] His next appearance was a folk role in Bhairava Dweepam (1994) directed by Singeetam Srinivasa Rao.[31] The film was a critical and commercial success and one of the milestone of his acting career. In Brahmarshi Viswamitra, directed by his father, he played as Satya Harischandra and Dushyanta. Between 1994–1999, he acted in super hit movies like Bobbili Simham, Vamsanikokkadu, Peddannayya and moderate successes like Muddula Mogudu, Maatho Pettukoku, Yuvaratna Rana and Pavitra Prema. In the year 1999, he acted in B. Gopal's action film Samarasimha Reddy opposite Simran and Anjala Zhaveri. The film went on to become one of the biggest hits of Telugu cinema of its time.[32][33]

Recent work (2000–present)[edit]

In 2000, Balakrishna acted in Goppinti Alludu directed by E V V Satyanarayana with Simran. The film was a hit at the box office.[34] In 2001, he starred in B. Gopal's directed faction film Narasimha Naidu opposite Simran. The film broke several box office records and it completed 100 days in as many as 109 centres in the state and neighbouring states and silver jubilee in a record 17 centre.[35][36] He won his first Nandi Award for Best Actor for his performance. In the same year, he appeared in Bhalevadivi Basu with Shilpa Shetty, Anjala Zhaveri which opened to average reviews.[37] His 2002 and 2003 films include Seema Simham, Chennakeshava Reddy neither of which were well received, but the later one did an average business at the box office. In 2004, he performed in a remake of the 2003 Tamil hit Saamy titled Lakshmi Narasimha with Asin Thottumkal. The film and Balakrishna's performance won critical acclaim and was a box office hit.[38][39]

The years from 2005 to 2009 saw a lull in Balayya's career. Action-drama flicks such as Vijayendra Varma, Veerabhadra, Allari Pidugu, Okka Magadu and Maharadhi bombed at the box office.[40] Balakrishna paired with Sneha and Tabu in the mythological movie Panduranga (2008) directed by K. Raghavendra Rao. He played the dual roles of Krishna and Panduranga.[41] Rediff described his performance as "Balakrishna does justice to both the roles of God and Ranga. He shines in the climax of the movie. It's quite a task to step into NTR's shoes but his son has done pretty well, though one does miss NTR in the role of Krishna!".[42] The film was an average success and his performance won him the Santosham Best Actor Award.[43] In the year 2009, he starred in family drama Mithrudu alongside Priyamani in a slightly different role – that of a dependable friend and confidante to the female lead. The film opened to average reviews.[44]

In 2010, he acted in Boyapati Srinu's film Simha alongside Nayantara and Sneha Ullal. NBK played dual roles as father and son. The film opened to positive reviews,[45] and went on to became one of the highest grossing film of the year.[46] A review in Rediff said about his performance "Balakrishna has put in a restrained performance. Though his character is supposed to roar at times, he seems subdued most of the time. But he's given plenty to be pleased about as it is his show all the way."[47] In 2011 he acted in a mythological film Sri Rama Rajyam based on the epic Ramayana.

In 2014, he acted in Boyapati Srinu's film Legend alongside Sonal Chauhan and jagapathi babu. NBK played dual Brother roles. The film turned out to be a Blockbuster and entered into 50 Crore Club

International Film Festival of India (IFFI)[edit]

The Goa Governor, B V Wanchoo, the Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and Balakrishna were seen along with award winners and other dignitaries at the closing ceremony of the 43rd edition of the IFFI. Balakrishna, in his speech, said that although Telugu film industry finds no place in the film festival by way of representation to its films, 80 per cent of the movies that are produced in India are in regional languages, out of which 50 per cent are from South India. "Today, film industry is facing competition from radio, and television as also from piracy," the South Indian superstar stated. He also maintained that the film festivals have enlarged his vision towards his career.[48]

Article on National Geographic[edit]

While shooting SrimanNarayana movie in Switzerland with cast Nandamuri Balakrishna and Ishachawla the National Geopgraphic Traveler Andrew Evans,wrote an article named "Dream Sequence" about the dance sequence on hero and heroine, and he wrote discussions happened with cast and Rengarajan Jaiprakash regarding films and Swiss.[49]

Political entry[edit]

Ever since the Telugu Desam Party formation, Balakrishna always campaigned for it in every election but never entered the electoral battle. He contested in the 2014 Legislative Elections on behalf of TDP and won the Hindupur Assembly Constituency seat with a good majority (16,397).[50] Hindupur, in Anantapur district, has been a TD stronghold since 1983. It was once represented by NTR himself and later for a term by his elder son Nandamuri Harikrishna and Balakrishna will be the third from the family to represent State Assembly.[51]


Nandi Awards
CineMAA Awards
Santosham Film Awards


SNo Movie Name Year of Release Language Banner Director Role
1 Tatamma Kala 1974 Telugu Ramakrishna Studios N.T. Rama Rao Balakrishna
2 Ram Raheem 1974 Telugu RajaLakshmi Combines BA Subba Rao Ramu
3 Annadammula Anubhandam 1975 Telugu GajaLakshmi Chitra SD Lal Naveen
4 Vemulawada Bheemakavi 1975 Telugu Ramakrishna Studios D. Yoganand Vemulawada Bheemakavi
5 Daana Veera Soora Karna 1977 Telugu Ramakrishna Studios N.T. Rama Rao Abhimanyudu
6 Akbar Salim Anarkali 1979 Telugu Ramakrishna Studios N.T. Rama Rao Salim
7 Sri Madvirata Parvam 1979 Telugu Ramakrishna Studios N.T. Rama Rao Abhimanyudu
8 Sri Tirupati Venkateswara Kalyanam 1979 Telugu Ramakrishna Studios N.T. Rama Rao Narada Maharshi
9 Rowdy Ramudu – Konte Krishnudu 1980 Telugu Ramakrishna Studios K. Raghavendra Rao Balakrishna
10 Anuraga Devatha 1982 Telugu Ramakrishna Studios Tatineni Rama Rao Prakash
11 Simham Navvindi 1983 Telugu Ramakrishna Studios D. Yoganand Balakrishna
12 Sahasame Jeevitham 1984 Telugu GajaLakshmi Combines Bharati-Vasu
13 Disco King 1984 Telugu Sri Vishnu Films Tatineni Prasad Balakrishna
14 Janani Janmabhoomi 1984 Telugu Sri Bramharambika Films K. Vishwanath Ramesh
15 Mangammagari Manavadu 1984 Telugu Bhargav Art Productions Kodi Ramakrishna Veeranna
16 Palnati Puli 1984 Telugu Sri Sai Chakra Productions Tatineni Prasad Raju
17 Shrimad Virat Veerabrahmendra Swami Charitra 1984 Telugu Ramakrishna Studios N.T. Rama Rao Saiyad / Sidda
18 Kathanayakudu 1984 Telugu Suresh Productions K Murali Mohana Rao Ravi
19 Atmabhalam 1985 Telugu Sravallu Productions Tatineni Prasad Anand Kumar Bhupathi / Durga Prasad
20 Babai – Abbai 1985 Telugu Ushodaya Movies Jandhyala Bala / Balasubramanyam
21 Bharyabhartala Bhandam 1985 Telugu Jagapathi Art Pictures V. B. Rajendra Prasad Radha
22 Bhale Tammudu 1985 Telugu Sri Satya Chitra Paruchuri Brothers
23 Kattula Kondaiah 1985 Telugu Prasanna Arts SB Chakravarthy Kiran
24 Pattabhishekam 1985 Telugu Ramakrishna Studios K. Raghavendra Rao Balu
25 Nippulanti Manishi 1986 Telugu Sri RajaLakshmi Art Pictures SB Chakravarthy Parasuram
26 Muddula Krishnnayya 1986 Telugu Bhargav Art Productions Kodi Rama Krishna Krishnayah
27 Seetarama Kalyalam 1986 Telugu Yuva Chitra Jandhyala Raja
28 Anasuyammagari Alludu 1986 Telugu Ramakrishna Studios A. Kodandarami Reddy Hari Krishna
29 Desoddarakudu 1986 Telugu VijayaBhaskar Film Productions SS Ravi Chandra Gopi
30 Kaliyuga Krishnudu 1986 Telugu Viswashanthi Enterprises K Muralimohana Rao Mohana Krishna
31 Apurva Sahodarudu 1986 Telugu RK Associates K. Raghavendra Rao Ramu & Arun Kumar (Duelrole)
32 Bhargava Ramudu 1987 Telugu Devi Kamal Movies A. Kodandarami Reddy Bhargav
33 Ramu 1987 Telugu Suresh Productions Y. Nageswara Rao Ramu
34 Allari Krishnaiah 1987 Telugu Vanitha Arts Nandamuri Ramesh Gopala Krishna
35 Sahasa Samrat 1987 Telugu Devi Kamal Movies K. Raghavendra Rao Ramudu
36 Presidentugari Abbai 1987 Telugu Prasad Art Pictures Y Nageswara Rao Rama Krishna
37 Muvva Gopaludu 1987 Telugu Bhargav Art Pictures Kodi Rama Krishna Gopi
38 Bhanumatgari Mogudu 1987 Telugu DVS Enterprises A. Kodandarami Reddy Jaya Krishna
39 Inspector Pratap 1988 Telugu Krishna Chitra Muthyala Subbaiah Inspector Pratap
40 Donga Ramudu 1988 Telugu Gopi Art Pictures K. Raghavendra Rao Rama Krishna
41 Tiragabadda Telugubidda 1988 Telugu Tejaswi Productions A. Kodandarami Reddy Inspector Ravi Teja
42 Bharatamlo Bala Chandrudu 1988 Telugu Jayabheri Arts Kodi Rama Krishna Balachandra
43 Ramudu Bheemudu 1988 Telugu Satyam Cine Enterprizes K Muralimohana Rao Ramudu & Bheemudu (Duelrole)
44 Raktabhishekam 1988 Telugu Rajeev Productions A. Kodandarami Reddy Pardhasaradhi
45 Bhale Donga 1989 Telugu Taraka Rama Productions A. Kodandarami Reddy Surendra
46 Muddula Mavayya 1989 Telugu Bhargav Art Productions Kodi Rama Krishna Raja
47 Ashoka Chakravarthy 1989 Telugu Sri Venkateswara Art Productions SS Ravi Chandra Ashok
48 Bala Gopaludu 1989 Telugu PBR Art Productions Kodi Rama Krishna Bangaru Muvva Bala Gopalam
49 Prananiki Pranam 1990 Telugu Harish Enterprizes Tatineni Rama Rao Raja
50 Nari Nari Naduma Murari 1990 Telugu Yuva Chitra A. Kodandarami Reddy Venteswara Rao
51 Muddula Menalludu 1990 Telugu Bhargav Art Productions Kodi Ramakrishna Raja
52 Lorry Driver 1990 Telugu Jaya Productions B. Gopal Bala Murali
53 Talli Tandrulu 1991 Telugu Prasad Art Pictures Tatineni Rama Rao Anand
54 Brahmashri Vishwamitra 1991 Telugu Basava Tarakam Medical Trust N.T. Rama Rao Satya Hari Chandra &
Dushyanthudu (Dual role)
55 Aditya 369 1991 Telugu Sri Devi Movies Singeetam Srinivasa Rao Sri Krishna Deva Rayalu &
Krishna Kumar (Dual role)
56 Dharma Kshetram 1992 Telugu Sri Rajeev Productions A. Kodandarami Reddy Beneerji
57 Rowdy Inspector 1992 Telugu Vijaya Lakshmi Art Movies B. Gopal Inspector Ramaraju
58 Aswamedham 1992 Telugu Vyjayanthi Movies K. Raghavendra Rao Kireeti
59 Nippu Ravva 1993 Telugu Yuvarathna Arts A. Kodandarami Reddy Suryam
60 Bangaru Bullodu 1993 Telugu Jagapathi Art Pictures Ravi Raja Pinisetty Balakrishna
61 Bhairava Dweepam 1994 Telugu Chandamama Vijaya Combines Singeetam Srinivasa Rao Vijaya
62 Gandeevam 1994 Telugu Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Combines Priyadarshan Raja
63 Bobbili Simham 1994 Telugu Vijaya Lakshmi Art Movies A. Kodandarami Reddy Vijaya Raghava Bhupathi
64 Top Hero 1994 Telugu Sri Chitra Creations S. V. Krishna Reddy Balu
65 Maatho Pettukoku 1995 Telugu Bhargav Art Productions A. Kodandarami Reddy Arjun & Kishtayah (Dual role)
66 'Vamsanikokkadu 1996 Telugu Sri Devi Movies Sarat Raja
67 Sri Krishnarjuna Vijayam 1996 Telugu Chandamama Vijaya Combines Singeetam Srinivasa Rao Lord Krishna & Arjuna (Dual role)
68 Peddannayya 1997 Telugu Rama Krishna Horticultural Cine Studios Sarat Rama Krishna Prasad &
Bhavani Prasad (Dual role)
69 Muddula Mogudu 1997 Telugu Rama Films A. Kodandarami Reddy Vamsi
70 Devudu 1997 Telugu Sri Chitra Creations Ravi Raja Pinisetty Devudu
71 Yuvaratna Rana 1998 Telugu Rudvega Productions A. Kodandarami Reddy Rana / Ramu
72 Pavitra Prema 1998 Telugu Srinivasa Productions Muthyala Subbaiah Manikyam
73 Samarasimha Reddy 1999 Telugu Sri Satya Narayanamma Productions B. Gopal Abbulu / Vaasu / Samarasimha Reddy
74 Sultan 1999 Telugu PBR Art Productions Sarat Sultan & Pruthvi (Dual role)
75 Krishna Babu 1999 Telugu Srinivasa Productions Muthyala Subbaiah Krishna Babu
76 Vamsoddarakudu 2000 Telugu Gayatri Films Sarat Suryam
77 Goppinti Alludu 2000 Telugu Rama Krishna Horticultural Cine Studios E V V Satyanarayana Murali Manohar / Bheemudu
78 Narasimha Naidu 2001 Telugu Sri Venkat Ramana Productions B. Gopal Narasimha Naidu
79 Bhalevadivi Basu 2001 Telugu Sri Devi Movies P. A. Arun Prasad Sagar / Prabhu
80 Seema Simham 2002 Telugu Balaji Creations G.Ram Prasad Durga Prasad
81 Chennakeshava Reddy 2002 Telugu Sri Sai Ganesh Productions V. V. Vinayak Chennakesava Reddy & Bharat (Dual role)
82 Palnati Bramhanaidu 2003 Telugu Sri Venkat Ramana Productions B. Gopal SSS Bhavani Prasad
83 Lakshmi Narasimha 2004 Telugu Sri Sai Ganesh Productions Jayanth C. Paranjee DCP Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy
84 Vijayendra Varma 2004 Telugu Aditya Productions Swarna Subba Rao Major Vijayendra Varma
85 Allari Pidugu 2005 Telugu PBR Art Productions Jayanth C. Paranjee ACP Ranjeeth Kumar & Giri (Dual role)
86 Veerabhadra 2006 Telugu Ambica Cinema Productions A.S. Ravi Kumar Chowdary Murali Krishna
87 Maharadhi 2007 Telugu Sri Lalitha Kalanjali Productions P. Vasu Bala/Krishna/Krish/Balayya/Balakrishna
88 Okka Magadu 2008 Telugu Bommarillu YVS Chowdary Raghupathi Raghava Rajaram &
Veera Venkata Satyanayana Swamy (Dual role)
89 Pandurangadu 2008 Telugu R.K. Film Associates K. Raghavendra Rao Lord Krishna & Pundarika Ranganadhudu (Dual role)
90 Mitrudu 2009 Telugu Vaishnavi Cinema Mahadev Aditya
91 Simha 2010 Telugu United Movies Boyapati Srinu Dr.Narasimha & Prof.Srimannarayana (Dual role)
92 Parama Veera Chakra 2011 Telugu Teja Cinema Dasari Narayana Rao Major Jayasimha & Hero Chakradhar (Dual role)
93 Sri Rama Rajyam 2011 Telugu Sri Saibaba Movies Bapu Lord Srirama
94 Adhinayakudu 2012 Telugu Sri Keerthi Creations Paruchuri Murali Hari Chandra Prasad,
Rama Krishna Prasad &
Bobby (Triple role)
95 Uu Kodathara? Ulikki Padathara? 2012 Telugu Manchu Entertainment Sekhar Raja Rudramaneni Narasimha Rayudu
96 Srimannarayana 2012 Telugu Yellow Flowers Ravi Chavali Srimannarayana
97 Legend 2014 Telugu 14 Reels Entertainment / Varahi Chalana Chitram Boyapati Srinu Jaidev & Krishna (Dual role)
98 Godse 2014 Telugu SLV Cinemas Satya Dev Yet to be revealed by makers


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