Nani at the Makkhi release function in 2012.
|Born||Naveen Babu Ghanta
February 24, 1981
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
|Residence||Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India|
|Occupation||Actor, Producer, Assistant Director, RJ|
Naveen Babu Ghanta (born 24 February 1981), better known by his stage name Nani, is a South Indian actor who stars in Telugu and Tamil films. After his education, he became an assistant director and worked with Srinu Vaitla and Bapu, before working as an RJ for World Space Satellite in Hyderabad. An advertisement, featuring him, led to his first acting assignment in Ashta Chamma.
Nani was born and brought up in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. He did his schooling from St. Alphonsa's High School and studied in Narayana Junior College, S.R Nagar before graduating from Wesley’s. Nani got engaged on 12 August 2012, to his girlfriend of five years, Anjana Yelavarthy. Speaking to Hyderabad Times, the actor said, "We exchanged rings in a simple ceremony in Vizag that was attended by both our families." They got married on 27 October 2012, in a private ceremony in Vizag.
During his graduation, Nani got "addicted to movies", citing Mani Ratnam as a big influence on him. He wanted to become a director; thanks to producer Anil, who was a distant relative of his, Nani could join director Bapu as a "clap director" for the film Radha Gopalam that Anil was producing at that time. He then worked for films including Allari Bullodu, Dhee and Asthram.
Nani took a sabbatical to work on a film script. Nandini Reddy, a friend who was then working as a radio jockey for World Space Satellite, offered Nani work as an RJ. He accepted and worked for one year, did a programme called "Non-Stop Nani". He was offered the film Ashta Chamma also starring Swati Reddy, when the film's director Mohan Krishna Indraganti noticed him in an advertisement. His second film Ride was produced by Bellamkonda Suresh. His first release in 2011 Ala Modalaindi was a romantic comedy written and directed by Nandini Reddy who was his best friend. It was told that many of the scenes in the movie are inspired from the life of Nani and Nandini Reddy. Nani's performance in the film received positive reviews, with critics noting that he was "completely natural" and "living [his] role". Simultaneously he did a Tamil movie veppam with his friend Anjana as director. In 2011 another Nani's movie Pilla Zamindar was released. Nani and Srinivas Avasarala are once again seen together in this film after Ashta Chemma. Nani's latest release was S. S. Rajamouli's live action project Eega which was a megahit. His recent movie as of late 2012 that hit the screens was Yeto Vellipoyindhi Manasu opposite Samantha.
Presently, Nani is working with creative director Pasupuleti Krishna Vamsi for the movie Paisa and with Samuthirakani for the movie Janda Pai Kapiraju. Nani recently turned producer for the film D for Dopidi which is co-produced by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.. He has also lent his voice for this film that stars Sundeep Kishan and Varun Sandesh as the lead roles.
|2008||Ashta Chamma||Ram Babu / Mahesh||Telugu|
|2010||Bheemli Kabadi Jattu||Suri||Telugu|
|2011||Veppam||Karthik||Tamil||Vijay Award for Best Debut Actor
Nominated—SIIMA Award for Best Male Debutant
|2011||Pilla Zamindar||Praveen Jayaramaraju||Telugu|
|2012||Yeto Vellipoyindhi Manasu||Varun Krishnan||Telugu|
|2012||Neethaane En Ponvasantham||Tamil||Special appearance|
|2013||Janda Pai Kapiraju||Telugu||Filming|
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