Amala (actress)

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Amala Akkineni
Amala at Life is beautiful promo by post noon.jpg
Amala at TeachAIDS launch in 2010
Born Amala Mukherjee
(1968-09-24) 24 September 1968 (age 46)
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Residence Hyderabad, Telangana India
Alma mater Kalakshetra
Occupation Actress
social activist
Years active 1986–1991
2012–present
Spouse(s)
Children Akhil Akkineni (b.1994)
Relatives Naga Chaitanya Akkineni
(step-son)
Nageswara Rao Akkineni
(father-in-law)

Amala Akkineni (born Amala Mukherjee) is an Indian film actress, Bharata Natyam dancer, and an animal welfare activist.[1][2] She is best known for her works in Tamil cinema, and Telugu cinema. She has also starred in few Malayalam, Kannada, and bollywood films. She has won two Filmfare Awards South, and a CineMAA Award.[1] Amala is the Co-founder of Blue Cross of Hyderabad,[3] a non-government organisation (NGO) in Hyderabad, India, which works towards the welfare of animals and preservation of animal rights in India.[4][5]

Early life[edit]

Amala with husband Nagarjuna and son Akkineni Akhil. Step son Naga Chaitanya (far left)

Amala was born in Kolkata to a Bengali speaking father, a Naval officer and an Irish mother.[6][7] She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Bharata Natyam from Kalakshetra college of fine arts, founded by Rukmini Devi Arundale. She gave many live performances worldwide.[8][9] She was subsequently persuaded to join films by T. Rajender who visited her home with his sister and convinced her mother to let her act in the film which would be a classical film featuring her Bharat Natyam dancing.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Amala is married to Telugu Film actor Akkineni Nagarjuna in 1992 and the couple have a son, Akhil and currently they live in Hyderabad.[9] She is the step-mother of actor Naga Chaitanya Akkineni.[11]

Career[edit]

Amala made her debut in a Tamil film titled Mythili Ennai Kaathali directed by Vijaya T. Rajendar, which was a big box office hit. Winning overnight fame, she charmed cinegoers in a flurry of fifty films. She acted in a number of Tamil box office hits. She acted with her future husband Akkineni Nagarjuna in hits like Nirnayam and Siva. She received Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam for her acting in the film Ulladakkam

She quit acting in 1992 following her marriage to Nagarjuna, but made a comeback in 2012 with the Telugu film Life is Beautiful.[12] She received a CineMAA Award for Best Outstanding Actress and Telugu category Film Fare Award for best supporting actress in 2013 for Life is Beautiful.

Awards[edit]

Filmfare Awards South
CineMAA Awards

Filmography[edit]

Tamil cinema[edit]

Year Film Co-stars Role
1986 Mythili Ennai Kaathali T. Rajendar Mythili
Mella Thirandhathu Kadhavu Mohan, Radha Noorjahan
Panneer Nathigal Sivakumar
Kanne Kaniyamuthe Rahman
Oru Iniya Udhayam Vijayakanth
Unnai Ondru Ketpen Mohan
1987 Velaikaran Rajinikanth Kaushalya
Poopoova Poothirukku Prabhu
Koottu Puzhukkal Raghuvaran
Vedham Pudhithu Sathyaraj Vaidehi
Kavithai Pada Neramillai Raguvaran
Idhu Oru Thodarkathai Mohan
Pesum Padam Kamal Hassan Magician's daughter
1988 Agni Natchathiram Prabhu, Karthik Anjali
Kodi Parakuthu Rajinikanth
Sathya Kamal Hassan
Jeeva Sathyaraj
Illam Sivakumar
Kaliyugam Prabhu
1989 Mappillai Rajinikanth Geetha
Varam Prabhu
Nalaya Manithan Prabhu
Uthama Purushan Prabhu Rekha
Vetri Vizha Kamal Hassan, Prabhu Lalitha
1990 Pudhu Padagan Vijaykanth Devi
Mounam Sammadham Mammooty, Y. Gee. Mahendra Hema
1991 Vaasalile Oru Vennila Nizhalgal Ravi Kamal
Karpura Mullai Raja Maya Vinodini

Telugu cinema[edit]

Year Film Co-star Role
1987 Kirai Dada Nagarjuna
1988 Raktha Tilakam Venkatesh
Chinna Babu Nagarjuna
1989 Siva Nagarjuna
1990 Raja Vikramarka Chiranjeevi
Prema Yuddham Nagarjuna
Aggiramudu Venkatesh
1991 Nirnayam Nagarjuna
1991 Aagraham Rajashekar
2012 Life is Beautiful
2014 Manam Nagarjuna Cameo

Hindi cinema[edit]

Year Film Co-star
1988 Dayavan Aditya Pancholi
Kab Tak Chupe Rahungi Aditya Pancholi
1989 Dost Mithun Chakraborty
Jurrat Kumar Gaurav
1990 Shiva Nagarjuna
2013 Listen... Amaya
2015 Hamari Adhuri Kahani

Kannada cinema[edit]

Year Film Co-star
1988 Pushpaka Vimana Kamal Hassan
1990 Bannada Gejje V. Ravichandran
1991 Ksheera Saagara Kumar Bangarappa
Belliyappa Bangarappa Kumar Bangarappa

Malayalam cinema[edit]

Year Film Co-star Role
1991 Ente Sooryaputhrikku Suresh Gopi Maya Vinodini
1991 Ulladakkam Mohanlal Reshma

Television[edit]

Year Series/Show Role Language Channel
2010 Super Mom Judge Tamil STAR Vijay
2014–2015 Uyirmai Tamil Zee Tamil

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sangeetha Devi Dundoo. "Amala Akkineni : Behind the glamour of cinema". The Hindu. 
  2. ^ S.B.VIJAYA MARY. "Amala for a fit mind, body". The Hindu. 
  3. ^ "Blue Cross of Hyderabad – The Team". Blue Cross of Hyderabad. 26 January 2011. Retrieved 26 January 2011. 
  4. ^ S.B. Vijaya Mary. "‘I treasure my quiet time’: Amala Akkineni". The Hindu. 
  5. ^ T.Lalith Singh. "Respect saniation workers, Amala Akkineni tells people". The Hindu. 
  6. ^ Subhash K Jha (17 June 2015). "Amala Akkineni On Her Return To Acting". SKJ Bollywood News. 
  7. ^ SUBHA J RAO. "The measure of a woman". The Hindu. 
  8. ^ "February ’13 – Crusading for a cause". RITZ. 
  9. ^ a b "A day in the life of Amala Akkineni". The Times of India. 
  10. ^ "Amala". Gorantha Deepam. 24 June 2011. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  11. ^ Himalayan Academy. "A Kinder Vision". hinduismtoday.com. 
  12. ^ "Amala Akkineni makes comeback with 'Life Is Beautiful'". Retrieved 1 September 2012. 

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