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Nandamuri Balakrishna
Nandamuri Balakrishna.jpg
Born (1960-06-10) 10 June 1960 (age 53)
Madras, Madras State, India
Residence Film Nagar, Hyderabad, India
Other names

Nata Simha[1]

Yuga Star, Yuva Ratna, NBK, Narasimha, Balayya, Balayya Babu, Nata Simham
Alma mater Nizam College, Hyderabad
  • Actor
  • Politician
Years active 1974 – 1980 – present
Spouse(s) Vasundhara Devi (m. 1982)
  • Nara Brahmani
  • Mathukumilli Tejaswini
  • Nandamuri Mokshagna Teja

Nandamuri Balakrishna (born 10 June 1960) is an Indian film actor and politician, who works predominantly in Telugu cinema.[2] 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.[3][4] 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 2013, In his film career, spanning thirty nine years, he has acted in ninety eight films, in a variety of roles.[5]

He has won two Andhra Pradesh State Nandi Awards and one Filmfare Award in his entire film career. He 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.[7][8] He is also the chairman of the trust board of his father's cancer hospital, The Basavatarakam Indo-American Cancer Hospital & 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 N. T. 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 former 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 a disappointment 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 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 2008 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.

International Film Festival of India (IFFI)[edit]

The Goa Governor, Mr B V Wanchoo, the Chief Minister Mr Manohar Parrikar and well-known actor of Telugu films, Nandamuri Balakrishna are seen along with award winners and other dignitaries at closing ceremony of the 43rd edition of the IFFI on Friday.

The well-known actor of Telugu films, Nandamuri Balakrishna, who was the chief guest at the event, presented the award to the director of the film, Gurvinder Singh and its producer, the National Films Development Corporation.

Earlier, 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]

Social Service[edit]

Film actor and TDP leader Nandamuri Balakrishna has announced that he will soon set up the Nandamuri Balakrishna (NBK) Seva Samiti to complement the service activities taken up by the NTR Memorial Trust.

Inaugurating a mineral water plant set up by the NTR Memorial Trust at his father NT Rama Rao’s birthplace, Nimmakuru, in Krishna district on Saturday, Balakrishna recalled that his father had offered a clean governance in the state. He also said that the NTR Trust was taking up several service activities and that he would like to extend more services by setting up the NBK Seva Samiti with the support of his fans. “My fans would offer services during the natural calamities and disasters” he added.

Balakrishna performed the puja at Sri Venkateswara Swamy temple in the village on the occasion of Vaikunta Ekadasi. Later, he garlanded the statues of his parents late NT Rama Rao and Basavatharakam.

Balakrishna also interacted with local TDP leaders. His visit assumed some political importance as he had, on an earlier occasion, announced that he would contest the Assembly elections if the party so desired.


Bala krishna shooting controversy[edit]

Sri. Nandamuri Bala krishna was involved in shooting controversy. The incident took place on June 3, 2004 around 20:50 hrs at his residence in Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad. It is alleged that the actor has fired shots at the producer B.Suresh and his associate, Satyanarayana Chowdhary. Later both the wounded were admitted into Apollo hospital.[51] The circumstances under which the case was handled led to much controversy as purported by the Human Right Forum (HRF). The HRF has questioned the authenticity of people who handled the case, and the circumstances under which the actor was shielded from police by giving refuge in the CARE Hospital with out any justifiable cause.[52] The two victims have given statements before the magistrate alleging that actor Sri.Nandamuri Bala krishna has fired shots at them during their treatment in the hospital but soon they were retracted and made volte-face of their earlier statements.[53] The actor was arrested later on June 6 at around 3:30 AM and produced before fifth Metropolitan Magistrate. A show cause notice was also served on Sri. Nandamuri Bala Krishna's wife Smt. Vasundhara Devi (married: 1982) as the weapon used was licensed under her name and she could not give sufficient protection to her licensed weapon. But later the actor was granted bail.[54]


Nandi Awards
Filmfare Awards South
CineMAA Awards
Santosham Film Awards
TSR-TV9 Film Awards
Other Awards
  • Award for Best Child Actor - Thathamma Kala[62]
  • Samman Award - Highest taxpayer in the charge of Commissioner of Income Tax.[63]
  • Bharata Muni award for Best Actor of the year 2009 – Pandurangadu
  • Bharata Muni award Best Actor of the year 2010 – Simha[64]
  • Bharata Muni award Best Actor of the year 2011 – Sri Rama Rajyam[65]
  • A.P. CINE Goers Association Best Actor Award – Narasimha Naidu[66] Chennakesava Reddy[67] and Pandurangadu.[68]
  • Akkineni Abhinaya Puraskaram for the year 2007[69]


SNo Movie Name Year of Release Language Banner Director Notes
1 Tatamma Kala 1974 Telugu Ramakrishna Studios D Yoganand
2 Ram Raheem 1974 Telugu RajaLakshmi Combines BA Subba Rao
3 Annadammula Anubhandam 1975 Telugu GajaLakshmi Chitra SD Lal
4 Vemulawada Bheemakavi 1975 Telugu Ramakrishna Studios D Yoganand
5 Daana Veera Soora Karna 1977 Telugu Ramakrishna Studios N.T. Rama Rao
6 Akbar Salim Anarkali 1979 Telugu Tarakarama Film Unit N.T. Rama Rao
7 Sri Madvirata Parvam 1979 Telugu Ramakrishna Studios N.T. Rama Rao
8 Sri Tirupati Venkateswara Kalyanam 1979 Telugu Ramakrishna Studios N.T. Rama Rao
9 Rowdy Ramudu – Konte Krishnudu 1980 Telugu Ramakrishna Studios K. Raghavendra Rao
10 Anuraga Devatha 1982 Telugu Ramakrishna Studios Tatineni Rama Rao
11 Simham Navvindi 1983 Telugu Ramakrishna Studios D. Yoganand
12 Sahasame Jeevitham 1984 Telugu GajaLakshmi Combines Bharati-Vasu
13 Disco King 1984 Telugu Sri Vishnu Films Tatineni Prasad Remake of Hindi film Disco Dancer
14 Janani Janmabhoomi 1984 Telugu Sri Bramharambika Films K. Vishwanath
15 Mangammagari Manavadu 1984 Telugu Bhargav Art Productions Kodi Ramakrishna Remake of Mann Vasanai
16 Palnati Puli 1984 Telugu Sri Sai Chakra Productions Tatineni Prasad
17 Shrimad Virat Veerabrahmendra Swami Charitra 1984 Telugu Ramakrishna Studios N.T. Rama Rao
18 Kathanayakudu 1984 Telugu Suresh Productions K Murali Mohana Rao
19 Atmabhalam 1985 Telugu Sravallu Productions Tatineni Prasad Remake of Karz
20 Babai – Abbai 1985 Telugu Ushodaya Movies Jandhyala
21 Bharyabhartala Bhandam 1985 Telugu Jagapathi Art Pictures VB Rajendra Prasad
22 Bhale Tammudu 1985 Telugu Sri Satya Chitra Paruchuri Brothers
23 Kattula Kondaiah 1985 Telugu Prasanna Arts SB Chakravarthy
24 Pattabhishekam 1985 Telugu Ramakrishna Studios K. Raghavendra Rao
25 Nippulanti Manishi 1986 Telugu Sri RajaLakshmi Art Pictures SB Chakravarthy Remake of Qayamat
26 Muddula Krishnnayya 1986 Telugu Bhargav Art Productions Kodi Rama Krishna
27 Seetarama Kalyalam 1986 Telugu Yuva Chitra Jandhyala
28 Anasuyammagari Alludu 1986 Telugu Ramakrishna Studios A. Kodandarami Reddy
29 Desoddarakudu 1986 Telugu VijayaBhaskar Film Productions SS Ravi Chandra
30 Kaliyuga Krishnudu 1986 Telugu Viswashanthi Enterprises K Muralimohana Rao
31 Apurva Sahodarudu 1986 Telugu RK Associates K. Raghavendra Rao
32 Bhargava Ramudu 1987 Telugu Devi Kamal Movies A Kodandarami Reddy
33 Ramu 1987 Telugu Suresh Productions Y. Nageswara Rao
34 Allari Krishnaiah 1987 Telugu Vanitha Arts Nandamuri Ramesh
35 Sahasa Samrat 1987 Telugu Devi Kamal Movies K. Raghavendra Rao
36 Presidentugari Abbai 1987 Telugu Prasad Art Pictures Y Nageswara Rao
37 Muvva Gopaludu 1987 Telugu Bhargav Art Pictures Kodi Rama Krishna
38 Bhanumatgari Mogudu 1987 Telugu DVS Enterprises Y Nageswara Rao
39 Inspector Pratap 1988 Telugu Krishna Chitra Muthyala Subbaiah
40 Donga Ramudu 1988 Telugu Gopi Art Pictures K Raghavendra Rao
41 Tiragabadda Telugubidda 1988 Telugu Tejaswi Productions A Kodandarami Reddy
42 Bharatamlo Bala Chandrudu 1988 Telugu Jayabheri Arts Kodi Rama Krishna
43 Ramudu Bheemudu 1988 Telugu Satyam Cine Enterprizes K Muralimohana Rao
44 Raktabhishekam 1988 Telugu Rajeev Productions A Kodandarami Reddy
45 Bhale Donga 1989 Telugu Taraka Rama Productions A Kodandarami Reddy
46 Muddula Mavayya 1989 Telugu Bhargav Art Productions Kodi Rama Krishna Remake of En Thangachi Padichava
47 Ashoka Chakravarthy 1989 Telugu Sri Venkateswara Art Productions SS Ravi Chandra Remake of Malayalam film Aryan
48 Bala Gopaludu 1989 Telugu PB Art Productions Kodi Rama Krishna
49 Prananiki Pranam 1990 Telugu Harish Enterprizes Tatineni Rama Rao
50 Nari Nari Naduma Murari 1990 Telugu Yuva Chitra A. kodandarami Reddy
51 Muddula Menalludu 1990 Telugu Bhargav Art Productions Kodi Ramakrishna
52 Lorry Driver 1990 Telugu Jaya Productions B. Gopal
53 Talli Tandrulu 1991 Telugu Prasad Art Pictures Tatineni Rama Rao
54 Brahmashri Vishwamitra 1991 Telugu Basava Tarakam Medical Trust N.T. Rama Rao
55 Aditya 369 1991 Telugu Sri Devi Movies Singeetam Srinivasa Rao
56 Dharma Kshetram 1992 Telugu Sri Rajeev Productions A Kodandarami Reddy
57 Rowdy Inspector 1992 Telugu Vijaya Lakshmi Art Movies B. Gopal
58 Aswamedham 1992 Telugu Vyjayanthi Movies K Raghavendra Rao
59 Nippu Ravva 1993 Telugu Yuvarathna Arts A. Kodandarami Reddy
60 Bangaru Bullodu 1993 Telugu Jagapathi Art Pictures Raviraja Pinisetty
61 Bhairava Dweepam 1994 Telugu Chandamama Vijaya Combines Singeetam Srinivasa Rao
62 Gandeevam 1994 Telugu Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Combines Priya Darshan
63 Bobbili Simham 1994 Telugu Vijaya Lakshmi Art Movies A Kodandarami Reddy
64 Top Hero 1994 Telugu Sri Chitra Creations S. V. Krishna Reddy
65 Maatho Pettukoku 1995 Telugu Bhargav Art Productions A Kodandarami Reddy
66 'Vamsanikokkadu 1996 Telugu Sri Devi Movies Sarat v
67 Sri Krishnarjuna Vijayam 1996 Telugu Chandamama Vijaya Combines Singeetam Srinivasa Rao
68 Peddannayya 1997 Telugu Rama Krishna Horticultural Cine Studios Sarat
69 Muddula Mogudu 1997 Telugu Rama Films A Kodandarami Reddy
70 Devudu 1997 Telugu Sri Chitra Creations Raviraja Pinisetty
71 Yuvaratna Rana 1998 Telugu Rudvega Productions A Kodandarami Reddy
72 Pavitra Prema 1998 Telugu Srinivasa Productions Muthyala Subbaiah
73 Samarasimha Reddy 1999 Telugu Sri Satya Narayanamma Productions B. Gopal
74 Sultan 1999 Telugu PB Arts Sarat
75 Krishna Babu 1999 Telugu Srinivasa Productions Muthyala Subbaiah
76 Vamsoddarakudu 2000 Telugu Gayatri Films Sarat
77 Goppinti Alludu 2000 Telugu Rama Krishna Horticultural Cine Studios E V V Satyanarayana
78 Narasimha Naidu 2001 Telugu Sri Venkat Ramana Productions B. Gopal
79 Bhalevadivi Basu 2001 Telugu Sri Devi Movies PA Arun Prasad
80 Seema Simham 2002 Telugu Balaji Creations Ram Prasad
81 Chennakeshava Reddy 2002 Telugu Sri Sai Ganesh Productions V. V. Vinayak
82 Palnati Bramhanaidu 2003 Telugu Sri Venkat Ramana Productions B. Gopal
83 Lakshmi Narasimha 2004 Telugu Sri Sai Ganesh Productions Jayanth C. Paranjee
84 Vijayendra Varma 2004 Telugu Aditya Productions Swarna Subba Rao
85 Allari Pidugu 2005 Telugu PB Arts Jayanth C. Paranjee
86 Veerabhadra 2006 Telugu Ambica Cinema Productions A.S. Ravi Kumar Chowdary
87 Maharadhi 2007 Telugu Sri Lalitha Kalanjali Productions P. Vasu
88 Okka Magadu 2008 Telugu Bommarillu YVS Chowdary
89 Pandurangadu 2008 Telugu R.K. Film Associates K. Raghavendra Rao
90 Mitrudu 2009 Telugu Vaishnavi Cinema Mahadev
91 Simha 2010 Telugu United Movies Boyapati Srinu
92 Parama Veera Chakra 2011 Telugu Teja Cinema Dasari Narayana Rao
93 Sri Rama Rajyam 2011 Telugu Sri Saibaba Movies Bapu
94 Adhinayakudu 2012 Telugu Sri Keerthi Creations Paruchuri Murali
95 Uu Kodathara? Ulikki Padathara? 2012 Telugu Manchu Entertainment Sekhar Raja
96 Srimannarayana[70] 2012 Telugu Yellow Flowers Ravi Chavali
97 Legend 2014 Telugu 14 Reels Entertainment
Vaarahi Chalana Chitram
Boyapati Srinu


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