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Akkineni Nagarjuna
Akkineni Nagarjuna at TeachAIDS India Launch 2010.jpg
Nagarjuna at TeachAIDS launch in 2010
Born Akkineni Nagarjuna
(1959-08-29) August 29, 1959 (age 54)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Residence Film Nagar, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
Nationality Indian
Ethnicity Telugu
Alma mater Anna University
Eastern Michigan University
Occupation Actor, Producer, Businessman
Years active 1986–present
  • Lakshmi Ramanaidu Daggubati
    (m.1984–1990; divorced (1 child))
    Amala Akkineni
    (m.1992–present; (1 child))
Children Naga Chaitanya Akkineni
Akhil Akkineni
Parents Nageswara Rao Akkineni
Annapurna Akkineni
Relatives Sumanth (nephew)
Sushanth (nephew)
Ramanaidu Daggubati
(paternal uncle)
Venkatesh Daggubati
(paternal cousin)
Suresh Babu Daggubati
(paternal cousin)
Rana Daggubati (2nd nephew)

Nagarjuna Akkineni is an Indian film actor and producer who works primarily in the Telugu Cinema. He has acted in over ninety films as an actor in a lead, supporting and cameo roles, including Bollywood and Tamil films. He has received two National Film Awards, nine state Nandi Awards and three Filmfare Awards South. He received critical reception for his performance in Biographical films. He enacted the roles of 15th century composer Annamacharya in the 1997 film Annamayya, a 17th-century composer Kancherla Gopanna in the 2006 film Sri Ramadasu and Sai Baba of Shirdi in the 2012 film Shirdi Sai.[1]

In 1989, he was starred in the Maniratnam directed Romantic drama film, Geetanjali, which won the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment. In the same year, he acted in Siva, an action blockbuster directed by Ram Gopal Varma. In 1990, he subsequently made his Bollywood debut with the Hindi remake of the same film titled Shiva, which was premièred at International Film Festival of India. In 1997, he received the National Film Award for producing Ninne Pelladata. In 1998, He received the National Film Award-Special Jury Award for his performance in the historical film Annamayya.

Along with his brother, Venkat Akkineni, Nagarjuna is the co-owner of the Production company, Annapurna Studios and is the president of the non-profit film school Annapurna International School of Film and Media based in Hyderabad.[2][3][4] He is the co-founder of Blue Cross of Hyderabad, a registered society recognized by the Animal Welfare Board of India.[5] He was listed #56 in Forbes India top 100 Celebrities for the year 2012.[6] In 2013, he has represented Cinema of South India at the Delhi Film Festival's 100 Years of Indian Cinema's celebration, alongside Ramesh Sippy and Vishal Bharadwaj from Bollywood.[7] As of 2013, He is the co-owner of Mumbai Masters of Indian Badminton League along with Sunil Gavaskar, and Mahi Racing Team India along with Mahendra Singh Dhoni.[8]

Early life and Family[edit]

Nagarjuna was born on 29 August 1959 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India to veteran actor Nageswara Rao Akkineni and Annapoorna Akkineni. The family later moved to Hyderabad where he attended the Hyderabad Public School and Little Flower Junior College. He got his Bachelor of Engineering from the College of Engineering, Guindy. He completed M.S. in Automobile Engineering from Eastern Michigan University.[9][10] He is the spouse of actress Amala Akkineni, the father of actor Naga Chaitanya Akkineni

Acting career[edit]

Nagarjuna acted as a child artist in the 1967 Telugu film Sudigundalu directed by veteran Adurthi Subbarao. Years later he made his debut as a lead actor through the 1986 Telugu film Vikram directed by V. Madhusudhana Rao.

In 1988, he starred in Aakhari Poratam directed by K. Raghavendra Rao where he was paired opposite Sridevi and Suhasini. In 1989, he was starred in the Maniratnam directed Romantic-drama, Geetanjali which became a major box-office success and was critically acclaimed. The film went on to win the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment in 1990.

In the same year, Nagarjuna acted in Siva, an action blockbuster directed by Ram Gopal Varma. In 1990, he subsequently made his Bollywood debut with the Hindi remake of the same film titled Shiva. He followed it up with hit action films like Killer, Chaithanya and Nirnayam working with eminent directors such as Fazil and Priyadarshan. Other films which were released in the subsequent years include President Gari Pellam, Varasudu, Gharana Bullodu and Allari Alludu.

In 1994 he starred in a Hindi-Telugu bilingual Criminal directed by Mahesh Bhatt. The same year he ventured into comedy for the first time with Hello Brother. It was later remade into Hindi as Judwaa and dubbed into Tamil.In 1996, Nagarjuna starred and produced Ninne Pelladata, which was directed by Krishna Vamsi. The movie won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu and Filmfare Award for Best Film - Telugu that's his first Filmfare Award as a producer. The next year, Nagarjuna acted in Annamayya where he portrayed the role of Annamacharya, a 15th-century Telugu singer and poet, won him his Filmfare Best Actor Award and his first Nandi Award for Best Actor. His subsequent releases were Nuvvu Vastavani, Ninne Premistha and Azad.

He was starred in the romantic comedies such as Santosham, Manmadhudu, and Shivamani as well. He produced Satyam in 2003, that starred his nephew Sumanth.In 2004, Nagarjuna had two releases, Nenunnanu and Mass. The latter was produced by Nagarjuna and directed by choreographer Lawrence Raghavendra. In 2005, Nagarjuna acted in and produced Super. In 2006, he starred in Sri Ramadasu, his second period film based on the 18th-century Telugu composer of the same name.[11] Nagarjuna received the Nandi Award for Best actor for the film. In December 2007, he appeared in Don and a year later, he appeared in King alongside Trisha Krishnan and Srihari.

In the year 2010, he had releases such as Kedi and Ragada. His latest film Gaganam was released on 11 February 2011. Its Tamil version was titled Payanam. In 2011 Nagarjuna signed three movies in a row. They are Rajanna,[12] Damarukam and Shirdi Sai.[13] He completed to new films Greekuveerudu starring nayanatara oppposite to him and this is an average on the box office and his next release is Bhai which is a disaster starring richa gangopodyay oppsite to him.[14] In 2014, Nagarjuna, would be appearing in the family drama, Manam, and a film to be directed by Mani Ratnam, that revolves around a female protagonist Aishwarya Rai, along with Mahesh Babu.[15]

Television production[edit]

Nagarjuna made his début as a television producer in 2009 with the serial Yuva.[16] He is the brand ambassador for HIV/AIDS .He is one of the major shareholders of the television channel Maa TV.[17]


Nagarjuna, with his wife Amala, is the co-founder of Blue Cross of Hyderabad,[18] a non-government organization (NGO) in Hyderabad, India, which works towards the welfare of animals and preservation of animal rights. He is also involved in some of the welfare programs undertaken by the MAA TV association.[19] In 2010, he starred in an HIV/AIDS animated software tutorial created by TeachAIDS, a nonprofit founded at Stanford University.[20]


Nagarjuna currently endorses Kalyan Jewellers in Andhra Pradesh.[21]


National Film Awards
Nandi Awards
Filmfare Awards South
South Indian International Movie Awards
CineMAA Awards
Other Awards
  • 1990 - Cinema Express Award for Shiva
  • 1996 - Akruthi Film Award for Ninne Pelladata
  • 1997 - Screen Videocon Award for Annamayya
  • 2000 - Andhra Pradesh Film Journalists Association Award for Azad
  • 2011- TSR Kala Ratna Award
Bharatamuni Awards
Vamsee Berkeley Awards
  • 1986 - Best Actor for Vikram
  • 1990 - Best Actor for Shiva
AP Cinegoers Awards


As actor[edit]

S.no Year Title Director Heroine Name of Character Co-stars Notes
1 1967 Sudigundalu Akkineni Nageswara Rao Cameo
2 1986 Vikram V. Madhusudhan Rao Shobhana Vikram / Murali Remake of Hindi Movie Hero
3 1986 Captain Nagarjun V. B. Rajendra Prasad Khusboo Nagarjun Rajendra Prasad
4 1987 Aranyakanda Kranthi Kumar Aswini Chaitanya Rajendra Prasad, Radhika
5 1987 Majnu Dasari Narayana Rao Rajani Rajesh
6 1987 Sankeertana Geeta Krishna Ramya Krishna Kaasi Sarath Babu
7 1987 Collector Gari Abbai B.Gopal Rajani Ravi Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Sharada
8 1987 Agni Putrudu K.Raghavendra Rao Rajani Kalidaasu Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Sivaji Ganesan, Sharada
9 1987 Kirai Dada A. Kodandarami Reddy Khusboo, Amala Vijay Krishnam Raju, Jayasudha
10 1988 Aakhari Poratam K.Raghavendra Rao Sridevi, Suhasini Vihari Amrish Puri
11 1988 Chinnababu A.Mohan Gandhi Amala Akkineni Venu Gopal Mohan Babu
12 1988 Raogarillu Taruni XXXXXXXXX Akkineni Nagarjuna Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Jayasudha , Revathi Cameo Appearance
13 1988 Murali Krishnudu Kodi Ramakrishna Rajani Murali Krishna Mohan Babu
14 1988 Janaki Ramudu K.Raghavendra Rao Vijayashanti Ramudu / Ranga Mohan Babu
15 1989 Vijay B.Gopal Vijayashanti Vijay Mohan Babu, Jayasudha
16 1989 Vicky Daada A. Kodandarami Reddy Radha, Juhi Chawla Vikram Kanada Prabhakar
17 1989 Geetanjali Mani Ratnam Girija Prakash Silk Smitha
18 1989 Agni K.Raghavendra Rao Shantipriya Pavan Kumar
19 1989 Shiva Ram Gopal Varma Amala Akkineni Shiva Kumar Raghuvaran, J. D. Chakravarthy
20 1990 Prema Yuddham S.V.Rajendra Singh Babu Amala Akkineni Kalyan Mohan Babu
21 1990 Neti Siddhartha Kranthi Kumar Shobhana, Ayesha Jhulka Siddhartha Krishnam Raju
22 1990 Iddaru Iddare A. Kodandarami Reddy Ramya Krishna Ravi Akkineni Nageswara Rao
23 1990 Shiva Ram Gopal Varma Amala Akkineni Shiva Kumar Paresh Rawal, Raghuvaran Hindi film
24 1991 Nirnayam Priyadarshan Amala Akkineni Vamsi Krishna
25 1991 Chaithanya Pratap Pothen Goutami Chaithanya Silk Smitha
26 1991 Shanthi Kranthi V. Ravichandran Juhi Chawla Inspector Subhash V. Ravichandran, Khusboo
27 1992 Jaitra Yatra Uppalapatti Narayana Rao Vijayashanti Teja
28 1992 Killer Fazil Nagma Eeshwar Prasad / Prem Krishna Sharada
29 1992 Khuda Gawah Mukul S Anand Sridevi, Shilpa Shirodkar Inspector Raja Mirza Amitabh Bachchan Hindi film
30 1992 Antham/Drohi(Hindi) Ram Gopal Varma Urmila Matondkar Raghav / Shekhar
31 1992 President Gari Pellam A. Kodandarami Reddy Meena Raja Srikanth
32 1993 Rakshana Uppalapatti Narayana Rao Shobhana, Roja(Guest Role) Bose Silk Smitha
33 1993 Varasudu E. V. V. Satyanarayana Nagma Vinay Krishna, Srikanth
34 1993 Allari Alludu A. Kodandarami Reddy Nagma, Meena, Kalyan & Rajesh (Duelrole) Rao Gopal Rao, Vanisri
35 1993 Govinda Govinda Ram Gopal Varma Sridevi Seenu
36 1994 Hello Brother E. V. V. Satyanarayana Ramya Krishna, Soundarya Deva & Ravi Varma (Duelrole)
37 1995 Criminal Mahesh Bhatt Ramya Krishna,Manisha Koirala Dr. Ajay Kumar Nassar, Sarath Babu
38 1995 Ghatothkachudu S. V. Krishna Reddy Rithu Parnna Chitha Srikanth Cameo appearance
39 1995 Gharana Bullodu K.Raghavendra Rao Ramya Krishna, Aamani Raju
40 1995 Sisindri Siva Nageswara Rao Tabu, Pooja Batra Raja Akhil Akkineni, Aamani
41 1995 Vajram S. V. Krishna Reddy Roja, Indraja (Guest Role) Chakri Remake of Malayalam blockbuster film Spadikam
42 1996 Ramudochadu A. Kodandarami Reddy Soundarya, Ravali Ram Krishna (Guest Role)
43 1996 Mr. Bechara K. Bhagyaraj Sridevi Ajay Anil kapoor Hindi film
44 1996 Ninne Pelladatha Krishna Vamshi Tabu Seenu Also producer,
Filmfare Best Film Award (Telugu)
45 1997 Annamayya K.Raghavendra Rao Ramya Krishna, Kasthuri Annamayya Suman, Mohan Babu National Special Jury Award
Nandi Award for Best Actor
Filmfare Best Actor Award (Telugu)
46 1997 Ratchagan Pravin Gandhi Sushmita Sen Ajay Tamil film
47 1998 Aavida Maa Aavide E. V. V. Satyanarayana Tabu, Heera Rajagopal Vikranth
48 1998 Auto Driver Suresh Krissna Simran, Deepti Bhatnagar Jagan
49 1998 Angaarey Mahesh Bhatt Sonali Bendre Raja Lokhande Akshay Kumar, Pooja Bhatt Hindi film
50 1998 Chandralekha Krishna Vamshi Ramya Krishna, Isha Koppikar Seeta Rama Rao / Raj Kapoor
51 1998 Zakhm Mahesh Bhatt Pooja Bhatt Director Raman Desai Ajay Devgan, Sonali Bendre Hindi film
52 1999 Seetharama Raju YVS Chowdary Sakshi Shivanand, Sanghavi Ramaraju Nandamuri Harikrishna
53 1999 Ravoyi Chandamama Jayanth C. Paranjee Anjala Zhaveri Sashi Jagapathi Babu, Keerthi Reddy
54 2000 Nuvvu Vastavani V.R.Pratap Simran Chinni Krishna Raksha (in a guest role)
55 2000 Ninne Premistha R.R.Shinde Soundarya Srinivas Srikanth
56 2000 Azad Tirupathi Swamy Soundarya, Shilpa Shetty Chandra Sekhar Azad Nandi Award for Best Feature Film - Silver
AP Film Journalists Association Award
57 2001 Edhuruleni Manishi Jonnalagadda Srinivasa Rao Soundarya, Shehnaz Surya Murthy & Satya Murthy (Duelrole)
58 2001 Bava Nachadu K.S.Ravi Kumar Simran, Reema Sen Ajay Suman Ranganathan
59 2001 Akasa Veedhilo Singeetam Srinivasa Rao Raveena Tandon Chandu Rajendra Prasad, Kasthuri
60 2001 Adhipati Ravi Raja Pinisetty Soundarya Jagan Mohan Babu, Preeti Jhangiani Guest appearance
61 2001 Snehamante Idera Balasekharan Bhumika Chawla, Aravind Sumanth
62 2002 Santosham Dasarath Gracy Singh, Shriya Saran Karthikeya Prabhu Deva Nandi Award for Best Actor
63 2002 Agni Varsha Arjun Sajnani Raveena Tandon Yavakri Hindi film
64 2002 Manmadhudu K. Vijaya Bhaskar Sonali Bendre, Anshu Abhiram
65 2003 Shivamani 9848022338 Puri Jagannadh Asin Thottumkal,Rakshita Shivamani Prakash Raj
66 2003 LOC Kargil J.P.Dutta Priya Gill Major Padmaphani Acharya Hindi film
67 2004 Nenunnanu V.N.Aditya Shriya Saran, Aarthi Agarwal, Anitha Venu Madhav
68 2004 Mass Raghava Lawrence Jyothika, Charmy Kaur Mass (Ganesh)
69 2005 Super Puri Jagannadh Anushka Shetty, Ayesha Takia Akhil Sonu Sood
70 2005 Amudhey Ravindra Varadharajan Jagapati Babu, Shalini Tamil film
71 2006 Style Raghava Lawrence XXXXXXXXXXX Mass Chiranjeevi (Cameo), Prabhu Deva, Raghava Lawrence Cameo appearance
72 2006 Sri Ramadasu K.Raghavendra Rao Sneha Kancharlla Gopanna / Sri Ramadasu Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Suman, Veda(Archana) Nandi Award for Best Actor
73 2006 Boss - I Love You V.N.Aditya Nayantara,
Poonam Bajwa,Shriya Saran (Guest role), Saloni Aswani
Gopal Krishna / GK
74 2007 Don Raghava Lawrence Anushka Shetty Suri Raghava Lawrence Nikitha
75 2008 Krishnarjuna P. Vasu XXXXXXXXXX Lord Krishna (Bangaram) Vishnu Manchu, Mamta Mohandas
76 2008 King Srinu Vaitla Trisha Krishnan King / Bottu Seenu / Sarath Srihari, Mamta Mohandas
77 2010 Kedi Kiran Mamta Mohandas Ramesh (Rummy)
78 2010 Thakita Thakita Srihari Nanu XXXXXXXXXXXX Nag Bhumika Chawla, Anushka Shetty Special appearance
79 2010 Ragada Veeru Potla Anushka Shetty, Priyamani, Charmy Kaur Satya Reddy
80 2011 Gaganam Radha Mohan XXXXXXXXXXXX Major Raveendra
81 2011 Rajanna K. V. Vijayendra Prasad
S.S. Rajamouli
Sneha Rajanna Baby Anni
82 2012 Shirdi Sai K.Raghavendra Rao XXXXXXX Lord Sai Baba Srikanth, Kamalinee Mukherjee, Sarath Babu
83 2012 Damarukam Srinivasa Reddy Anushka Shetty Mallikharjuna / Malli Ganesh Venkatraman Charmi
84 2013 Greeku Veerudu[30][31] Dasarath Nayantara Chandu
85 2013 Sri Jagadguru Aadi Sankara[32] J.K.Bhargavi XXXXXXX Chandaludu Mohan Babu, Srihari, Suman
86 2013 Bhai[33] Veerabhadram Richa Gangopadhyay Vijay
87 2014 Manam[34] Vikram Kumar Shriya Saran Akkineni Nageswara Rao,
Naga Chaitanya, Samantha[35]
89 2014 Mani Ratnam's Untitled Project Mani Ratnam Mahesh Babu, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Shruti Haasan

As producer[edit]

Year Film
1979 Kalyani
1980 Pilla Zameendaaru
1981 Money Hai To Honey Hai
1983 Sri Ranganeethulu
1995 Sisindri
1996 Ninne Pelladata
1998 Aaha
Sri Seetarama Kalyanam Chutamurarandi
1999 Prema Katha
2000 Yuvakudu
2002 Manmadhudu
2003 Satyam
2004 Mass
2005 Super
2011 Rajanna
2013 Bhai
2013 Uyyala Jampala


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