Nandamuri Harikrishna

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Nandamuri Harikrishna
Born(1956-09-02)2 September 1956
Died29 August 2018(2018-08-29) (aged 61)
Cause of deathCar accident
ResidenceHyderabad, Telangana, India
OccupationPolitician, actor, film producer
Years active1967–1970; 1974–2005
Political partyTDP
Lakshmi (m. 1973)

ChildrenJanaki Ram[1]
Kalyan Ram
Nandamuri Suhasini
Parent(s)N. T. Rama Rao
Basava Tarakam
RelativesNandamuri Balakrishna (brother)
Daggubati Purandeswari (sister)
Taraka Ratna (nephew)
Nara Lokesh (nephew)
Nara Rohit (nephew)
N. Chandrababu Naidu (brother-in-law)
Bhuvaneshwari (sister)

Nandamuri Harikrishna (2 September 1956 – 29 August 2018) was an Indian film actor, producer and politician. He was best known for his works in Telugu cinema. Harikrishna was the fourth son of Telugu matinee idol, and former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N. T. Rama Rao. Harikrishna was the father of actors N. T. Rama Rao Jr., and Nandamuri Kalyan Ram.[2]

Harikrishna made his acting debut in 1964 as a child artist in Sri Krishnavataram, in which he played Krishna. It was directed by Kamalakara Kameshwara Rao.[3] He then starred in Thalla? Pellama? (1970), which was followed by Tatamma Kala (1974), Ram Raheem (1974) and Daana Veera Shura Karna (1977). After long years of sabbatical, and political stint he then started as a Character actor in works such as Sri Ramulayya (1998), followed by a full length role alongside Nagarjuna in Seetharama Raju (1999), Lahiri Lahiri Lahirilo (2002) and Seetayya (2003). In 2002, He received Nandi Award for Best Character Actor for his work in Lahiri Lahiri Lahirilo. Harikrishna died in a road accident on 29 August 2018 at age 61.[4][5] He served as the member of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly during 1996-1999. He became a Cabinet Minister for Road Transport in 1996. In 2008, he was a candidate of the Telugu Desam Party and was elected to Rajya Sabha.[2]

When NTR began his innings in politics, Harikrishna became the ‘charioteer’. On reel, he played Arjuna, but when his father N.T. Rama Rao began his political innings, Nandamuri Harikrishna took charge of the wheel. He became the ‘charioteer’ of NTR’s Chaitanya Ratham to raise awareness about Telugu pride.

Driving almost non-stop except for pit stops and stump speeches for eight months during which NTR was on the road before 1983 elections, the vehicle reportedly logged 75,000 km.

Early life[edit]

Harikrishna was born on 2 September 1956 in Nimmakuru village of Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh to Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao and Basava Ramatarakam.[2] He has eleven siblings; seven brothers and four sisters.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Harikrishna married Nandamuri Lakshmi Kumari on 22 February 1973 and they have two sons Janaki Ram and Kalyan Ram and he has one daughter Nandamuri Suhasini. He has a third son N. T. Rama Rao Jr. with his second wife, Nandamuri Shalini. His elder son Janaki Ram died in a road mishap on December 6, 2014.[2][7]


Harikrishna died in a road accident in Nalgonda district, Narketpalli on 29 August 2018 at the age of 61. He was driving without a seat belt to Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh to attend the home ceremony of his friend. His Toyota Fortuner crashed into a road median on Nalgonda district Highway near Anneparthy Narketpally. His son Janakiram died in an accident on the same highway in 2014.[4][5]


Year Film Role Notes
1967 Sri Krishnavataram Little Krishna Child Artist
1970 Thalla? Pellama? Child Artist
1974 Tatamma Kala Venkatesam
Ram Raheem Raheem
1977 Daana Veera Soora Karna Arjuna Also Producer of the Movie
1998 Sri Ramulayya Comrade 'Sathyam' Cameo Role
1999 Seetharama Raju Seetayya
2002 Lahiri Lahiri Lahirilo Krishnama Naidu Received Nandi award for Best Character Actor
Siva Rama Raju Ananda Bhupati Raju Cameo Role
2003 Seetayya Seetayya
Tiger Harischandra Prasad Harischandra Prasad
2004 Swamy Swamy
2005 Sravanamasam Trimurtulu


  1. ^ Janaki Ram died in an car accident
  2. ^ a b c d "Detailed Profile: Shri Nandamuri Harikrishna". Retrieved 2010-09-12.
  3. ^ "Sri Krishnavataram (1967)". Retrieved 2010-09-12.
  4. ^ a b "Nandamuri Harikrishna, NTR's Son And TDP Leader, Dies In Nalgonda Road Accident". Headlines Today. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Nandamuri Harikrishna died in road accident - INDToday".
  6. ^ R., Majoj Kumar (29 August 2018). "The life and career of Nandamuri Harikrishna". The Indian Express. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  7. ^ Reddy, T. Karnakar (6 December 2014). "Former MP Nandamuri Harikrishna's son dies in accident in Nalgonda district" – via

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