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Nithin Kumar Reddy

(1983-03-30) 30 March 1983 (age 41)
Alma materShadan College of Engineering and Technology
  • Actor
  • film producer
  • film distributor
Years active2002–present
Shalini Kandukuri
(m. 2020)

Nithin Reddy (born 30 March 1983), known professionally as Nithiin, is an Indian actor and producer who primarily works in Telugu films. One of the highest-paid actors of Telugu cinema, Nithiin is a recipient of several accolades including a Filmfare Award and three South Indian International Movie Awards nominations.[1]

Nithiin made his acting debut with the blockbuster film Jayam (2002), for which he received the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut – South. Nithiin then starred in Dil (2003), Sye (2004) and Sri Anjaneyam (2004), all of which where commercially successful. After a series of box-office failures, he achieved success with the romance films Ishq (2012) and Gunde Jaari Gallanthayyinde (2013), receiving Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu nominations for both these performances. Nithiin went onto further establish himself with notable films such as Heart Attack (2014), Chinnadana Nee Kosam (2014), A Aa (2016), Bheeshma (2020), Maestro (2021), chal mohan ranga , LIE , and Extra ordinary Man (2023).

Nithiin established his own film production studio, Shresht Movies in 2013. Nithiin is a brand ambassador for the Swachh Bharat campaign for the state of Telangana.[2]

Early life[edit]

Nithin Kumar Reddy was born on 18 October 1983 to film distributor N. Sudhakar Reddy and Laxmi Reddy.[3][4][5] He has an elder sister named Nikitha Reddy.[6] He completed his education at Geetanjali School, Begumpet and did his intermediate education from Ratna Junior College and pursued his graduation at Shadan College of Engineering and Technology, Gandipet.[7] His father later turned a producer and produced two movies with him, Gunde Jaari Gallanthayyinde and Chinnadana Nee Kosam.[8][failed verification] Nithin has added at extra "i" in his name and spells it as Nithiin.[9]


Debut and early success (2002-2004)[edit]

Nithiin started his career with Jayam in 2002, directed by Teja. Teja saw him at Sudarshan 35 mm theatre at a screening of his Nuvvu Nenu, on two occasions. He then enquired him about his acting interest and did a screen test and photo session, after which, he selected him as the lead for Jayam,[7] which also starred Sadha and Gopichand.[10] Following the blockbuster success of his debut, he then acted in the action comedy, Dil, directed by V. V. Vinayak and produced by Dil Raju, in his production debut. Like Jayam, it went to become a big blockbuster, becoming the third-highest grossing Telugu film of the year, after Simhadri and Okkadu. Later in the same year, he acted in Sambaram, directed by K. Dasaradh, written and produced by Teja. In 2004, Nithiin starred in Sri Anjaneyam, directed by Krishna Vamsi, where he played the role as a devotee of Lord Hanuman. This was also the first film where Nithiin dubbed for his dialogues, who until then was voiced by Sivaji.[11]

Consecutive failures (2005-2011)[edit]

Following his 2004 film Sye, directed by S. S. Rajamouli, Nithin appeared in a number of films, some of which are Dhairyam, Agyaat and Seeta Ramula Kalyanam. However, none of these films were commercially successful.[12] Nithiin also has the distinction of most consecutive flops (12) by any actor in Telugu cinema.[13] He tasted success after many years with 2012 Vikram Kumar-directed romantic drama film Ishq.[14]

Comeback and stardom (2012-2016)[edit]

In Ishq, Nithiin paired opposite Nithya Menen, which was also co-produced by his father Sudhakar Reddy.[15] He acted in the film Gunde Jaari Gallanthayyinde in 2013.[16] Isha Talwar and Nithya Menen played the lead roles along with Nithiin. Later, he acted in Chinnadana Nee Kosam, a film written and directed by A. Karunakaran in 2014,[17] also produced by N. Sudhakar Reddy and sister Nikhita Reddy under their home banner Sresht Movies.[18] Later the year, he played the lead in Heart Attack, directed by Puri Jagannadh. He made the role of a hippie and the movie got a mixed reviews.[19] He acted in the role of a courier boy in the movie Courier Boy Kalyan, released in 2015, directed by Premsai and produced by Gautham Vasudev Menon.[20][better source needed] Nithiin acted in the film A Aa (2016), written and directed by Trivikram Srinivas, opposite Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Anupama Parameswaran.[21] The film became the biggest grosser in Nithin's career.[22]

Recent work and further career (2017−present)[edit]

In 2017, Nithiin acted in the film LIE which was directed by Hanu Raghavapudi. It garnered average reviews from critics and could not perform well at the box office.[23] In 2018, Nithiin's Chal Mohan Ranga directed by Krishna Chaitanya with co-star Megha Akash. The film performed poorly at the box office.[24] Later the year, he starred in Srinivasa Kalyanam opposite Raashi Khanna and directed by Satish Vegesna. His 2020 film Bheeshma, directed by Venky Kudumula and starring alongside Rashmika Mandanna was a commercial success.[25]

Nithiin collaborated with director Chandra Sekhar Yeleti for Check (2021), co-starring Rakul Preet Singh and Priya Prakash Varrier. His second release of the year was Rang De, directed by Venky Atluri and starred alongside Keerthy Suresh.[26] His third release of the year was the black comedy crime thriller Maestro which had a direct-to-streaming release on Disney+ Hotstar on 17 September 2021.[27] He played the role of a pianist, with critics praising his performance in the film and this is remake of Hindi film Andhadhun.[28][29][better source needed] In September 2021, he started filming was for his next film Macherla Niyojakavargam. It was released in August 2022 to negative reviews, and surfaced as a box-office bomb.[30] In 2023, Nithiin starred in Extra Ordinary Man.[31] He has partnered with filmmaker Venu Sriram for his next film named Thammudu.[32]

Personal life[edit]

In 2020, Nithiin married his girlfriend Shalini Kandukuri.[33] Their wedding took place at Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad.[34]

Other work and media image[edit]

For Gunde Jaari Gallanthayinde, Nithiin was placed 4th in Rediff.com's "Top Telugu Actors" list.[35] In the Hyderabad Times Most Desirable Men list, Nithiin 16th in 2017, 23rd in 2019 and 25th in 2020.[36][37][38] In 2015, he became an ambassador of the Swachh Bharat campaign for the state of Telangana.[39] During the COVID-19 pandemic, Nithiin donated ₹10 lakhs to the CM relief funds of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.[40] Nithiin is a celebrity endorser for brands and products such as Fair & Lovely and Sneha Chicken.[41]


As actor[edit]

Denotes films that have not yet been released
  • All films are in Telugu, unless otherwise noted.
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2002 Jayam Venkat [1]
2003 Dil Seenu
Sambaram Ravi
2004 Sri Anjaneyam Anji
Sye Pruthvi
2005 Allari Bullodu Raju "Balu" / Munna Dual role
Dhairyam Seenu
2006 Raam Raam
2007 Takkari Tirupathi
2008 Aatadista Jagan / Chinna
Victory Vijay Chandra
Hero Radhakrishna
2009 Drona Drona
Agyaat Sujal Hindi film
Rechipo Siva
2010 Seeta Ramula Kalyanam Lankalo Chandrasekhar "Chandu" Reddy
2011 Maaro Sathyanarayana Murthy / Siva / Sundaram
2012 Ishq Rahul
2013 Gunde Jaari Gallanthayyinde Karthik
2014 Heart Attack Varun
Chinnadana Nee Kosam Nithin
2015 Courier Boy Kalyan Kalyan
2016 A Aa Anand Vihari
2017 LIE A. Sathyam
2018 Chal Mohan Ranga Mohan Ranga 25th Film
Srinivasa Kalyanam Srinivas
2019 Gaddalakonda Ganesh Himself Cameo appearance
2020 Bheeshma Bheeshma Prasad
2021 Check Aditya [42]
Rang De Arjun [43]
Maestro Arun Released on Hotstar [44]
2022 Macherla Niyojakavargam Siddharth Reddy IAS [45]
2023 Extra Ordinary Man Abhinay [46]
2024 Thammudu TBA Filming [47]
Robinhood TBA Filming [48]

As producer[edit]

Year Title Director Actors
2013 Gunde Jaari Gallanthayyinde Vijay Kumar Konda Nithin, Isha Talwar, Nithya Menen
2014 Chinnadana Nee Kosam A. Karunakaran Nithin, Mishti
2015 Akhil: The Power of Jua V. V. Vinayak Akhil Akhineni, Sayyeshaa
2018 Chal Mohan Ranga Krishna Chaitanya Nithin, Megha Akash


Year Film Song Notes Ref.
2012 Ishq "Lachhamma" Also lyrics writer [49]
2013 Gunde Jaari Gallanthayyinde "Ding Ding Ding" [50]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Film Result Ref.
2003 CineMAA Awards Best Male Debut Jayam Won [51]
2002 Filmfare Awards South Best Male Debut – South Won [52]
2012 Best Actor – Telugu Ishq Nominated [53]
2013 Gunde Jaari Gallanthayyinde Nominated [54]
Hyderabad Times Film Awards Best Actor – Male Ishq Nominated [55]
2004 Santosham Film Awards Best Young Performer Sri Anjaneyam Won [56]
2014 South Indian International Movie Awards Best Actor – Telugu Gunde Jaari Gallanthayyinde Nominated [57]
2016 A Aa Nominated [58]
2020 Bheeshma Nominated [59]


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