A man who needs no introduction, South India’s megastar Akkineni Nagarjuna is one of the most beloved actors in the Telugu cinema industry. Jack of all trades, Akkineni is an actor, producer, television presenter, and entrepreneur who is widely known for his work in Telugu as well as Hindi movie industry. The Chennai-born superstar is not only the receiver of multiple awards but also an award winning producer as well. We’re coming at you today with everything you need to know about one of the South’s most accomplished actors yet to come. Without further ado, let’s dive right into everything and anything that has to do with this legend’s personal and professional life.
Biography And Wiki
Primarily known for his work in Telugu and Hindi language films, Akkineni Nagarjuna, is not only praised but cherished all throughout India for his impeccable acting skills and down to earth personality. Let’s take a closer look into the actor’s early life in terms of his education, family history, and everything he had to do in order to get where he presently is. Son to the late veteran actor Nageswara Rao Akkineni and his wife Annapurna Akkineni, Nagarjuna was practically born into the industry. Originally from Chennai, Tamil Nadu the family later moved to Hyderabad, where the young lad attended the Hyderabad Public School and Little Flower Junior College, two of the city’s finest educational institutes. Then moving abroad for a brief period of time he pursued one year of his Bachelor of Engineering from the College of Engineering, Guindy, Anna University, finally earning his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Shortly after moving back to India, in 1984 he took in marriage Lakshmi Daggubati, the daughter of D. Ramanaidu, a prominent film-maker, and sister of the actor Venkatesh and producer Suresh Babu. Though two years down the line the couple gave birth to son, Naga Chaitanya, they later resulted in a mutual divorce in 1990. The actor then married a second wife, actress Amala Akkineni, who both gave birth to Akhil Akkineni in 1994.
Acting Career And Professional Life
Coming into slight on the big screens since he was only years old, Nagajuna began his acting career as a child artist in the 1967 Telugu film Sudigundalu directed by veteran director and producer, Adurthi Subbarao. With powerful influence in the industry from his family, he even made an appearance along his father, Akkineni Nageswara Rao in the blockbuster Tollywood movie created by Sri Sri, Velugu Needalu. No short of blockbuster hits of his own though, the actor went on to debut as the lead actor in 1986 Telugu film Vikram, directed by the one and only V. Madhusudhana Rao. A remake of the Hindi movie, Hero, the Telugu regeneration pushed the actor to a firm start in the industry giving him a myriad of opportunities to work with some of the most prominent filmmakers in the movie-making business. Also known for his work in biographical films, he took up parts in movies such as the 1997 film Annamayya, where he played Annamacharya, the 15th-century Hindu saint and musician whose carnatic musical compositions are famous even present day today. A few of this other work within the same genre include Yavakri in Agni Varsha, Major Padmapani Acharya in the 2003 war film LOC Kargil, Kancherla Gopanna, one among the famous vaggeyakaras in Sri Ramadasu, and many more. Despite the numerous amount of blockbuster hits he’s starred in though, one of Nagarujna’s most critically acclaimed films off time is easily director Ram Gopal Varma’s debut Telugu cinema, Shiva. A movie so triumphant that its huge box-office success made it way all the way to Bollywood, subsequently giving Nagarjuna the chance to make him debut in the Hindi cinema industry as well. Years into starring in multiple hits, winning a countless amount of prestigious awards, and not to mention, drawing himself in with the industry’s best of the best, Akkineni Nagarjuna finished over ninety films as an actor in a lead, supporting and cameo, including Bollywood and Kollywood films labeling him as the title of King of Telugu Movie Industry.
Akkineni Nagarjuna In Bigg Boss Telugu Season 3
An actor by profession, producer by interest, and a philanthropist by nature, Nagarjuna made his debut as a television producer in 2009 with the popular soap opera aired on Maa TV, Yuva. Eventually making his way to becoming a major shareholder of the television channel Maa TV, before it was sold to Star Network, he even hosted the Telugu version of KBC – Meelo Evaru Koteeswarudu. With its first and second season showed on MAA TV from 9 June 2014 to 27 February 2015, the show produced a total of fifty-five episodes. In 2015 again, he was granted the Entertainment Leader Award for the Television category for his work in the same show. He is currently hosting season three of Bigg Boss Telugu. Also a considerate contributor to those in need, Nagarjuna and his wife, Amala, are part of many charities, including the The Blue Cross of Hyderabad, a non-government animal welfare organization they co-founded together. Recognized by the Animal Welfare Board of India, it is self-explanatory in that its sole focus is the welfare of animals in India. Due to his involvement in a great many organizations, he was even listed #36 and #43 in Forbes India‘s top 100 Celebrities for the years 2012 and 2013 respectively.
Award winning champion
The recipient of two National Film Awards, nine Nandi Awardsand three Filmfare Awards South, Nagarjuna has simply outdone himself in the acting field. Winning almost every award he has even been nominated for, he holds high in the prize account. Let’s breakdown every which award starting from his two National Film Awards in 1996 and 1997 for Best Feature Film in Telugu as producer for Ninne Pelladatha and Special Mention for Annamayya, respectively. The again in 1996, he broke records by attaining nine Nandi Awards for the two aforementioned films in addition to films such as Prema Katha, Yuvakudu, Santosham, Manmadhudu, Sri Ramadasu, and Rajaana for both production and performance. The multi-talented star even banked three Filmfare Awards for the South, those of which included Best Telugu Film for Ninne Pelladtha, Best Actor for Annamayya, and Best Film Telugu again in Manam.