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Akkineni Nagarjuna

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Akkineni Nagarjuna born 29 August 1959 is an Indian film actor, producer and television presenter who works primarily in Telugu cinema and television He has acted in over ninety films as an actor in a lead He has also had supporting and cameo roles, including Bollywood and Tamil films He has received nine state Nandi Awards, three Filmfare Awards South and a National Film Award-Special Mention In 1996 he produced, Ninne Pelladata, which has garnered the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu for that year

Known for his works in biographical films, He essayed 15th-century composer Annamacharya in the 1997 film Annamayya; as Yavakri the son of the ascetic Bharadwaja in the 2002 film Agni Varsha; as Major Padmapani Acharya in the 2003 war film LOC Kargil; as 17th-century composer Kancherla Gopanna in the 2006 film Sri Ramadasu; as Suddala Hanmanthu, in the 2011 film Rajanna; as Sai Baba of Shirdi in the 2012 film Shirdi Sai; as Chandala in the 2013 film Jagadguru Adi Sankara, and as Hathiram Bhavaji in the 2017 film Om Namo Venkatesaya

In 1989, he 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, which premiered at the 13th International Film Festival of India In 1990, he subsequently made his Bollywood debut with the Hindi remake of the same film titled Shiva, and tasted success In 1998, he received the National Film Award-Special Mention for his performance in the historical film Annamayya

In 2013, he represented the cinema of South India at the Delhi Film Festival's 100 Years of Indian Cinema's celebration, alongside Ramesh Sippy and Vishal Bhardwaj from Bollywood In 1995, he ventured into film production, with a production unit operating in Seychelles, and was a co-director of an Emmy Award-winning film animation company in Michigan, US Along with his brother, Akkineni Venkata Rathnam, Nagarjuna is the co-owner of the production company Annapurna Studios He is also the president of the non-profit film school Annapurna International School of Film and Media based in Hyderabad


  • 1 Early life and family
  • 2 Acting career
  • 3 Non-film work
    • 31 Television
    • 32 Ownerships, endorsements and earnings
    • 33 N3 Realty Enterprises
    • 34 Charity
  • 4 Awards and nominations
    • 41 National Film Awards
    • 42 Nandi Awards
    • 43 Filmfare Awards South
    • 44 Other awards
  • 5 Filmography
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Early life and family

Akkineni Nagarjuna was born on 29 August 1959 at Chennai, Tamil Nadu to veteran actor Nageswara Rao Akkineni and his wife Annapoorna Akkineni The family later moved to Hyderabad, where he attended the Hyderabad Public School and Little Flower Junior College He completed one year of his Bachelor of Engineering from the College of Engineering, Guindy, and earned his BS in Automobile Engineering from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan

Nagarjuna has been married twice In 1984, he married Lakshmi Daggubati, a member of the Daggubati family which is prominent in the Telugu film industry She is the daughter of D Ramanaidu, a prominent film-maker, and sister of the actors Venkatesh and Suresh Babu Lakshmi bore Nagarjuna a son, the actor Naga Chaitanya born in 1986 However, the couple were divorced in 1990, an event which caused much upheaval in the Telugu film industry because of the falling out of its two most powerful families Nagarjuna then married the actress Amala Akkineni By his second wife, Nagarjuna is the father of another son, the actor Akhil Akkineni born 1994 Meanwhile, his first wife Lakshmi married a corporate executive named Sharath Vijay Raghavan

In December 2016, at a private ceremony held in Hyderabad, Nagarjuna's younger son Akhil Akkineni got engaged to marry Shriya Bhupal, grand-daughter of business magnate GV Krishna Reddy, founder of the GVK group of companies

Acting career

Nagarjuna began acting as a child artist in the 1967 Telugu film Sudigundalu directed by veteran Adurthi Subbarao It starred his father Akkineni Nageswara Rao in the lead role Years later he made his debut as a lead actor through the 1986 Telugu film Vikram, directed by V Madhusudhana Rao It is the remake of the 1983 Hindi film Hero The film was a success, giving Nagarjuna a good start

Later, he starred in films like Majnu, directed by Dasari Narayana Rao, which was well received and became successful Nagarjuna received positive reviews for his portrayal He then starred in Sankeertana, another hit directed by debutant Geetha Krishna with music by Ilaiyaraaja The film was appreciated for its content and music

In 1988, he starred in the blockbuster Aakhari Poratam, scripted by Yandamuri Veerendranath, and directed by K Raghavendra Rao where he was paired opposite Sridevi and Suhasini In 1988 he starred in Janaki Ramudu paired with Vijayashanti This film, directed again by K Raghavendra Rao, was also a decent runner Though his acting was not up to the standards, he was lucky enough to get more opportunities

In 1989 he starred in the Maniratnam-directed romantic drama Geetanjali The film went on to win the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment in 1990

Immediately, he saw another success, Siva This film marked the debut of leading Bollywood director Ram Gopal Varma The film is based on college politics, a new genre at that time In 1990, he subsequently made his Bollywood debut with the Hindi remake of the same film titled Shiva Even the Hindi version saw a huge box-office success He then starred in the social problem film Jaitra Yatra, for which he received critical reception He followed it up with average fare like Prema Yuddham, Nirnayam and Iddharu Iddhare All these films did nothing exceptional to Nagarjuna's career as they were only moderately acclaimed and saw only average success

He followed it up with box office hits like Killer, Neti Siddhartha, Chaitanya, and Nirnayam, working with eminent directors such as Fazil, Prathap Pothen and Priyadarshan Nagarjuna thus gained the tagline "Celluloid Scientist" for experimenting with different genres Other films which were released in the subsequent years include President Gari Pellam, Varasudu, Gharana Bullodu and Allari Alludu Among them, President Gari Pellam, Gharana Bullodu and Allari Alludu were big hits at the box office

In 1994 he starred in the Hindi-Telugu bilingual Criminal directed by Mahesh Bhatt In the same year he ventured into comedy for the first time with Hello Brother This 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 The next year, Nagarjuna acted in Annamayya, in which he portrayed the role of Annamacharya, a 15th-century Telugu singer and poet This won him his Filmfare Best Actor Award and his first Nandi Award for Best Actor He also received a National Award for Special Mention for the film Annamayya His subsequent releases were Nuvvu Vastavani, Ninne Premistha and Azad

He starred in romantic comedies such as Santosham, Manmadhudu, and Shivamani He produced Satyam in 2003, which 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 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 2010, he had releases ibcluding Kedi and Ragada Gaganam was released on 11 February 2011 Its Tamil version was titled Payanam In 2011 Nagarjuna signed three movies in a row: Rajanna, Damarukam and Shirdi Sai He completed two new films, including Greekuveerudu, starring Nayanatara opposite him, which was an average grosser at the box office His next release was Bhai, which was a disaster at the box office, and which starred Richa Gandhopadhyay opposite to him In 2014, Nagarjuna starred in the blockbuster family drama, Manam, directed by Vikram Kumar He had a dual role in Soggade Chinni Nayana, and later he played a handicapped person in Vamshi bilingual film Oopiri, a blockbuster hit

Non-film work


Co-owner Nagarjuna during Mumbai Masters Match at Indian Badminton League 2013

Nagarjuna made his début as a television producer in 2009 with the soap opera Yuva He is one of the major shareholders of the television channel Maa TV Nagarjuna hosts the Telugu version of KBC - Meelo Evaru Koteeswarudu The first season of the show was telecasted on MAA TV From 9 June 2014 to 7 August 2014 40 episodes The second season was also showcased on MAA TV from 9 December 2014 to 27 February 2015 55 episodes In 2015, he was honored with the Entertainment Leader Award Television for his work in Meelo Evaru Koteeswarudu at the TV-5 Business Leaders Awards ceremony

Ownerships, endorsements and earnings

As of 2013, He is the co-owner of Mumbai Masters of the Indian Badminton League, along with Sunil Gavaskar, and Mahi Racing Team India, along with Mahendra Singh Dhoni Nagarjuna currently endorses Kalyan Jewellers in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh He is listed #56 and #61 in Forbes India's top 100 Celebrities for the years 2012 and 2013 respectively

N3 Realty Enterprises

Nagarjuna is the founding partner of N3 Realty Enterprises, the parent entity for N-Convention center, N-Grill and District N in Hyderabad, which is jointly owned by himself and Nalla Preetham Reddy In 2014, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation identified that the convention facility had encroached upon the Full Tank Level boundary Subsequently, through legal opinions sought by Nagarjuna, a correction path of the land has been initiated by the local administrators


Nagarjuna at TeachAIDS launch in 2010

Nagarjuna, with his wife Amala, are the co-founders of Blue Cross of Hyderabad, a registered society recognized by the Animal Welfare Board of India It is a non-government organization NGO in Hyderabad, which works towards the welfare of animals and preservation of animal rights Nagarjuna is also involved in welfare programs undertaken by the MAA TV association, and serves as the brand ambassador for HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns In 2010, he starred in an HIV/AIDS animated software tutorial created by TeachAIDS, a nonprofit founded at Stanford University

Awards and nominations

Nagarjuna has been the recipient of two National Film Awards, nine Nandi Awards and three Filmfare Awards South

National Film Awards

Year Film Category Result
1996 Ninne Pelladatha Best Feature Film in Telugu as producer Won
1997 Annamayya Special Mention - Actor

Nandi Awards

Year Film Category Result
1996 Ninne Pelladatha Akkineni Award for Best Home viewing Feature Film as producer Won
1997 Annamayya Best Actor
1999 Prema Katha Best Feature Film - Kansya Bronze as producer
2000 Yuvakudu Special Jury Award as producer
2002 Santosham Best Actor
Manmadhudu Best Feature Film - Swarna Gold as producer
2006 Sri Ramadasu Best Actor
2011 Rajanna Special Jury Award Actor
Best Feature Film - Rajata Silver as producer

Filmfare Awards South

Year Category Result
1996 Ninne Pelladatha Best Film – Telugu as producer Won
1997 Annamayya Best Actor – Telugu
2014 Manam Best Film – Telugu as producer Won

Other awards

Year Film Awards Result Category
1986 Vikram Vamsee Berkeley Awards Won Best Actor
1989 Geetanjali AP Cinegoers Awards Best Actor
Bharatamuni Awards
1989 Siva Vamsee Berkley Awards Best Actor
Cinema Express Award
1996 Ninne Pelladuta Akruthi Film Award Best Actor
1997 Annamayya Screen Videocon Award Best Actor
Bharatamuni Awards Best Actor
2000 Azad Andhra Pradesh Film Journalists Association Award Best Actor
2005 Mass CineMAA Awards Best Actor
2012 Rajanna South Indian International Movie Awards Special Appreciation Actor
CineMAA Awards Best Actor Jury
2013 Shirdi Sai CineMAA Awards Best Actor Jury


Main article: Akkineni Nagarjuna filmography

Below is the selected filmography of Nagarjuna

  • 1986: Vikram as Vikram
  • 1987: Majnu as Rajesh
  • 1987: Kirai Dada as Vijay
  • 1988: Janaki Ramudu as Ranga
  • 1988: Aakhari Poratam as Vihari
  • 1989: Geethanjali as Prakash
  • 1989: Siva as Siva
  • 1990: Shiva as Shiva
  • 1992: President Gari Pellam as Raja
  • 1992: Drohi Antham in Telugu as Raghav
  • 1993: Allari Alludu as Kalyan/Rajesh
  • 1993: Khuda Gawah as Raja Mirza
  • 1994: Hello Brother as Deva/Ravi Varma
  • 1994: Criminal as Dr Ajay Kumar
  • 1995: Gharana Bullodu as Raju
  • 1996: Ninne Pelladata as Seenu
  • 1997: Ratchagan as Ajay Kumar
  • 1997: Annamayya as Annamacharya
  • 1998: Zakhm as Raman Desai
  • 2000: Nuvvu Vastavani as Chinni Krishna
  • 2002: Santosham as Karthikeya
  • 2002: Manmadhudu as Abhiram
  • 2003: Sivamani as Sivamani
  • 2004: Mass as Mass/Ganesh
  • 2004: Nenunnanu as Venu
  • 2006: Sri Ramadasu as Kancherla Gopanna
  • 2007: Don as Suri
  • 2008: King as King
  • 2011: Rajanna as Rajan
  • 2012: Dhamarukam as Mallikarjuna
  • 2012: Shirdi Sai as Lord Shirdi Sai baba
  • 2014: Manam as Nageshwar Rao/ Bittu/ Sitaram
  • 2016: Soggade Chinni Nayana as Bangarraju/ DrRam Mohan
  • 2016: Oopiri as Vikramaditya
  • 2016: Om Namo Venkatesaya as Hathiram Bhavaji
  • 2017: Raju Gari Gadhi 2 as Rudra


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