Akkineni Nagarjuna


Akkineni Nagarjuna
Akkineni Nagarjuna

Nagarjuna at TeachAIDS launch in 2010
Born Akkineni Nagarjuna Rao
August 29, 1959 (1959-08-29) (age 52)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Residence Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
Occupation Actor, Producer, Businessman
Years active 1986–present
Spouse Lakshmi Daggubati (1984–1990 divorced)
Amala (1992–present)
Children Naga Chaitanya Akkineni
Akhil Akkineni
Parents Nageswara Rao Akkineni
Annapurna Akkineni

Akkineni Nagarjuna (Telugu: అక్కినేని నాగార్జున) is an Indian film actor in Tollywood and Bollywood. He is a producer and one of the lead actors in Telugu cinema.


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Early life

Nagarjuna was born on 29 August 1959 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India to actor Nageswara Rao Akkineni and Annapurna Akkineni. The family later moved to Hyderabad where he attended Hyderabad Public School, and studied his "Intermediate" from Little Flower Junior College and B.E. (Mechanical) from the College of Engineering, Guindy and has completed M.S (Automobile Engineering) from Eastern Michigan University.[1][2][3]

Telugu Cinema

Nagarjuna started off as a child actor, in the 1967 Telugu film Sudigundalu directed by veteran Adurthi Subbarao. He was then starred in his debut film Vikram, which was released on 24 May 1986. In 1988, he was starred in Aakhari Poratam directed by K. Raghavendra Rao. In 1959, he was starred in Geethanjali, a love tale directed by Maniratnam. The film cemented his status as a star. In the same year, Nagarjuna acted in Shiva, an action blockbuster film directed by Ram Gopal Varma and has been described as a trendsetter. The film earned him Filmfare Best Actor Award.[4] He subsequently made his Bollywood debut with the Hindi remake of the same film Shiva.

He followed it up with action films like Killer, Chaithanya and Nirnayam directed by Priyadarshan. President Gari Pellam was released in 1993. He followed it up with films like Varasudu, Gharana Bullodu, and Allari Alludu. Criminal (1994) directed by Mahesh Bhatt was released as a bilingual. In 1994, he ventured into comedy for the first time with Hello Brother. It was later remade into Hindi as Judwaa. Hello Brother was also dubbed into Tamil. In 1996, Nagarjuna starred in & produced Ninne Pelladatha, which was directed by Krishna Vamsi. Later, Nagarjuna portrayed Annamacharya, the 15th-century Telugu singer and poet, in Annamayya which won him his third Filmfare Best Actor Award and his first Nandi Award for Best Actor. In 2000, Nagarjuna starred in Nuvvu Vastavani. His subsequent films that year were Ninne Premistha and Azad. He starred in the romantic comedies Santhosham, Manmadhudu, and Shivamani as well. He produced Satyam in 2003, starring 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, Nag starred in Sri Ramadasu, his second period film based on the 18th-century Telugu composer of the same name.[5] Nagarjuna received the Nandi Award for best actor. In December 2007 he appeared in Don. An year later, he appeared in King alongside Trisha Krishnan & Srihari. In February 2010, he appeared as Rummy in Kedi and in December 2010 he appeared in Ragada. His latest film Gaganam was released on February 11 2011. Its Tamil version was titled Payanam. In 2011 Nagarjuana signed 3 movies in a row. They are Rajanna,[6] Damarukam and Shridi Sai[7]

Work in Bollywood and Tamil films

Nagarjuna has acted in various Hindi films such as Shiva (1989), Drohi (1992), Khuda Gawah (1992), Criminal (1994), Mr. Bechara (1996), Zakhm (1998), Angaarey (1998), Agni Varsha (2002) and LOC Kargil (2003). He has also acted in Tamil films like Ratchagan which was dubbed as Rakshakudu in Telugu. His Telugu films which were dubbed into Tamil are Shiva as Udhayam, Geetanajli as Idhayathai Thirudathae, Annamayya, Sisindri and Hello Brother. He fluently speaks Telugu, Tamil, English and Hindi.

Television production

Nagarjuna made his début as a television producer in 2007 with the serial Yuva.[8] He is one of the shareholders of the television channel Maa TV.[9]

Philanthropic work

Nagarjuna, with his wife Amala, is the co-founder of Blue Cross of Hyderabad,[10] 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.[11]

In 2010, he starred in an HIV/AIDS animated software tutorial created by TeachAIDS, a nonprofit founded at Stanford University.[12]

Awards

National Film Awards

  • 1998 - Special Jury Award / Special Mention (Feature Film) - for acting - Annamayya[13]
Nandi Awards - Andhra Pradesh State
Filmfare Awards South
Andhra Pradesh Film Journalists Association Award for Azad

Other Awards

  • 1989 - Cinema Express Award for Shiva
  • 1996 - Akruthi Film Award for Ninne Pelladatha
  • 1997 - Screen Videocon Award for Annamayya
  • 2011- TSR Kala Ratna Award.
Bharathamuni Awards
Vamsee Berkeley Awards
  • 1986 - Best Actor for Vikram
  • 1989 - Best Actor for Shiva
AP Cinegoers Awards

Filmography

As actor

Year Title Role Co-stars Notes
1986 Vikram Vikram Shobhana
1986 Captain Nagarjuna Nagarjuna Khusboo, Rajendra Prasad
1987 Aranyakanda Ramya Krishna
1987 Majnu Rajesh Rajani
1987 Sankeertana Ramya Krishna
1987 Collector Gari Abbai Rajani
1987 Agni Putrudu Kalidaasu Rajani
1987 Kirai Dada Vijay Khusboo, Radha
1988 Aakhari Poratam Vihari Sridevi, Suhasini
1988 Chinna Babu Chinnababu Amala Akkineni
1988 Murali Krishnudu Murali Krishna Rajani
1988 Janaki Ramudu Ramu Vijayashanti
1989 Vijay Vijay Vijayashanti
1989 Vicky Daada Vikram Juhi Chawla, Radha
1989 Geethanjali Prakash Girija, Silk Smitha
1989 Agni Pawan Shantipriya
1989 Shiva Shiva Amala Akkineni Winner: Filmfare Best Actor
1990 Prema Yuddham Kalyan Amala Akkineni
1990 Neti Siddhaartha Siddhaartha Shobhana, Ayesha Jhulka
1990 Iddaru Iddare Ramya Krishna, ANR
1991 Nirnayam Vamsi Krishna Amala Akkineni
1991 Chaithanya Chaitanya Gouthami, Silk Smitha
1991 Santhi Kranthi Kranti Juhi Chawla
1991 Jaitrayatra Vijay Vijayashanti
1992 Killer Eeshwar / Prem Nagma, Sharada
1992 Khuda Gawah Raja Mirza Sridevi, Shilpa Shirodkar, Amitabh Bachchan Hindi film
1992 Antham Raghav Urmila Matondkar
1992 Drohi Raghav / Shekhar Urmila Matondkar Hindi film
1992 President Gari Pellam Raja Meena
1993 Rakshana Bose Shobhana, Roja(Guest Role), Silk Smitha
1993 Varasudu Vinay Nagma, Krishna
1993 Allari Alludu Kalyan Nagma, Meena, Vanisri
1993 Govinda Govinda Seenu Sridevi
1994 Criminal Dr. Ajay Kumar Manisha Koirala, Ramya Krishna Hindi film
1994 Hello Brother Deva / Ravi Varma Ramya Krishna , Soundarya
1995 Sisindri Raja Aamani, Tabu, Pooja Batra
1995 Gharana Bullodu Raju Ramya Krishna, Aamani
1996 Ninne Pelladatha Seenu Tabu Also producer,
Winner: Filmfare Best Film
1996 Mr. Bechara Ajay Sridevi, Anil kapoor Hindi film
1996 Vajram Chakri Roja, Indraja (Guest Role)
1996 Ramudochhadu Ram Soundarya, Ravali
1997 Ratchagan Ajay Sushmita Sen Tamil film
1997 Annamayya Annamayya Ramya Krishna, Kasthuri, Suman, Mohan Babu Winner: Special Jury Award / Special Mention (Actor)
Winner, Nandi Award for Best Actor
Winner, Filmfare Best Actor Award (Telugu)
1998 Zakhm Raman Desai Sonali Bendre, Ajay Devgan, Pooja Bhatt Hindi film
1998 Chandralekha Seeta Rama Rao Ramya Krishna, Isha Koppikar
1998 Angaarey Raja Lokhande Sonali Bendre, Akshay Kumar Hindi film
1998 Auto Driver Jagan Simran, Deepti Bhatnagar
1998 Aavida Maa Aavide Vikranth Tabu, Heera Rajagopal
1999 Ravoyi Chandamama Sashi Anjala Zhaveri, Keerthi Reddy, Aishwarya Rai
1999 Seetaramaraju Ramaraju Sanghavi, Sakshi Shivanand
2000 Azad Chandra Sekhar Azad Soundarya, Shilpa Shetty Nandi Award for Best Feature Film - Silver
AP Film Journalists Association Award
2000 Ninne Premistha Srinivas Soundarya, Srikanth
2000 Nuvvu Vastavani Chinni Krishna Simran
2001 Eduruleni Manishi Surya Murthy,
Satya Murthy
Soundarya, Shahanaz
2001 Akasa Veedhilo Chandu Raveena Tandon, Kasthuri, Rajendra Prasad
2001 Bava Nachadu Ajay Simran, Reema Sen, Suman Ranganathan
2001 Adhipathi Jagan Soundarya, Mohan Babu, Preeti Jhangiani Guest appearance
2001 Snehamante Idera Aravind Bhumika Chawla, Sumanth
2002 Agni Varsha Yavakri Raveena Tandon Hindi film
2002 Santosham Karthik Gracy Singh, Shriya Saran Winner: Nandi Award for Best Actor
2003 Manmadhudu Abhiram Sonali Bendre, Anshu
2003 LOC Kargil Maj. Padmaphani Acharya Hindi film
2003 Shivamani 9848022338 Shivamani Rakshita, Asin
2004 Mass Mass (Ganesh) Jyothika, Charmy Kaur
2004 Nenunnanu Venu Shriya Saran, Aarthi Agarwal, Anitha
2005 Super Akhil Anushka Shetty, Ayesha Takia, Sonu Sood
2006 Style Mass Cameo appearance
2006 Sri Ramadasu Gopanna,
Sri Ramadasu
Sneha, Suman, Veda(Archana) Winner: Nandi Award for Best Actor
2006 Boss - I Love You Gopal Krishna Nayantara, Poonam Bajwa
2007 Don Suri Anushka Shetty, Nikitha
2008 Krishnarjuna Krishna Vishnu Manchu
2008 King Bottu Seenu/King/Sarath Trisha Krishnan, Mamta Mohandas
2010 Kedi Ramesh (Rummy) Mamta Mohandas
2010 Thakita Thakita As himself Bhumika Chawla, Anushka Shetty Special appearance
2010 Ragada Satya Reddy Anushka Shetty, Priyamani, Charmy Kaur
2011 Payanam Major Raveendran Poonam Kaur Tamil Movie
2011 Gaganam Major Raveendra Poonam Kaur
2011 Rajanna Sneha Filming
2012 Damarukam Anushka Shetty Filming

As producer

Year Film Notes
1979 Kalyani
1980 Pilla Zameendaaru
Buchhibabu
1981 Money Hai To Honey Hai
Premaabhishekam
1983 Shri Ranganeethulu
Rakshana
1995 Sisindri
1996 Ninne Pelladatha
1998 Aaha
Sri Seetarama Kalyanam Chutamurarandi
Chandralekha
1999 Prema Kadha
Sitaramaraju
2000 Yuvakudu
2002 Manmadhudu
2003 Satyam
2004 Mass
2005 Super
2007 Don
2011 Rajanna

References

  1. ^ http://spawnofmzone.blogspot.com/2009/09/know-your-foe-eastern-michigan-2009.html
  2. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/bollywood/news-interviews/I-chose-life-over-Bollywood-Nagarjuna/articleshow/6147698.cms
  3. ^ http://www.gulte.com/videos/watchvideo.php?jayapradam-talk-show-with-nagarjuna&vid=6108
  4. ^ http://www.indiaglitz.com/channels/telugu/article/33286.html
  5. ^ "Sri Ramadasu floors them all". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 15 April 2006. http://www.hindu.com/2006/04/15/stories/2006041503530200.htm. Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
  6. ^ "Nagarjuana Rajanna movie details". http://cinema.currentweek.net/2011/04/nagarjunas-rajanna-set-caught-fire-rs.html. 
  7. ^ http://cinema.currentweek.net/2011/05/nagrjuna-saibaba-movie-titled-as-shirdi.html
  8. ^ "Nagarjuna launches ‘Yuva’". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 20 November 2007. http://www.hindu.com/2007/11/20/stories/2007112059490200.htm. Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
  9. ^ "Actor Nagarjuna to focus on entertainment biz". The Hindu Business Line. 20 December 2007. http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2007/12/20/stories/2007122051572300.htm. Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
  10. ^ "Blue Cross of Hyderabad - The Team". Blue Cross of Hyderabad. 26 January 2011. http://www.bluecrosshyd.in/team.php. Retrieved 26 January 2011. 
  11. ^ "Maa Tv associationTeam". Maa Tv Reach out (Chennai, India). 26 January 2011. http://www.hindu.com/2011/01/23/stories/2011012360940200.htm. Retrieved 26 January 2011. 
  12. ^ "Animation lessons on HIV/AIDS awareness released". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 27 November 2010. http://www.hindu.com/2010/11/27/stories/2010112765081200.htm. Retrieved 1 December 2010. 
  13. ^ "The Nagarjuna phenomenon". Chitramala.com. 28 August 2007. http://www.chitramala.com/articles/nagarjuna-4141.html. Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
  14. ^ a b c d "Many Happy Returns to Nag". IndiaGlitz. 29 August 2007. http://www.indiaglitz.com/channels/telugu/article/33286.html. Retrieved 2 March 2010. 

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