- Akkineni Nagarjuna
Nagarjuna at TeachAIDS launch in 2010
Born Akkineni Nagarjuna Rao
August 29, 1959
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Residence Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India Occupation Actor, Producer, Businessman Years active 1986–present Spouse Lakshmi Daggubati (1984–1990 divorced)
Children Naga Chaitanya Akkineni
Parents Nageswara Rao Akkineni
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.
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. 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. 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, Damarukam and Shridi Sai
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.
Nagarjuna, with his wife Amala, is the co-founder of Blue Cross of Hyderabad, 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.
- 1997 - National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu - for producing Ninne Pelladatha
- Nandi Awards - Andhra Pradesh State
- 1997 - Nandi Award for Best Actor for Annamayya
- 1999 - Kansya (Bronze) Nandi Award for producing Prema Kadha
- 2002 - Nandi Award for Best Actor for Santhosham
- 2002 - Swarna (Gold) Nandi Award for producing Manmadhudu
- 2006 - Nandi Award for Best Actor for Sri Ramadasu
- 1989 - Filmfare Best Actor Award (Telugu) for Shiva
- 1996 - Filmfare Best Film Award (Telugu) for Ninne Pelladatha
- 1997 - Filmfare Best Actor Award (Telugu) for Annamayya
- Andhra Pradesh Film Journalists Association Award for Azad
- 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
- 1989 - Best Actor for Geethanjali
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,
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,
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
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
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