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Nagarjuna Akkineni
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Also known as:Akkineni Nagarjuna
Occupation:Actor • Producer • Writer • Special Appearances
Born:August 29, 1959
Birthplace:Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Spouse:Amala Akkineni, Lakshmi Daggubati
Children:2
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Known nationwide for his critically acclaimed performances in biographical and historical films, Nagarjuna Akkineni is a Telugu actor and producer who has been honored with multiple National Awards, Nandi Awards and Filmfare Awards (South). The son of yesteryear Tollywood legend Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Nagarjuna`s career spans well over three decades, in the course of which he has appeared in over a hundred films, besides producing several. Some of Nagarjuna`s most memorable performances have come in movies like Gitanjali (1989), Ninne Pelladatha (1996), Annamayya (1997), Azad (2000), Santosham (2002) and more recently, Oopiri (2016). Besides these, he has also appeared in a handful of Bollywood films.

At the Delhi Film Festival`s 100 Years of Indian Cinema`s celebration, in 2013, Nagarjuna was chosen to represent the `Cinema of South India` section. The actor ventured into film production with Annapurna Studios, which he started with his brother Venkat Akkineni.

Along with his wife Amala, Nagarjuna is the founder of Blue Cross of Hyderabad, an animal welfare society. He is also the face for various HIV/AIDS awareness initiatives and works closely with TeachAIDS, a nonprofit founded at Stanford University.

EARLY LIFE
Born to Nageswara Rao Akkineni and Annapurna Akkineni in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, Nagarjuna moved to Hyderabad for his education. He completed his schooling from Hyderabad Public School and Little Flower Junior College, respectively. For his graduation, he joined a university in Eastern Michigan but completed only one year his industrial engineering degree along with MBA. He later got a master`s degree in automobile engineering at San Jose State University.

PERSONAL LIFE
The actor married Lakshmi Daggubati in 1984. Lakshmi, daughter of D. Ramanaidu, a prominent film-maker, and sister of the actors Venkatesh and Suresh Babu, belonged to an illustrious film family in Hyderabad. However, the couple parted ways after six years of marriage, in 1990. They have a son together, Naga Chaitanya, who is also an actor. In 1992, Nagarjuna married actress Amala Mukherjee, with whom he has a son named Akhil Akkineni.

MOVIE CAREER
Nagarjuna made his debut as a lead with V. Madhusudhana Rao`s 1996 action drama Vikram. A remake of the Hindi film Hero, the movie was declared a box office hit. Cashing on the success of his maiden film, he appeared in films like Majnu (1987), Sankeertana (1987), Aakhari Poratam (1988), and Janaki Ramudu (1988). In 1989, he starred in the National Award winning film Geetanjali. Directed by Mani Ratnam, the film opened to a very positive commercial as well as critical response. Following this, he starred in another career milestone Siva. Directed by Ram Gopal Varma, the film chronicles the political life of a college student. The movie catapulted Nagarjuna to further stardom and also marked his Hindi movie debut in the form of the remake of the same film titled Shiva. He then starred in Bollywood movies like Khuda Gawah (1992), Drohi (1992), Criminal (1994), and Mr. Bechara (1996).

In 1996, he starred and produced the Telugu romance drama Ninne Pelladata. Co-starring Tabu opposite him, the blockbuster film received the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu, and Filmfare Award for Best Film - Telugu that year. The subsequent year, he featured in another National and Filmfare Award winning film Annamayya, which was directed by K. Raghavendra Rao. With this movie, began his association with biographical and historical cinema. He essayed 15th-century composer in Annamacharya, a Major in the 2003 war film LOC Kargil, a 17th-century composer in the 2006 film Sri Ramadasu, and Sai Baba of Shirdi in the 2012 film Shirdi Sai.

Amidst this, he played Raman Desai in Mahesh Bhatt`s Hindi drama film Zakhm. Co-starring Ajay Devgn, Pooja Bhatt, and Sonali Bendre, the movie bagged the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration. Returning to Telugu cinema, he appeared in movies like Ravoyi Chandamama (1999), Azad (2000), Bava Nachadu (2001), Santosham (2002), Boss - I Love You (2006), Greeku Veerudu (2013), Sri Jagadguru Aadi Sankara (2013), Manam (2014), and Soggade Chinni Nayana.

In 2016, Nagarjuna essayed the role of a quadriplegic in the comedy-drama Oopiri, which was a remake of the 2011 French film The Intouchables. The film opened to critical acclaim and was declared a box office hit, with praises pouring in from all quarters for the actor`s nuanced performance. The biographical drama Om Namo Venkatesaya (2017) and the horror comedy Raju Gari Gadhi 2 (2017) followed in the next year, though neither of them managed to make a major impact at the box office despite the mixed to positive critical response. In 2018, Nagarjuna reunited with Ram Gopal Varma for the action crime film Officer, which proved to be a disappointment both critically and commercially. Among the actor`s other recent projects is the multi-starrer Deva Daasu (2018), where he starred alongside Nani. Besides these, he also produced movies like Rangula Raatnam and Chi La Sow in 2018. His 2019 releases include Manmadhudu 2.

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  • Akkineni Nagarjuna, on the back of his power-packed performances in Telugu cinema has earned many titles including 'Yuva Samrat' of the Telugu film industry.
  • Apart from his acting brilliance, Akkineni Nagarjuna is also known for his business acumen; he is one of the major shareholders of MAA TV, a television channel. He also owns a production house named Annapurna Studios and a chain of hotels named N Convention
  • Akkineni Nagarjuna and his wife Amala co-founded an NGO named Blue Cross of Hyderabad, which works for the welfare of animals and preservation of animal rights. The actor, who also takes special interest in working for the betterment of the underprivileged, undertakes many welfare programs on MAA TV.
  • Personal Quotes (10)

  • "Someone who has acted carelessly, But later becomes careful and attentive, Is as beautiful as the bright moon emerging from the clouds."
  • "All philosophies are mental fabrications. There has never been a single doctrine by which one could enter the true essence of things."
  • "Sheer brilliance needs to be expressed properly."
  • "I believe, for an actor, both the success of his film and awards are equally important. "
  • " Sometimes people just need to be heard. They find happiness in sharing their thoughts. "
  • "The logs of wood which move down the river together are driven apart by every wave. Such inevitable parting should not be the cause of misery. "
  • "The teachings of elegant sayings should be collected when one can. For the supreme gift of words of wisdom, any price will be paid."
  • "He who does not attempt to make peace when small discords arise, is like the bee's hive which leaks drops of honey. Soon, the whole hive collapses."
  • "Ultimate serenity is the coming to rest of all ways of taking things; the repose of named things. No truth has been taught by a Buddha for anyone, anywhere."
  • "Without hope of reward provide help to others. Bear sufferings alone and share your pleasures with beggars. "
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