As he turns a year older today, here’s a pictorial look at his life and career so far.
Akkineni Nagarjuna was born to veteran actor Nageswara Rao Akkineni and Annapurna Akkineni, in Chennai on August 29,
1959.The superstar is a mechanical engineer and also holds an M Sc (Automobile Engineering) from Eastern Michigan
University.Nagarjuna’s acting career began as a child star in the 1967 Telugu film Sudigundalu at the age of eight. He then
made his debut as a lead actor with Vikram in 1986. But it was Mani Ratnam’s Geethanjali (1989), a love story, which made him a
star.The same year came Ram Gopal Varma’s Telugu action film Shiva which became an instant hit and has been lauded for
breaking new ground. Shiva earned Nagarjuna the Filmfare Best Actor Award (Telugu). Subsequently, Nagarjuna made his
Bollywood debut with the remake of Shiva, which was also a hit.
A slew of action films like Killer,Chaithanya, Nirnayam and President Gari Pellam, followed.
Nagarjuna was also cast in Mahesh Bhatt’s bi-lingual film Criminal. In 1994, he ventured into comedy for the first time with
Hello Brother. It was later remade in Hindi as Judwaa starring Salman Khan.
In 1996, Nagarjuna produced and starred in Ninne Pelladatha. He followed this up by experimenting with a period film,
portraying the 15th-century Telugu singer and poet Annamacharya. His powerful performance earned Nagarjuna his third
Filmfare Best Actor Award (Telugu) and his first Nandi Award for Best Actor.
The 2002 rom-com Santosham opposite Shriya Saran and Gracy Singh won Nagarjuna his second Nandi Award for Best Actor.
The blockbuster film was dubbed in Tamil as Santhosha Vanille and in Hindi as Pehli Nazar Ka Pehla Pyaar.
The actor married his Shiva co-actor Amala in 1992 and they have a son named Akhil Akkineni. Akhil will soon be seen in
Akhil, while Naga Chaitanya will be seen in Saahasam Swasaga Sagipo. The trailer of their films will release today. As a treat for
the Akkineni fans, the trailer of Soggade Chinni Nayana will also release today.
We wish the actor a very happy birthday and all the very best for future endeavours.