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Born Akkineni Nagarjuna
August 29, 1959 (1959-08-29) (age 50)
India Hyderabad, India
Other name(s) Nag, Yuva samrat,King
Occupation Actor,
Years active 1986 - Present
Spouse(s) Lakshmi Daggubati (1984-1990)
Amala (1992-present)

Akkineni Nagarjuna (Telugu: అక్కినేని నాగార్జున) (born 29 August 1959 in Chennai, India), is an Indian Tollywood and Bollywood actor and a producer.


Tollywood Cinema


Nagarjuna's first movie Vikram released on 24 May 1986. It was a remake of the hit Hindi film Hero. Despite unfavourable reviews, the film was successful. After four unsuccessful films, he starred in the hit film, Majnu as a tragic protagonist; Similar roles were known to be his father's forte. It is said Majnu, which was made by his father's long time director Dasari Narayana Rao, was the first film that established him as a true actor. He later acted alongside his father in the hit movie, Collector gari Abbayi. His next hit was Aakhari Poratam' co-starring Sridevi and directed by K. Raghavendra Rao. He also acted in the movies Vikkidada, Kiraidada, Murali Krishnudu, Janaki Ramudu, Agni Putrudu. 1989 was a remarkable year in the career of Nagarjuna. The shift up in his career came in this year when he attained critical and commercial success with Geetanjali, a love story that was directed by famous South Indian director Maniratnam. Geetanjali became a block buster hit when it was dubbed into Tamil as well. In the same year, Nagarjuna followed it up with the trend setter blockbuster hit, Shiva, an action film directed by Ram Gopal Varma. It went on to become one of the all time hits of the Telugu film industry. Shiva was dubbed into Tamil as 'Udhayam' and it was a run away hit Tamil too. He subsequently made his Bollywood debut with the Hindi remake of the same film, which too turned out to be a huge success all over India. Nagarjuna helped launch the career of the Bollywood director, Ram Gopal Varma. After Shiva, the expectations on his subsequent films were too high. He did some different roles in the movies like Killer, Nirnayam. Nagarjuna had to endure a series of commercial setbacks before President Gari Pellam released in 1993. He was able to follow it up with the hit films,Varasudu, Gharana Bullodu, and Allari Alludu, Criminal and Sisindri to name a few. In 1994, he ventured into comedy for the first time with Hello Brother. Hello Brother was such a block buster hit that it was later remade into Judwaa, a Hindi film starring Salman Khan. Hello Brother became a super hit in Tamil too, when it was dubbed into that language. In 1996, Nagarjuna starred as well as produced, Ninne Pelladutha, which was directed by Krishna Vamsi and co-starred the National Award winning Hindi actress, Tabu was highest crosser in Telugu industry. It is rumoured that Nagarjuna signed Krishna Vamsi upon seeing just ten minutes of the director's, then yet to be released debut film, Gulabi. It went on to become the biggest hit of that year, while also launching the career of music director Sandeep Chowta. Later, Nagarjuna took up the challenge of portraying Annamacharya, the 15th century Telugu singer and poet, in Annamayya. Like Shiva and Geethanjali, Annamayya. For his role in this film, Nagarjuna went on to receive the National Award from the President of India. In 2000 Sitaramaraju hit movie, Nagarjuna starred in Nuvvu Vasthavani which went on to become a blockbuster. His subsequent films that year, Ninne Premistha and Aazaad too met with commercial success. Later, he starred in the romantic comedies, Santhosham and Manmadhudu, both of which were huge hits at the box office. Shivamani capped off a golden run of six continious hits for Nagarjuna, a record that has few equals in the business. During that time, he produced the blockbuster film, Sathyam, helping the acting career of his nephew, Sumanth.


In 2004, Nagarjuna had two releases, Nennunnanu and Mass. The former, despite being slammed by critics, went on become a box office winner. Mass, which was produced by Nagarjuna himself and directed by a debutant, the prominent dance choreographer Lawrence, too became one of the highest grossing films in his career[1]. Once again, Nagarjuna proved that he had a good eye in spotting new talent. In 2005, Nagarjuna acted and produced Super, which didn't exactly reach up to expectations it was an average hit. Then in 2006, Nagarjuna reunited with Annamayya director, K.Raghavendra Rao, and starred in the film Sri Ramadasu, his second period film that was based on the great 18th century Telugu saint-composer of the same name.[2] Nagarjuna received the Nandi award for best actor that year. Sri Ramadasu, much like his earlier Annamayya, gave Nagarjuna critical as well as commercial success. His most recent films, "Don" was a box office flop in 2009 "King" was commercially successful, even with less than the best reviews. A good actor but his recent movie kedi (2010) went on to become a flop in his career

Work in Hindi and Tamil films

Nagarjuna acted in various Bollywood Hindi Movies like Shiva, Drohi (1992), Khuda Gawah (1992), Criminal (1994), Mr. Bechara (1996), Zakhm (1998), Angaarey (1998), LOC Kargil (2003) etc. Shiva was a huge hit most of the languages it was made into. Khuda Gawah, Criminal, Zakhm are box office hits. He has also dubbed some of his Telugu language Movies in Hindi. He had also made guest appearances in many Hindi films. He has also acted in Tamil films like Rakshakan which was made as Rakshakudu in Telugu. His other movies which were dubbed into Tamil are Shiva as Udhayam, Geetanajli as Idhayathai thirudathae, Annamayya, Sisindri & Hello Brother.

Television production

Nagarjuna made his debut as a television producer in 2007 with the serial Yuva.[3] He owns a large stake in the television channel Maa TV.[4]


National Film Awards


Nandi Awards


Filmfare Awards

As a producer


As actor

Year Film Role Released Dates
1986 Vikram Vikram 23.05.1986
Captain Nagarjuna Nagarjuna 29.08.1986
1987 Arayankanda 01.01.1987
Majnu 14.01.1987
Sankeertana 20.03.1987
Collector Gari Abbai 09.04.1987
Agni Putrudu 12.08.1987
Kirai Dada 12.11.1987
1988 Aakhari Poratam Vihari 12.03.1988
Chinna Babu 06.05.1988
Murali Krishnudu Murali Krishna 03.06.1988
Janaki Ramudu Ramu 19.08.1988
1989 Shiva Shiva 05.10.1989
Agni 09.08.1989
Geethanjali Prakash 12.05.1989
Vicky Daada Vikram 11.03.1989
Vijay Vijay 19.01.1989
1990 Shiva Shiva 07.12.1990
Neti Siddhaartha Siddhaartha 08.11.1990
Iddaru Iddare 05.09.1990
Prema Yuddham 23.03.1990
1991 Jaitrayatra Vijay 13.11.1991
Santhi Kranthi Kranti 19.09.1991
Chaitanya Chaitanya 07.06.1991
Nirnayam Vamsi Krishna 21.02.1991
1992 President Gari Pellam Raja 30.10.1992
Drohi Raghav/Shekhar 25.10.1992
Antham Raghav 11.09.1992
Khuda Gawah Insp. Raja Mirza 07.06.1992
Killer Eeshwar 10.01.1992
1993 Allari Alludu Kalyan 06.10.1993
Varasudu Vinay 06.05.1993
Rakshana Bose 18.02.1993
1994 Criminal Dr. Ajay Kumar 14.10.1994
Hello Brother Deva/Ravi Varma 20.04.1994
Govinda Govinda Seenu 21.01.1994
1995 Sisindri Raja 14.09.1995
Criminal Dr. Ajay Kumar 11.08.1995
Gharana Bullodu Raju 27.04.1995
1996 Ninne Pelladutha Seenu 04.10.1996
Vajram Chakri 05.11.1994
Ramudochhadu Ram 25.04.1996
1997 Ratchagan Ajay 30.10.1997
Annamayya Annamayya 22.05.1997
1998 Zakhm Raman Desai 25.12.1998
Chandralekha Seeta Rama Rao 30.07.1998
Angaarey Raja 24.07.1998
Auto Driver Jagan 24.04.1998
Aavida Maa Aavide Vikranth 14.01.1998
1999 Ravoyi Chandamama Sashi 15.10.1999
Seetaramaraju Ramaraju 05.02.1999
2000 Azad Azad 29.09.2000
Ninne Premista Srinivas 14.09.2000
Nuvvu Vastavani Chinni Krishna 05.04.2000
2001 Snehamante Idera Aravind 26.10.2001
Akasa Veedhilo Chandu 23.08.2001
Bava Nachadu Ajay 07.06.2001
Eduruleni Manishi Surya Murthy,Satya Murthy 30.03.2001
2002 Manmadhudu Abhiram 20.12.2002
Agni Varsha Yavakri 11.08.2002
Santosham Karthik 09.05.2002
2003 LOC Kargil Maj. Padmapani Acharya 26.12.2003
Shivamani 9848022338 Shivamani 23.10.2003
2004 Mass Mass, Ganesh 23.12.2004
Nenunnanu Venu 07.04.2004
2005 Super Akhil 21.07.2005
2006 Style Mass 12.01.2006
Sri Ramadasu Gopanna, Sri Ramadasu 31.03.2006
Boss - I Love You Gopal Krishna 15.09.2006
2007 Don Don, Suri 20.12.2007
2008 Krishnarjuna Krishna (The God) 01.02.2008
King Bottu Seenu aka King aka Sarath 25.12.2008
2010 Kedi Ramesh aka Rummy 12.02.2010

As producer

Year Film Notes
1979 Kalyani
1980 Pilla Zameendaaru
1980 Buchhibabu
1981 Prema Kanuka
1981 Premaabhishekam
1982 Yuvaraju
1983 Shri Ranganeethulu
1995 Sisindri
1996 Ninne Pelladatha
1998 Aaha
1998 Sri Seetarama Kalyanam Chutamurarandi
1998 Chandralekha
1999 Prema Katha
1999 Sitaramaraju
2000 Yuvakudu
2002 Manmadhudu
2003 Satyam[7]
2004 Mass
2005 Super


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