"What I learnt from my father is not the craft of acting. Instead, it was discipline, technique, hard work and the determination required to be a good actor. He taught me to be passionate and dedicated to my profession."
If asked a synonym for acting perfection dedication and hard work it would be a mustached face that flashes in our minds, and he is none other than Nagarjuna, the most renowned actor in Tollywood. And being incredibly good looking, this face has been waving in the night dreams of numerous women for more than 20 years. Even on the peak of the art of acting this humble, simple man strongly believe that “being simple is being happy.
Akkineni Nagarjuna Rao born August 29, 1959 in Chennai, often known as Nagarjuna, is a popular Telugu Cinema actor and a successful producer. He is the son of veteran actor, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, who was an actor in the 1960s and 1970s. Nag's foray into films is an act of passion.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Nagarjuna did his schooling at Hyderabad Public School and later went to Little Flower Junior College to do his intermediate. After that, he went on to do mechanical engineering in College of Engineering, Guindy, Chennai (also called as Anna University). He later attended the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he got a masters degree in Automobile engineering. Nagarjuna's wife Amala is more popular with her social service acts). He has two sons, Naga Chaitanya, and Akhil Akkineni.
Vikram(1986), his debut film (a Telugu remake of Hindi Hero), made a splash at the hearts of youth. Being just 4 films old he proved that he can match his father's image as a tragedy king with a lovely film called Majnu. He developed the strategy of inducting debutante directors to his films with Sankeerthana. Though this musical saga did not sustain at box-office, Nag had gone a step ahead as an actor.
He paired up with his legendry father Sr Akkineni to produce Collectorgari Abbai. But it was the Midas touch of Aswini Dutt that proved Nag's Box-office credentials. For the first time he paired up with Sridevi, who has done innumerable films with Nag's father Nageswara Rao, in the film Akhari Poratam that ran for 100 days in 12 centers.
It was Geetanjali that has taken Nag's image as a romantic hero to new heights. Shiva gave Nag much needed action Hero image and Nag made inroads into the hearts of students. Fueled by the success of Shiva, Nag made a grand entry into Hindi filmdom with the remake of Shiva. This film has also got him Amala, his soul mate. He was known for encouraging new directors such as Ram Gopal Varma by giving them a chance to make movies with him. Movies such as President Gari Pellam and Hello Brother gave him the status of a mass hero.
After that, Ninne Pelladutha directed by Krishna Vamshi followed and was a huge hit. Later, he took up the challenge of portraying Annamacharya, the legendary singer/poet of medieval times in the movie Annamayya It ran for 100 days in 42 centers and is one of the biggest hits in Tollywood. He won the National Award for this role in Special Jury. He is the only actor in Tollywood to receive this award.
Nag has been nicknamed celluloid scientist. He is best talent spotter around. To his credit he blooded Geetha Krishna, Ram Gopal Varma, Uppalapati Narayana Rao, Praveen Gandhi, VR Pratap and Jonnalagadda Srinivasa Rao, Dasarath. He offered 'Ninne Pelladatha' to a newcomer Krishna Vamsi just by looking at a 5 minute rushes of 'Gulabi'. Nag will be known as the person who changed the mindset of industry with his creative thinking. He encouraged the new technology in his films. And others followed him. Nagarjuna is never after the number game and did not encourage the culture dragging movies for 50 days and 100 days for the sake of records and false prestige.