Akkineni Nagarjuna Biography

Akkineni Nagarjuna

Quick Facts Of Akkineni Nagarjuna

Celebrated Name Akkineni Nagarjuna
Age 61 Years
Nick Name Nag
Birth Name Akkineni Nagarjuna
Birth Date 1959-08-29
Gender Male
Profession Actor
Birth Nation India
Place Of Birth Madras, Madras State
Nationality Indian
Horoscope Virgo
Father Nageswara Rao Akkineni
Mother Annapurna Akkineni
Siblings 4
Sisters Sathyavathi, Susheela Naga and Saroja Akkinei
Brothers Venkat Akkineni
School Hyderabad Public School
High School Little Flower Junior College
College / University College of Engineering, Anna University
University Eastern Michigan University
Education M.S. in Mechanical Engineering
Body Build/Type Athletic
Body Measurement 40-34-14 inches
Height 6ft(1.83m)
Weight 74kg(163 lbs)
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Brown
Net Worth $50 million
Renumaration per film Rs. 7 crore
Marital Status Married
Spouse Amala Akkineni (m. 1992), Lakshmi Daggubati (m. 1984–1990)
Children 2
Son Naga Chaitanya(1986), Akhil Akkineni(1994)
Debut Movie Vikram
Debut Television Show/Series Yuva
Sexual Orientation Straight
Religion Hindu

Akkineni Nagarjuna is an Indian film actor, producer, television presenter, and entrepreneur, popularly known for his works in Telugu language films. He has been working in the entertainment field now for 34 years since 1986 thus earning 9 state Nandi Awards, 3 Filmfare Awards South and a National Film Award-Special Mention.

Nagarjuna is one of the prominent actors of Indian cinema who has won all the awards in which he was nominated. As a producer, he won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu. Akkineni is also the co-owner of the production company, "Annapurna Studios".

What is Akkineni Nagarjuna Famous for?

  • Famous as prominent actors of Indian cinema, primarily known for his works in Telugu language films.

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Where was Akkineni Nagarjuna Born?

Akkineni Nagarjuna was born on August 29, 1959, in Madras, Madras State, India. His birth name is Akkineni Nagarjuna. His nationality is Indian. Virgo is his zodiac sign. 

Akkineni Nagarjuna was born in a well-to-do Daggubati-Akkineni Family. Nagarjuna was born to Nageswara Rao Akkineni(father) and his wife Annapurna Akkineni(mother). His father, Nageswara, popularly known as ARN, was one of the prominent actors and producers in Indian cinema. 

Nagarjuna was raised along with his 4 siblings: 3 sisters, Sathyavathi, Susheela Naga and Saroja Akkineni and a brother, Venkat Akkineni.

His family later moved to Hyderabad, where he attended the Hyderabad Public School and after then he joined Little Flower Junior College. He was a prominent student so he decided to take engineering as his career and thus completed one year of his Bachelor of Engineering from the College of Engineering, Guindy, Anna University in Chennai. 

Later, he attended and graduated from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan earning his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering. 

Akkineni began acting as a child artist in the Telugu film, "Velugu Needalu"(1961) and "Sudigundalu"(1967) in which his father was a lead actor. 

Akkineni Nagarjuna's Career Highlights

  • Akkineni Nagarjuna made his debut as a lead actor through the Telugu film, "Vikram" directed by V. Madhusudhana Rao in 1986.
  • Later, he appeared in films like "Majnu", "Sankeertana", "Janaki Ramudu", "Prema Yuddham", "Iddaru Iddare", "Nirnayam" which were all hit movies of the time.
  • He starred in the blockbuster film, "Aakhari Poratam" alongside Sridevi and Suhasini in 1988.
  • In 1989, he starred in a romantic drama, "Geetanjali". The film won the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment in 1990.
  • He got his biggest success with his appearance as the lead role of Shiva in the film, "Shiva" in 1989. This film got him more fame and popularity.
  • In 1990, he subsequently made his Bollywood debut with the Hindi remake of the same film, "Shiva".
  • In 1994, he starred in his first Hindi-Telugu bilingual, "Criminal" directed by Mahesh Bhatt.

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  • The same year, he tried comedy for the first time in a huge blockbuster, "Hello Brother", which was later remade into Hindi as "Judwaa".
  • In 1996, Akkineni starred in and produced his first-ever film, "Ninne Pelladata". The movie won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu and Filmfare Award for Best Film - Telugu.
  • In 1997, he portrayed the role of Annamacharya, in film, "Annamacharya". The movie earned him his Filmfare Best Actor Award and his first Nandi Award for Best Actor along with a National Award.
  • Subsequently, he appeared in films like President Gari Pellam, Varasudu, Gharana Bullodu, and Allari Alludu. He starred in romantic comedies such as Santosham, Manmadhudu, and Shivamani.
  • In 2003, he produced a film, "Satyam" starring his nephew Sumanth.
  • In 2006, he starred in "Sri Ramadasu", which earned him Nandi Award for Best Actor. He also starred in blockbuster "Don", "King", "Devdas".
  • Akkineni made his debut as a television producer in 2009 with the soap opera, "Yuva".
  • In 2011, Akkineni signed three movies in a row: Rajanna, Damarukam and Shirdi Sai. 
  • Akkineni also faced failure as his films, "Om Namo Venkatesaya", "Bhai" and "Officer" which turned out to the biggest disaster in Akkineni's career.
  • In 2019, he had hosted the third season of Bigg Boss Telugu.

Who is Akkineni Nagarjuna married to?

Akkineni Nagarjuna has been married twice throughout his life to date. Nagarjuna was previously married to his first wife, Lakshmi Daggubati. Lakshmi is the daughter of D. Ramanaidu, a prominent film-maker, and sister of the actor Venkatesh and producer Suresh Babu. 

Nagarjuna and Lakshmi got married in 1984 and have a son, Naga Chaitanya Akkineni born on November 23, 1986. Naga is also an actor who is married to actress Samantha Ruth Prabhu. Within 6 years of marriage of Nagarjuna, their relation couldn't be stable and they got divorced in 1990 with equal rights of co-parenting Naga. 

Later, he met Amala Akkineni, an Indian film actress, Bharata Natyam dancer, and an animal welfare activist. Amala and Nagarjuna fell in love and soon got married in 1992. The couple has a son, Akkineni Akhil born in 1994. Akhil is also a Tamil actor. 

Currently, Nagarjuna is living in Hyderabad with all of his sons and families.

What is the Net Worth of Akkineni Nagarjuna?

The 60 years old Akkineni Nagarjuna has quite a great earning through his professional career as an actor and producer. Being in this industry for more than 3 decades, Nagarjuna has managed to amass a fortune worth millions of dollars from several of his hit films. His net worth is estimated to be around $50 million. He also earns a salary of Rs. 7 crore per film. 

Akkineni also makes money from his several companies and endorsement deals. Currently, Akkineni endorses Kalyan Jewellers in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. He is also the founding partner of N3 Realty Enterprises which is now non-existent. Nagarjuna, along with his wife Amala, are co-founders of Blue Cross of Hyderabad. 

Besides, he was a co-owner of the "Mumbai Masters" of the Indian Badminton League, and the "Mahi Racing Team India", along with Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He is also one of the co-owners of the Indian Super League club Kerala Blasters FC. 

He was also listed No. 36 and No. 43 in Forbes India's top 100 Celebrities for the years 2012 and 2013 respectively.

How Tall is Akkineni Nagarjuna?

Akkineni Nagarjuna is a handsome hunk in his early 60s. Nagarjuna has a well maintained athletic body physique that measures around 40-34-14 inches. He stands tall with a height of 6ft.(1.83m) while his body weighs around 74kg(163 lbs). 

He has a fair complexion with black hair and brown eyes.  

Did You Know?

  • Akkineni Nagarjuna started his career when he was a child in the Telugu film, "Velugu Needalu"(1961).
  • His daughter-in-law is Samantha married to his elder son, Naga Chaitanya Akkineni.
  • In his film, "Manam"(2014) Amitabh Bachchan made an appearance.