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Akkineni Nagarjuna

OCCUPATION

Actor

LANGUAGE

Telugu

BORN

29 Aug, 1959 Madras, Madras State, India

RESIDENCE

Film Nagar, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Akkineni Nagarjuna

Akkineni Nagarjuna (born 29 August 1959) is an Indian film actor and film producer. He has received nine state Nandi Awards, three Filmfare Awards South and a National Film Award-Special Mention. In 1996 he produced Ninne Pelladata, which has garnered the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu for that year. He is considered by most, as the all time ultimate superstar, in the South indian film industry.

Known for his work in biographical films, he played 15th-century composer Annamacharya in the 1997 film Annamayya, Yavakri (the son of the ascetic Bharadwaja) in the 2002 film Agni Varsha, Major Padmapani Acharya in the 2003 war film LOC Kargil, 17th-century composer Kancherla Gopanna in the 2006 film Sri Ramadasu, Suddala Hanmanthu, in the 2011 film Rajanna, Sai Baba of Shirdi in the 2012 film Shirdi Sai, Chandala in the 2013 film Jagadguru Adi Sankara, and Hathiram Bhavaji in the 2017 film Om Namo Venkatesaya. In 1989, he starred in the Maniratnam-directed romantic drama film Geetanjali, which won the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment. In the same year, he acted in Siva, an action blockbuster directed by Ram Gopal Varma, which premiered at the 13th International Film Festival of India. In 1990, he made his Bollywood debut with the Hindi remake of the same film titled Shiva. In 1998, he received the National Film Award-Special Mention for his performance in the historical film Annamayya.

In 2013, he represented the cinema of South India at the Delhi Film Festival's 100 Years of Indian Cinema's celebration, alongside Ramesh Sippy and Vishal Bhardwaj from Bollywood. In 1995, he ventured into film production, with a production unit operating in Seychelles, and was a co-director of an Emmy Award-winning film animation company in Michigan, U.S. Along with his brother, Akkineni Venkata Rathnam, Nagarjuna is the co-owner of the production company Annapurna Studios. He is also the president of the non-profit film school Annapurna International School of Film and Media based in Hyderabad.

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