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Nandamuri Balakrishna






10 Jun, 1960 Chennai


Film Nagar, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Nandamuri Balakrishna

Nandamuri Balakrishna is an Indian film actor and politician known for his works predominantly in the Telugu cinema. He is the sixth son of Telugu film actor, and former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N. T. Rama Rao. He entered the film industry as a child artist at the age of fourteen with the film Tatamma Kala. In a film career spanning forty years he has acted in hundred feature films in a variety of roles. He has played three different roles as a grandfather, father and grandson for the first time on celluloid screen.

Known for his dancing skills, Balakrishna has received two state Nandi Awards, and the South Indian International Movie Award for best acting. Balakrishna was the guest of honor at the 43rd International Film Festival of India. Balakrishna is the Chairman of Basavatarakam Indo American Cancer Hospital and Research. He is an elected member of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly for Hindupur. In his 100th film, he essayed Gautamiputra Satakarni, 2nd century ruler of the Satavahana Empire in the epic war film Gautamiputra Satakarni. The film was subsequently dubbed into Hindi and Tamil languages.

In 1974, Balakrishna acted as a child artist in Tatamma Kala which was directed by NTR. Over a period of time he acted in several films, many of them were directed by NTR. Out of which Dana Veera Soora Karna, Sri Madvirata Parvam, Akbar Salim Anarkali and Sri Tirupati Venkateswara Kalyanam became memorable films in his film career. His roles as Abhimanyu in Dana Veera Soora Karna, Sri Madvirata Parvam and Salim in Akbar Salim Anarkali, saint Narada in Sri Tirupati Venkateswara Kalyanam are highly praised. At the age of 16, he acted in a movie titled Annadammula Anubandham, a remake of Dharmendra's Hindi movie Yaadon Ki Baaraat. After watching this movie, other legend of Tollywood Akkineni Nagewara Rao commented that 'Simham kadupuna sihame puttindi'.[citation needed] In this film, Balakrishna appeared in brother role to his real life father NTR. Balakrishna appeared as son to his real life brother Nandamuri Harikrishna in the movie Dana Veera Sura Karna.

In 1984 Balakrishna debuted in a hero role with Sahasame Jeevitham. Even though he acted in several films named as N. T. Rama Rao son, later his hard work, discipline, talent and dedication made him stand in the industry and to win the hearts of audience. He then starred in a drama film Mangammagari Manavadu in 1984 alongside Bhanumathi, Suhasini directed by Kodi Ramakrishna. The film was a blockbuster at the box-office. In the same year, he acted in Kathanayakudu and in biographical film Shrimad Virat Veerabrahmendra Swami Charitra. Both the films did well at the box-office. Again his role as Siddhappa in Shrimad Virat Veerabrahmendra Swami Charitra is critically praised. This movie was directed by his father NTR. He also appeared in K. Viswanath's directorial Janani Janmabhoomi in 1984, which was a critical success. In the year 1985, he acted with Akkineni Nageswara Rao in the film Bharyabhartala Bandham alongside Rajani, which is a moderate success. In the year 1986, he acted in movies like Muddula Krishnaiah, Seetharama Kalyanam, Anasuyamma Gari Alludu and Deshoddharakudu which gradually increased his potential at the box office.

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