Nagarjuna,the nick name of Akkineni Nagarjuna Rao is one of the most distinguished actors and producers in Telugu Cinema Industry. Son of veteran actor, Akkineni Nageswara Rao and Annapurna Akkineni, this celluloid personality was born on 29th August 1959 in Chennai.
Nagarjuna did his schooling from Hyderabad Public School and intermediate from Little Flower Junior College. He graduated with an Engineering degree from Anna University ,Chennai followed by masters in Michigan University, USA.
Nagarjuna had a great passion for acting and he made his first public appearance in ‘Vikram’ in 1986 and won the heart of the young audience. In ‘Geetanjali’ directed by Maniratnam, Nagarjuna’s role as a romantic hero catapulted him to new heights in the film industry. ‘Shiva’ by director Ram Gopal Varma, gave Nagarjuna the fame of a popular action hero. He made his debut in Bollywood with the remake of ‘Shiva’. He paired with Vamsi, the renowned Telugu actress in ‘Ninne Pelladutha’ that proved to be the biggest romantic blockbuster in the Telegu cinema industry. His film Akhari Poraatam ran for 100 days and was a smash hit. His role as a tragic hero in Majnu and a challenging characterization in Annamayya, made him a celebrity in the Telegu film industry.
Nagarjuna was awarded the National Award for his role in ‘Annamayya’ in the special jury section.. He worked with a number of film directors namely Ram Gopal Varma, Maniratnam, Praveen Gandhi, Geetha Krishna,Uppalapati Narayana Raoa and Pratap. Some of his recent movies are Nenunnanu and Mass (2004), Super (2005), Sri Ramadasu and Boss, I Love You(2006).