Akkineni Nagarjuna born August 29, 1959 in Chennai, India, often known as Nagarjuna, is a popular Indian Telugu cinema actor and a successful producer. He is the son of veteran actor, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, who is a very respected actor having successfully done multiple films through the last two and half decades.
Nagarjuna was born to Telugu cinema actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao and Annapurna Akkineni. Nagarjuna did his schooling at Hyderabad Public School and later went to Ratna Junior College to do his intermediate. After that, he went on to do mechanical engineering in College of Engineering, Guindy, Chennai(which is an Anna University in-house department). He later attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he received his master's degree in Computer Science Engineering.Later on he did his Post Graduation in MIT.
His first movie Vikram released on May 24, 1986 was a remake of the Hindi film Hero starring Jackie Shroff. After acting in four films, he acted in Majnu as a tragedy hero; similar roles were known to be his father's forte. He acted with his father in the movie Collectorgari Abbayi. His first big hit was Akhari Poraatam co-starring Sridevi that ran for 100 days in 12 centers. Geethanjali a love story directed by Maniratnam followed by Shiva an action film directed by Ram Gopal Varma were highly successful and established him as one of the top heroes. During this phase of his career he relished working with new directors such as Ram Gopal Varma in order to recreate his screen persona and enjoy a certain creative energy, through the fresh approach of these young directors. He also made his Bollywood debut with the Hindi remake of Shiva which was a hit followed by Khuda Gawah, Drohi also directed by rgv but bombed at the box office. His next criminal directed by Mahesh Bhatt was average. His last Hindi Film was "Angarey" which bombed at the box office.
Nagarjuna revived his father's production Annapurna Studios which has become one of the most successful production companies of recent times in Tollywood. He never hesitates to experiment when he produces films. He gave a chance to a newcomer who had no prior experience in movies to direct him. The newcomer didn't disappoint him and went on to become one of the finest directors of Indian film industry. The director is none other than RamGopal Verma. Nagarjuna is also known for his swiftness in decision making. He agreed to work with Krishna Vamsi(director) after seeing 10-minute-rushes of the director's film Gulabi. His decision proved to be bang on target as they made the blockbuster movie Ninne Pelladutha.
Nagarjuna has married twice. He is currently married to Amala, a popular actress in Tamil and Telugu film industries.He has two sons