Birth: 29th August 1959
Time of Birth: 0 Hour 27 Minutes
Place of Birth: Chennai
Father: Dr. Akkineni Nageswara Rao
First Marriage: 18/02/1984, Vijaya Sesh kalyana Mandapam, Chennai
First Son: Naga Chaitanya (born at 4:20 am on 23/11/1986 at
Swapna Nursing Home, Hyderabad)
Second Marriage: 11/06/1992, Adayar, Chennai
First Son: Akhil (born at 1:58 am on 08/04/1994 at San Jose,
Entrance into films: on 20/09/1985 at Annapurna Studios
Years Active: 1986 onwards
Number of films Acted in: 65
Nandi Awards won: 1
Nagarjuna, son of the Ever Green Hero Akkineni Negeswara Rao, needs
no introduction. Nag's foray into films is an act of passion.
Vikram(1986), his debutante film (a Telugu remake of Hindi Hero),
made a splash at the hearts of youth. Being just 4 films old he
proved that he can match his father's image as a tragedy king with
a lovely film called 'Majnu'. He developed the strategy of
inducting debutante directors to his films with Sankeerthana.
Though this musical saga did not sustain at box-office, Nag has
gone a step ahead as an actor.
paired up with his legendry father Sr Akkineni to produce 'Collectorgari
Abbai'. But it was the Midas touch of Aswini Dutt that proved
Nag's Box-office credentials. For the first time he paired up with
Sridevi, who has done innumerable films with Nag's father Nageswara
Rao, in the film 'Akhari Poratam' that ran for 100 days in
It was 'Geetanjali' that has taken Nag's image as a romantic
hero to new heights. Deft direction by Manirathnam and crafty camera
work by PC Sriram added to necessary gloss to the romantic image
of nag. If you think Geetanjali is a big hit. You are in a soup.
Because the box-office magnitude of 'Geetanjali' appears
minuscule compared to the stormy film that followed which has taken
all the youth's heart away. 'Shiva' gave Nag much needed
action Hero image and Nag made inroads into the hearts of students.
Ultimate winner of 'Shiva' is none but Ram Gopal Varma, a
raw director. It was the Nag's risky decision to employ a video
operator as the director for his home production that did the trick.
All the scorning critics who criticized Nag for his decision to
choose Varma during the production of film are silenced by it's
Fueled by the success of Shiva, Nag made a grand entry into Hindi
filmdom with the remake of 'Shiva'. If you think Nag is fond
of Shiva just because it changed the pace of his cine career,
you are mistaken. This film has also got him Amala, his soul mate.
After the storm of Shiva, there was a period lull for sometime.
Again Nag stormed with 'President gari pellam' brough him
the imageof mass hero. And his heavy box office romancing continued
till Hello Brother. Hello Brother showed the stamina
of Nag at box office by running in 28 centers. His comic antics
are best exploited by the director EVV. With this film Nag's portfolio
of acting is enriched with a rich ingredient called comedy.
Again the period of lull continued for few years till he spotted
another creative director in making, Krishna Vamsi. Nag paired up
with Vamsi to produce one of the biggest Telugu romantic blockbusters,
'Ninne Pelladatha'. After this film Nag faced the biggest
challenge in his cine career. That is to act as Annamayya,
the legendary singer/poet of Medieval times. And Nag came out flying
colors. Talk about the result. It ran for 100 days in 42 centers.
He has become a household demigod with his presence of 'Annamayya'.
Every good thing in life comes with a few sacrifices. He wanted
to get rid of sacred 'Annamayya' image and wanted people
to accept him as a romantic hero. He produced a string of romantic
films later. All of them disappointed him at box-office and he went
through the same kind of lull he had after 'Shiva' and 'Hello
Brother'. All his fans waited in an unabated breathlessness
for him to produce a film of Shiva magnitude. And Nag did
not disappointed them. He came up with the blockbuster of the year,
Nuvvu Vastavani. The super good film's caption for this film,
'We don't break records ... we create records', seems to be very
appropriate for Nag. Nagarjuna then did a hattrick by coming up
with an Azad action film with patriotic tinge followed by
a cameo in 'Ninne Premista'. This hattrick gave way to another
lean patch which was broken by the stupendous hit of Santosham.
Nag is called as the celluloid scientist. He is best talent spotter
around. To his credit he blooded Geetha Krishna, Ram Gopal Varma,
Uppalapati Narayana Rao, Praveen Gandhi, VR Pratap and Jonnalagadda
srinivasa Rao, Dasarath. He offered 'Ninne Pelladatha' to
a new comer Krishna Vamsi just by looking at a 5 minute rushes of
'Gulabi'. Nag will be known as the person who changed the
mindset of industry with his creative thinking. He encouraged the
new technology in his films. And others followed him. Nagarjuna
is never after the number game and did not encourage the culture
dragging movies for 50 days and 100 days for the sake of records
and false prestige.
delivered two consecutive hits in the form of Santosham and Manmadhudu
in tha last year and he is coming up with 'Shivamani 98480 22338'
at idlebrain.com, wish Nagarjuna a momentous birthday today on 29th
of August 2003. Long live Nagarjuna.