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Hometown: Ramapuram, Andhra Pradesh
Wife: Amala Akkineni
Age: 64 Years

Akkineni Nagarjuna

Bio/Wiki
Full nameAkkineni Nagarjuna Rao
Nickname(s)Nag, Yuva Samrat, King [1]citation
Profession(s)Actor, Film Producer, Television Presenter, Entrepreneur
Known AsTollywood's Celluloid Scientist [2]Zoom TV Entertainment
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 183 cm
in meters- 1.83 m
in Feet Inches- 6’ 0”
Weight (approx.)in Kilograms- 75 kg
in Pounds- 165 lbs
Body Measurements (approx.)- Chest: 40 Inches
- Waist: 34 Inches
- Biceps: 14 Inches
Eye ColourBrown
Hair ColourBlack
Career
DebutFilm (Telugu; As a child actor): Velugu Needalu (1961) as Raghu (eight-month-old infant)
Infant Akkineni Nagarjuna's still from the film Velugu Needalu
Film (Telugu; As a lead actor): Vikram (1986) as Vikram
Vikram (1986)
Film (Hindi; As an actor): Shiva (1990) as Shiva
Shiva
Film (Tamil; As an actor): Ratchagan (1997) as Ajay Padmanabhan
Ratchagan (1997)
Film (Telugu; As a producer): Kalyani (1979)
Kalyani (1979)
TV (Telugu; As a producer): Yuva (2009); aired on MAA TV
Yuva (2009)
AwardsCineMAA Awards
2006: Best Actor - Male for Telugu film Mass
2012: Special Jury Award – Best Actor for Telugu film Rajanna
2013: Special Jury Award – Best Film for Telugu film Shirdi Sai
2015: Exceptional Performance Award Best Film for Telugu film Manam
Filmfare Awards South
1996: Best Film – Telugu (as producer) for Telugu film Ninne Pelladatha
1997: Best Actor – Telugu for Telugu film Annamayya
2014: Best Film – Telugu (as producer) for Telugu film Manam
Akkineni Nagarjuna with his Filmfare South Award
Nandi Awards
1996: Akkineni Award for Best Home-viewing Feature Film (as producer) for the Telugu film Ninne Pelladatha
1997: Best Actor for the Telugu film Annamayya
2000: Best Feature Film – Kansya (Bronze) (as producer) for the Telugu film Prema Katha
2000: Special Jury Award (as producer) for the Telugu film Yuvakudu
2002: Best Actor for the Telugu film Santosham
2002: Best Feature Film – Swarna (Gold) (as producer) for the Telugu film Manmadhudu
2006: Best Actor for the Telugu film Sri Ramadasu
2011: Special Jury Award (Actor) for the Telugu film Rajanna
2011: Best Feature Film – Rajata (Silver) (as producer) for the Telugu film Rajanna
Akkineni Nagarjuna receiving Nandi Award
National Film Awards
1997: Best Feature Film in Telugu (as producer) for Ninne Pelladata
1998: Special Mention for the Telugu film Annamayya
South Indian International Movie Awards
2012: Special Appreciation – Best Actor for the Telugu film Rajanna
2015: Best Film – Telugu for the Telugu film Manam
Akkineni Nagarjuna with his Best Actor Award TSR-TV9 National Film Award
Other Awards
1986: Vamsee Berkeley Award for Best Actor for the Telugu film Vikram
1989: Andhra Pradesh Cinegoers Award for Best Actor for the Telugu film Geetanjali
1989: Bharatamuni Award for Best Actor for the Telugu film Geetanjali
1989: Vamsee Berkley Award for Best Actor for the Telugu film Siva
1989: Cinema Express Award for Best Actor for the Telugu film Siva
1996: Akruthi Film Award for Best Actor for the Telugu film Ninne Pelladata
1997: Screen Videocon Award for Best Actor for the Telugu film Annamayya
1997: Bharatamuni Award for Best Actor for the Telugu film Annamayya
2000: Andhra Pradesh Film Journalists Association Award for Best Actor for the Telugu film Azad
2005: CineMAA Award for Best Actor for the Telugu film Mass
2012: 1st South Indian International Movie Award for Special Appreciation (Actor) for the Telugu film Rajanna
2013: CineMAA Award for Best Actor (Jury) for the Telugu film Shirdi Sai
2015: Business Leaders Award- Entertainment Leader Award
Akkineni Nagarjuna with his Business Leaders Award
2017: Best Performance in a Supporting Role – Male for the Telugu/Tamil film Oopiri/Thozha
Personal Life
Date of Birth29 August 1959 (Saturday)
Age (as of 2023) 64 Years
BirthplaceChennai, Tamil Nadu
Zodiac signVirgo
AutographAkkineni Nagarjuna's autograph
NationalityIndian
HometownRamapuram, Andhra Pradesh
School(s)• The Hyderabad Public School, Begumpet, Hyderabad
• Little Flower Junior College, Hyderabad
College/University• College of Engineering, Guindy, Chennai
• Eastern Michigan University, Michigan, USA
Educational Qualification(s)• Bachelor of Engineering at College of Engineering, Guindy, Chennai
• MS in Automobile Engineering from Eastern Michigan University, Michigan, USA [3]The Times of India
ReligionHinduism
Food HabitNon-Vegetarian [4]The Times of India
Address959-A. Road No.48, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad-500033
Akkineni Nagarjuna's bungalow
HobbiesReading books, doing workout, travelling
Akkineni Nagarjuna during his trip
Tattoo(s)On his left forearm: N alphabet, third eye, and a snake with shedding scales
A collage of Akkineni Nagarjuna's tattoo on his left forearm
On the back side of his right hand: Bigg Boss eye (reportedly, it was a temporary tattoo)
Akkineni Nagarjuna's eye tattoo
On his right bicep: Om inside a Sun
Akkineni Nagarjuna's tattoo
ControversiesSexual Harrasment Case
In 2011, a female freelance journalist Y Sunita Chowdhary filed a case against him for sexual harrasment. The case was filed at the Jubilee Hills police station in Hyderabad under Section 506 and Section 509. [5]India Today
Order Issued on Illegal Excavation
In 2022, the Mandrem Panchayat Office in Goa issued a stop work notice in the name of Nagarjuna. The order was issued after a illegal massive excavation was being conducted on the property owned by Nagarjuna in Goa. [6]The Times of India
A legal notice to Akkineni Nagarjuna
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Affairs/GirlfriendsAmala Akkineni (actress)
Tabu (actor; rumoured) [7]Hindustan Times
Akkineni Nagarjuna with Tabu
Marriage DateFirst Marriage- Year, 1984
Akkineni Nagarjuna's wedding picture with his first wife
Second Marriage- 11 June 1992
Akkineni Nagarjuna's wedding picture with his second wife
Family
Wife/SpouseFirst Wife- Lakshmi Ramanaidu Daggubati (daughter of the film producer D. Ramanaidu; divorced 1990) (married to Sharath Vijayaraghavan, a corporate executive at Sundaram Motors)
Akkineni Nagarjuna with his first wife
Second Wife- Amala Akkineni (actress, Bharatanatyam dancer, and activist)
Akkineni Nagarjuna with his second wife and sons
ChildrenSon(s)- 2
Naga Chaitanya (actor; born on 23 November 1986) (from his first wife; image in wife's section)
Akhil Akkineni (actor; born on 8 April 1994) (from his second wife; image in wife's section)
Daughter- None
ParentsFather- Akkineni Nageswara Rao (actor, film producer)
Mother- Annapurna Akkineni
Akkineni Nagarjuna's parents
SiblingsBrother- Akkineni Venkat (film producer, writer) (elder)
Akkineni Nagarjuna with his parents and brother
Sister- Akkineni Sathyavathi, Akkineni Naga Susheela or Suseela (entrepreneur), and Akkineni Saroja (all elder)
Akkineni Nagarjuna's sister Akkineni Naga Saroja

Akkineni Nagarjuna's sister Akkineni Sathyavathi

Akkineni Nagarjuna's sister Akkineni Naga Susheela
Favourites
ActorAmitabh Bachchan
ActressTabu
FoodGrilled chicken, fish, dosa
ColourWhite
BookOutliers by Malcolm Gladwell
RestaurantN Asian in Hyderabad
Style Quotient
Car Collection• BMW 750Li [8]MensXP
• BMW M6 [9]MensXP
• Audi A7
Akkineni Nagarjuna with his Audi A7
• Land Rover Range Rover Vogue [10]MensXP
• Toyota Vellfire [11]MensXP
• Mercedes-Benz S450 [12]MensXP
• Nissan GT-R [13]MensXP
• Kia EV6
Akkineni Nagarjuna with his Kia EV6
• BMW 7-Series [14]GQ India
Expensive Things/ValuablesA Private Jet [15]The Times of India
Money Factor
Salary/Income (approx.)• Rs 9 crore for a film [16]MensXP
• Rs 12 lakh per episode for Bigg Boss Telugu [17]MensXP
• Rs 2 crore from brand endorsements annually [18]MensXP
• Rs 49 crore in 2019 [19]MensXP
Net Worth (approx.)Rs 3100 crore (including Rs 800 crore in real estate and investment in sports teams) [20]DNA India

Akkineni Nagarjuna

Some Lesser Known Facts About Akkineni Nagarjuna

  • Akkineni Nagarjuna started his career as a child actor. In 1967, he appeared as a child artist in the Telugu film ‘Sudigundalu.’

    Infant Akkineni Nagarjuna

    Infant Akkineni Nagarjuna

  • He grew up in Hyderabad, India.

    Akkineni Nagarjuna's childhood photo

    Akkineni Nagarjuna’s childhood photo

  • While he was pursuing graduation, the former Indian cricketer Krishnamachari Srikanth was his collegemate.
  • In the late 1980s, he appeared in various Telugu films like ‘Captain Nagarjun’ (1986), ‘Agni Putrudu’ (1987), ‘Murali Krishnudu’ (1988), ‘Geetanjali’ (1989), and ‘Siva’ (1989).
  • As a producer, he has worked in many Telugu films like ‘Premabhishekam’ (1981), ‘Ninne Pelladata’ (1996), ‘Mass’ (2004), ‘Soggade Chinni Nayana’ (2016), and ‘Bangarraju’ (2022).

    Bangarraju

    Bangarraju

  • In 1991, he appeared in his 25th Telugu film ‘Jaitra Yatra’ in which he played the role of Teja.
  • He became friends with the Indian actress Amala while working in Telugu films. After being friends for a few months, they started dating each other. In 1991, while they were on a trip to the US, Nagarjuna proposed to Amala for marriage.
  • Nagarjuna has acted in many Hindi films like ‘Khuda Gawah’ (1992), ‘Criminal’ (1995), ‘Zakhm’ (1998), ‘LOC Kargil’ (2003), and ‘Brahmāstra: Part One – Shiva’ (2022).

    Criminal

    Criminal

  • In the 1990s, he acted in many Telugu films such as ‘Allari Alludu’ (1993), ‘Vajram’ (1995), ‘Ninne Pelladata’ (1996), and ‘Annamayya’ (1997).

    Allari Alludu

    Allari Alludu

  • In 1995, he started his film production unit operating in Seychelles.
  • He has played cameo roles in many Telugu films including ‘Ghatothkachudu’ (1995), ‘Style’ (2006), ‘Rajanna’ (2011), ‘Size Zero’ (2015), and ‘Premam’ (2016).
  • In 1997, after watching his Telugu film ‘Annamayya,’ one of his fans built a temple named Annamacharya temple in Hyderabad as his love for Nagarjuna.
  • He has been featured in a few Hindi music videos like “Apna Desh to Apna Ho” (Meri Jann Hindustan; 1997) by Hariharan and “Betiyaan” (Save the Girl Child; 2013) by Shankar Mahadevan, Sunidhi Chauhan, and Sonu Nigam.

    Betiyaan- Save the Girl Child

    Betiyaan- Save the Girl Child

  • He has also appeared in a few Tamil films such as ‘Payanam’ (2011), ‘Inji Iduppazhagi’ (2015), and ‘Thozha’ (2016).

    Thoza

    Thoza

  • Some of his other Telugu films are ‘Shirdi Sai’ (2012), ‘Soggade Chinni Nayana’ (2016), ‘Devadas’ (2018), ‘Bangarraju’ (2022), and ‘Naa Saami Ranga’ (2024).

    Akkineni Nagarjuna as Shirdi Sai Baba

    Akkineni Nagarjuna as Shirdi Sai Baba

  • He has also lent his voice to many Telugu songs like “Okkade Devudu” from Shirdi Sai (2012), “Dikka Dikka Dum Dum” from Soggade Chinni Nayana (2016) and “Laddunda” from Bangarraju (2022).
  • In 2013, he became the co-owner of the badminton team Mumbai Masters which played in the Indian Badminton League. The other owner of the team is the Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar.
  • Nagarjuna, along with the Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni, owns a motorcycle racing team Mahi Racing Team India. Apart from this, he is the co-owner of the football club Kerala Blasters FC in the Indian Super League.

    Akkineni Nagarjuna during a racing event of his team

    Akkineni Nagarjuna during a racing event of his team

  • On 2 August 2013, he started a sports equipment company named Akva Sports Private Limited.
  • In 2013, at the 100 Years of Indian Cinema’s celebration Delhi Film Festival, he represented the South Indian cinema.
  • In 2014, Amitabh Bachchan made a special appearance in his film Manam.

    Akkineni Nagarjuna and Amitabh Bachchan in Manam

    Akkineni Nagarjuna and Amitabh Bachchan in Manam

  • From 2014 to 2016, he hosted the reality TV show ‘Meelo Evaru Koteeswarudu,’ aired on MAA TV.

    Akkineni Nagarjuna in Meelo Evaru Koteeswarudu

    Akkineni Nagarjuna in Meelo Evaru Koteeswarudu

  • In 2014, Nagarjuna, along with his business partner Preetam Reddy, started two restaurants named N Grill and N Asian.
  • On 3 October 2016, he became a partner in a private firm named DVSN Partners LLP. He is also a designated partner at the private company Manam Enterprises LLP.
  • Since 2019, he has been hosting the popular reality TV show ‘Bigg Boss Telugu’ which aired on Star Maa.

    Akkineni Nagarjuna as a host in Bigg Boss Telugu

    Akkineni Nagarjuna as a host in Bigg Boss Telugu 

  • In 2020, he produced the Zee5 TV sports show ‘Loser.’
  • He is also the host of the reality TV show ‘Bigg Boss Non-Stop’ from 2022. The show is streamed on Disney+ Hotstar.
  • He has also started a few film production and entertainment companies named Annapurna Protein Family Entertainment Center Private Limited, Akkineni Arts Academy Private Limited, and Annapurna Studios Private Limited (Partix).
  • He owns a few other private firms named N3 Enterprises Private Limited and Agrofarms Private Limited.
  • Nagarjuna has been featured on the cover of various magazines such as Filmfare, Jade, South Scope, and Cine Josh.

    Akkineni Nagarjuna featured on Filmfare

    Akkineni Nagarjuna featured on Filmfare

  • He once worked as a co-director of the film animation company ‘Heart Animation.’
  • He has also started a non-profit film school ‘Annapurna International School of Film and Media’ in Hyderabad.
  • He has been actively involved in various social welfare services like welfare campaigns by MAA TV association and HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns. He was once featured in the HIV/AIDS animated software tutorial created by TeachAids.
  • He has co-started an animal welfare NGO named Blue Cross of Hyderabad.
  • In a span of 20 years, he has done 90 films in various languages like Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu films.
  • In 2024, there were speculations that he would contest the Andhra Pradesh assembly elections in 2024 from the Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party. [21]News 18
  • He enjoys playing various sports like golf.
  • He is often spotted smoking cigarettes.

    Akkineni Nagarjuna smoking cigarette

    Akkineni Nagarjuna smoking a cigarette

  • He enjoys consuming a glass or two of Chardonnay Wine at parties and events. [22]Great Andhra
  • He is an avid animal lover.

    Akkineni Nagarjuna with a dog

    Akkineni Nagarjuna with a dog