Telugu superstar Nagarjuna is taking things slow and steady as he turns 57. This year, Nagarjuna will feature in films like Nirmala Convent, Om Namo Venkatesaya and soon in Bangarraju, which is a sequel to superhit Soggade Chinni Nayana.
Akkineni Nagarjuna was born to veteran actor Nageswara Rao Akkineni and Annapurna Akkineni, in Chennai on August 29, 1959. Nagarjuna is a mechanical engineer and also holds an M Sc (Automobile Engineering) from Eastern Michigan University.
Nagarjuna's acting career began as a child star in the 1967 Telugu filmSudigundalu at the age of eight. He then made his debut as a lead actor withVikram in 1986. But it was Mani Ratnam's Geethanjali (1989), a love story, which made him a star. The same year came Ram Gopal Varma's Telugu action film Shiva which became an instant hit and has been lauded for breaking new ground. Shivaearned Nagarjuna the Filmfare Best Actor Award (Telugu). Subsequently, Nagarjuna made his Bollywood debut with the remake of Shiva, which was also a hit.
In 2007, he was seen in Don opposite Anushka Shetty. The film fared well at the box-office. From 2008 to 2011, Nagarjuna's movies such as King (2008), Kedi and Ragada(2010) and Gaganam (2011), hit a lean patch at the box office. They couldn't go beyond average grossers. Shirdi Sai, which released in 2012, also met a similar fate. The only film which fared better was Ragada (2010), featuring Anushka Shetty again.
Like other successful South stars, Nagarjuna tried his luck in Bollywood. He fared well too, working in several films such as Shiva (1989), Drohi (1992),Khuda Gawah (1992), Criminal (1994), Mr Bechara (1996), Zakhm (1998),Angaarey (1998), Agni Varsha (2002) and LOC Kargil (2003).
The actor married his Shiva co-actor Amala in 1992 and they have a son named Akhil Akkineni. Akhil will soon be seen in Akhil, while Naga Chaitanya will be seen in Saahasam Swasaga Sagipo. The trailer of their films will release today. As a treat for the Akkineni fans, the trailer of Soggade Chinni Nayana will also release today.