Nagarjuna aka Akkineni Nagarjuna Rao Facts: Nagarjuna aka Akkineni Nagarjuna Rao is one of the top actors in the South Indian film industry. He has made his mark in the film industry with his work in films in various languages like Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi. He has acted in more than 100 films in different languages.
Facts About Nagarjuna aka Akkineni Nagarjuna Rao
There are many other interesting facts about the superstar Nagarjuna that you cannot miss out on. Let’s have a look at some of the interesting facts related to him.
1. Made a Cameo Appearance as an Infant
Only a few of his fans know that his first appearance in Telugu films was when he was only 8 months old. He appeared in Velugu Needalu (1961) starring his father Akkineni Nageswara Rao.
2. Started as a Child Actor
In 1967, he started his career as a child actor in the Telugu film ‘Sudigundalu.’ He played the role of Raja in the film, and his father played the lead role in the film.
3. Graduated from the US
He is among the few Indian actors who are well qualified. After completing his first year in Bachelor of Engineering from the College of Engineering, Guindy, Anna University, Chennai, he further completed his Bachelor of Engineering from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan, US.
4. Bollywood Films
In 1990, he made his debut in Hindi films with ‘Shiva’ in which he played the titular role. Some of his other Hindi films are Khuda Gawah, Drohi, Zakhm, LOC Kargil. In 2022, he was roped in the multi-starrer Hindi film Brahmāstra: Part One – Shiva to play the role of Anish.
5. Appeared in Music Videos
Nagarjuna has also featured in a few Hindi music videos “Apna Desh to Apna Ho” (Meri Jann Hindustan) by Hariharan in 1995 and “Betiyaan” (Save the Girl Child) Shankar Mahadevan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Sonu Nigam in 2013.
6. Sung in Numerous Movies
Naga has sung songs in various films like “Okkade Devudu” in Shirdi Sai (2012), Dikka Dikka Dum Dum” in Soggade Chinni Nayana (2016), “Kotha Kotha Bhasha” in Nirmala Convent (2016), and “Laddunda” in Bangarraju (2022).
7. Co-Owner of a Badminton League
In 2013, he became the co-owner of a badminton league Mumbai Masters. He is the co-owner of Mahi Racing Team India which is co-owned by MS Dhoni.
8. Popularly Known by ‘Various Names’
Nagarjuna is lovingly called as Nag, Yuva Samrat, and King by his fans.
9. Married to the Daughter of his Father’s Friend
In 1984, he got married to Lakshmi Daggubati who is the daughter of his father’s friend Dr D. Ramanaidu. However, due to personal differences, the couple got divorced in 1990. Later, Nagarjuna got married to Amala. By the passage of time, Naga has established a good friendship with his ex-wife Lakshmi.
10. Rumoured Relationship with the Actress Tabu
Nagarjuna has worked with Tabu in many Hindi films. It is said that while working together in the films, the actors developed a good relationship and started dating.
In one of the talk shows, when Tabu was asked about the same, she said:
This Nagarjuna story is very old. It keeps coming back. I always wonder, it feels like the media wants to give this expression that whether I have boyfriends or not, boyfriends come boyfriends go but Nagarjuna remains. I don’t know what to say about it except that he is one of the closest people in my life. He is one of the most important relationships I have. My relationship with him is very dear to me. Also, that nothing can ever alter or change my relationship with him. I don’t have a label for it. I can’t do anything about it.”
During an interview, Nagarjuna said:
Yes, Tabu is a fantastic friend of mine. our friendship goes way back, since I was 21 or 22 and she was just 16 years old. That’s like almost half a lifetime… About our friendship, whatever said is less. I have nothing to hide about her. When you mention her name, my face lights up… (laughs). it is simple as that. Now, when I say things like that, if you want to read into it, then it’s your point of view… To me, she is a beautiful person, and a beautiful friend. She always will be.”
11. On-Screen Presence with Father and Sons
In 2014, Naga worked with his father Akkineni Nageswara Rao, and his sons Naga Chaitanya and Akhil in the same film ‘Manam.’ Apart from his father and sons, his ex-daughter-in-law, Samantha Prabhu was also in the film.
12. Known for his Social Services
Nagarjuna, along with his wife Amala, owns the NGO named Blue Cross of Hyderabad which is recognised by the Animal Welfare Board of India. The NGO works for the welfare of animals. He has also worked as the brand ambassador for various HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns.
13. Love for Luxury Cars
He is a car lover and owns a range of luxury cars. His car collection includes Range Rover Evoque, Audi A7, BMW 7 Series, Mercedes S Class, and many more.
14. Got Three Tattoos
Naga has got three tattoos inked on his body. The first is a tattoo of ‘Om’ in a sun inked on his right bicep. His second tattoo is an eye tattoo on his left hand, which is not known whether it is real or fake. His third tattoo is on his left arm which is inked by the famous tattoo artist Savio D’Silva. It is a massive tattoo of an eye, compass, and snake.
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15. National Award Winner
He has won National awards for his amazing acting skills and film production. In 1996, he won his National Film Award as a producer for the film ‘Ninne Pelladata.’ In 1998, he received National Film Award – Special Mention (Actor) for the film ‘Annamayya.’ Apart from the National Awards, he has received many other awards.
16. Accused of Abusing a Journalist
In 2011, he landed into controversy for his violent and abusive behavior with a journalist named Sunita Chowdary. According to some media sources, he even threatened to kill her. Later, he was charged under the IPC sections 506 and 509 for his abuses and for intimidating a woman.
17. Featured on Magazine Covers
Nagarjuna has featured on the cover page of various magazines like Filmfare, Jade magazine, Hot Celebs, South Scope, and many more.
18. Featured in TV Commercials
He has also appeared in various Hindi and South Indian TV commercials for various brands like Kalyan Jewellers and Spotify.
19. Successful TV Host
In 2014 and 2015, he hosted the TV quiz show ‘Meelo Evaru Koteeswarudu.’ He has also worked as the host in three seasons of the reality TV show ‘Bigg Boss Telugu’ (2019-2021).
20. Family of Celebrities
Naga is not only a famous member of his family. His father Akkineni Nageswara Rao was a renowned actor. Apart from his first wife’s celebrity family, his son from his first wife Naga Chaitanya is a popular actor in South India. His other son Akhil from his second wife has also made his mark in South Indian films. His elder son Naga Chaitanya was married to the famous Indian actress Samantha Prabhu. Naga is also related to the actor Rana Daggubatti.
21. Multi-Talented Star
Nagarjuna is not only famous for his acting skills, but he has earned laurels in film production. He is a successful businessman and is the co-owner of the production company Annapurna Studios. He is also the president of Annapurna International School of Film and Media based in Hyderabad.
So, these were some of the Nagarjuna aka Akkineni Nagarjuna Rao facts, which you must know about now.