Nandamuri Balakrishna is one of the leading matinee idols in Telugu Cinema. He is the son of the late acting Legend and ex-Chief Minister of the erstwhile undivided Andhra Pradesh, Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao. Balakrishna ventured into acting at the age of 14 in 1974 with ‘Tatamma Kala.’ Ever since then, he has acted in numerous films in Telugu and has emerged as of one the biggest stars in the industry with an immense fan following. He has so far received 2 Nandi State Awards and 3 Filmfare Awards in the Best Actor category. After the division of united Andhra Pradesh, Balakrishna contested in the 2014 Assembly elections and now serves as the MLA from Hindupur constituency in Andhra Pradesh.
Balakrishna Early Life
Nandamuri Balakrishna was born in Chennai (then Madras) on 10 June 1960 to Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao and Basava Tarakam. Surrounded by a family of actors and politicians, Balakrishna is the sixth son of the acting legend NTR. He spent a major part of his childhood in Madras and eventually moved to Hyderabad when the Telugu film industry shifted its base to the city. His elder brother Nandamuri Harikrishna is also an actor and former MP from Andhra Pradesh.
Balakrishna hails from the prestigious Nandamuri family. His father being the Late Legend Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao also served as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh for three terms. All through his lifetime, NTR, as the people of Telugu States address him, has always worked towards the betterment of Telugu people. The 'Nandamuri' family has some of biggest fan followings in the glam world.
Balakrishna married Vasundara Devi, daughter of the owner of SRMT(Sri Ramadas Motor Transport) at the age of 22. He has two daughters and a son, Nara Brahmani, Mathukumili Tejaswini and son Mokshagna Teja. Nara Brahmani is married to Nara Lokesh, son of the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Nara Chandrababu Naidu.
Balakrishna is also the Chairman of Basavatarakam Indo-American Cancer hospital & Research Institute situated in Hyderabad. Balayya personally takes care of all the activities related to the hospital and it has so far treated 1600 patients free of cost. In a special edition, India Today Telugu praised Balakrishna for his philanthropic work and called him a true all-rounder.
Like it is said, it comes with the blood; Balakrishna started his career in acting as a child artist at the age of 14 with ‘Tathamma Kala’ under his father’s direction. He appeared in a few supporting roles before he made his entry as lead actor. His role as Abhimanyu in ‘Dana Veera Sura Karna’ was highly appreciated by everyone alike. He acted as a brother to his real life father, NTR in the movie ‘Annadammula Anubhandam’ which was a remake of Dharmendra’s ‘Yaadon Ki Baaraat’.Impressed by his performance in this one, another legend of Telugu cinema, Akkineni Nageswar Rao commented ‘Simham Kadupuna Simhame Puttindhi’ meaning ‘Lion is born to a lion’.In 1984, Balakrishna debuted as hero in ‘Sahasame Jeevitham’. Later that year he starred in the family drama ‘Mangamma Gari Manavadu’ under Kodi Ramakrishna’s direction alongside Suhasini where Bhanumathi played the important role of his grandmother. This was Balakrishna’s first major breakthrough and won him many accolades. Gradually with his discipline and dedication, Balakrishna went on to stabilize himself as a hero.
In the year 1987, with films like ‘Apurva Sahodharudu’ directed by K Raghavendra Rao, ‘President Gari Abbai’ directed by Tatineni Rama Rao, Balakrishna had six successful films in a row and this year turned out to be crucial for him as it opened the doors to stardom. As his fan base started to increase, Balakrishna went on to experiment with different subjects in movies like ‘Nari Nari Nadumuna Murari’ by A Kodandarami Reddy, ‘Lorry Driver’ by B Gopal, ‘Aditya 369’ and ‘Bhairava Dweepam’ by Singeetham Srinivasa Rao. ‘Aditya 369’ stands as the only sci-fi film in Telugu cinema till date. After this, Balakrishna had a series of well-received hits with ‘Nippu Rava’, ‘Bangaru Bullodu’, ‘Vamsanikokkadu’,‘Peddannayya’, ‘Yuvaratna’, ‘Pavitra Prema’ and others. Reinvention As An Action Movie Star: It was in 1999 with B Gopal’s ‘Samarasimha Reddy’, Balakrishna shattered the box office records with his first industry hit. With this, he introduced the faction genre movies to Telugu cinema.
The actor-director repeated their combination again in the year 2001 with ‘Narasihma Naidu’ and this scaled Balakrishna’s mass following to newer heights. The movie broke many box office records and completed 100 days in 109 centres and silver jubilee in 17 centres making it the biggest in Balakrishna’s career till then. He even received his first Nandi Award for his outstanding performance. Balakrishna then collaborated with VV Vinayak for ‘Chennakesava Reddy’ in 2003, who by then had garnered a name as one of the leading directors of the Telugu film industry. The movie met with positive reviews and was applauded by the audience and critics, especially for the dual role that Balakrishna portrayed as father and son. The following year, Balakrishna chose to do ‘Lakshmi Narasimha’, the Tamil remake of ‘Saamy’.Directed by Jayanth C Paranjee, the movie was received well. His heroic performance as Vijayawada’s IPS officer was appreciated by one and all. For the next five years, Balakrishna experimented with various roles in the action genre.
The year 2010 turned out to be important not just for Balakrishna but for the Telugu film industry as well. Balakrishna collaborated with Boyapati Sreenu for the first time with ‘Simha’. The movie was a blockbuster and the fans went gaga in celebrating the success of this super hit. Balayya was lauded with praises for his roaring yet composed performance and this won him another Nandi Award as the Best Actor. This was followed by ‘Sri Rama Rajyam’, the mythological drama under Bapu’s direction which was also well received by everyone. The film was also screened at the International Film Festival of India in November, 2011. Balakrishna again teamed up with Boyapati Sreenu for ‘Legend’ in 2014 in which Jagapathy Babu debuted as a villain. They repeated their success with movie as well. With this film, he was crowned as 'Nata Simha' which gelled well with his fans.
For his 100th film,Balakrishna chose a biographical period subject ‘Gautamiputra Satakarni’ under the direction of Krish (Radhakrishna Jagarlamudi). The movie is based on the famous warrior Emperor Gautamiputra Satakarni who was the ruler of the Satavahana Empire (now the Deccan region). The movie was launched on 22 April 2016 in Hyderabad with all the eminent personalities including the Chief Minister of Telangana, K Chandrashekar Rao, gracing the occasion.
Balakrishna spent most of his childhood in Madras. He completed his schooling from the Elementary High School in Chennai. After finishing his schooling there, he shifted his base to Hyderabad. He completed his high school from Little Flowers College, Hyderabad. Later he joined the Nizam College, Hyderabad in order to complete his Bachelor's Degree in Commerce.
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