Amala (actress)

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Amala Akkineni
Amala at Life is beautiful promo by post noon.jpg
Amala at TeachAIDS launch in 2010
BornAmala Mukherjee
(1968-09-12) September 12, 1968 (age 45)
West Bengal, India
ResidenceHyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
OccupationActress, Social Activist, Chairperson, Blue Cross of Hyderabad .
Years active1986–1992
2012-present
Spouse(s)Akkineni Nagarjuna
(1992–present)
ChildrenAkhil Akkineni
RelativesNaga Chaitanya Akkineni
(step-son)
Nageswara Rao Akkineni
(father-in-law)
 
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Amala Akkineni
Amala at Life is beautiful promo by post noon.jpg
Amala at TeachAIDS launch in 2010
BornAmala Mukherjee
(1968-09-12) September 12, 1968 (age 45)
West Bengal, India
ResidenceHyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
OccupationActress, Social Activist, Chairperson, Blue Cross of Hyderabad .
Years active1986–1992
2012-present
Spouse(s)Akkineni Nagarjuna
(1992–present)
ChildrenAkhil Akkineni
RelativesNaga Chaitanya Akkineni
(step-son)
Nageswara Rao Akkineni
(father-in-law)

Amala Akkineni (born September 12th) is an Indian film actress and Animal welfare activist. She has acted in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi films. She got the south filmfare award for best actress for the Malayalam movie Ulladakkam

Early life[edit]

Amala was born on September 12th, in West Bengal to an Irish mother and Bengali father. She has an elder brother and sister. The family moved around a lot due to her father being a Naval officer : Mumbai, Delhi, IIT Kharagpur, Vizag. Amala went to boarding school at Kalakshetra, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, where she completed her education and trained in Bharatnatyam under the guidance of Sharada Hoffman and Rukmini Devi Arundale. She was member of the Kalakshetra troupe from an early age and gained valuable experience as a performer. Spotted in one such performance she was offered a role in films by T. Rajender who was casting for his Tamil film "Mythili Yennai Kadali " featuring her as a Bharat Natyam dancer. In 1992, She married Nagarjuna Akkineni and became a part of the Akkineni Family.

Career[edit]

Amala made her debut in a Tamil film titled Mythili Ennai Kaathali directed by T. Rajendar, which was a big box office hit. Winning overnight fame, she charmed cinegoers in a flurry of fifty films. She acted in a number of Tamil movies. Her performance in Pushpak and Agni Natchathiram are unforgettable. She acted with her future husband Akkineni Nagarjuna in hits like Nirnayam and Siva. The latter was a mega blockbuster and brought her wider fame and recognition. She has acted with iconic actors like Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Chiranjeevi, Mammootty and Mohan Lal, Prabhu.

She has also acted with Prabhu, Mohan, Sathyaraj in Tamil, Kumar Bangarappa and V. Ravichandran in Kannada, Suresh Gopi in Malayalam and Nagarjuna, Venkatesh and Rajashekar in Telugu among several others. Her Hindi co-stars were Mithun Chakraborty, Vinod Khanna and Aditya Pancholi. She has worked with acclaimed directors like Mani Ratnam and Ram Gopal Varma. She quit acting in 1992 following her marriage to Nagarjuna, but made a comeback in 2012 with the Telugu film Life is Beautiful.[1] She received a CineMAA Award for Best Outstanding Actress and Telugu category Film Fare Award for best supporting actress in 2013 for Life is Beautiful.

Personal life[edit]

Amala is married to Telugu Film actor Akkineni Nagarjuna since 1992 and the couple live in Hyderabad with their son, Akhil . She is the step-mother of actor Naga Chaitanya Akkineni. Amala is Co-founder of Blue Cross of Hyderabad,[2] a non-government organization (NGO) in Hyderabad, India, which works towards the welfare of animals and preservation of animal rights. She is a vegan and an environmentalist. She works with 16 Non Governmental and Governmental organizations to promote social issues and animal welfare. Amala practices Vipassana meditation , the teaching of the Buddha , as taught by S.N.Goenka . She studied Yoga in the Krishnamacharya Yoga tradition at Chennai.

Awards[edit]

CeremonyCategoryFilmResult
2nd South Indian International Movie AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting RoleLife Is BeautifulWon
60th Filmfare Awards SouthBest Actor in a Supporting Role - FemaleLife Is BeautifulWon
CineMAA AwardsBest Outstanding ActressLife Is BeautifulWon

Filmography[edit]

Tamil movies[edit]

YearFilmCo-stars
1986Mythili Ennai KaathaliT. Rajendar
Mella Thirandhathu KadhavuMohan, Radha
Panneer Nathigal
Kanne KaniyamutheRahman
Oru Iniya UdhayamVijayakanth
Unnai Ondru Ketpen
1987VelaikaranRajinikanth
Poopoova PoothirukkuPrabhu
Koottu Puzhukkal
Vedham PudhithuSathyaraj
Kavithai Pada Neramillai
Idhu Oru Thodarkathai
Pesum PadamKamal Hassan
1988Agni NatchathiramPrabhu, Karthik
Kodi ParakuthuRajinikanth
SathyaKamal Hassan
JeevaSathyaraj
IllamSivakumar
KaliyugamPrabhu
1989MappillaiRajinikanth
Varam
Nalaya ManithanPrabhu
Uthama PurushanPrabhu
Vetri VizhaKamal Hassan, Prabhu
1990Pudhu PadaganVijaykanth
Mounam SammadhamMammooty, Y. Gee. Mahendra
1991Vaasalile Oru VennilaNizhalgal Ravi
Karpura MullaiRaja

Telugu movies[edit]

YearFilmCo-star
1987Kirai DadaNagarjuna
1988Raktha TilakamVenkatesh
Chinna BabuNagarjuna
1989SivaNagarjuna
1990Raja VikramarkaChiranjeevi
Prema YuddhamNagarjuna
AggiramuduVenkatesh
1991NirnayamNagarjuna
1993AagrahamRajashekar
2012Life is Beautiful

Hindi movies[edit]

YearFilmCo-star
1988DayavanAditya Pancholi
Kab Tak Chupe RahungiAditya Pancholi
PushpakKamal Haasan
1989DostMithun Chakraborty
JurratKumar Gaurav
1990ShivaNagarjuna
2013Listen... Amaya

Malayalam movies[edit]

YearFilmCo-starRole
1988PushppakavimaanamKamalHassan
1991Ente SooryaputhrikkuSuresh GopiMaya Vinodini
1991UlladakkamMohanlalReshma

Kannada movies[edit]

YearFilmCo-star
1988Pushpaka VimanaKamal Hassan
1990Bannada GejjeV. Ravichandran
1992Ksheera SaagaraKumar Bangarappa
Belliyappa BangarappaKumar Bangarappa

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amala Akkineni makes comeback with 'Life Is Beautiful'". Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Blue Cross of Hyderabad - The Team". Blue Cross of Hyderabad. 26 January 2011. Retrieved 26 January 2011. 

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