The king of Tollywood arrived at his 58th birthday today and nobody is ready to believe that it is his actual age. The veteran actor who made his debut with the movie Vikram directed by V Madhusudhan Rao went on to make legendary films like Geetanjali, Shiva, Ninne Pelladatha, Annamayya, Santhosham, Manmadhudu, King, Manam, Oopiri etc. Nagarjuna is known for his biographical films such as Annamayya, LOC Kargil, Sri Ramadasu, Shirdi Sai etc.
This actor cum producer has also produced a plethora of movies like most of which he was the lead actor and some of the others. The mention-worthy in the list are Sisindri, Ninne Pelladatha, Manmadhudu, Sathyam, Nenunnanu, Mass, Super, Uyyala Jampala, Manam, etc., and has earned the title of a successful businessman in Telugu industry. Being one of the major shareholders in Telugu Television Network Maa TV, Nagarjuna also hosted the Telugu version of KBC- Meelo ewaru Koteeswarudu for 2 seasons.
He is often referred to as the King of Tollywood and is mentioned among one of the legendary actors of all time. Today, on the occasion of his birthday, we would like to remember his most popular movies of all time. Let us take a walk through the memory lane of the legendary actor’s career and honor him.
Mentioned as a cult classic, Sudigundalu showed our actor as a child Artist for the first time. With Akkineni Nageswara Rao, his father in the lead role, Nagarjuna did a cameo in the film. The film was so successful that it was screened at Tashkent Film Festival and International Film festival of India. If anyone wants to see the King as a Prince, this movie would be a good start.
The all-time favorite of every Telugu movie fan, directed by Mani Ratnam, Geetanjali paved the way for Nagarjuna to be a Superstar in Telugu. This movie showed us an actor who fully owns the character and made it his own. Nagarjuna plays the role of a terminal cancer patient in this film. Because of the enthralling plot and the actor’s histrionic abilities the movie instantly became a blockbuster yielding both Nagarjuna and the director a well-deserved fame.
Released in the same year, this is another film that changed the course of Telugu movies. Directed by the infamous Ram Gopal Varma, Siva is a film that truly impacted the Telugu film industry and has become one of the most popular movies of all time. With its unique way of storytelling and the usage of technology and sound design, Siva attained a cult status and has won many awards at the time. The film was included in the list of 100 Greatest Indian films of all time by CNN- News18. This film is one of the best in Nagarjuna’s career and is a superb watch at any given time.
A bilingual film directed by Mahesh Bhatt starring Nagarjuna Akkineni, Ramyakrishna, and Manisha Koirala in the lead roles. The music for this movie is composed by MM Keeravani. Inspired by an English Film named “The Fugitive”, this movie portrayed Nagarjuna as a Doctor and an escaped fugitive who fights to prove his innocence. The movie was a blockbuster and is available for you to watch on YuppFlix.
Directed by Telugu Director EVV Satyanarayana, this movie presented Nagarjuna in a comedy role. This super hit film which was a blockbuster at the time was inspired by the Jackie Chan’s film “Twin Dragons”. Nagarjuna played a dual role in this film alongside Ramya Krishna and Soundarya. The film is later remade in Hindi as “Judwaa” with Salman Khan in the lead role.
Annamayya is the movie that paved the way of Nagarjuna to becoming the master of Biographical films. Directed by the legendary director K Raghavendra Rao who is known to be a specialist of Bhakti Genre in Telugu films, this movie casts Nagarjuna in the lead role along with Mohan Babu, Suman, Ramyakrishna, Bhanupriya, Roja etc. The film won several awards including eight Nandi, three Filmfare awards, and two National Film awards.
A remarkable Family entertainer film starring Nagarjuna, Shriya Saran, Gracy Singh and Prabhu Deva in lead roles. The movie which was directed by Dasharath was one of its kind and is known for its timely comedy and renowned punches. The movie portrays every family emotion there is and Nagarjuna’s acting is the one that takes it to another level. Out of the amazing movies our King of Tollywood has made, Santhosham definitely makes a worthy mention and is definitely worth the watch.
Who forgets the energetic performance of Nagarjuna in the role of a powerful Policeman Shivamani? The film which was a huge success was directed by Puri Jagannath. The movie which is a battle between a powerful Policeman and a Gangster in the city of Vizag is known for its dialogues and the intense performance of our actor.
Directed by V N Aditya and starring Nagarjuna, Shriya Saran and Arti Agarwal in the lead roles, Nenunnanu is another blockbuster that shows Nagarjuna in a matured role in which he cares for a young woman and fights for the success of her love life. The movie was a critical success and has presented us with one of the best performances of Nagarjuna.
The known comical film which delivered us “the king” in a highly different light is one of the best movies in his career. Directed by Srinu Vaitla, the movie casts Nagarjuna and Trisha in the lead roles. Nagarjuna who has convinced us that he can take up any role has made sure of it with his high-powered performance in this film. He played three characters in this film and has managed to make the audience laugh in his every role. This one is a must watch movie and definitely, one to remember on his birthday.
A very recent release in which Akkineni Nagarjuna has played the role of a physically challenged person alongside Karthi. The movie re-established the fact that Nagarjuna can convincingly manage any role and proved it by being a blockbuster. The story of Oopiri was adapted from an English Movie “Me Before you”. The movie which was released globally has received critical acclaim for the directorial talent and for the work of Vamsi Paidipally in adapting the original.
Apart from these, there are plenty of movies in the King’s career that are mention worthy. Check them out on YuppFlix and Celebrate the Star’s birthday by watching list of Akkineni Nagarjuna movies