Early life

Balakrishna born in Chennai (then Madras), Tamil Nadu to Telugu actor and son of three-time former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao and his wife Basava Tarakam.[13][14] As the Telugu film industry was based in Madras at the time, he spent his entire childhood in Madras. During his adolescence, he moved to Hyderabad following the shifting of the Telugu film industry to that city. He earned a bachelor's degree in commerce from Nizam College , Hyderabad, Telangana.

In 1982, at the age of 22, He married Vasundhara Devi, daughter of the owner of SRMT. They have two daughters, Brahmani and Tejaswini, and a son, Taraka Rama Mokshagna Teja. His elder daughter, Brahmani, is an alumnus of Santa Clara University and Stanford University. She has married her cousin, Nara Lokesh, the son of TDP president and present Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N. Chandrababu Naidu.

Nandamuri Balakrishna is an Indian film actor and politician known for his works predominantly in the Telugu cinema.[1][2] [3] He is the sixth son of Telugu film actor, and former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N. T. Rama Rao. He entered the film industry as a child artist at the age of fourteen with the film Tatamma Kala.[4][5] In a film career spanning forty years he has acted in hundred feature films in a variety of roles.[6] He has played three different roles as a grandfather, father and grandson for the first time on celluloid screen. Known for his dancing skills, Balakrishna has received two state Nandi Awards, and the South Indian International Movie Award for best acting.[8] Balakrishna was the guest of honor at the 43rd International Film Festival of India.[9] Balakrishna is the Chairman of Basavatarakam Indo American Cancer Hospital and Research.[10] He is an elected member of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly. In his 100th film, He essayed Gautamiputra Satakarni, 2nd century ruler of the Satavahana Empire in the epic war film Gautamiputra Satakarni The film was subsequently dubbed into Hindi and Tamil languages.

Film Career

Breakthrough (1974–1986) -

In 1974, he acted as a child artist in Tatamma Kala which was directed by NTR. Over a period of time he acted in several films, many of them were directed by NTR. Out of which Dana Veera Soora Karna, Srimadvirataparvam, Akbar Saleem Anarkali and Sri Tirupati Venkateswara Kalyanam became memorable films in his film career. His roles as Abhimanyu in Dana Veera Soora Karna, Srimadvirataparvam and saleem in Akbar Saleem Anarkali, saint Narada In Sri Tirupati Venkateswara Kalyanam are highly praised. At the age of 16, Balakrishna acted in a movie titled Annadammula Anubandham, a remake of Dharmendra's Hindi movie Yaadon Ki Baaraat. After watching this movie, other legend of Tollywood Akkineni Nagewara Rao commented that 'Simham kadupuna Sihame puttindi'. In this film, Balakrishna appeared in brother role to his real life father Swargiya NTR. Balakrishna appeared as son to his real life brother Nandamuri Harikrishna in the movie Dana Veera Sura Karna. In 1984 he debuted in a hero role with Sahasame Jeevitham.

Even though Balakrishna acted in several films named as N.T. Rama Rao son, later his hard work, discipline, talent and dedication made him stand in the industry and to win the hearts of crores of fans. He then starred in a drama film Mangammagari Manavadu (1984) alongside Bhanumathi, Suhasini directed by Kodi Ramakrishna.[16] The film was a Block Buster at the box-office.[17] In the same year, he acted in Kathanayakudu and in Biographical film Shrimad Virat Veerabrahmendra Swami Charitra. Both the films did well at the Box-office.[18] Again his role as Siddhappa in Shrimad Virat Veerabrahmendra Swami Charitra is critically praised. This movie was directed by his father NTR. He also appeared in K. Viswanath's directorial Janani Janmabhoomi (1984), which was a critical success. In the year 1985, he acted with Akkineni Nageswara Rao in the film Bharya Bhartala Bandam alongside rajani, which is a moderate success. In the year 1986, he acted in movies like Muddula Krishnnayya, Seetarama Kalyanam, Anasuyamma Gari Alludu and Desoddarakudu which gradually increased his potential at boxoffice.

Commercial stardom (1987–1999) -

In 1987, he acted in a dual role in the film Apurva Sahodarudu directed by K. Raghavendra Rao, was a box-office success. This year he had six successful films in a row.[19] In the same year, he starred in Presidentugari Abbai directed by Tatineni Rama Rao and Muvva Gopaludu by Kodi Ramakrishna.[20] Bhargava Ramudu, which is made from a novel, alongside Vijayashanti is success at the box office. His other films like Inspector Pratap, Bharatamlo Bala Chandrudu, Tiragabadda Telugubidda, Rakthabhisekham were also critically and commercially successful at the boxoffice. In 1989, he paired with Vijaya Shanti in Muddula Mavayya directed Kodi Ramakrishna. Bhale Donga alongside Vijayasanthi and sharada was also success at the boxoffice. In 1990, he acted in Nari Nari Naduma Murari directed by A. Kodandarami Reddy alongside Shobana and Nirosha.[21] The film was a box-office success. In the same year he appeared in B. Gopal's Lorry Driver opposite Vijaya Shanti.[22] Talli Tandrulu alongside vijayasanthi was again a success at the box office.

In 1991, he acted in another science fiction film Aditya 369 directed by Singeetam Srinivasa Rao. And now they are trying to remake it again[23] This is the only science fiction film in Telugu cinema, during that period of time. He then had two releases in 1992 Dharma Kshetram and Rowdy Inspector directed by B. Gopal.[24] In the year 1993, Balakrishna had two releases on the same day which are Nippu Ravva alongside Shobana and Vijaya Shanti directed by A. Kodandarami Reddy and Bangaru Bullodu alongside Raveena Tandon and Ramya Krishna directed by Ravi Raja Pinisetty. His next appearance was a folk role in Bhairava Dweepam (1994) directed by Singeetam Srinivasa Rao. The film was a critical and commercial success and one of the milestone of his acting career. In Brahmarshi Viswamitra, directed by his father, he played as Satya Harischandra and Dushyanta. Between 1994–1999, he acted in movies like Bobbili Simham, Vamsanikokkadu, Peddannayya and moderate successes like Muddula Mogudu, Maatho Pettukoku, Yuvaratna Rana and Pavitra Prema. In the year 1999, he acted in B. Gopal's action film Samarasimha Reddy opposite Simran and Anjala Zhaveri.

2000–2009 -

In 2000, Balakrishna acted in Goppinti Alludu directed by E V V Satyanarayana with Simran. The film was performed well at the box office.[25] In 2001, he starred in B. Gopal's directed faction film Narasimha Naidu opposite Simran once again. The film broke several box office records and it completed 100 days in as many as 109 centres in the state and neighbouring states and silver jubilee in a record 17 centres.[26][27] The film became the highest-grossing Telugu film of all time until the record was broken by Chiranjeevi's Indra, which was also directed by B. Gopal. Balakrishna won his first Nandi Award for Best Actor for his performance. In the same year, he appeared in Bhalevadivi Basu with Shilpa Shetty, Anjala Zhaveri which opened to average reviews.[28] His 2002 and 2003 films include Seema Simham, Chennakeshava Reddy. The former received unfavourable reviews and was a box office flop, but the latter one was critically and financially successful. In 2004, he performed in a remake of the 2003 Tamil film Saamy titled Lakshmi Narasimha with Asin Thottumkal. The film and Balakrishna's performance won critical acclaim and was a financial success.[29][30] During the period, he also announced plans to act and direct in the remake of Nartanasala, and a launch event was held in Hyderabad during March 2003. Produced by Pusapati Lakshmipati Raju, the film was announced to have an ensemble cast also featuring Soundarya, Srihari, Saikumar, Uday Kiran and Asin in lead roles.[31] However, despite a grand launch, the film was later shelved following the sudden demise of Soundarya.

The years from 2005 to 2009 saw a lull in Balakrishna's career. Action-drama flicks such as Vijayendra Varma, Veerabhadra, Allari Pidugu, Okka Magadu and Maharadhi bombed at the box office.[33] Balakrishna paired with Sneha and Tabu in the mythological movie Panduranga (2008) directed by K. Raghavendra Rao. He played the dual roles of Krishna and Panduranga.[34] Rediff described his performance as "Balakrishna does justice to both the roles of God and Ranga. He shines in the climax of the movie. It's quite a task to step into NTR's shoes but his son has done pretty well, though one does miss NTR in the role of Krishna!".[35] The film was an average success and his performance won him the Santosham Best Actor Award.[36] In the year 2009, he starred in family drama Mithrudu alongside Priyamani in a slightly different role – that of a dependable friend and confidante to the female lead. The film opened to average reviews.

2010–present - In 2010, Balakrishna acted in Boyapati Srinu's film Simha alongside Nayantara and Sneha Ullal. He played dual role as father and son. The film opened to positive reviews,[38] and went on to become the highest-grossing film of the year.[39] A review in Rediff said about his performance "Balakrishna has put in a restrained performance. Though his character is supposed to roar at times, he seems subdued most of the time. But he's given plenty to be pleased about as it is his show all the way."[40] In 2011 he acted in a mythological film Sri Rama Rajyam based on the epic Ramayana. He played triple role in the 2012 action drama Adhinayakudu, making him the first actor to play three different roles as a grandfather, father and grandson on celluloid screen.[7] In 2014, he acted in Boyapati Srinu's film Legend alongside Sonal Chauhan and Jagapati Babu. He plays the title role in the biographical and historical film Gautamiputra Satakarni, which will be his 100th film. The film is being directed by Krish and is based on the life of 2nd century ruler of the Satavahana Empire, Gautamiputra Satakarni.


S.No. Year Title Role Director Notes Ref.
1 1974 Tatamma Kala Balakrishna N. T. Rama Rao Debut film [11]
2 Ram Raheem Ramu B. A. Subba Rao
3 1975 Annadammula Anubandham Naveen S. D. Lal
4 Vemulawada Bheemakavi Vemulawada Bheemakavi D. Yoganand
5 1977 Daana Veera Soora Karna Abhimanyudu N. T. Rama Rao
6 1979 Akbar Salim Anarkali Salim
7 Sri Madvirata Parvam Abhimanyudu
8 Sri Tirupati Venkateswara Kalyanam Narada Maharshi
9 1980 Rowdy Ramudu Konte Krishnudu Balakrishna K. Raghavendra Rao
10 1982 Anuraga Devatha Prakash T. Rama Rao
11 1983 Simham Navvindi Balakrishna D. Yoganand
12 1984 Sahasame Jeevitham Ravi Bharathi-Vasu Individual debut as hero
13 Disco King Balakrishna Tatineni Prasad
14 Janani Janmabhoomi Ramesh K. Viswanath
15 Mangammagari Manavadu Veeranna Kodi Ramakrishna
16 Palnati Puli Raju Tatineni Prasad
17 Shrimad Virat Veerabrahmendra Swami Charitra Saiyad / Sidda N. T. Rama Rao
18 Kathanayakudu Ravi K. Murali Mohana Rao
19 1985 Atmabhalam Anand Kumar Bhupathi / Durga Prasad Tatineni Prasad
20 Babai – Abbai Bala / Balasubramanyam Jandhyala
21 Bharyabhartala Bhandam Radha V. B. Rajendra Prasad
22 Bhale Thammudu Rajendra Paruchuri Brothers
23 Kattula Kondaiah Kiran S. B. Chakravarthy
24 Pattabhishekam Balu K. Raghavendra Rao
25 1986 Nippulanti Manishi Parasuram S. B. Chakravarthy
26 Muddula Krishnnayya Krishnayah Kodi Ramakrishna
27 Seetarama Kalyalam Raja Jandhyala
28 Anasuyamma Gari Alludu Hari Krishna A. Kodandarami Reddy
29 Desoddarakudu Gopi S.S. Ravi Chandra
30 Kaliyuga Krishnudu Mohana Krishna K. Murali Mohana Rao
31 1987 Bhargava Ramudu Bhargav A. Kodandarami Reddy
32 Ramu Ramu Y. Nageswara Rao
33 Allari Krishnaiah Gopala Krishna Nandamuri Ramesh
34 Sahasa Samrat Ramudu K. Raghavendra Rao
35 President Gari Abbai Rama Krishna T. Rama Rao
36 Muvva Gopaludu Gopi Kodi Ramakrishna
37 Bhanumati Gari Mogudu Jaya Krishna A. Kodandarami Reddy
38 1988 Inspector Pratap Inspector Pratap Muthyala Subbaiah
39 Donga Ramudu Rama Krishna K. Raghavendra Rao
40 Tiragabadda Telugubidda Inspector Ravi Teja A. Kodandarami Reddy
41 Bharatamlo Bala Chandrudu Balachandra Kodi Ramakrishna
42 Raktabhishekam Pardhasaradhi A. Kodandarami Reddy
43 1989 Bhale Donga Surendra
44 Muddula Mavayya Raja Kodi Ramakrishna
45 Ashoka Chakravarthy Ashok S. S. Ravi Chandra
46 Bala Gopaludu Bangaru Muvva Bala Gopalam Kodi Ramakrishna
47 1990 Prananiki Pranam Raja T. Rama Rao
48 Nari Nari Naduma Murari Venkateswara Rao A. Kodandarami Reddy
49 Muddula Menalludu Raja Kodi Ramakrishna
50 Lorry Driver Bala Murali B. Gopal
51 1991 Talli Tandrulu Anand T. Rama Rao
52 1992 Dharmakshetram Beneerji A. Kodandarami Reddy
53 Rowdy Inspector Inspector Ramaraju B. Gopal
54 Aswamedham Kireeti K. Raghavendra Rao
55 1993 Nippu Ravva Suryam A. Kodandarami Reddy
56 Bangaru Bullodu Balakrishna Ravi Raja Pinisetty
57 1994 Bhairava Dweepam Vijaya Singeetam Srinivasa Rao
58 Gandeevam Raja Priyadarshan
59 Bobbili Simham Vijaya Raghava Bhupathi A. Kodandarami Reddy
60 Top Hero Balu S. V. Krishna Reddy
61 1996 Vamsanikokkadu Raja Sarath
62 1997 Muddula Mogudu Vamsi A. Kodandarami Reddy
63 Devudu Devudu Ravi Raja Pinisetty
64 1998 Yuvaratna Raana Raana / Ramu A. Kodandarami Reddy
65 Pavitra Prema Manikyam Muthyala Subbaiah
66 1999 Samarasimha Reddy Abbulu / Vaasu / Samarasimha Reddy B. Gopal
67 Krishna Babu Krishna Babu Muthyala Subbaiah
68 2000 Vamsoddarakudu Suryam Sarath
69 Goppinti Alludu Murali Manohar / Bheemudu E. V. V. Satyanarayana
70 2001 Narasimha Naidu Narasimha Naidu B. Gopal
71 Bhalevadivi Basu Sagar / Prabhu P. A. Arun Prasad
72 2002 Seema Simham Durga Prasad G. Ram Prasad
73 2003 Palnati Bramhanaidu SSS Bhavani Shankar B. Gopal
74 2004 Lakshmi Narasimha DCP Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Jayanth C. Paranjee
75 Vijayendra Varma Colonel Vijayendra Varma Swarna Subba Rao
76 2006 Veerabhadra Murali Krishna A. S. Ravi Kumar Chowdary
77 2007 Maharadhi Bala/Krishna/Krish/Balayya/Balakrishna P. Vasu
78 2009 Mitrudu Aditya Mahadev
79 2011 Sri Rama Rajyam Lord Sri Rama Bapu [12]
80 2012 Uu Kodathara? Ulikki Padathara? Rudramaneni Narasimha Rayudu Sekhar Raja [13]
81 Srimannarayana Srimannarayana Ravi Chavali [14]
82 2015 Lion Godse / Bose Satyadev [15]
83 2016 Dictator Chandra Shekar Dharma Sriwass [16]
84 2017 Gautamiputra Satakarni Gautamiputra Satakarni Krish [17]
85 Paisa Vasool Theda Singh Puri Jagannadh [18]
86 C.K.Entertainments Project K. S. Ravikumar On sets [19]
87 NTR Biopic N. T. Rama Rao Ram Gopal Varma Announced [20]