Happy Birthday, Nagarjuna!

Last Updated: Mon, Aug 29, 2011 10:45 hrs

Akkineni Nagarjuna is known for his versatility onscreen, successfully sprinting across many barriers of genre, characterization and diction.

When he made his debut as Vikram (Telugu remake of Jackie Shroff’s Hero), Nagarjuna invited much criticism from the industry and the audience as well. But his enigmatic skills
quietened down the criticism with his fourth film Majnu, which ran to packed theatres for over a year. When Nag got ready for a film with debutant Ramgopal Varma, there was

observation that Nag was taking a high risk with a new comer.

But time proved that Nag is the best experimenter in Tollywood.

When Nag dared to do the divine role Tallapaka Annamacharya, the 16th century poet saint poet who eulogized Lord Venkateswara, there was ruckus all over the industry. How could a romantic icon of Tollywood don a divine role and that too with a moustache? All speculation was put to rest with the stupendous hit of Annamayya and rewrote the dynamics of bio-periodic films. Later, his Ramadasu established him as a star who can play both the romeo and the saint. Nag is set to star as Shirdi Sai Baba soon.

Nag is currently busy with Rajanna (historical aspect), Damarukham (socio-fantasy) and Adishankara (a devotional saga).

The actor has maintained that “For the sake of hundreds of film industry workers to earn their livelihood, people like me should do maximum number of films.”

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