Nandamuri Balakrishna

Nandamuri Balakrishna
నందమూరి బాలకృష్ణ
Born Nandamuri Balakrishna
June 10, 1960 (1960-06-10) (age 51)
Chennai, India
Residence Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad,
Andhra Pradesh
Other names NBK,[1] Balayya, Yuvaratna,
Occupation Actor
Years active 1974–present
Spouse Smt. Vasundhara Devi
Children Brahmani, Tejaswini, Mokshagna Teja

Nandamuri Balakrishna (Telugu: నందమూరి బాలకృష్ణ, born 10 June 1960) is a prominent Telugu film actor.[2] He is the son of the former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, actor Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao.[3] He made his acting debut at the age of 14 as a child artist in his father's movie Tatamma kala.[4] He then starred in many critical and commercial films and established himself as one of the leading contemporary actors of Telugu Cinema.[5]

He is popularly known as "Balayya" and "NBK" by his fans and admirers.[6][7] In addition to films, balakrishna is associated with several philanthropic and social organisations activities. He campaigned for the Telugu Desam Party in the 2009 Assembly elections,[8] and he is the chairman of the trust board of The Basavatarakam Indo American Cancer Hospital & Research Institute.[9][10]



Balakrishna was born in Madras (now known as Chennai) Tamil Nadu, to prolific Indian film actor, politician N. T. Rama Rao and Smt. Basava Tarakam.[11] He has six brothers Rama Krishna, Jaya Krishna, Harikrishna, Mohana Krishna, Sai Krishna, Jaya Shankar Krishna, and four sisters Uma Maheswari, Bhuvaneswari, Lokeswari, Daggubati Purandareswari.[12] Balakrishna is married to Vasundhara Devi. They have a son Mokshagna Tarakarama Teja, and daughters Brahmini and Tejaswini (working CTS,VBIT park Hyderabad as Programmer Analyst Trainee). His elder daughter Brahmini was married to Nara lokesh,[13] son of Nara Chandrababu Naidu who is the president of Telugu Desam Party and former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.

Film career

Career beginnings (1974 to 1986)

In 1974, he acted in Tatamma Kala which was directed by NTR as a child artist. Over a period of time he acted in several films, many of them were directed by NTR. In 1984 he debuted in a hero role with Sahasame Jeevitham. He then starred in a drama film Mangammagari Manavadu (1984) along side Bhanumathi, Suhasini directed by Kodi Ramakrishna.[14] The film was a big hit at the box-office.[15] In the same year, he acted in Kathanayakudu and in Biographical film Shrimad Virat Veerabrahmendra Swami Charitra. Both the films were hits at the Box-office.[16] In the year 1986, all his six films was success at the Box-office.[17]

Breakthrough (1987 to 1999)

In 1987, he acted in a dual role in the film Apurva Sahodarudu directed by K. Raghavendra Rao, was a box-office success.[18] In the same year, he starred in Presidentugari Abbai directed by Tatineni Rama Rao and Muvva Gopaludu by Kodi Ramakrishna were biggest hits of the year.[19] In 1989, he paired with Vijaya Shanti in Muddula Mavayya directed Kodi Ramakrishna. The film was a blockbuster at the box-office.[20] In 1990, he acted in Nari Nari Naduma Murari directed by A. Kodandarami Reddy along side 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; the film was a hit at the box-office.[22] In 1991, he acted in another blockbuster Science fiction film Aditya 369 directed by Singeetam Srinivasa Rao. The film is about a time machine that goes into the past and the future.[23] He then had two releases in 1992 Dharma Kshetram was a disappointment and Rowdy Inspector directed by B.gopal, was a "Super Hit" at the box-office.[24] In the year 1993, balakrishna had two releases on the same day which are Nippu Ravva along side Shobana and Vijaya Shanti directed by A. Kodandarami Reddy and Bangaru Bullodu along side Raveena Tandon and Ramya Krishna directed by Ravi Raja Pinisetty[25], out of which "Bangaru Bullodu" was a hit.[26] His next appearance was a folk role in Bhairava Dweepam (1994) directed by Singeetam Srinivasa Rao.[27] The film was critical and commercial success, and fetched him a Filmfare Award for Best Actor. Between 1994-1999, he acted in super hit movies like Bobbili Simham, Vamsanikokkadu, Peddannayya and moderate successes like Muddula Mogudu, Maatho Pettukoku and Pavitra Prema. In the year 1999, he acted in B.Gopal's action film Samarasimha Reddy opposite Simran and Anjala Zhaveri. The film went on to become one of the biggest hits of Telugu cinema of its time.[28][29]

Recent work (2000 to present)

In 2000, Balakrishna acted in Goppinti Alludu directed by E V V Satyanarayana with Simran. The film was a hit at the box office.[30] In 2001, he starred in B. Gopal's directed faction film Narasimha Naidu opposite Simran. 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 centre.[31][32] He 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.[33] His 2002 and 2003 films include Seema Simham, Chennakeshava Reddy neither of which were well received, but the later one did an average business at the box office. In 2004, he performed in a remake of the 2003 Tamil hit Saamy titled Lakshmi Narasimha with Asin Thottumkal. The film and Balakrishna's performance won critical acclaim and was a box office hit.[34][35]

The years from 2005 to 2008 saw a lull in Ballayya's career. Action-drama flicks such as Vijayendra Varma, Veerabhadra, Allari Pidugu, Okka Magadu and Maharadhi bombed at the box office.[36] 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.[37] 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!".[38] The film was an average success and his performance won him the Santosham Best Actor Award.[39] 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.[40]

In 2010, he acted in Boyapati Seenu's film Simha alongside Nayantara and Sneha Ullal. NBK played dual roles as father and son. The film opened to positive reviews,[41] and went on to became one of the highest grossing film of the year.[42] 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."[43]


Balakrishna was involved in a shooting controversy. The incident took place on June 3, 2004 around 20:50 hrs at his residence in Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad. It is alleged that the actor has fired shots at the producer B.Suresh and his associate, Satyanarayana Chowdhary. Later both the wounded were admitted into Apollo hospital.[44] The circumstances under which the case was handled led to much controversy as purported by the Human Right Forum (HRF). The HRF has questioned the authenticity of people who handled the case, and the circumstances under which the actor was shielded from police by giving refuge in the CARE Hospital with out any justifiable cause.[45] The two victims have given statements before the magistrate alleging that actor has fired shots at them during their treatment in the hospital but soon they were retracted and made volte-face of their earlier statements.[46] The actor was arrested later on June 6 at around 3:30 AM and produced before fifth Metropolitan Magistrate. A show cause notice was also served on Bala Krishna's wife Smt. Vasundhara Devi (married: 1982) as the weapon used was licensed under her name and she could not give sufficient protection to her licensed weapon. But later the actor was granted bail.[47]

Awards and honors

Filmfare Awards
Nandi Awards
Santosham Film Awards
CineMAA Awards
  • CineMAA Award for Best Actor - Male - Simha (2010).[52]
Other Awards
  • Balakrishna was presented with Akkineni Abhinaya Puraskaram for the year 2007.[56]


He has acted in social, devotional, folk, Sciencefiction, mythological roles.

SNo Movie Name Year of Release Banner Director
1 Tatamma Kala 1974 Ramakrishna Cine Studios D Yoganand
2 Ram Raheem 1974 RajaLakshmi Combines BA Subba Rao
3 Annadammula Anubhandam 1975 GajaLakshmi Chitra SD Lal
4 Vemulawada Bheemakavi 1975 Ramakrishna Cine Studios D Yoganand
5 Daana Veera Soora Karna 1977 Ramakrishna Cine Studios N.T.Rama Rao
6 Akbar Salim Anarkali 1979 Tarakarama Film Unit N.T.Rama Rao
7 Sri Madvirata Parvam 1979 Ramakrishna Cine Studios N.T.Rama Rao
8 Sri Tirupati Venkateswara Kalyanam 1979 Ramakrishna Cine Studios N.T.Rama Rao
9 Rowdy Ramudu - Konte Krishnudu 1980 Ramakrishna Cine Studios K. Raghavendra Rao
10 Anuraga Devatha 1982 Ramakrishna Cine Studios Tatineni Rama Rao
11 Simham Navvindi 1983 Ramakrishna Cine Studios D. Yoganand
12 Sahasame Jeevitham 1984 GajaLakshmi Combines Bharati Vasu
13 Disco King 1984 Sri Vishnu Films Tatineni Prasad
14 Janani Janmabhoomi 1984 Sri Bramharambika Films K. Vishwanath
15 Mangammagari Manavadu 1984 Bhargav Art Productions Kodi Ramakrishna
16 Palnati Puli 1984 Sri Sai Chakra Productions Tatineni Prasad
17 Shrimad Virat Veerabrahmendra Swami Charitra 1984 RamaKrishna Cine Studios N.T.Rama Rao
18 Kathanayakudu 1984 Suresh Productions K Murali Mohana Rao
19 Atmabhalam 1985 Sravallu Productions Tatineni Prasad
20 Babai - Abbai 1985 Ushodaya Movies Jandhyala
21 Bharyabhartala Bhandam 1985 Jagapathi Art Pictures VB Rajendra Prasad
22 Bhale Tammudu 1985 Sri Satya Chitra Paruchuri Brothers
23 Kattula Kondaiah 1985 Prasanna Arts SB Chakravarthy
24 Pattabhishekam 1985 Ramakrishna Cine Studios K. Raghavendra Rao
25 Nippulanti Manishi 1986 Sri RajaLakshmi Art Pictures SB Chakravarthy
26 Muddula Krishnnayya 1986 Bhargav Art Productions Kodi Rama Krishna
27 Seetarama Kalyalam 1986 Yuva Chitra Jandhyala
28 Anasuyammagari Alludu 1986 Ramakrishna Cine Studios A. Kodandarami Reddy
29 Desoddarakudu 1986 VijayaBhaskar Film Productions SS Ravi Chandra
30 Kaliyuga Krishnudu 1986 Viswashanthi Enterprises K Muralimohana Rao
31 Apurva Sahodarudu 1986 RK Associates K. Raghavendra Rao
32 Bhargava Ramudu 1987 Devi Kamal Movies A Kodandarami Reddy
33 Allari Krishnaiah 1987 Vanitha Arts Nandamuri Ramesh
34 Sahasa Samrat 1987 Devi Kamal Movies K. Raghavendra Rao
35 Presidentugari Abbai 1987 Prasad Art Pictures Y Nageswara Rao
36 Muvva Gopaludu 1987 Bhargav Art Pictures Kodi Rama Krishna
37 Bhanumatgari Mogudu 1987 DVS Enterprises Y Nageswara Rao
39 Inspector Pratap 1988 Krishna Chitra Muthyala Subbaiah
40 Donga Ramudu 1988 Gopi Art Pictures K Raghavendra Rao
41 Tiragabadda Telugubidda 1988 Tejaswi Productions A Kodandarami Reddy
42 Bharatamlo Bala Chandrudu 1988 JayaBheri Art Productions Kodi Rama Krishna
43 Ramudu Bheemudu 1988 Satyam Cine Enterprizes K Muralimohana Rao
44 Raktabhishekam 1988 Rajeev Productions A Kodandarami Reddy
45 Bhale Donga 1989 Taraka Rama Productions A Kodandarami Reddy
46 Muddula Mavayya 1989 Bhargav Art Productions Kodi Rama Krishna
47 Ashoka Chakravarthy 1989 Sri Venkateswara Art Productions SS Ravi Chandra
48 Bala Gopaludu 1989 PB Art Productions Kodi Rama Krishna
49 Prananiki Pranam 1990 Harish Enterprizes Chalasani Rama Rao
50 Nari Nari Naduma Murari 1990 Yuva Chitra A. kodandarami Reddy
51 Muddula Menalludu 1990 Bhargav Art Productions Kodi Ramakrishna
52 Lorry Driver 1990 Jaya Productions B Gopal
53 Talli Tandrulu 1991 Prasad Art Pictures Tatineni Rama Rao
54 Bhahmarshi Vishwamitra 1991 Basava Tarakam Medical Trust N.T. Rama Rao
55 Aditya 369 1991 Sri Devi Movies Singeetam Srinivasa Rao
56 Dharma Kshetram 1992 Sri Rajeev Productions A Kodandarami Reddy
57 Rowdy Inspector 1992 Vijaya Lakshmi Art Movies B Gopal
58 Aswametham 1992 Vijayanthi Movies K Raghavendra Rao
59 Nippu Ravva 1993 Yuvarathna Arts A. Kodandarami Reddy
60 Bangaru Bullodu 1993 Jagapathi Art Pictures Raviraja Pinisetty
61 Bhairava Dweepam 1994 Chandamama Vijaya Combines Singeetam Srinivasa Rao
62 Gandeevam 1994 Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Combines Priya Darshan
63 Bobbili Simham 1994 Vijaya Lakshmi Art Movies A Kodandarami Reddy
64 Top Hero 1994 Sri Chitra Creations S. V. Krishna Reddy
65 Maatho Pettukoku 1995 Bhargav Art Productions A Kodandarami Reddy
66 Vamsanikokkadu 1996 Sri Devi Movies Sarat v
67 Sri Krishnarjuna Vijayam 1996 Chandamama Vijaya Combines Singeetam Srinivasa Rao
68 Peddannayya 1997 RamaKrishna Horticultural Cine Studios Sarat
69 Muddula Mogudu 1997 Rama Films A Kodandarami Reddy
70 Devudu 1997 Sri Chitra Creations Raviraja Pinisetty
71 Yuvaratna Rana 1998 Rudvega Productions A Kodandarami Reddy
72 Pavitra Prema 1998 Srinivasa Productions Muthyala Subbaiah
73 Samarasimha Reddy 1999 Sri Satya Narayanamma Productions B Gopal
74 Sultan 1999 PB Arts Sarat
75 Krishna babu 1999 Srinivasa Productions Muthyala Subbaiah
76 Vamsoddarakudu 2000 Gayatri Films Sarat
77 Goppinti Alludu 2000 Rama Krishna Horticultural Cine Studios E V V Satyanarayana
78 Narasimha Naidu 2001 Sri Venkat Ramana Productions B Gopal
79 Bhalevadivi Basu 2001 Sri Devi Movies PA Arun Prasad
80 Seema Simham 2002 Balaji Creations Ram Prasad
81 Chennakeshava Reddy 2002 Sri Sai Ganesh Productions V. V. Vinayak
82 Palnati Bramhanaidu 2003 Sri Venkat Ramana Productions B Gopal
83 Lakshmi Narasimha 2004 Sri Sai Ganesh Productions Jayanth C. Paranjee
84 Vijayendra Varma 2004 Aditya Productions Swarna Subba Rao
85 Allari Pidugu 2005 PB Arts Jayanth C. Paranjee
86 Veerabhadra 2006 Ambica Cinema Productions A.S.Ravi Kumar Chowdary
87 Maharadhi 2007 Sri Lalitha Kalanjali Productions P. Vasu
88 Okka Magaadu 2008 Bommarillu YVS Chowdary
89 Pandurangadu 2008 R.K.Film Associates K.Raghavendra Rao
90 Mitrudu 2009 Vaishnavi Cinema Mahadev
91 Simha 2010 United Movies Boyapati Seenu
92 Parama Veera Chakra 2011 Teja Cinema Dasari Narayana Rao
93 Sri Rama Rajyam 2011 Sri Saibaba Movies Bapu
94 Untitled Paruchuri Murali Movie 2012 Sri Keerthi Creations Paruchuri Murali
95 Oo Kodathara Ulikki Padathara 2012 Manchu’s Entertainment Production Sekhar Raja
96 Hara Hara Mahadeva 2012 Sri Sai Ganesh Productions B.Gopal


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