Southern star Nagarjuna turns 53

5 years ago | 29-08-2012 | IBNS

Southern star Nagarjuna, who has won two National Awards, turns a year older.

Born as Akkineni Nagarjuna Rao in the year 1959, the actor-producer turned 53 on Wednesday.

The actor joined the industry as a child artist in the Telegu film 'Sudigundalu directed by Adurthi Subbarao.

In 1986 he made debut in the Telegu film 'Vikram'. Three years later he starred in Maniratnam directed Romantic-drama, 'Geethanjali', which became a mojor box-office hit.

In the same year, Nagarjuna featured in an action flick 'Siva', directed by Ram Gopal Varma. Few years later the actor subsequently made his Bollywood debut with the Hindi remake of the same film titled 'Shiva'.

The actor featured in films like 'Annamayya', 'Ninne Pelladatha', 'Azad', 'Killer', 'Criminal', 'King' and many other films.

The actor has also been involved in various philanthropic work. Nagarjuna, with his wife Amala, co-founded the Blue Cross of Hyderabad, a non-government organization (NGO) in Hyderabad, which works towards the welfare of animals and preservation of animal rights.

In 2010, he starred in an HIV/AIDS animated software tutorial created by TeachAIDS, a nonprofit founded at Stanford University.