Akhil Akkineni (born 8 April 1994) is an Indian actor who works in Telugu cinema. He is the son of actors Akkineni Nagarjuna and Amala, the grandson of actor Nageswara Rao, and half-brother of Akkineni Naga Chaitanya. His sister-in-law Samantha Akkineni is also an actor. Akhil pursued acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute before making his debut in films in 2014 through a cameo in Manam. His first film in a lead role came in Akhil (2015).
|Born||8 April 1994|
|Alma mater||Lee Stansberg Theater and Film Institute, New York, United States of America. Chaitanya Vidyalaya and Oakridge International School, Hyderabad, Telangana, India|
|Years active||1995; 2014–present|
|Relatives||Akkineni Naga Chaitanya (half-brother)|
Samantha Akkineni (Sister-in-law)
|Family||see Daggubati-Akkineni Family|
Akhil studied at Chaitanya Vidyalaya, later headed to Australia for two years. He returned to complete his studies at Oakridge International School, Hyderabad. Akhil pursued acting as a career at age 16 and enrolled in an acting course at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York.
As an infant, Akhil debuted in his father's production, Shiva Nageswara Rao's comedy Sisindri (1995), an Indian adaptation of Baby's Day Out (1994). Later in his teens, Akhil pursued cricket and became a member in his father's Kings team, in the 2010 celebrity Tollywood Trophy, which was a fundraiser for the Movie Artistes' Association. His match-winning half-century in the final against Venkatesh Daggubati's Warriors, saw him secure the man-of-the-match and man-of-the-series awards. His performance saw him get called up to play for the Telugu Warriors in the inaugural Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) in 2011. Since then he has regularly participated in the CCL tournament, winning the 2016 edition as captain of his team.
In 2014, Akhil appeared in a cameo in Vikram Kumar's hit family drama Manam (2014), which featured three generations of actors from the Akkineni family. He brief cameo was an instant hit with the audience. Akhil described his shoot for the film alongside his grandfather, father and half-brother, as "nervous and exciting". Manam went on to become one of the most profitable Telugu films of 2014. Critics dubbed the film as a "classic" en route to it winning several awards, including Best Film at the Filmfare Awards. Akhil subsequently went on to make appearances in several commercials, notably for Karbonn, Mountain Dew, and Titan.
Akhil's debut film as a full-fledged lead was V. V. Vinayak's Akhil (2015). In order to prepare for the role, Akhil enrolled in a stunt workshop with his personal trainer Kicha and attended workshops in Thailand for two months. Produced by actor Nithin, the film began production in December 2014 and featured him alongside fellow debutante actress Sayesha Saigal. The film released to poor reviews, and despite expectations, it was a disaster at the box office. Following this, he went on a two-year hiatus. His second movie Hello, was directed by Manam's Vikram Kumar. It released on 22 December 2017, along with Middle Class Abbayi and turned out to be a below par grosser at the box-office, despite garnering good reviews. Akhil's latest project, Mr. Majnu, is directed by Venky Atluri and co stars Niddhi Agerwal. It released on 25 January 2019.
As child artistEdit
|1||1995||Sisindri||Sisindri||Shiva Nageswara Rao|
In lead roleEdit
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|2015||Akhil||Akhil||V. V. Vinayak||Debut lead role|
|2017||Hello||Avinash / Seenu||Vikram Kumar||Dubbed in Hindi as Taqdeer|
|2019||Mr. Majnu||Majnu / Vikky||Venky Alturi|
|2016||Aatadukundam Raa||Himself||G. Nageswara Reddy||Title song|
|2017||Hello||"Yevevo"||Anup Rubens||Singing debut|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|1995||Filmfare Awards South||Filmfare Best Child Actor||Sisindri||Won|||
|2016||Filmfare Awards South||Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut – South||Akhil||Won|||
|SIIMA Awards||Best Debut Actor||Won|||
|CineMAA Awards||Best Male Debut||Won|||
|Santosham Film Awards||Best Debut Actor||Won|||
|2019||TSR – TV9 National Film Awards||Special Jury Award||Hello||Won|||
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