Akhil Akkineni

Akhil Akkineni (born 8 April 1994) is an American actor of Indian origin who works in Telugu films. He first appeared on screen at the age of one in Sisindri (1995) and debuted in a lead role in Akhil (2015).

Akhil Akkineni
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Akkineni in 2017
Born (1994-04-08) 8 April 1994 (age 26)[1]
Alma materLee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute
OccupationActor
Years active1995; 2014–present
Parent(s)Akkineni Nagarjuna (father)
Amala Akkineni (mother)
FamilySee Daggubati–Akkineni family

Personal Life

Akhil Akkineni is the son of actors Nagarjuna and Amala, the grandson of actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao, and half-brother of Naga Chaitanya. His sister-in-law Samantha is also an actor. Akkineni 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).[4] In 2016, Akkineni was engaged to Shriya Bhupal, grand daughter of business tycoon G. V. Krishna Reddy. Their wedding was planned in 2017 but was later called off.[5]

Education

Akkineni studied at Chaitanya Vidyalaya, later headed to Australia for two years. He returned to complete his studies at Oakridge International School, Hyderabad. He 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. He is also a BBA graduate from University of South Florida [6]

Career

As an infant, Akkineni debuted in his father's production, Shiva Nageswara Rao's comedy Sisindri (1995), an Indian adaptation of Baby's Day Out (1994).[7] Later in his teens, he 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.[8] 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.[9]

In 2014, Akkineni 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.[10] hel described his shoot for the film alongside his grandfather, father and half-brother, as "nervous and exciting".[11] 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.[12][13] hel subsequently went on to make appearances in several commercials, notably for Karbonn, Mountain Dew, and Titan.[14]

Akkineni's debut film as a full-fledged lead was V. V. Vinayak's Akhil (2015).[citation needed] In order to prepare for the role, the actor enrolled in a stunt workshop with his personal trainer Kicha and attended workshops in Thailand for two months.[6] Produced by actor Nithin, the film began production in December 2014 and featured him alongside fellow debutante actress Sayesha Saigal.[15] 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. Akkineni's latest project, Mr. Majnu, is directed by Venky Atluri and co stars Niddhi Agerwal. It released on 25 January 2019. Currently he's working on his fourth film titled as Most Eligible Bachelor, starring Pooja Hegde and produced by Geetha Arts Bunny Vas and Vasu Varma, directed by Bhaskar (director). Most Eligible Bachelor's first look is all set to release on 08 February 2020.

Filmography

Key
  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role(s) Director(s) Notes
1995 Sisindri Sisindri Shiva Nageswara Rao
2014 Manam Akhil Vikram Kumar Cameo
2015 Akhil Akhil V. V. Vinayak
2016 Aatadukundam Raa Himself G. Nageswara Reddy Special appearance in title song
2017 Hello Avinash / Seenu Vikram Kumar
2019 Mr. Majnu Vikram "Vicky" Krishna Venky Alturi
2021 Most Eligible Bachelor   Aditya Vasudevan Bhaskar Filming[16][17]

Discography

Year Film Song Composer Notes
2017 Hello "Yevevo" Anup Rubens Singing debut[18]

Awards and nominations

Akhil Akkineni awards and nominations
Totals[a]
Wins6
Nominations0
Note
  1. ^ Certain award groups do not simply award one winner. They recognize several different recipients, have runners-up and have third place. Since this is a specific recognition and is different from losing an award, runner-up mentions are considered wins in this award tally. For simplification and to avoid errors, each award in this list has been presumed to have had a prior nomination.
Year Award Category Film Result Ref.
1995 Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Best Child Actor Sisindri Won [19]
2016 Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut – South Akhil Won [20]
SIIMA Awards Best Debut Actor Won [21]
CineMAA Awards Best Male Debut Won [22]
Santosham Film Awards Best Debut Actor Won [23]
2019 TSRTV9 National Film Awards Special Jury Award Hello Won [24]

References

  1. ^ "Tollywood's rising stars under 30". The Times of India. 29 October 2018. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  2. ^ "Akhil Akkineni". Times of India. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  3. ^ Vemuri Radhakrishna and Akkineni Nagarjuna (24 July 2019). Akkineni Nagarjuna Open Heart With RK Full Episode | Nagarjuna Reveals About Remake Of Gundamma Katha (in Telugu). ABN Andhra Jyothi. Akhil was born in the U.S.
  4. ^ "I was mobbed by girls a few times: Akhil". The Times of India.
  5. ^ "Real reason why Nagarjuna's son Akhil Akkineni, Shriya Bhupal called off wedding?". The Indian Express. 23 February 2017. Retrieved 7 July 2020.
  6. ^ a b Sangeetha Devi Dundoo. "Akhil Akkineni". The Hindu.
  7. ^ "Mama's boy". The Hindu.
  8. ^ Staff Reporter. "Nag Kings lift Tollywood trophy". The Hindu.
  9. ^ "Akhil to play in CCL matches". indiaglitz.com.
  10. ^ "Samantha's tweet has Nag fuming". Bangalore Mirror.
  11. ^ "Akhil Akkineni Interview, Akhil Akkineni interview about manam, Akhil Akkineni interview on manam I felt very nervous that day: Akhil Akkineni". timesofap.com. Archived from the original on 5 September 2019. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
  12. ^ "Small was big for southern cinema (IANS Special: 2014 In Retrospect)". Sify. Archived from the original on 10 February 2015.
  13. ^ "Winners: 62nd Britannia Filmfare Awards (South)". The Times of India.
  14. ^ "Nagarjuna's son Akhil Akkineni to make his debut". Rediff. 25 December 2014.
  15. ^ IANS. "Nagarjuna's son Akhil's debut film launched". The Hindu.
  16. ^ "నడిరోడ్డుపై చెప్పులు లేకుండానే అక్కినేని వారుసుడు.. అయ్యే ఇదేం గతి." News18 Telugu. India: CNN-News18. 8 February 2020. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  17. ^ Geetha ArtsVerified account (26 November 2009). "Geetha Arts on Twitter: "Journey of our #MostEligibleBachelor starts now with this step". Twitter.com. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  18. ^ "Hello Audio: Not A Classic Like Manam, But Decent". GREAT ANDHRA. Archived from the original on 22 December 2017. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  19. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbZHU7db4x4
  20. ^ "Winners of 63rd Britannia Filmfare Awards South 2016 (Telugu)". The Times of India. 16 January 2017. Retrieved 25 December 2019.
  21. ^ "SIIMA 2016 Telugu movie nominations revealed; 'Baahubali,' 'Srimanthudu' lead the list5". Archived from the original on 26 May 2016.
  22. ^ "List of Winners CineMAA Awards 2016 – Complete Details". Scooptimes. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
  23. ^ "List of Winners Santosham Awards 2016 – Complete Details". Scooptimes. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
  24. ^ "Balakrishna, Nagarjuna and Keerthy Suresh among TSR-TV9 film award winners". The News Minute. 16 February 2019. Retrieved 17 December 2019.

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