Amala Akkineni

Amala Akkineni (née Mukherjee) is an Indian film actress, Bharata Natyam dancer, and an animal welfare activist.[2][3] She appeared in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam Hindi, and Kannada a language films. She has won two Filmfare Awards South, namely Best Actress - Malayalam for 1991 film Ulladakkam[4] and Best Supporting Actress – Telugu for 2012 film Life Is Beautiful.[2] Amala is the co-founder of The Blue Cross of Hyderabad,[5] a non-government organisation (NGO) in Hyderabad, India, which works towards the welfare of animals and preservation of animal rights in India.[6][7]

Amala Akkineni
Amala Akkineni Hyderabad 2010.jpg
Amala Akkineni in 2010
Born
Amala Mukherjee

(1967-09-12) 12 September 1967 (age 53)[1]
Alma materKalakshetra, Chennai, India
Occupation
Years active1986–1993
2012–Present
Spouse(s)Akkineni Nagarjuna
(m.1992-Present)
ChildrenAkkineni Akhil (b.1994)
RelativesSee Daggubati-Akkineni Family

Early lifeEdit

Amala was born in Calcutta (present-day Kolkata) to a Bengali Indian Navy officer and an Irish mother.[8][9] She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Bharata Natyam from Kalakshetra college of fine arts.[10] She gave many live performances worldwide.[11][12] She was subsequently persuaded to join films by T. Rajender, who visited her home with his wife Usha and convinced her mother to let her act in the film, which would be a classical film featuring her Bharat Natyam dancing.[13]

Personal lifeEdit

Amala married Telugu Film actor Akkineni Nagarjuna in 11 June 1992 and the couple have a son, actor Akkineni Akhil born in 1994. They currently live in Hyderabad.[12] She is the step-mother of actor Naga Chaitanya.[14]

CareerEdit

Amala made her debut in a Tamil film titled Mythili Ennai Kaathali, directed by T. Rajendar, which was a huge box office hit. Winning overnight fame, she charmed cinegoers in a flurry of fifty films, including a number of Tamil box office hits. She acted with her future husband Akkineni Nagarjuna in hits such as Nirnayam and Siva. She received Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam for the film Ulladakkam

She quit acting in 1992 following her marriage to Nagarjuna. After a hiatus of 20 years she made a comeback in 2012 with the Telugu film Life is Beautiful.[15] She received a CineMAA Award for Best Outstanding Actress and Telugu category Filmfare Award for best supporting actress in 2013 for her portrayal.

She returned to Malayalam cinema with C/O Saira Banu after a gap of 25 years, since Ulladakkam (1991).[16]

Awards and honoursEdit

Year Award Award Category & Work
1991 Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Actress - MalayalamUlladakkam[4]
2012 Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – TeluguLife Is Beautiful
2012 CineMAA Awards Best Outstanding Actress – Life Is Beautiful
2012 Social welfare awards Jeev Daya Purashkaar from Animal welfare Board of India
2017 Social welfare awards Nari Shakti Award ( Ministry for Women and Child Welfare )

FilmographyEdit

TamilEdit

Year Film Role Note
1987 Mythili Ennai Kaathali Mythili Debut
Mella Thirandhathu Kadhavu Noorjahan
Panneer Nathigal
Kanne Kaniyamuthe Rahman
Unnai Ondru Ketpen Mohan
Oru Iniya Udhayam Anju
1987 Velaikaran Kaushalya
Poo Poova Poothirukku Marry
Kootu Puzhukkal
Vedham Pudhithu Vaidehi
Kavithai Paada Neramillai
Idhu Oru Thodar Kathai Sumathi
Pesum Padam Magician's daughter Silent film
1988 Agni Natchathiram Anjali
Kodi Parakuthu Aparna
Sathya Geetha Nair
Jeeva Geetha
Illam Saradha
Kaliyugam
Nethiyadi Amala Guest appearance
1989 Mappillai Geetha
Varam
Nalaya Manithan Prabhu's girlfriend
Uthama Purushan Rekha
Vetri Vizha Lalitha
1990 Pudhu Padagan Devi
Mounam Sammadham Hema
1991 Vaasalil Oru Vennila Kamal
Karpoora Mullai Maya Vinodini

TeluguEdit

Year Film Role Note
1987 Kirayi Dada Lata
1988 Chinababu Madhu
Raktha Tilakam Radha
1989 Shiva Asha
1990 Prema Yuddham Latha
Raja Vikramarka Rekha
Aggiramudu Manasa
1991 Nirnayam Geetha
1993 Aagraham Chitra
2012 Life Is Beautiful Amma
2014 Manam Dance Teacher Cameo appearance

HindiEdit

Year Film Role Note
1988 Dayavan Sarita
Kab Tak Chup Rahungi Geeta
1989 Dost Pooja
Jurrat Renu
1990 Shiva Asha
2013 Listen... Amaya Sujata
2015 Hamari Adhuri Kahani Rohini
2018 Karwaan Tahira

KannadaEdit

Year Film Role Note
1987 Pushpaka Vimana Magician's daughter Silent film
1990 Bannada Gejje Menaka
1991 Agni Panjara
1992 Ksheera Sagara
Belliyappa Bangarappa Mutthamma

MalayalamEdit

Year Film Role Note
1986 Ariyaatha Bandham Revathy First Malayalam Film
1991 Ente Sooryaputhrikku Maya Vinodini
Ulladakkam Reshma
2017 C/O Saira Banu Adv. Annie John Tharavadi
2021 The Fall into Spring Neerav's mother Short film

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Language Channel
1991 Penn Tamil DD
2010 Super Mom Judge Tamil STAR Vijay
2014–2015 Uyirmai Dr. Kavitha Sandeep Tamil Zee Tamil
2019 High Priestess Swathi Reddy Telugu Zee5

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ a b Sangeetha Devi Dundoo. "Amala Akkineni : Behind the glamour of cinema". The Hindu.
  3. ^ S.B.VIJAYA MARY. "Amala for a fit mind, body". The Hindu.
  4. ^ a b "39th Annual Filmfare Malayalam Best Film Actress : santosh : Free Dow…". Archive.is. 8 February 2017. Archived from the original on 8 February 2017. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Blue Cross of Hyderabad – The Team". Blue Cross of Hyderabad. 26 January 2011. Archived from the original on 4 August 2008. Retrieved 26 January 2011.
  6. ^ S.B. Vijaya Mary. "'I treasure my quiet time': Amala Akkineni". The Hindu.
  7. ^ T.Lalith Singh. "Respect saniation [sic] workers, Amala Akkineni tells people". The Hindu.
  8. ^ Subhash K Jha (17 June 2015). "Amala Akkineni on Her Return To Acting". SKJ Bollywood News. Archived from the original on 19 June 2015. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  9. ^ SUBHA J RAO. "The measure of a woman". The Hindu.
  10. ^ "Amala Akkineni, The Person with the Most Beautiful Heart". Hixic. 11 September 2018. Archived from the original on 25 May 2019. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  11. ^ "February '13 – Crusading for a cause". RITZ. Archived from the original on 29 August 2015.
  12. ^ a b "A day in the life of Amala Akkineni". The Times of India.
  13. ^ "Amala". Gorantha Deepam. 24 June 2011. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  14. ^ Himalayan Academy. "A Kinder Vision". hinduismtoday.com.
  15. ^ "Amala Akkineni makes comeback with 'Life Is Beautiful'". Retrieved 1 September 2012.
  16. ^ Digital Native (20 February 2017). "Amala-Manju Warrier starrer 'C/o Saira Banu' ready for release". The News Minute. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  17. ^ "Amala Akkineni to play Sharwanands mother in Dream Warrior Pictures bilingual film". Behindwoods. 4 November 2019.
  18. ^ "Amala Akkineni roped in for a pivotal role in Sharwanand – Ritu Varma's film - Times of India". The Times of India.
  19. ^ "Amala Akkineni roped in for Sharwanand's next". The New Indian Express.
  20. ^ "Amala Akkineni thrilled about signing a bilingual after many years, see pic". Hindustan Times. 5 November 2019.
  21. ^ Subramanian, Anupama (15 November 2019). "Amala returns to Tamil after 28 years". Deccan Chronicle.

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