Akkineni Nagarjuna, the name itself sums up everything! Call him as romantic king or ‘Greekuveerudu,’ he is one such actor in Tollywood who is carrying his father’s legacy in Telugu Cinema with great panache for the past three decades. Breaking all the myths, Nagarjuna has already proved that he can pull off any role from a college student to the devotee of Lord Venkateswara with great versatile and intense acting skills. Now, he is all set to entertain the audience as Hathiram Baba, the devotee of Lord Venkateswara in his latest flick “Om Namo Venkatesaya“, which is likely to hit the screens in the month of February.
In the year 1997, he first appeared in a devotional film “Annamayya,” directed by K. Raghavendra Rao, which features Ramya Krishnan, Kasthuri, and Suman in lead roles. In that particular movie, he mesmerized the audience with his awe-inspiring performance and charming. Carrying the legacy of his father Akkineni Nageswara Rao, who enthralled the audience by acting in devotional roles like Bhakta Tukaram, Narada and much more. Nagarjuna seems to be flaunting those roles in the same way.
Registering the constant commercial success at the box office, Nagarjuna has started setting a trend with the devotional and mythological films, which not only turned out into blockbusters but also recorded under the category of classics of Tollywood. After “Annamayya,” he spellbound the audience with his acting as Gopanna in “Sri Ramadasu,” which released in the year 2006. Starring Sneha, the film was directed by K. Raghavendra Rao and again proved that he is the only actor of this generation who can act these devotional roles with ease.
Unlike those commercial films, Nagarjuna always had an emotional attachment with these devotional roles, especially as a devotee of Lord Venkateswara. In an interview during the release of “Sri Ramadasu,” he shared that he was very upset after the shooting completed for that film and also kept his long hair for so many days, which he grew for the role in the remembrance of the film.
In 2002, he appeared as Lord Sai Baba in the film “Shirdi Sai,” directed by K. Raghavendra Rao, which managed to make people believe that he was born for that role and also earned much respect and popularity among family audiences. He even didn’t eat non-veg until the shooting was completed. Now the actor again teamed up with Raghavendra Rao for “Om Namo Venkatesaya,” in which he is doing the role of Hathiram Baba, who is a great devotee of Lord Venkateswara.
During the audio launch of this film which was held recently, Nagarjuna, with much passion and with teary eyes, shared that he believe much in this God and feels blessed to be alive at this time. Let’s hope this film also will carry on A.N.R.’s legacy and again prove that Nagarjuna can pull it off with great ease than any other actor in Tollywood of his generation.