Nani, born as Naveen Babu Ghanta, is an ultimate entertainer. The man who hails from a non filmi background and created a fanbase for himself in the South, is a testimony to prove how hardwork and perseverance pay off in the film industry.
Here are some facts about this man, who is now headed to entertain the audience with Nani’s Gang Leader on the 13th of September, 2019.
Here are 10 things you never knew about Nani, or did not notice.
1. Nani is an avowed Mani Ratnam and Chiranjeevi fan, who used to watch their films and dissect them with his inputs to his friends. He used these skills later in his life.
2. Nani is also distantly related to veteran anchor and actress Jhansi. He is her distant cousin and through her, got a chance to assist late Bapu, the legendary filmmaker and painter. The movie on which Nani worked with late Bapu was Radhagopalam, starring Srikanth and Sneha.
3. Nani worked as a Radio Jockey (RJ) for a private radio channel, the WorldSpace radio, under the Programme Head, Prof. C. Mrunalini. Prof. Mrunalini interviewed him and found his speaking skills quite impressive. Nani used to conduct a special show for the channel, wherein he discussed many of his favourite movies and filmmakers and their contribution.
4. Nani’s show on the WorldSpace radio was broadcast during afternoon hours, from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. He used to regale his listeners with his wit and extempore tidbits from Mani Ratnam’s movies. Another highlight was his appraisal of Kamal Haasan and his performances in Telugu.
5. Nani is an occasional dubbing artist. Mani Ratnam, Nani’s favourite filmmaker, commissioned him to dub for Dulquer Salmaan in Telugu for the latter’s movie OK Kanmani (OK Bangaram in Telugu.)
6. Nani is an award winning actor. He won the Nandi Award for Best Actor for his measured performance in the movie Yeto Vellipoyindhi Manasu.
7. Nani completed 11 years in Tollywood and is now keen to give back to the industry.
The method he chose was producing movies. His movie Awe!, for which he was the producer, redefined screenplay in Tollywood with its theme. The movie just won the awards for Best Makeup and Best Special Effects, at the 66th National Film Awards.
8. Nani also acted in Tamil films like Veppam and Aaha Kalyanam, in which he was noticed by the Tamil audience too as a capable actor.
9. Nani’s recent movie Jersey won him critical acclaim and his performance is considered by many as his best one till date in his filmography. He played a struggling cricketer in his mid 30s, who reinvents his career.
10. Nani is now a pan India star, thanks to his Eega, dubbed as Makkhi in Hindi and directed by S.S. Rajamouli. The movie made him known beyond South India.
With Nani’s Gang Leader, Nani will realise his dream of acting in a movie with a similar title as his idol Chiranjeevi’s movie (Gang Leader.)
We hope Nani continues to entertain us with his choice of good scripts.
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