Akhil Akkineni is the younger son of Nagarjuna and is a new face in the Telugu film industry. Akhil is looking to make his mark in Tollywood just like his father and his elder brother Naga Chaitanya. When the national lockdown was announced on March 24th, no one had any idea that it would extend to almost sixty days leaving everyone stuck in their homes with their families. Akhil Akkineni used this time to get into ‘Ayyappa Deeksha’ a form of leading a simple yogic life and abstaining from all pleasures. The people following this ‘Deeksha’ are recognised by the complete black clothes and wear Tulasi and Rudraksha beads around their neck, something which Akhil was spotted with when he is clicked by the paparazzi. People in ‘Ayyappa Deeksha’ undergo a pilgrimage to the Sabarimala temple where Lord Ayyappa is the presiding deity after completing forty one days of Deeksha.
The Akkineni family are not known to be religious but Akkineni Nageshwara Rao, Akhil’s paternal grandfather, believed in a higher power but was not one to perform pujas or observe religious rituals. A source said “the young actor has changed a lot during this lockdown and has decided to take Deeksha following the advice of his friends (sic.)”
On the professional front, the shooting of Akhil’s upcoming film Most Eligible Bachelor, is on the verge of completion. Starring Pooja Hegde opposite Akhil Akkineni as the leading lady, Most Eligible Bachelor is directed by Bommarillu Bhaskar and bankrolled by Bunny Vas and Vasu Varma under GA 2 Pictures. The movie was scheduled for a summer release but unfortunately, the release date had to be postponed because of the COVID-19 virus and the subsequent lockdown.