Nandamuri Balakrishna is popularly known as Ballaya Babu in Tollywood film industry, he is the sixth son of legendary actor and ex chief minister of Andhra Pradesh late Nandamuri Taraka Ramarao and late Basawatarakam. He was born in Chennai on June 10th, 1960. He completes his studies at Chennai itself and joined the film industry at the age of 14 years with film “Tatamma Kala” in year 1974. During his adolescence, he moved to Hyderabad following the shifting of the Telugu film industry to that city. He earned a bachelor’s degree in commerce from Nizam College in Hyderabad. Balakrishna married to in 1982 Vasundhara and they are blessed with one son Tarakarama Teja Mokshajna and two daughters Smt.Brahmini and kum.Tejaswini. His elder daughter Brahmani is an alumnus of Santa Clara University and Stanford University and she got married to TDP president Nara Chandrababu Naidu’s son Nara Lokesh few years ago. Balakrishna is also acting as director of Basavatarakam Cancer Research Hospital, Hyderabad.
He made his debut into film at the age of 14 with the film “Tatamma Kala” in the year 1974. His father late NTR is mentor for him in the film industry. He trained him to perfection in acting. Even they have acted together in two films “Annadammula Anubandham” and “Dhaana Veera Karna”. Later, he got break with the success of his film “Mangammagari Manumadu” and it never happens for him to turn around in his 38 years of carrier in Tollywood. He has number of hits to his credit like “Kadha Nayakudu”, “Muddula Mamayya”, “Lorry Driver”, “Aditya 369”, “Bhairava Dweepam”, “Rowdy Inspector”, “Samara Simha Reddy”, “Srikrishnarjuna Vijayam,” and by latest his mythological movie “Sri Rama Rajyam”. He acted in more than 96 films and still maintains the same pace till date.
He is actively involved in politics and is a member of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) founded by his father .He has vigorously participated in TDP campaigning during 2009 general elections and recently announced that he will be contesting to Assembly in 2014 general elections. Although, there was a demand in the party asking him to take party reins as its president, which is now handled by Nara Chandrababu Naidu, Balakrishna prefers to become MLA first to gain some political experience before making any big claims for himself.
Awards and Honours
He has bagged Film fare Best actor Award for his performance in films “Bhairava Dweepam” in 1994 and prestigious Nandi Award as Best actor for his film “Narasimha Naidu” in year 2001 and for “Simha” in 2010. He also felicitated with Akkineni Abhinaya award in 2007. He has won two Andhra Pradesh State Nandi Awards and one Filmfare Award in his entire film career. He was the guest of honour at the 43rd International Film Festival of India. He won the CineMAA Award in the category of the Best Actor for the film “Simha” in 2010 . He won Santosham Film Awards for the films “Pandurangadu”, “Simha” and “Sri Rama Rajyam”. He also received TSR-TV9 Film Awards for the film “Simha” and “Sri Rama Rajyam”. And other awards are Bharata Muni awardd for Best Actor of the year 2009 for the film “Pandurangadu”, for “Simha” in 2010 and for “Sri Rama Rajyam” in 2011. A.P. CINE Goers Association Best Actor Award for the films “Narasimha Naidu”, “Chennakesava Reddy” and Pandurangadu.