|Amala Akkineni Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 4 in|
|Date of Birth||September 12, 1967|
Amala Akkineni is an Indian actress, dancer, and animal welfare activist who was the leading actress in the Tamil film industry from the mid-1980s until the early 1990s, featuring in multiple blockbuster movies. Besides Tamil, she also acted in films in several other languages including Telugu, Hindi, Malayalam, and Kannada. In addition to her highly successful acting career, Amala has participated in many live performances across the world where she has exhibited her mastery of Bharatanatyam, a form of Indian classical dance that originated in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. A prominent animal rights activist, Amala co-founded the Blue Cross of Hyderabad in 1992, a non-governmental organization in Hyderabad, India, that works for the welfare of animals.
Calcutta (present-day Kolkata), West Bengal, India
Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Amala had attained a BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) degree in Bharatanatyam from Kalakshetra, an arts and culture academy dedicated to the preservation of traditional values in Indian art and crafts, based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
Actress, Dancer, Animal Welfare Activist
- Father – Her father was an officer in the Indian Navy.
- Mother – June Connolly
- Siblings – She has an older brother and a sister.
- Others – Akkineni Nageswara Rao (Father-in-Law) (Actor, Producer, Director, Businessman) (d. January 22, 2014), Annapurna Kollipara (Mother-in-Law), Sathyavathi Akkineni (Sister-in-Law), Akkineni Venkat (Brother-in-Law) (Producer), Saroja Akkineni (Sister-in-Law), Akkineni Naga Susheeila (Sister-in-Law), Samantha Ruth Prabhu (Ex-Stepdaughter-in-Law) (Actress), Yarlagadda Sumanth Kumar (Nephew-in-Law) (Actor), Surendra Yarlagadda (Brother-in-Law), Supriya Yarlagadda (Niece-in-Law), Annapurna Akkineni (Niece-in-Law), Akkineni Jyothsna (Sister-in-Law), Sushanth Anumolu (Nephew-in-Law) (Actor), Anumolu Satya Bhushana Rao (Brother-in-Law)
5 ft 4 in or 162.5 cm
58 kg or 128 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Amala has dated –
- Nagarjuna Akkineni (1992-Present) – Amala married Indian actor, producer, TV presenter, and entrepreneur Nagarjuna Akkineni on June 11, 1992. They have a son together named Akhil Akkineni (Actor) (b. April 8, 1994). She also has a stepson named Naga Chaitanya (Actor) from Nagarjuna’s past marriage with Lakshmi Daggubati.
Race / Ethnicity
Multiracial (Asian and White)
She is of Indian (Bengali) descent on her father’s side and Irish descent on her mother’s side.
- Slender frame
- Side-parted, neck-length, straight hair
- Affable smile
- Radiant face
- Has a mole on her neck
Amala Akkineni Facts
- Born in Calcutta, India, to a Bengali father and an Irish mother, Amala, and her family shifted to Madras (present-day Chennai), India, when she was quite young. She primarily grew up there.
- It was renowned actor, filmmaker, musician, cinematographer, and film distributor T. Rajendar who had persuaded Amala and her parents to let her act in movies. He was impressed by Amala’s dancing skills and had made a special visit to her house to convince her parents that she had a bright future in the industry.
- Rajendar then cast Amala in the 1986 Indian Tamil-language film Mythili Ennai Kaathali, her acting debut, a classic film that revolved around her Bharatanatyam dancing. The film was a box office hit and brought her overnight fame.
- For her portrayal of the character of Reshma in the 1991 Indian Malayalam-language psychological thriller film titled Ulladakkam, she won a Filmfare Award South in the category of ‘Best Actress – Malayalam’.
- Following her marriage in June 1992, Amala quit acting. After a hiatus of nearly 2 decades, she made her acting comeback with the 2012 Indian Telugu-language coming-of-age drama film titled Life is Beautiful. For her work in the film, she won her 2nd Filmfare Award South – in the category of ‘Best Supporting Actress – Telugu’.
- In 2012, in recognition of her work as an animal rights activist, she was honored with the ‘Jeev Daya Puraskaar’ (loosely translates to ‘Award for Compassion towards Animals’) by the Animal Welfare Board of India, a statutory advisory body that assists the Government of India’s Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairying.
- In 2017, Amala was bestowed the ‘Nari Shakti’ (loosely translates to ‘Female Power’) award by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, a branch of the Government of India.
- A polyglot, she is fluent in English, Tamil, and Telugu, and can understand Bengali.
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