Nani filmography

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Nani looking away from the camera and greeting someone.
Nani at Aaha Kalyanam's audio launch in January 2014

Nani is an Indian film actor and producer who works predominantly in Telugu cinema and appears in a few Tamil language films. He made his acting debut with Mohan Krishna Indraganti's 2008 comedy film Ashta Chamma, an Indian adaptation of Oscar Wilde's play The Importance of Being Earnest.[1] After Ashta Chamma's commercial success,[2] Nani played the lead roles in three Telugu films in the next two years: Ride (2009), Snehituda... (2009) and Bheemili Kabaddi Jattu (2010). In 2011, Nani collaborated with B. V. Nandini Reddy on the romantic comedy film Ala Modalaindi which was profitable.[3] The same year, he made his Tamil cinema debut with Anjana Ali Khan's Veppam, a crime drama set in the backdrop of North Chennai.[4] The following year, Nani collaborated with S. S. Rajamouli and Gautham Menon on the Telugu-Tamil bilingual Eega and the romance film Yeto Vellipoyindhi Manasu respectively. The former, which was about a murdered man reincarnating as a housefly and avenging his death, earned Nani an award in the Best Hero category at the 2013 Toronto After Dark Film Festival.[5] He received the Nandi Award for Best Actor for his performance in Yeto Vellipoyindhi Manasu.[6]

Nani ventured into film production in 2013 as a co-producer for the film D for Dopidi.[7] He faced three box office failures in the upcoming years: Paisa (2013), Aaha Kalyanam (2014) and Janda Pai Kapiraju (2015). Nani termed it a "low phase" in his career and worked on the "planning of films and the timing of their release".[8] He then played the lead role in Nag Ashwin's Yevade Subramanyam (2015), a film focusing on a businessperson's journey to the Himalayas seeking self exploration.[9] Nani later starred in Maruthi Dasari's comedy film Bhale Bhale Magadivoy (2015), in which he played an absent minded scientist easily prone to distraction.[10] It was the actor's first blockbuster success,[11] and earned him the Critics Award for Best Actor - South at the 63rd Filmfare Awards South ceremony.[12] With his subsequent releases, the profitable ventures Krishna Gaadi Veera Prema Gaadha (2016) and Gentleman (2016), he gained stardom in Telugu cinema.[13] Nani later played the lead in the commercially successful Telugu films Majnu (2016), Nenu Local (2017) and Ninnu Kori (2017).[14]

Films

Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Title[a] Year Role(s) Director Notes Ref.
Ashta Chamma 2008 Rambabu / Mahesh[b] Indraganti, Mohan KrishnaMohan Krishna Indraganti [15]
Ride 2009 Arjun Varma, RameshRamesh Varma [16]
Snehituda... 2009 Sai Bellamkonda, SatyamSatyam Bellamkonda [17]
Bheemili Kabaddi Jattu 2010 Suribabu Satya, TatineniTatineni Satya [18]
Ala Modalaindi 2011 Gautham Reddy, B. V. NandiniB. V. Nandini Reddy [19]
Veppam 2011 Karthi Khan, Anjana AliAnjana Ali Khan Tamil film [4]
Pilla Zamindar 2011 Jayaramaraju, PraveenPraveen Jayaramaraju Ashok, G.G. Ashok [20]
Eega 2012 Nani Rajamouli, S. S.S. S. Rajamouli Simultaneously filmed in Tamil as Naan Ee
Toronto After Dark Best Hero Award
[21]
[5]
Yeto Vellipoyindhi Manasu 2012 Varun Menon, GauthamGautham Menon Nandi Award for Best Actor [22]
[6]
Neethaane En Ponvasantham 2012 N/A Menon, GauthamGautham Menon Tamil film
Cameo appearance
[23]
D for Dopidi 2013 N/A Kalla, SirajSiraj Kalla Narrator
Also co-producer
[7]
Paisa 2014 Prakash Vamsi, KrishnaKrishna Vamsi [24]
Aaha Kalyanam 2014 Shakthi Krishna, A. GokulA. Gokul Krishna Tamil film [25]
Nimirndhu Nil 2014 N/A Samuthirakani Tamil film
Cameo appearance
[23]
Janda Pai Kapiraju 2015 Aravind Shivashankar / Maya Kannan[c] Samuthirakani [26]
Yevade Subramanyam 2015 Subramanyam Ashwin, NagNag Ashwin [9]
Dongaata 2015 Himself Naidu, Vamsi KrishnaVamsi Krishna Naidu Special appearance in the song "The Party Tonight" [28]
Bhale Bhale Magadivoy 2015 Lucky Dasari, MaruthiMaruthi Dasari Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor – South [10]
[12]
Krishna Gaadi Veera Prema Gaadha 2016 Krishna Raghavapudi, HanuHanu Raghavapudi [29]
Gentleman 2016 Gautham / Jai[c] Indraganti, Mohan KrishnaMohan Krishna Indraganti [27]
Jyo Achyutananda 2016 N/A Avasarala, SrinivasSrinivas Avasarala Cameo appearance [30]
Majnu 2016 Aditya Varma, VirinchiVirinchi Varma [31]
Nenu Local 2017 Babu Nakkina, Trinadha RaoTrinadha Rao Nakkina [32]
Ninnu Kori 2017 Rao, Uma MaheswaraUma Maheswara Rao Nirvana, ShivaShiva Nirvana [33]
Middle Class Abbayi 2017 Nani Raam, Venu SreeVenu Sree Raam [34]
Awe 2018 Nani Varma, PrasanthPrasanth Varma Voiceover
Also co-producer
[35]
[36]
Krishnarjuna Yudham 2018 Krishna / Arjun[c] Gandhi, MerlapakaMerlapaka Gandhi [37]
Palaandu Vaazhga Films that have not yet been released TBA N/A Khan, Anjana AliAnjana Ali Khan Tamil film
Cameo appearance
Filming
[38]

Notes

  1. ^ Films are listed in the order of their release date.
  2. ^ Nani played a single character with two names.[15]
  3. ^ a b c Nani played two characters.[26][27]

References

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  3. ^ Rajamani, Radhika (19 February 2013). "'Jabardasth is a comedy carnival'". Rediff.com. Archived from the original on 15 July 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Venkateswaran, N (29 July 2011). "Veppam Movie Review". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 15 July 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "Rajamouli's Eega continues to win awards". The Times of India. 3 November 2013. Archived from the original on 6 April 2016. Retrieved 5 April 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "Nandi Awards: Here's the complete list of winners for 2012 and 2013". Hindustan Times. 1 March 2017. Archived from the original on 15 July 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 
  7. ^ a b Dundoo, Sangeetha Devi (7 December 2013). "Nani roughs it out". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 15 July 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 
  8. ^ Dundoo, Sangeetha Devi (22 December 2016). "Nani: I can't take this success for granted". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 15 July 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 
  9. ^ a b Dundoo, Sangeetha Devi (22 March 2015). "Yevade Subramanyam: A quest for identity". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 15 July 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 
  10. ^ a b Sethumadhavan, N (10 September 2013). "Movie Review: Bale Bale Magadivoy". Bangalore Mirror. Archived from the original on 15 July 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 
  11. ^ "Nani tastes first blockbuster success with 'Bhale Bhale Magadivoy'". The Indian Express. Indo-Asian News Service. 25 October 2015. Archived from the original on 29 October 2015. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 
  12. ^ a b "Nani wins Critics Award for Best Actor (Male) at 63rd Filmfare Awards South 2016". The Times of India. 16 January 2017. Archived from the original on 15 July 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 
  13. ^ Yellapantula, Suhas (10 October 2016). "Nani: Tollywood's Mr Bankable". The New Indian Express. Archived from the original on 15 July 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 
  14. ^ "Ninnu Kori: Nani's film rakes in Rs 25 crore in its opening weekend". India Today. Indo-Asian News Service. 10 October 2016. Archived from the original on 15 July 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 
  15. ^ a b "Ashta Chamma". Sify. 7 September 2008. Archived from the original on 14 July 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2017. 
  16. ^ "Ride review — Telugu cinema Review — Tanish, Nani, Shweta Basu Prasad & Aksha". Idlebrain.com. 5 June 2009. Archived from the original on 15 July 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 
  17. ^ Rajamani, Radhika (10 August 2009). "Snehituda: Nothing new to offer". Rediff.com. Archived from the original on 15 July 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 
  18. ^ Rajamani, Radhika (9 July 2010). "Bheemili Kabaddi Jattu is gripping". Rediff.com. Archived from the original on 15 July 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 
  19. ^ "Ala Modalaindi is entertaining". Rediff.com. 21 January 2011. Archived from the original on 15 July 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 
  20. ^ "'Pilla Zamindar' is above average (Telugu Movie Review)". Sify. Indo-Asian News Service. 15 October 2011. Archived from the original on 15 July 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 
  21. ^ "Eega". Sify. 10 July 2012. Archived from the original on 15 July 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 
  22. ^ Dundoo, Sangeetha Devi (14 December 2012). "Yeto Vellipoyindhi Manasu: Like a gentle breeze". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 15 July 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 
  23. ^ a b "చెన్నై పోదాం చలో... చలో!" [Let's go to Chennai]. Sakshi (in Telugu). 29 May 2016. Archived from the original on 15 July 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 
  24. ^ Dundoo, Sangeetha Devi (8 February 2014). "Paisa: Dance of money". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 15 July 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 
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  27. ^ a b Dundoo, Sangeetha Devi (17 June 2016). "Make way for this 'Gentleman'". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 15 July 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 
  28. ^ Rajendra, Ranjani (9 May 2015). "Predictable but entertaining". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 15 July 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 
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  30. ^ Kavirayani, Suresh (10 September 2016). "Jyo Achyutananda movie review: Good movie with hilarious first half". Deccan Chronicle. Archived from the original on 15 July 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 
  31. ^ "Majnu: Feel-good romance". The Hindu. 23 September 2016. Archived from the original on 15 July 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 
  32. ^ Kavirayani, Suresh (5 February 2017). "Nenu Local movie review: It's another hit for Nani". Deccan Chronicle. Archived from the original on 15 July 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 
  33. ^ Kumar, Hemanth (7 July 2017). "Ninnu Kori movie review: Nani, Nivetha Thomas in a slice-of-life drama about love and life". Firstpost. Archived from the original on 15 July 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 
  34. ^ "'Middle Class Abbayi' review: For want of the zing factor". The Hindu. 21 December 2017. Archived from the original on 22 December 2017. Retrieved 22 December 2017. 
  35. ^ Sundar, Priyanka (16 February 2018). "Awe movie review: Nani and Prasanth Varma's film is technically brilliant". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 24 February 2018. Retrieved 28 February 2018. 
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