Name: Naga Chaitanya
Nickname: Chaitu, Chay
Birthday: 23rd November 1986
Known For: Naga Chaitanya has always been a private person and likes to keep his off-screen life personal. He is also a shy person.
Debut Film: Josh
Marital Status: Divorced
Spouse: Samantha Ruth Prabhu (2017-2021)
Relationships: Samantha Ruth Prabhu
Awards: Filmfare Award South for Best Male Debut – South, CineMAA Award for Best Male Debut, SIIMA Award for Best Actor (Critics), Nandi Award for Best Supporting Actor, 15th Santosham Film Award for Best Actor
Naga Chaitanya was born in Hyderabad to actor Akkineni Nagarjuna and Lakshmi Daggubati. His paternal grandfather, actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao and his maternal grandfather, producer D. Ramanaidu are prominent figures in Telugu cinema.
Chaitanya debuted in 2009 with the film Josh, directed by Vasu Varma, in which he played a college student. He won the Filmfare Award South for Best Male Debut.
He next starred in the romantic drama Ye Maaya Chesave, directed by Gautham Vasudev Menon. The film was a success at the box office and went on to receive a cult status. He also received a nomination for Filmfare Award South for Best Actor Male. After that, he paired up with Sukumar for another love story titled 100% Love.
The actor’s next film was Dhada in 2011. His last release of the year was Bejawada, directed by Vivek Krishna. The film received negative reviews, with critics calling it his worst film. His performance was also panned by critics. Chaitanya’s next film, Tadakha, was an official remake of N. Lingusamy’s Tamil action film Vettai. The film was commercially successful, giving the actor a much-needed break.
In 2014, Chaitanya appeared in the period drama Manam, which also featured his grandfather, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, and father, Nagarjuna. His next release was the political-drama Autonagar Surya, directed by Deva Katta. Upon release, the film received mixed reviews from critics, who however appreciated Chaitanya’s performance in the film calling it one of his best efforts. The film ended up as a flop.
Next, Naga Chaitanya starred in the romantic comedy Oka Laila Kosam. In 2015, he played the lead the action-crime drama Dohchay, directed by Sudheer Varma. Later that year, he was brought aboard for Gautham Vasudev Menon’s bilingual romantic thriller film Sahasam Swasaga Sagipo.
In 2016, he starred in the remake of the 2015 Malayalam cult-romantic film Premam, of the same name, alongside Shruti Hassan. After the success of the movie, his next release was Sahasam Swasaga Sagipo, which received positive reviews and won him critical acclaim but no commercial success.
In 2017, he had two releases, the family drama Rarandoi Veduka Chudham, directed by Kalyan Krishna, and the thriller film Yuddham Sharanam. In 2018, he starred in a brief role in the Savitri biopic, Mahanati, directed by Nag Ashwin, which was a huge hit. He played his grandfather Nageswara Rao. In the same year, he starred in Maruthi-directed Shailaja Reddy Alludu alongside Anu Emmanuel and Ramya Krishna.
His next film, the thriller Savyasachi directed by Chandoo Mondeti featured Chaitanya in the role of an ambidextrous man.
In 2019, Chaitanya was featured in Majili along with his then-wife Samantha Akkineni. The film marks their fourth collaboration after Ye Maaya Chesave, Manam, and Autonagar Surya.
With a gross of ₹700 million, Majili becomes the highest-grossing film in Chaitanya’s career. Later that year, he starred in Venky Mama alongside his maternal uncle Venkatesh. The film directed by K. S. Ravindra, and produced by his uncle D. Suresh Babu was a profitable venture, grossing ₹720 million.
Naga Chaitanya gave one the best performances of his career in the hit and acclaimed film Love Story with Sai Pallavi. The movie received widespread acclaim. He next appeared in the hit film Bangarraju with Nagarjuna in the pipeline.
Controversy: Naga Chaitanya, who was married to actress Samantha, found himself in a controversy after making a statement that people assumed was hinted towards his now ex-wife. The statement was how he would never take up a role that would affect his family and reputation. People think that it’s hinted towards Samantha is because it was said that their reason for splitting up was the actress taking up bold scenes.
Latest News: Recently, Naga Chaitanya made the news after his hit film Bangarraju, in which he works along with his father, Nagarjuna, was released on OTT. The film has entertained the audience well.
Latest Movies: Bangarraju
Latest Series: None
Upcoming Movies: Laal Singh Chaddha