N. T. Rama Rao Jr. (born Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao on 20 May 1983) known popularly as Jr. NTR, is an Indian film actor in Telugu Cinema and an accomplished Kuchipudi dancer. He is the grandson of veteran actor and former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N.T. Rama Rao and the son of actor and Member of Parliament Nandamuri Harikrishna.
N.T.R. marked his debut in Telugu cinema as a child actor in Brahmarshi Viswamitra (1991) and then was starred as Lord Rama in Ramayanam (1997), which won the National Film Award for Best Children's Film in 1998. Five years later he starred in a lead role with Ninnu Chudalani (2001).
He was then starred in the blockbuster film Student No. 1 directed by S. S. Rajamouli. He then acted in many successful hits like Aadi, Simhadri, Rakhi, Yamadonga, Adhurs, Brindavanam, Oosaravelli, and Dammu which established him as one of the leading actors in Telugu cinema.
N.T.R. has won two Andhra Pradesh state Nandi Awards, one Filmfare Best Telugu Actor Award, three CineMAA Awards. Other than films he is the brand ambassador for several brands such as Malabar Gold, Navratna Hair Oil, and Zandu Balm in Andhra Pradesh.
Personal life :
He was born to politician and actor Nandamuri Harikrishna and Nandamuri Shalini on the 20 May in 1983. Actor Nandamuri Balakrishna is Tarak's uncle.
Film Career :
He began his career as a child artist. The first movie he starred in was Brahmarshi Viswamithra directed by N. T. R. But his full length major role was in the movie Bala Ramayanam directed by Guna Shekar. Tarak made his re-entry into the Tollywood with Ninnu Choodalani in 2001; but it failed to perform well at the box office. He mentioned in an interview that his remuneration for "Ninnu Choodalani" was about 6 lakh Rupees.
However in the same year he went on to gain fame with Student No. 1 directed by S.S. Rajamouli, followed by soft love story Subbu and Aadi, which was a blockbuster, and brought immediate stardom for him. In year 2003, he came up with a political movie Naaga. Even though the movie raised some political issues worth giving a thought, it settled as an average grosser. However his next movie Simhadri went on to become a blockbuster.
In 2004, his career took a down turn with Andhrawala. Though Samba fared as above average grosser his next movies Naa Alludu and Narasimhudu released in year 2005 did badly at box office. In 2006, his film Ashok had the biggest opening week gross in his career but did not appease his fans.
His next movie Rakhi directed by Pasupuleti Krishna Vamsi, which proved an average grosser at the box office, gained him admirable reviews from fans and critics alike. His next movie, Yamadonga, which was inspired by his grandfather's blockbuster Yamagola, released in August 2007 brought him back into the super-hit stream, and became the sensational movie of the year, Yamadonga Tarak's next film was Kantri, released in May 2008 exposed his superb skill of dancing but did average at box office with 25 Crores. In year 2010 he appeared in two movies, and both of them Adhurs in which he played a dual role and Brindavanam succeeded well at box-office,. Then Shakthi released on 1 April 2011 and it failed to perform well at the box office. Tarak played the lead role in the film Oosaravelli, directed by Surender Reddy, which was released on 6 October 2011 and though it received mixed reviews, it generated good revenue at the box office.
Another movie titled Dammu under the direction of Boyapati Seenu was released on 27 April 2012. Which received bad reviews. After the average of Dhammu, he is now heading for Baadshah with Srinu Vaitla and first look of the film is released on his birthday. The shooting of the film was supposed to start on 1 July 2012 in Italy, but was postponed to 9 July 2012.
Political stint and accident :
Tarak was one of the campaigners for the Telugu Desam Party, for the Indian general election, 2009 from April to May 2009.On March 26, 2009, After electioneering, en route to Hyderabad, the SUV in which he was a passenger was struck head-on with another vehicle, at Khammam. He and his companions were thrown from the SUV and suffered brutal injuries, Tarak, was treated at Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences, in Secunderabad to recuperate