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Indian film actor, film producer, media personality, and television presenter Nani is primarily known for his work in Telugu cinema, but has also done a few Tamil films. He was an assistant director and worked with Srinu Vaitla and Bapu, before working as an RJ for World Space Satellite in Hyderabad.

Real NameNaveen Babu Ghanta
Nickname(s)Nani, Natural Star
Profession(s)Actor, Producer
Famous RoleLakkaraju aka "Lucky" in Telugu film 'Bhale Bhale Magadivoy' (2015)
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 175 cm
in meters- 1.75 m
in feet inches- 5’ 9”
Weight (approx.)in kilograms- 65 kg
in pounds- 143 lbs
Body Measurements (approx.)Chest: 40 Inches
Waist: 30 Inches
Biceps: 12 Inches
Eye ColourDark Brown
Hair ColourBlack
Personal Life
Date of Birth1984-02-24
Age (as in 2018)34 Years
Birth PlaceHyderabad, Telangana, India
Zodiac sign/Sun signPisces
SignatureNani actor signature
HometownHyderabad, Telangana, India
SchoolSt. Alphonsa's High School, Hyderabad
College(s)Narayana Junior College, Hyderabad
Wesley Degree College, Secunderabad
Education QualificationGraduate
DebutFilm: Ashta Chamma (2008, Telugu)
Veppam (2011, Tamil)
TV: Bigg Boss Telugu 2 (2018)
Producer: D for Dopidi (2013)
FamilyFather- Rambabu Ghanta
Mother- Vijayalakshmi Ghanta
Brother- None
Sister- Deepthi Ghanta
AddressA villa near Gachibowli, Hyderabad
Awards2011- Vijay Award for the Best Debut Actor for the film 'Veppam'
2012- Toronto After Dark Award for the Best Hero for the film 'Eega,' and South Indian International Movie Award for the Rising Male Hero for the film 'Eega'
2013- Nandi Award for the Best Actor for the film 'Yeto Vellipoyindhi Manasu,' and Filmfare Awards South for the Best Critics Actor – South for the film 'Bhale Bhale Magadivoy'
2017- Zee Cinemalu Award for the Golden Star of the Year, and TSR-TV9 National Film Award- Special Jury Award for Popular Choice for the film 'Gentleman'
Favourite Things
Favourite Food(s)Idli Sambar, Khichdi
Favourite Actor(s)Chiranjeevi, Sobhan Babu, Prabhas, Ravi Teja, Kamal Haasan
Favourite ActressesSavitri, Sridevi, Keerthy Suresh
Favourite Film(s)Bollywood: The Hangover (2009)
Hollywood: Life of Pi (2012)
Telugu: Galipatam (2014)
Favourite Director(s)Mani Ratnam, Bapu, Gautham Menon, Krishna Vamsi
Favourite SongBhale Bhale Magadivoy from the film 'Maro Charitra' (1978)
Favourite Music DirectorIlaiyaraaja
Favourite SportCricket
Favourite ColourWhite
Favourite Fashion BrandZara
Favourite Destination(s)Tirumala, Australia
Girls, Affairs and More
Marital StatusMarried
Affair/GirlfriendAnjana Yelavarthy
Wife/SpouseAnjana Yelavarthy (m. 2012-present)
Nani with his wife Anjana Yelavarthy
Marriage Date2012-10-27
Marriage PlaceVisakhapatnam
Nani marriage photo
ChildrenDaughter- None
Son- Arjun (born in 2017)
Style Quotient
Car CollectionBMW 520d
Money Factor
Salary (approx.)₹6 crore/film
Net WorthNot Known

Some Lesser Known Facts About Nani

  • Does Nani smoke?: Not Known
  • Does Nani drink alcohol?: Yes
  • Nani was bitten by the direction bug during his college days, after watching Mani Ratnam and Kamal Haasan’s direction work.
  • He was quite notorious during his college days and once got arrested.
  • Watching his hunger to learn the art of filmmaking, his uncle, and producer, Anil, helped him to join director Bapu as a “clap assistant” in the film ‘Radha Gopalam’ (2005).
  • Later, he worked as an assistant director in films like ‘Allari Bullodu’ (2005), ‘Asthram’ (2006), and ‘Dhee’ (2007).
  • When he took a break to work for a script to direct a movie, his friend and RJ, Nandini Reddy, invited him to work as an RJ for World Space Satellite in Hyderabad, just for once in a week. He liked it so much that he did a show called ‘Nonstop Nani’ and worked there as an RJ for a year.
  • While he was working as an RJ, he got featured in an advertisement and when writer Mohan Krishna Indraganti saw it, he found him perfect to play the role of “Ram Babu” in the Telugu film ‘Ashta Chamma’ (2008) and made a mark straightaway.
  • His breakthrough came in 2008 with the role of “Varun Krishna” in the film ‘Yeto Vellipoyindhi Manasu’ for which he won the Nandi Award for Best Actor.
  • After a courtship of 5 years, he married his girlfriend Anjana without the permission of their parents. Though, after some time their parents accepted their relation after which the couple got re-married in their presence.
  • His wife works in the Marketing wing for ‘Arka Media Works’ and has even worked for the magnum opus ‘Baahubali.’
  • For the physically demanding role of “M. Subramanyam” in the film ‘Yevade Subramanyam’ (2015), he took bath only 8 times in 40 days as the shooting took place at the base camp of Mount Everest.
  • Because of his realistic acting and boy next door image, he has earned the nickname “Natural Star” by his fans.
  • His biggest dream is to do a film in the direction of Mani Ratnam.
  • In 2018, he replaced Jr NTR as the host of ‘Bigg Boss 2 Telugu.’ Nani – Bigg Boss 2 Telugu
  • He is an ambivert, a blend of both introvert and extrovert.
  • He is an avid dog lover and has a pet dog named “Subu.”
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