Jr NTR Biography – an Indian Actor, Playback Singer and Kuchipudi Dancer

Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao Jr., also known as Jr NTR or Tarak, is an Indian actor who primarily works in Telugu cinema. One of the highest paid Telugu film actors, Rama Rao Jr. has won several accolades, including two Filmfare Awards, two state Nandi Awards, and four CineMAA Awards.

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Real Name: Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao Jr.
Profession: Indian actor
Birthplace: Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh (present-day Telangana), India
Spouse: Lakshmi Pranathi
Age: 39

Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao Jr. (born 20 May 1983), also known as Jr NTR or Tarak, is an Indian actor who primarily works in Telugu cinema. One of the highest-paid Telugu film actors, Rama Rao Jr. has won several accolades, including two Filmfare Awards, two state Nandi Awards, and four CineMAA Awards. Since 2012, he has been featured in Forbes India Celebrity 100 list.

Grandson of an Indian matinee idol, N. T. Rama Rao Sr. who was also the former Chief Minister of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, Rao appeared as a child actor in works such as Brahmarshi Viswamitra (1991), and Ramayanam (1997), the latter winning the National Film Award for Best Children’s Film for that year. Rao made his debut as a lead actor with Ninnu Choodalani (2001). He rose to prominence with the coming-of-age film Student No. 1 (2001) and the action drama Aadi (2002).

Rao established himself as a leading actor in Telugu cinema with works such as Simhadri (2003), Yamadonga (2007), Adhurs (2010), Brindavanam (2010), Baadshah (2013), Temper (2015), Nannaku Prematho (2016), Janatha Garage (2016), Jai Lava Kusa (2017), Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava (2018), and RRR (2022), the latter being his highest-grossing release. He won two Filmfare Awards for Best Actor – Telugu for his performances in Yamadonga and Nannaku Prematho. He is also notable in the television industry. In 2017, he hosted the first season of the Telugu language reality TV show Bigg Boss on Star Maa. Rama Rao Jr. started hosting the fifth season of Evaru Meelo Koteeswarulu in 2021 on Gemini TV.

Jr NTR Biography
Jr NTR Biography
Jr NTR Biography
Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao

20 May 1983 (age 39)

Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh (present-day Telangana), India
Other names Tarak
Occupation Actor
Years active
  • 1991, 1997 (child artist)
  • 2001–present
Lakshmi Pranathi (m. 2011)
Children 2
  • Nandamuri Harikrishna (father)
  • N. T. Rama Rao (grandfather)
  • Nandamuri Balakrishna (uncle)
  • Nandamuri Kalyan Ram (brother)
Family See Nandamuri family

Early life and family (Jr NTR Biography)

Rama Rao was born on 20 May 1983 to film actor and politician, Nandamuri Harikrishna and Shalini Bhaskar Rao. His father is of Telugu descent and was born and raised at Nimmakuru, in the Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh. His mother is a Kannadiga, who hails from Kundapur, Karnataka. He is the grandson of Telugu actor and former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N. T. Rama Rao. Initially named Tarak, he was renamed N. T. Rama Rao at the suggestion of his grandfather.

Rama Rao did his schooling at Vidyaranya High School, Hyderabad, and completed his intermediate education at St. Mary’s College, Hyderabad. He also studied in the Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh for some time.

Rama Rao is a trained Kuchipudi dancer. He is the half-brother of actor and producer, Nandamuri Kalyan Ram, the nephew of actor and politician Nandamuri Balakrishna and former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N. Chandrababu Naidu, and the cousin of actors Taraka Ratna and politician Nara Lokesh.

Film career (Jr NTR Biography)

1991–2006: Debut and initial career

Rama Rao made his debut in the film Brahmarshi Vishwamitra (1991) as a child artiste at the age of seven. Written and directed by his grandfather N. T. Rama Rao, he played the role of Bharata. After a long gap, he then played the titular role of Rama in the Gunasekhar-directed mythological film Ramayanam (1997), which won the National Film Award for Best Children’s Film. His performance in the film received critical appreciation.

Director K. Raghavendra Rao recommended Rama Rao to S. S. Rajamouli for his directorial debut Student No. 1 (2001) in mid-2000 after being impressed with his performance in the auditions and his previous film Ramayanam, however, the film went under production for too long. He was later signed by producer Ramoji Rao and decided to work on the romantic drama Ninnu Choodalani which marked his debut as a lead actor. By that time, he was only 17. Student No. 1, which was released later, went on to be successful while Subbu (2001) was a commercial failure.

He next appeared in Puri Jagannadh‘s action drama Andhrawala (2004) created much hype but was a box-office failure. He then starred in an action film, Samba (2004) in his second collaboration with Vinayak. Later on, he played a dual role in the family drama film Naa Alludu (2005) and starred in Gopal’s Narasimhudu (2005) and Surender Reddy’s Ashok. All three films failed at the box office. His performance in Krishna Vamsi’s Rakhi (2006) is considered to be one of his finest.

2007–2012: Breakthrough and career fluctuations

Rama Rao collaborated with director Rajamouli for the third time on a socio-fantasy film Yamadonga. For this film, he had to sport a new look by shedding more than 20 kg, as he used to be 94 kg. Rama Rao played Raja, a thief who later criticizes and insults Yama and then suddenly goes into hell due to some bad acts. The film received positive reviews and made him receive Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu. Actor Mohan Babu praised Rama Rao’s performance in the film. Rama Rao later signed up for the action film Kantri which was directed by debutant Meher Ramesh, a protege of Puri Jagannadh. In 2009, Rama Rao took a year hiatus to campaign for Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in the 2009 general elections.

Jr NTR Biography
Jr NTR Biography

Rama Rao signed up for the action-comedy Adhurs, in which he played dual roles for the third time after Andhrawala, and Naa Alludu. Adhurs grossed more than ₹300 million. He then returned to romantic films after several years in the romantic comedy Brindavanam (2011), directed by Vamsi Paidipally.

Rama Rao collaborated with director Ramesh for the fantasy action film Shakti, and with director Surender Reddy for the romantic action film Oosaravelli. The Boyapati Srinu-directed Dammu (2012) become an average grosser.

2013–present: Commercial successes

In Baadshah, he sported a new look by straightening his curly hair and growing a beard, in order to suit the don image. The film became a sleeper hit. Baadshah‘s final figures were over ₹480 million in 50 days. This film was later dubbed into Hindi and Malayalam. Rama Rao’s next release in 2013, was the revenge drama Ramayya Vasthavayya, directed by Harish Shankar. This was the worst period in Rama Rao’s career and Baadshah was the only film that gave him success. Baadshah premiered at the Osaka Asian Film Festival 2014 held in Japan.

In 2015, he starred in Temper directed by director Puri Jagannadh. The film gave a much-needed success for Rama Rao, after a series of debacles, and his performance as a corrupted cop Daya who turns a good doer was appreciated by the audience and critics alike.

In 2018, he starred in Trivikram Srinivas-directed action drama Aravinda Sametha which went become one of the highest-grossing Tollywood films of the year. Trivikram Srinivas credited Rama Rao for the success of Aravinda Sametha. He said, “A highly-capable actor like NTR is very rare to find in any generation. When it comes to acting, He is like a torchbearer. Staying in the moment is a very great quality. He is such a rare Actor. NTR has the capability to match his Grandfather. He is disciplined, honest, and straightforward, doesn’t get involved in unnecessary issues, and goes to any extent to achieve what is necessary. We needn’t have to stop such a personality, just need to offer claps during his journey”. S. S. Rajamouli’s magnum opus RRR, where Rama Rao playing 20th-century freedom fighter Komaram Bheem, opened to massive success. Rajamouli said, “I would really say there is no other actor on the Indian screen who can do what Tarak did in Komaram Bheemudo’s song. Showing pain, showing betrayal, showing subjugation to the motherland, but not even batting an eyelid at the oppressor. Not just showing all these emotions, but showing all these emotions in one shot, in one frame. That is like an epic.”

Upcoming projects

Rama Rao is reuniting with Koratala Siva, after Janatha Garage, for his 30th film, which went on floors in March 2023 after enormous delays. It is scheduled for a theatrical release on 5 April 2024. He is also reworking for a Mythri Movie Makers presentation after Janatha Garage, which is helmed by Prashanth Neel. Both these films are produced under N. T. R. Arts, with Nandamuri Kalyan Ram as co-producer. In April 2023, he was signed by Yash Raj Films to make his Bollywood debut with the action thriller War 2, thus entering the YRF Spy Universe, co-starring Hrithik Roshan and directed by Ayan Mukerji.

Television career

Rama Rao hosted the reality show, Bigg Boss 1 which was broadcast on Star Maa. Rama Rao’s television debut was a huge success and had a record-breaking rating for Star Maa, making it the number one channel among all the shows. The show began airing on 16 July 2017. He has also been a guest in the Telugu reality game show Meelo Evaru Koteeswarudu and Telugu reality dance shows Dhee 2 and Dhee 10. In February 2021, he was confirmed to be the host of Evaru Meelo Koteeswarulu. Later, on 10 July 2021, he joined the production of the show.

Personal life

Family (Jr NTR Biography)

Rama Rao married Lakshmi Pranathi, the daughter of realtor and businessman Narne Srinivasa Rao. Srinivasa Rao’s wife is the niece of N. Chandrababu Naidu, who mediated the marriage. Their wedding took place on 5 May 2011 in Hyderabad at Hitex Exhibition Center, Madhapur. The couple has two sons.

Rama Rao is popularly referred to as Young Tiger in Tollywood and the media.

Political stint an accident

Rama Rao was one of the campaigners for the Telugu Desam Party, in the 2009 Indian general election from April to May 2009 in Andhra Pradesh. On 26 March 2009, after electioneering, en route to Hyderabad, the SUV in which he was a passenger, was struck head-on by another vehicle, at Suryapet. He and his companions were thrown out of the SUV and suffered injuries. He was treated at Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences, in Secunderabad, where he recuperated well.

Jr NTR with his Family
Jr NTR with his Family


In 2009, Jr. NTR announced his plan to donate ₹20 Lakhs to the Chief Minister‘s Relief Fund to aid flood victims. During the Baadshah audio function in 2013, a fan passed away due to a stampede and NTR extended his support by donating ₹5 Lakhs to the family of the deceased. Additionally, he pledged to take care of the family following the sudden loss.

In 2014, NTR once again announced a donation of ₹20 Lakhs to the CM’s Relief Fund to support those affected by Cyclone Hudhud in Andhra Pradesh.

Filmography, awards, and nominations


List of N. T. Rama Rao Jr. film credits
Year Title Role(s) Notes
1991 Brahmarshi Viswamitra Bharata Child artist
1997 Ramayanam Rama Child artist
2001 Ninnu Choodalani Venu
Student No: 1 Aditya
Subbu Bala Subramanyam
2002 Aadi Aadi Kesava Reddy
Allari Ramudu Ramakrishna
2003 Naaga Nagaraju
Simhadri Simhadri (Singamalai)
2004 Andhrawala Munna & Shankar Pehlawan
Samba Samba Shiva Naidu
2005 Naa Alludu Karthik (Murugan)
Narasimhudu Narasimhudu
2006 Ashok Ashok
Rakhi Ramakrishna “Rakhi”
2007 Yamadonga Raja
2008 Kantri Kantri (Kranthi)
Chintakayala Ravi Himself Guest appearance in the song “Shaava Shaava”
2010 Adhurs Narasimha Chari & Narasimha
Brindavanam Krishna “Krish”
2011 Sakthi Sakthi Swaroop & Maha Rudra
Oosaravelli Tony
2012 Dammu Ramachandra (Raja Vijay Dhwaja Sri Simha)
2013 Baadshah Baadshah (N. T. Rama Rao)
Ramayya Vasthavayya Nandu (Ramu)
2014 Rabhasa Karthik
2015 Temper Daya
2016 Nannaku Prematho Abhiram
Janatha Garage Anand
2017 Jai Lava Kusa Jai “Raavan” Kumar, Lava Kumar & Kusa Kumar
2018 Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava Veera Raghava Reddy
2022 RRR Komaram Bheem
TBA NTR 30 Not yet released TBA Filming
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released

Television (Jr NTR Biography)

Year Program Role Network Produced by Notes
1996 Bhaktha Markandeya Bhaktha Markandeya ETV Telugu ETV Network At the age of 13
2008 Dhee 2 Finale Guest Mallemala Entertainments
2016 Meelo Evaru Koteeswarudu: Season 3 Guest Contestant Star Maa BIG Synergy
2017 Bigg Boss Telugu: Season 1 Host Endemol Shine India
2018 Dhee 10 Finale Guest ETV Telugu Mallemala Entertainments
2021 Evaru Meelo Koteeswarulu Host Gemini TV Studio Next
Comedy Stars Season 3 Special Judge Asianet Star India Malayalam Show
Jr NTR Biography
Jr NTR Biography

Playback singing (Jr NTR Biography)

Year Song Album Composer Notes
2007 “Olammi Thikka Regindha” Yamadonga M M Keeravani
2008 “1,2,3 Nenoka Kantri” Kantri Mani Sharma
2010 “Chary” Adhurs Devi Sri Prasad
2014 “Raakasi Raakasi” Rabhasa Thaman S
2016 “Follow Follow” Nannaku Prematho Devi Sri Prasad Mirchi Music Awards – Star as a Singing Sensation (Telugu)
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer – Telugu
“Geleya Geleya” Chakravyuha S. Thaman Kannada song
Mirchi Music Awards – Star as a Singing Sensation (Kannada)

Awards and nominations (Jr NTR Biography)

Year Award Category Title Result
2002 Nandi Awards Special Jury Award Aadi Won
CineMAA Awards Best Actor – Male Won
Filmfare Awards South Best Actor – Telugu Nominated
2003 Simhadri Nominated
Santosham Film Awards Best Young Performers Award Won
FNCC Awards Best Actor – Telugu Won
2006 CineMAA Awards Best Actor – Male Rakhi Won
Filmfare Awards South Best Actor – Telugu Nominated
2007 Yamadonga Won
Gemini TV Awards Best Actor – Telugu Won
2008 CineMAA Awards Best Actor – Male Kantri Nominated
South Scope Awards Best Actor – Telugu Won
Filmfare Awards South Best Actor – Telugu Nominated
2010 Adhurs Nominated
Brindaavanam Nominated
Santosham Film Awards Best Young Performers Award Nominated
Adhurs Nominated
CineMAA Awards Best Actor – Male Nominated
Brindaavanam Nominated
2011 Oosaravelli Nominated
2012 Dammu Nominated
2015 Filmfare Awards South Best Actor – Telugu Temper Nominated
1st IIFA Utsavam Best Actor – Telugu Nominated
2016 CineMAA Awards Best Actor Won
Mirchi Music Awards South Star As A Singing Sensation – Telugu Nannaku Prematho (Follow Follow) Won
Star As A Singing Sensation – Kannada Chakravyuha (Geleya Geleya) Won
Zee Cinemalu Awards King Of Box Office Janatha Garage Won
2nd IIFA Utsavam Best Actor – Male Won
Filmfare Awards South Best Actor – Telugu Nannaku Prematho Won
Best Male Playback Singer – Telugu Nominated
6th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Actor – Telugu Janatha Garage Won
Best Playback Singer (Male) – Kannada Chakravyuha Nominated
Nandi Awards Best Actor Nannaku Prematho and Janatha Garage Won
2018 Zee Cine Awards Telugu 2018 Best Actor – Telugu Jai Lava Kusa Nominated
Filmfare Awards South Best Actor – Telugu Nominated
7th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Actor (Telugu) Nominated
2019 8th South Indian International Movie Awards Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava Nominated
Filmfare Awards South Best Actor – Telugu Nominated

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