Nani
Nani

Nani (born as Naveen Ghanta on 24 February 1984), is an Indian film actor, producer, and media personality known for his work in Telugu cinema. Nani was brought up in Hyderabad, Telangana state, India. He did his schooling from St. Alphonsa's High School and then studied in Narayana Junior College, S.R Nagar before graduating from Wesley's.

Nani got engaged on 12 August 2012 to Anjana Yelavarthy. The couple got married on 27 October that year, in a private ceremony in the city. His first child, a son, was born on 29 March 2017.

During his graduation, Nani "got addicted" to movies, citing Mani Ratnam as a big influence on him. He wanted to become a director; thanks to producer Anil, who was a distant relative of his, Nani could join director Bapu as a "clap director" for the film Radha Gopalam that Anil was producing at that time. He then worked for films including Allari Bullodu, Dhee and Astram. Nani took a sabbatical to work on a film script. Nandini Reddy, a friend who was then working as a radio jockey for World Space Satellite, offered Nani work as an RJ.

In 2010, he played the main role in the film Bheemili Kabaddi Jattu, a remake of Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu, with Saranya Mohan reprising her role as the heroine. His first release in 2011, Ala Modalaindi, was a romantic comedy written and directed by Nandini Reddy. Nithya Menen was the female lead of the film and it was her debut in Telugu. It was told that many of the scenes in the film were inspired from the life of Nani and Nandini Reddy.

His last release of 2012 was Gautham Menon's Yeto Vellipoyindhi Manasu opposite Samantha Akkineni once agin. It was the simultaneously shot Telugu version of the Tamil film Neethane En Ponvasantham which featured Jiiva in the place of Nani.In 2017, Nani worked in Nenu Local co-starring Keerthy Suresh , Ninnu Kori, and MCA (Middle Class Abbayi)

His next projects include Krishnarjuna Yudham, which is set to release on 12 April 2018. He launched his own film production venture Awe with an announcement of first film in this banner titled. Nani is producing the film together with his wife, and will play the role of a fish. Kajal Aggarwal plays the main lead in Awe (film).

He won the State Nandi Award for Best Actor for Yeto Vellipoyindhi Manasu, and the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor – South for Bhale Bhale Magadivoy. He was also nominated twice for the Filmfare Best Telugu Actor Award, for the films Bhale Bhale Magadivoy and Gentleman.

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