Happy Birthday Balakrishna! – 5 best films of Balayya

As the veteran actor turns 54 today, we bring you Nandamuri Balakrishna aka Balayya’s five best films spanning from his four decades long career

Born on June 10,1960 in the household of yesteryear Telugu superstar NT Rama Rao, Nandamuri Balakrishna was the sixth son to the matinee idol NTR. At the adolescent age  of just 14 years, Balakrishna made his debut through the 1974 Telugu film Tatamma Kala

Balakrishna is lovingly called as Balayya by his fans. Having acted in 97 films till date, Balakrishna holds the record of being the second Tollywood star after late Akkineni Nageshwara Rao, whose careers have spanned for nearly four decades. The incredible actor had the tendency to do churn out superhits after superhits like Muvva Gopaludu and Lorry Driver to name a few.  Born in a family were politics and cinema go hand in hand, Balayya entered politics and has won the recently concluded 2014 Legislative elections for TDP from Hindupura.

On the occasion of his 54th birthday, Bollywoodlife brings you five of his best films:

Mangammagari Manavadu

Mangammagari Manavadu was the 1984 film which established the young Balakrishna as a mass hero. The musical film was the first of many films for Balakrishna which completed Silver Jubliee. The film was widely appreciated by the public, as it ran for for 100 days in Karnataka and 332 days in Hyderabad and 500 above days in a theater in Guntur and 1000 above days in a theater in Macherla.

Samarasimha Reddy 

The 1990 blockbuster Samarasimha Reddy starring Balakrishna was one of the biggest films of the year. The film had 227 days long run at the box office. And Balakrishna was touted to be the heir of super stardom legacy which his father NT Rama Rao had left.

Aditya 369

Aditya 369 is a 1991 historical, science fiction Telugu film directed by Veteran Singeetam Srinivasa Rao starring Balakrishna in a memorable role. This rare scifi film is a proof that Balayya,though a commercial hero, liked to experiment with his role.

Nari Nari Naduma Murari 

This film was Balakrishna’s 50th film in Tollywood. This  Telugu comedy drama about family disputes had enough scope for Balayya to prove his mettle as an actor. And the Legend star did not disappoint.

Lakshmi Narasimha

Next in the list is relatively new film, Lakshmi Narasimha which was a 2004 remake of hit Tamil film Samy. As an unconventional cop Balayya shines and its effect was clearly seen in the box office as the film went on to make Rs 25 crores. Lakshmi Narasimha had the distinction to be the first Telugu film to be released in Netherlands.

The Legend star Balayya has recently signed a film with queen of Kollywood Trisha. Looks like the star and his fans surely want him to complete a century of movies as he has currently appeared in 97 films. We wish Balayya a very happy birthday and hope he scales great heights in his cine and political career.