Amala is initially known as Amala Mukherjee was born in Kolkata, West Bengal, to a Bengali father who served as a Naval Officer and to a mother who belonged to the nation of Ireland. Amala is a trained Bharatanatyam dancer and has also attained the Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts, from Kalakshetra College of Fine Arts. She has been a good performer of Bharatanatyam and has performed worldwide live. Vijaya Thesingu Rajender, a Tamil film actor, director, composer, screenwriter, cinematographer, producer, playback singer, and a law expert, convinced Amala’s mother to permit her to begin her career as an actress and that he will cast her in a dance based film, where her Bharatanatyam skills will get exposure.
Akkineni Nagarjuna', a Telugu film actor, married Amala. The couple gave birth to a son named '
Akhil Akkineni', who is also an actor. Amala is also the step-mother of '
Naga Chaitanya', who also is an actor. As an individual, Amala often regrets that she is unable to speak Telugu.
"Mythili Ennai Kaathali" was the debut Tamil film of Amala, which was directed by Vijaya Thesingu Rajender, and it received a great response to the
Box Office, the audience appreciated it very much. The movie gained her popularity and fame and then she played roles in more than half a century films, which includes some blockbuster Tamil films too. She even acted opposite her husband Akkineni Nagarjuna in a few movies such as "
Nirnayam" and "
Siva". She bagged the Filmfare Award for Best Actress-Malayalam, after her lead role in "
Ulladakkam". Post marriage, she stopped taking up roles, but in 2012, she made a comeback with a Telugu film "Life is Beautiful", this helped her to earn the Filmfare Award for the Best Supporting Actress-Telugu and CineMAA Award for the Best Outstanding Actress.
As an actress, Amala worked in almost all categories of films- Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Hindi, and Malayalam. She played the role of Rohini in "Humari Adhuri Kahani", a 2015 Box Office hit. She even co-starred
Aditya Pancholi in the 1988 movies, "
Dayavan" and "Kab Tak Chup Rahungi". In 2010, she also judged a reality show titled, '
Super Mom', in Tamil, screened on STAR Vijay. In 1988, she made her debut in Kannada films opposite Kamal Hassan, in a movie titled "
Pushpaka Vimana". While she made her Malayalam debut, opposite
Suresh Gopi, in 1991, in a movie named, "Ente Sooryaputhrikku".
Besides her work in the film industry, Amala is an animal welfare advocate and also the co-founder of an NGO in Hyderabad, India, named The Blue Cross of Hyderabad for the conservancy of animals and its well-being.
Amala (Amala Mukherjee) was born on 12 September,1968, in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. By profession, she is a social activist and a Bharat Natyam dancer. She is popular for her works in Tamil Cinema and also in Telugu Cinema. She has also done some Malayalam, Kannada and Bollywood movies. She is the co-founder of an NGO in Hyderabad named as “The Blue Cross of Hyderabad.”
The main work of the NGO is to look after Animal Welfare especially, the ones who do not have a permanent shelter, and it also works towards the preservation and conservation of animal rights in our country. Her father was a typical Bengali and used to speak fluent Bengali while her mother was of Irish decent. Her father used to work in Navy and was a Naval Officer. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts in the dance form Bharat Natyam.
She did her graduation from Kalakshetra College of Fine Arts which was established by Rukmini Devi Arundale. After her graduation, she used to do live performances all around the Globe. It was T. Rajender, who asked her to join and act in films. He visited Amala’s house with the offer to act in his next film which was entirely based on Bharat Natyam. She married Akkineni Nagarjuna, who is a Telugu Film Actor, in the year 1992. The couple gave birth to a son in the year 1994 and named him Akkineni Akhil.
She also has a step son named Naga Chaitanya. The family currently lives in Hyderabad. Once being interviewed by “The Hindu,” she confessed that her biggest fear is not “Walking the Talk” where social issues are concerned as she is a social activist. She has also accepted that her biggest regret in life is that she cannot speak Telugu fluently. Her debut film was “Mythili Ennai Kaathali” which was well received by the audience. She did 50 films which were huge blockbusters. She has co-acted with her husband in the movies like “Nirnayam” and “Siva.”
She also received various awards during her career, the most prominent one being “Filmfare Award for the Best Malayalam Actress” for the movie “Ulladakkam.” In the year 1992, after her marriage, she quit acting to focus on her personal life but made a comeback in the year 2012 with the movie “Life is Beautiful.” In the year 2013, she received the “Filmfare Award for the Best Supporting Actress,” and also the “Cine MAA Award” for the outstanding actress