Ghanta Naveen Babu, popularly known by his stage name Nani, is celebrating his 37th birthday today. In his 13-year career, the actor has achieved notable commercial success with world-class performances at the box office.
Nani made his acting debut with Ashta Chamma in 2008, with V being his 25th film. In addition to acting, the gang leader star also ventured into film production with D for Dopidi. His production house Wall Poster Cinema has popular films like Awe! and HIT. Often referred to as the “Natural Star” by his fans, the actor currently has three films in his kitten – Tuck Jagadish, Shyam Singha Roy and Ante Sundaraniki in various stages of production.
On Nani’s birthday, let’s take a look at some of his best performances over the years.
Jersey tells the story of a father who decides to return to the cricket pitch to fulfill his son’s dream and prove himself. Desperate to be his child’s hero, he decides to resort to the game. Nani’s performance as Arjun is one of his best. He makes us feel the pain and joy of character. The film is now being re-shot in Hindi with Shahid Kapoor in the lead.
Ninnu Kori (2017)
The film presents the inspiring story of Uma Maheswara Rao (Nani), Ph.D. Scholar who falls in love with a girl, but life tears her apart. However, instead of using the tried and true formula where the lovers are finally united in the end, the film brings them together as friends. Both as a man in love and as one who tries to drown his sorrows in alcohol, the actor lived up to his role.
Krishna Gaadi Veera Prema Gadha (2016)
This film is set in the Rayalaseema region and shows Nani as a die-hard fan of Nandamuri Balakrishna. As a man who neither hurts others nor encourages violence, the film thrived on its weird timing. The box office success of this film further cemented his position as the most bankable actor in the Telugu film industry.
Bhale Bhale Magadivoy (2015)
This Maruthi director is a romantic comedy centered around Lucky (Nani). Lucky is unlucky who cannot remember things. The film gave Nani the opportunity to show how well he can handle situational humor.
Director Krishna Vamsis Paisa was a flop production at the box office, but again showed what a versatile actor Nani is. As a money-obsessed person, Nani’s performance was valued, despite the film’s many shortcomings.