Amala Akkineni is a famous yesteryear South Indian film actress, who has acted in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Hindi films.
Amala was born in West Bengal to an Irish Mother and Bengali Father. Her original name is Amala Mukherjee. She has an elder brother and sister. She was educated in Kalakshetra, Madras. She was a Bharatanatyam dancer by profession.
Amala made her debut in a Tamil film titled Mythili Yennai Kadali directed by T. Rajendar, which was a big box office hit. She has also starred in a number of Bollywood movies, however her career has been concentrated in the South Indian cinema.
Winning overnight fame in a Tamil film by famous director T. Rajendar, she charmed cinegoers in a flurry of fifty films. She acted in a number of Telugu and Tamil movies. Her performance in Pushpak, Agninakshtram (Gharshana), Nirnayam and Shiva are unforgettable.
She quickly became one of India's darling film stars--pretty, vivacious and a stunning dancer.
In 1992, she married Telugu actor Akkineni Nagarjuna, who was her co-star in Ram Gopal Verma's Shiva (film) and became a stepmother to his 6-year-old son(at that time) named Naga Chaitanya, from her husband's first marriage.
Her son Akhil (born in 1994) acted in a movie 'Sisindri'(1995), an unacknowledged copy of the Hollywood film Baby's Day Out, as the baby.
Amala recently attended Nagarjuna's Felcitation in Melbourne.
Amala and her husband Nagarjuna started the Blue Cross of Hyderabad, an organisation dedicated to animal welfare. Through the Blue Cross she works on nine areas: animal rescue; veterinary hospital; prevention of cruelty; animal shelter; mobile clinic; education; Wildlife protection; environmental protection; and community facilitation.
She is a practising Vegetarian. She also teaches Yoga for women, and actively promotes communal harmony.