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Biography
Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (born May 20, 1983) more popularly known as NTR Jr,Tarak, or just NTR, is a popular Indian film actor. He is a grandson of Late Shri Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao, who is a legendary actor, statesman, and former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.

He is the son of Nandamuri Harikrishna (NTR's son) and Smt. Shalini. He is fondly called as Tarak by his family, friends and close associates. Later, he changed his name to Taraka Rama Rao in honor of his grandfather. Many cine and political analysts believe that he is the next big star from the Nandamuri family.

Personal life

Jr. NTR married Narne Lakshmi Pranathi, the daughter of Narne Srinivasa Rao, the owner of the Telugu news channel Studio N and a relative of Jr. NTR's uncle, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Nara Chandrababu Naidu on 5 May 2011 at Hitex Exhibition Center, Madhapur, Hyderabad. Jr Ntr and Lakshmi Pranathi blessed with Baby Boy on 22nd July 2014.

Career in Telugu cinema

Tarak began his career as a Kuchipudi dancer and a child artist. His first step into Tollywood was with the movie Bala Ramayanam, directed by Gunasekhar. Ironically, his character in the movie was Lord Sri Rama, a role "patented" by his grandfather NTR ! After a few years, Tarak made his re-entry into the Tollywood with Ninnu Choodalani in 2001, but it failed to perform well at the box office.

He went on to gain fame with Student No. 1 (also released in 2001), directed by S.S. Rajamouli, followed by Subbu and Aadi, which was a blockbuster, and created huge stardom for Tarak. In January 2003, Tarak came up with Naaga, though the movie raised some political issues worth giving a thought, it was average at box-office. However, in July 2003, his movie Simhadri became a block-buster and the highest grossing film in Tollywood, and made Tarak and director Rajamouli as household names. At the age of 20, he became a sensation of his generation and gave his seniors a run for their glory. When asked, what message would he like to give to fans, he responded by saying "I'm too young to give any message to all those who have so much respect and love for the Nandamuri family and me. I simply bow my head to them."

Starting from 2004 his career took a downward turn. His first release of 2004, Andhrawala, flopped miserably at the box office despite the pre-release hype. The next movie, Samba was an average grosser and the only respite during that period. The movie remained at the top of the box office due to lack of major releases from other big stars for fifty days.

In 2005 his two releases, Naa Alludu and Narasimhudu, flopped at the box office. Narasimhudu in particular was such a commercial disaster that it led to a suicide attempt from the producer. In 2006, his movie Ashok had good openings. The movie was in particular appreciated for its technical values and the gripping screenplay from director Surendar Reddy.

His next movie Rakhi, which proved a success at the box office, has gained Tarak admirable reviews from fans and critics alike. The movie was directed by Krishna Vamsi. His next movie, Yamadonga, which was inspired by his grandfather's blockbuster Yamagola, released on August 15, 2007. The movie brought him back into the super-hit stream, and became the sensational movie of the year 2007 in Tollywood. His latest release, Kantri, which exposed his superb skill of dancing, has also done well at the box-office. This is for the first time, that Tarak has given two hit movies in a row.

His all-round acting abilities, and wonderful performance in 2007 blockbuster Yamadonga, made Late Legendary Actor Shoban Babu remark Tarak as one of his favorite actors in this generation, and reckoned that Tarak has done everything in such a short span of time to impress everyone.