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From Student No. 1 to RRR – Jr NTR has been a roaring box office success

Fresh from the humongous success of ‘RRR’, Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao, popularly known as Jr NTR and Tarak, is celebrating his 39th birthday today. Born on May 20, 1983, Jr NTR has been following in the footsteps of his legendary grandfather, NT Rama Rao. He started his acting career as a child artist in the movie ‘Brahmashri Vishwamitra’. He had also played a lead role as a child artiste in the movie ‘Ramayanam’, directed by Gunasekhar and released in 1996.

After a successful stint as a child artiste, Jr NTR made his debut in a full-length hero’s role at the age of 18 in a movie titled ‘Ninnu Choodalani’, directed by VR Pratap. However, the movie didn’t do well at the box-office.

But he soon saw success as a hero in the same year with his hit movie, ‘Student No. 1’, directed by the legendary director SS Rajamouli. Incidentally, this was Rajamouli’s debut movie as a director. In the subsequent year, Jr NTR had two releases in the form of ‘Aadi’ and ‘Allari Ramudu’. ‘Aadi’ went onto become the biggest blockbuster of his career and cemented his place as a mass hero in Telugu cinema. Directed by VV Vinayak, this movie turned out to be a money-spinner and broke several records.

In 2003, the Rajamouli directorial ‘Simhadri’ was a phenomenal blockbuster and rewrote several industry records that year. After ‘Simhadri’, Tarak had to wait for three long years to score another industry hit – ‘YamaDonga’, which was again directed by Rajamouli. Jr NTR has always been a fighter and taken hits and flops in equal strides. The transformation he made from his chubby boy-next-door look in ‘Rakhi’ to a toned body in ‘YamaDonga’ was remarkable.

With no movie releases in 2009, the subsequent year turned out to be a lucky one for Tarak. Both his movies, ‘Adhurs’ and ‘Brindavanam’, were superhits and also transformed his image from a mass hero to a lover boy image, who started gaining more fan following among the family audience.

He then had five hits in a row starting with ‘Temper’ and followed by ‘Nannaku Prematho’, ‘Janatha Garage’, ‘Jai Lava Kusa’ and ‘Aravinda Sametha’. His recent movie with Rajamouli, ‘RRR’, hit a double hattrick in the list of blockbusters movies also in terms of business. The worldwide collection for ‘RRR’ crossed Rs 1,000 crore, even as it smashed most of the records.

NTR is known as a complete actor who has tremendous dancing skills, is great at delivering dialogues, excellent emotional timing, and a is fantastic actor in dealing with action scenes. With ‘RRR’ releasing in all major languages, Tarak is set to become a pan-India actor.

We wish Jr NTR on his special day.

Brands Endorsements:

Not surprisingly, given his successful track record at the box office, Jr NTR has been associated with quite a number of brands. Some of them are mentioned below:

Appy Fizz:

Malabar Gold:

Himani Navratna Hair Oil & Talc Powder:


Otto Shirts:

Vivo pro kabaddi: 

Zandu Balm:

Social media presence:

Jr NTR also has strong fan base on social media, with 6.3 million followers on Facebook, 4.3 million followers on Instagram and 5.9 million followers on Twitter. He has just announced his upcoming project – #NTR30 – on social media on his birthday.



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