Nandamuri Balakrishna, the heir to Legendary actor NTR, is the hero of the masses. He needs no introduction to the Telugu audience. Balakrishna, dearly called by his fans as Balayya, stayed away from publicity and never really cared for the media. Though he entered the field because of his father, it's his hardwork and dedication that got him a top slot in the industry.
Balakrishna entered film industry at a very young of 14. Tatammakala starring NTR and Bhanumathi is his first film. He acted in many films with his father, legendary actor NTR. He acted as NTR's brother in Annadammula Anubandham and Rowdy Ramudu Konte Krishnudu. He also played son to his real life brother Hari Krishna in the movie Dana Veera Soora karna, directed and produced by NTR. Balayya played the role of Abhimanyu in Dana veera Soora Karna. Also he acted with his father in one the greatest movies, Sri Madvirat Potuluri Veerabrahmendraswamy charitra, as his disciple. Other films that he worked with his fater include Raam Rahim, Vemulavada Bhimakavi, Akbar Salim Anarkali, Sri Tirupati Venkateswara Kalyanam, Anuraga Devatha.
Balakrishna married Vasundhara Devi in 1982. The couple is blessed with three children - Brahmini, Tejaswini and Mokshagna Tarakarama Teja
It was in 1984, he did his first movie as solo hero. Mangamma gari manavadu, Kathanayakudu to start with. From there on he went to become the hero of the masses. Sitarama Kalyanam, Desodharakudu, Apoorva Sahodarulu, Ramudu Bhimudu, Rakthabhishekam, Muddula Mavayya and many more steered his career successfully into the 90's.
Undeniably, Balakrishna is the best suitable hero to do films with village backdrop. Village costumes, in full white, fits no one as good as it does for Balayya. Following NTR, it's only Balakrishna who could do justice to the mythological films. Bhairawa Dweepam and Sri Krishnarjuna yudham - both directed by Singitham Srinivasarao fall in the same category. Only science fiction film in Telugu - Aditya 369 - is done by none other than Balayya.
Also Balakrishna gets the unique distinction of hero ever to have two releases on one day. They are Nippuravva and Bangaru Bullodu.
His films SamaraSimhareddy, Narasimhanaidu released in 1999 and 2001 respectively created history, proving the stamina of Telugu film industry's box office stamina. Why else was he called Box office Bonanza?
In one of his interviews to a magzine, he mentioned about his dream projects to be Gona Ganna Reddy and Chengiz Khan. He wanted to direct these movies too under his home production of Ramakrishna studios.