The very lovely Amala Akkineni who gave up a thriving career as a movie actress to becomes Mrs Nagarjuna in 1989, has now made a tentative comeback to the silver screen. She was seen in the brief but powerful role of Emraan Hashmi’s mother in Hamari Addhuri Kahani. The last time Hindi audiences had seen Amala was as her husband’s lovely soul-mate in Ram Gopal Varma’s Shiva in 1990. She was also popular in Sandalwood after her 1988 hit flick, Pushpaka Vimana opposite Kamal Haasan. Amala has acted in three other Kannada films.
Speaking from Hyderabad where she lives with her star-husband and two grown-up sons, Amala confesses, “It has been a long time. I gave up acting decades ago. I needed a break. After marriage I took time off. That break lasted 24 years!”
Amala actually returned to screen in 2012 with a touching Telugu film entitled Life Is Beautiful. She recounts how the film’s director wouldn’t take a no for an answer. Finally it was the script that convinced Amala. “They shot all the portions with the other actors. Then they showed me what they had shot. I had to play the mother of three children. When I saw what they had shot I readily agreed.”
It was Mahesh Bhatt who convinced her to do Hamari Adhuri Kahani. “When he called to say there is a role for me I wasn’t sure. They shot most of the film and then my portion. I had just one day’s work with Emraan and Vidya. I really enjoyed working with them. Emraan is such a gentleman. Vidya is a lovely woman. Softspoken and gracious.”
Amala says she is willing to do more roles if they are worth her while. “I am working for various NGOs and looking after my home. Also as the director Annapurna International School for Film and Media I am fully devoted channelising and nurturing new talent.”
Both her sons are now actors. Says the proud mother, “Both Naga Chaitanya and Akhil are in the movies. They both insisted on being launched outside the home banner. They were very clear that they didn’t want a home launch. My husband and I are very proud of them.They are now busy with their careers.”
So does she see off three actors every morning? Laughs Amala, “Not possible. The three men are frequently shooting in different corners of the world.” Amala and Nagarjuna have been married for 24 years. Says Amala, “The reason why we are together for so long is that we trust each other implicity. There has to be a mutual respect and trust for any marriage to work.”...