Amala Akkineni is an Indian actress, Bharatanatyam dancer, and animal welfare activist. She appeared in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam Hindi, and Kannada a language films. Amala is an Anglo Indian and before marrying Nagarjuna, her last name was Mukharjee. They instantly formed a when after they met for the first time on the sets. Amala was born in Calcutta (present-day Kolkata) to a Bengali Indian Navy officer and an Irish mother. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Bharatanatyam from Kalakshetra college of fine arts.] She gave many live performances worldwide. She was subsequently persuaded to join films by T. Rajender, who visited her home with his wife Usha and convinced her mother to let her act in the film, which would be a classical film featuring her Bharatanatyam dancing.