Nandamuri Balakrishna is an Indian film actor and politician, who works predominantly in Telugu cinema. He is the sixth son of Telugu matinee idol and former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N. T. Rama Rao. He entered the film industry as a child artist at the age of 14 with the film Tatamma Kala. In the mid-1980s, he graduated to acting in the lead role and soon became one of the sought after actors in Telugu cinema. As of 2013, In his film career, spanning thirty nine years, he has acted in ninety eight films, in a variety of roles, and has received two state Nandi Awards and one Filmfare Awards South, after working hard for so many years as a versatile actor he is known as Nata Simha Yuga Star, Yuva Ratna, NBK, Narasimha, Balayya, Balayya Babu, Nata Simham, and Roaring Lion among his fans and well wishers.
Balakrishna was the guest of honour at the 43rd International Film Festival of India. He is actively involved in politics and is a member of the Telugu Desam Party founded by his father. In 2014, he was elected incumbent M. L. A. from Hindupur for the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly. He is also the chairman of the trust board for The Basavatarakam Indo-American Cancer Hospital & Research Institute, founded by N. T. Rama Rao, based in Hyderabad, India.