Naveen Babu Ghanta (born 24 February 1984), known professionally as Nani, is an Indian film actor, producer, and television presenter primarily known for his work in Telugu cinema and a few Tamil films. Nani made his film debut with the 2008 romantic comedy Ashta Chamma and went on to star in many commercially successful films. His performances in various films earned him two state Nandi Awards, one Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor – South and two nominations in Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu. Nani also won an award in Best Hero category at the 2013 Toronto After Dark Film Festival.
His successful projects include Ride (2009), Bheemili Kabaddi Jattu (2010), Ala Modalaindi (2011), Pilla Zamindar (2011), Eega (2012), Yeto Vellipoyindhi Manasu (2012), Yevade Subramanyam (2015), Bhale Bhale Magadivoy (2015), Krishna Gaadi Veera Prema Gaadha (2016), Gentleman (2016), Nenu Local (2017), Ninnu Kori (2017), Middle Class Abbayi (2017), and Jersey (2019).
In 2013, Nani produced his first film, D for Dopidi, which became a commercial success at the box office. In 2018, His second production venture under the banner of Wall Poster Cinema, Awe was also a critical and commercial success. In the same year, Nani hosted the second season of the Telugu reality TV show Bigg Boss. His performance in Jersey (2019) is regarded as one of the “100 Greatest Performances of the Decade” by Film Companion.
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