Akul Balaji

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Akul Balaji
Born (1979-02-23) 23 February 1979 (age 43)
OccupationActor
Years active2002–present
Spouse(s)Jyothi Samarthi (2008–present)
ChildrenKrishaan Nag

Akul Balaji (born Akula Balaji on 23 February 1979) is an Indian film actor, television host and dancer who has worked in both Kannada and Telugu languages. He started his career by acting and hosting television shows and has participated in the Kannada Film Industry for almost a decade. He shot to fame for co-hosting the hit Kannada reality show Pyate Hudgir Halli Lifu[1] on Asianet Suvarna Channel, with Kannada Star Sudeep. He recently hosted a Kannada dance reality show named Takadhimita on Colors Kannada Channel.

In 2014, by public vote, Akul won the second season of game show Bigg Boss Kannada – the Indian version of Celebrity Big Brother, currently produced by Endemol India[2]

Early life[edit | edit source]

Originally from a small town called Rly. Kodur in Andhra Pradesh, Akul Balaji was born on 23 February 1979. After moving to Bangalore at age 16, he trained in Bharathanatyam under Smt. Usha Datar and later joined "Natya STEM Dance Kampni", headed by Madhu Nataraj as a contemporary dancer and learned Kathak from Guru Smt. Dr. Maya Rao. He has also dabbled in theater in Director Pawan Kumar's adaptation of Badal Sarkar's Evam Inderjit in 2004.[3] He has also done an advance acting workshop under Mahesh Dattani.

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Akul Balaji married in 2008. The couple have a son.

Television career[edit | edit source]

From beginnings as a small screen actor, he has become an actor and television host in Karnataka. He had won "The most popular anchor award" by Big FM Big TV for the year 2010[4] and he has to his credit superhit shows like Kuniyonu Baara and[5] Comedy Killadigalu on Zee Kannada. He has hosted super hit reality shows for Asianet Suvarna like Pyate Hudgir Halli Lifu season 1 & 2, Halli Haida Pyateg Banda, Pyate Mandi Kadige Bandru 1, Pyate Mandi Kaadige Bandru 2,[6] which was shot in Andaman Islands, Hosa Luv Story,[7] and Nodi Swamy Naavirode Heege. He hosted Mane Munde Mahalakshmi,[8] a game show for ETV Kannada and Indian. He hosted Sye Ante Sye for Zee Telugu. He also hosted the reality show called Thakadimitha Dancing Stars[9] for ETV Kannada. He has acted in the following television serials:

Agatha (Udaya TV, 2002) Guptha Gamini (ETV Kannada) Yava Janumadha Maithri (ETV Kannada) Jagalagantiyaru (Udaya TV) Pellinati Pramanalu (Zee Telugu, 2012)

Reality shows[edit | edit source]

Year Title Role
2007 Kuniyonu Baara Host
2008 Comedy Killadigalu Host
2009 Kuniyonu Baara Boys vs Girls Mentor
2010 Pyate Hudgir Halli Lifu Season 1 Host
2010 Halli Haida Pyateg Banda Host
2010 Pyate Mandi Kaadige Bandru Season 1 Host
2011 Pyate Hudgir Halli Lifu Season 2 Host
2011 Hosa Luv Story Host
2011 Pyate Mandi Kaadige Bandru Season 2 Host
2012 Nodi Swami Naavirodhe Heege Host
2013 Mane Mundhe Mahalakshmi Host
2013 Sye Ante Sye Host
2013 Indian Host
2014 Thaka Dhimi Tha Dancing star Host
2014 Bigg Boss Kannada 2 Winner
2014 Pyate Hudgir Halli Lifu Season 3 Mentor
2015 Dancing Stars Season 2[10] Host
2015 Zee Telugu 3.2.1.GO Host
2015 Colors Kannada Dancing Star Junior Host
2015 'Super Jodi Host
2015 Zee Telugu 13 Fear is Real Host
2016 Star Suvarna Dance Dance Host
2016 KICK Host
2017 Super Jodi Season 2 (Star Suvarna) Host
2017 Deshamudrulu (MAA TV) Host
2017 Super Talk Time (Colors Super) Host
2018 Master Dancer Host
2018 Pyate Hudgir Halli Lyfu Season 4 Host
2018 Sixth Sense Host
2018 Halli Haida Pyateg Banda Season 4 Host
2019 Thakadimitha Host

Filmography[edit | edit source]

Year Title Role(s) Notes
2007 Milana (Kannada) Guest
2008 Athmeeya (Kannada) Lead
2009 Banni (Kannada) Lead
2009 Neramu Siksha (Telugu Debut) Lead
2013 Myna (Kannada) Guest
2013 Pyarge Aagbittaite (Kannada) Guest
2013 Loosegalu (Kannada) Lead
2014 Crazy Star (Kannada) Guest
2014 Ranadheera (Telugu/ Kannada)[11] Lead Under production
2014 Gaganachukki (Kannada) Lead Under Production
2014 Love on NH4 (Kannada) Lead Under Production
2014 Devarawne Bidu Guru Lead Under Production, Directed by Bigg Boss Kannada Season 4 winner Pratham

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Pyate Hudgir Halli Life". Exchange for Media.com. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013.
  2. "Breaking : Bigg Boss 8 Kanada Winner Is Akul Balaji". Business of cinema. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  3. "Evam Inderjit". Deccan Herald Metrolife. 30 September 2004. Archived from the original on 17 December 2013. Retrieved 15 December 2013.
  4. "Kannada Television Awards". IndianTelevision.com. Archived from the original on 17 December 2013. Retrieved 15 December 2013.
  5. "Kuniyonu Baara". Zee Kannada. Archived from the original on 1 May 2010.
  6. "Pyate Mandi Kaadige Bandru". Media Asia. Archived from the original on 3 April 2013.
  7. "Hosa Luv Story". IndianTelevision. Archived from the original on 17 December 2013. Retrieved 15 December 2013.
  8. "Mane Munde Mahalakshmi". Oneindia Kannada. Archived from the original on 17 December 2013. Retrieved 15 December 2013.
  9. "Dancing Star in ETV". Cineblitz. Archived from the original on 10 January 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  10. "ETV Twin Treat". India Glitz. Archived from the original on 20 May 2015. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  11. "Akul Balaji is both Ranadheera and Magadheera". Times of India. 3 October 2013. Archived from the original on 17 December 2013. Retrieved 15 December 2013.

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Preceded by
Vijay Raghavendra
Bigg Boss Kannada Winner
(Series 2) 2014
Succeeded by
Shruti