Chaitanya was born on 23 November 1986 in Chennai. His parents are the actor and entrepreneur Akkineni Nagarjuna, the son of actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao and a Chennai-based professional interior designer Lakshmi Daggubati, the daughter of producer D. Ramanaidu. His maternal Uncle Daggubati Venkatesh and Cousins Rana Daggubati, Sumanth and Sushanth are also actors. Nagarjuna and Lakshmi divorced after which the former married actress Amala Mukherjee, to whom Chaitanya's half brother Akhil Akkineni was born.
After his parents' divorce, Chaitanya left to Chennai with Lakshmi. He used to play keyboard and bass guitar in his school band and went on to study keyboard from Trinity College London. During his stay in Chennai for eighteen years, he completed his schooling and returned to Hyderabad to pursue a B. Com degree. He expressed his desire to take up acting as his profession to Nagarjuna during his second year of graduation. He took a three-month course in acting in Mumbai and received further training in acting and martial arts in Los Angeles apart from trying to gain perfection in Telugu diction for one-and-a-half years before making his acting debut.
He made his acting debut with the film "Josh". His second movie "Ye Maaya Chesave", opposite Samantha gave him much popularity. Later he went on to feature in several films which include 100% Love, Dhada, Bejawada, Autonagar Surya and many more. His film Manam has featured all the three generations of his family. He was last seen in the film "Dohchay". He will be coming up with two films titled as Sahasam Swasaga Sagipo and Premam.
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