Amala was born to a Bengali speaking father who was a Naval officer and an Irish mother. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Bharata Natyamfrom Kalakshetra College of fine arts, founded by Rukmini Devi Arundale. Amala is married to Telugu Film actor Akkineni Nagarjuna in 1992 and the couple has a son, actor Akkineni Akhil. She is the step-mother of actor Naga Chaitanya. She made her debut in a Tamil film titled Mythili Ennai Kaathali directed by T. Rajendar, which was a huge box office hit. Winning overnight fame, she charmed cinegoers in a flurry of fifty films, including a number of Tamil box office hits. She acted with her husband Akkineni Nagarjuna in hits like Nirnayam and Siva. She acted with iconic actors like Rajinikanth, Kamal Hassan, Prabhu, Mohan, Mammootty in Tamil, Mohanlal and Suresh Gopi in Malayalam and Nagarjuna, Venkatesh, Rajashekar and Chiranjeevi in Telugu among several others. She worked with veteran directors like Bharathiraja, Maniratnam and Ram Gopal Varma. She quit acting in 1992 following her marriage to Nagarjuna, but made a comeback in 2012 with the Telugu film Life is Beautiful. Amala is famous as the founder of 'Blue Cross of Hyderabad' a non-government organization (NGO), which works towards the welfare of animals and preservation of animal rights. She is a vegan. She is also an environmentalist. She also teaches Yoga for women, and actively promotes communal harmony.
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