Nakkhul (born 15 June 1985) is a and . Brother of film actress , he debuted as a lead actor in the 2003 film directed by , in which he also sang his first song in the film's soundtrack album. He later made a breakthrough portraying a psychotic lover in (2008), before winning acclaim for his performances in (2009) (2013) and (2014).
Nakkhul was 18 when he was chosen for the part of Juju in Shankar's (2003). His family had initially sent some pictures of his elder brother Mayur to Shankar's office, but after seeing Nakkhul in one of the pictures, Shankar approached him to portray a leading role alongside an ensemble cast of newcomers. The film opened in August 2003 to mixed reviews but the high-profile nature of the technical team ensured that the film was publicized and took a good opening at the box office. Unlike some of the other cast members from Boys, Nakkhul's acting career failed to take off and a subsequent Telugu language film titled Keelu Gurram, in which he played a supporting role, went on to become a failure at the box office. He struggled to get a breakthrough as an actor and during the period, he worked as a playback singer in films, notably recording for in his albums for , and .
He signed on to feature in Prasad's , his first film as a lead actor, in 2006 and lost close to 20 kilograms in order to fit into the role of his character. Nakkhul revealed that the director and himself were wary that the film would define their careers in the film industry, and shot on a trial-and-error basis and were not in a hurry to complete the film, with production taking almost two years. The film gained unexpected publicity after "Nakka Mukka", a song composed by for the soundtrack, became a big success and the venture was consequently selected by media giants to become their first project for film distribution. Portraying a semi-psychotic character who refuses to accept the death of his lover, the film saw Nakkhul paired alongside actress . The film released in 2008 and became a commercial hit, with critics praising his performance stating "Nakkhul is riveting" and that "he holds the film together and dances with élan, and has a good future." Sun Pictures also chose to distribute his next venture, the romantic comedy (2009) opposite Sunaina again, with the film becoming a surprise box office success. He next featured in 's with , which opened to average response critically and commercially.
Nakkhul subsequently went four years without a film release, though he continued to work on several ventures simultaneously. Prithvi Rajkumar's thriller drama film released in 2013 to mixed reviews." His next release, (2014), had been in production since mid 2011 and featured Nakkhul as a basketball player. To prepare for the role, Nakkhul underwent special training to "ensure that he lived the role rather than act". The film opened to positive reviews, with a critic noting "Nakkhul gives his career's best performance. He proves that a hero can step out of the commercial zone and take up roles that can still be liked by audience." He will next be seen in Naga Venkatesh's , while 's long-delayed venture , in which Nakkhul co-stars with , is also expected to be completed in 2014. In 2015, his released which turned out to be a blockbuster in his career. His upcoming projects are Sei, in which he plays a role of an aspiring actor and an unnamed Romantic-comedy fantasy flick pairing up with , and directed by Vijayakumar.
Nakkhul was born in , into a family, to Jaidev and Lakshmi. He is the younger brother of actress , who is nine years older than him. His elder brother, Mayur, has also attempted to make a career as an actor, though several of his films have been stalled prior to completion. He is married to his long-time girlfriend Sruti Bhaskar since 28 February 2016.
As an actor
As playback singer
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16.↑Actor Nakul wedding Sruti Bhaskar at 28-01-2016
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