June 30, 1982
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
|Other names||Sudden Star,Slim Star,Comedy King|
|Occupation||actor and producer|
|Years active||2002 – present|
|Parent(s)||E. V. V. Satyanarayana|
Edara Saraswati Kumari
|Relatives||Aryan Rajesh (brother)|
Born and brought up in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, he moved to Hyderabad after completing his schooling at Chettinad Vidyashram, Chennai. He is fluent in Telugu, Tamil, Hindi and English. He got the moniker "Allari" after the success of his first film in Tollywood. His debut film in Tamil, Kurumbu, was a remake of Allari.
He is an established actor known for his lead roles, mainly in comedy films, with commercial successes such as Allari (2001), Thotti Gang (2002), Maa Alludu Very Good (2003), Kithakithalu (2006), Gopi – Goda Meedha Pilli (2006), Seema Shastri (2007), Vishaka Express (2008), Gamyam (2008), Bommana Brothers Chandana Sisters (2008), Blade Babji (2008), Fitting Master (2009), Bendu Apparao R.M.P (2009), Shambo Shiva Shambo (2010), Betting Bangaraju (2010), Kathi Kantha Rao (2010), Aha Naa Pellanta (2011), Seema Tapakai (2011), Poraali (2011), Sudigadu (2012), Yamudiki Mogudu (2012), and James Bond (2015). He has acted in 54 films so far. He received Nandi Award for Best Supporting Actor and Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award in 2008 for his performance as Gali Seenu in the movie Gamyam.
He produces films along with his elder brother Aryan Rajesh under their production company, E. V .V. Cinema. He married Virupa Kantamneni in May 2015. His daughter Ayana Evika Edara was born on 28 September 2016.is
2002–2007 : Debut and breakthrough
Naresh made his foray into films under the who direction of Ravi Babu in the film Allari, an adult comedy in which he played the role of an 18-year-old who is infatuated with a beautiful girl. His performance was well praised by the critics. idlebrain.com wrote, "Naresh is a natural actor and he suited the role perfectly. His dialogue delivery is perfect and has very good timing in doing comedy. He has a bright future ahead, if he chooses his future projects carefully." The film did exceptionally well at the Box office, giving him recognition as "Allari Naresh". However, his next film Dhana Laxmi I Love You, a remake of Hera Pheri, received negative reviews, and faltered at the box office. His third release Thotti Gang, co-starring Prabhu Deva and Sunil, was successful at the Box office, which was followed by two flops Juniors, the remake of Thulluvadho Ilamai and Praanam, which featured him in a dual role.
Naresh got his resurgence in the form of Maa Alludu Very Good, co-starring Rajendra Prasad, which was a massive hit at the box office. He debuted in Tamil with Kurumbu, a remake of Allari, which failed at the box office. His next was Nenu co-starring Veda and Abhishek, which is a remake of Kaadhal Kondein. Though the film was a failure at the box office, he received wide critical acclaim for his portrayal of Vinod, a psychotic who falls in love with his friend, only to know that she's in love with his close friend, thus marking it as one of his finest performances to date. IndiaGlitz wrote, "Naresh is more than adequate in a role that is a challenge to even seasoned artistes. He has to kindle detest as well as sympathy. It is a tightrope walk, and he passes muster. The only way for Naresh after this film is up."
Naresh's lean phase continued with flops like Nuvvante Naakistam, Danger and Party, succeeded by Kithakithalu, a blockbuster at the box office, with critics appreciating Naresh's performance. Though Roommates and Gopi – Goda Meedha Pilli failed at the box office, his stardom remained unchanged. His next successful film, Athili Sattibabu LKG, boosted his career, making him a common name in the Telugu film industry. Later on, after two back-to-back flops in the form of Allare Allari and Pellaindi Kaani, Naresh got his next success in the form of Seema Shastri, thus ending 2007 on a happy note.
Naresh had eight releases in 2008, a rare feat in those days. His first three releases Sundara Kanda, Vishaka Express, in which he played a negative role, and Pelli Kaani Prasad bombed at the box office, with Naresh's performance in the film Vishaka Express getting huge applause from critics. His next film Gamyam, co-starring Sharwanand, was a critical as well as commercial success. Naresh played the role of Gali Seenu, a motorcycle thief who brings a change in the hero's attitude by his actions. His performance was well praised by the critics. Rediff wrote, "Allari Naresh has finally found his groove. He excels as Srinu, a role that somewhat resembles what Jagapathi Babu played in Anthahpuram. The timing of his one-liners is absolutely perfect and natural. One has to see the film to believe it." He received Nandi Award for Best Supporting Actor and Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for his performance, which remains to be one of his best performances in his career. While Bommana Brothers Chandana Sisters and Blade Babji were hits at the box office, Siddu From Sikakulam was an average and Dongala Bandi was a flop at the box office. 2009 had two releases of Naresh, which were Fitting Master and Bendu Apparao R.M.P. Fitting Master was an average grosser, while Bendu Apparao R.M.P. was a super hit at the box office, which was the only successful film at that time, which stood resisting the super-success Magadheera.
He had seven releases in 2010, again a rare feat. He first starred in Shambo Shiva Shambo, a remake of Tamil Film Nadodigal, co-starring Ravi Teja and Siva Balaji. The film was a failure at the box office, but received critical praise. While Rambabu Gadi Pellam, Aakasa Ramanna, and Subhapradam were flops at the box office, Betting Bangaraju, Saradaga Kasepu and Kathi Kantha Rao were super hits at the box office. 2011 saw Naresh acting in five films, one of which was a cameo appearance. His first release of the year was Aha Naa Pellanta, co-starring Ritu Barmecha, Srihari, Subbaraju. He played the role of Subrahmanyam aka Subbu, a software engineer whose life takes a drastic turn when he and a girl of faction background misunderstand that they made love with each other.[clarification needed] His performance was well praised by the critics. The film was a huge success, which was the only hit for Telugu cinema along with Ravi Teja's Mirapakay and Nani's Ala Modalaindi. His next release, Seema Tapakai, was also a huge success at the box office. He appeared in a cameo appearance in the film Chandamama Katha, while his next film Madatha Kaja was an average at the box office. His last release was Poraali, a Tamil film which was a remarkable success at the box office. It was dubbed into Telugu as Sangharshana, which was a disaster at the Telugu box office.
2012 saw Naresh starring in three films. The first was Nuvva Nena co-starring Shriya Saran and Sharwanand, which is based on Deewana Mastana. The film failed at the box office. His next film was Sudigadu, a film composed of various spoofs on nearly 100 Telugu films, directed by Bhimaneni Srinivasa Rao. The film did exceptionally well at the box office, cementing his position in Telugu cinema. His last release of the year was Yamudiki Mogudu, in which he plays the role of a stage artist whose fate is not designed by the creator and his life after he falls in love with the daughter of the lord of death. The film was also a super hit at the box office. His next film in 2013 was Action 3D, the first Indian 3D comedy film in Telugu, co-starring Shaam, Vaibhav Reddy, Raju Sundaram, Kamna Jethmalani, Ritu Barmecha and Neelam Upadhyay. Besides, he also starred in Kevvu Keka co-starring Sharmila Mandre. In 2014, Naresh was seen in the film Laddu Babu by Ravi Babu. Jump Jilani is in the final stages of shooting. Allari Naresh plays dual roles in this comedy film and it's the remake of a superhit Tamil film, Kalakalappu. The film also stars Isha Chawla and Swathi Deekshith in lead roles. Allari Naresh teamed up with filmmaker Indraganti Mohana Krishna for the film Bandipotu, produced by his elder brother Aryan Rajesh under E. V .V. Cinema banner. The film features Naresh and Eesha in lead roles while Srinivas Avasarala, Posani Krishna Murali, Tanikella Bharani and Sampoornesh Babu appear in other pivotal roles. The film is titled and based on N. T. Rama Rao's 1968 film of the same name. The film released received mixed reviews from Idlebrain Jeevi and greatandhra pointing at the slow narration, however, praised Naresh's performance. He is starring in an upcoming film, James Bond, written and directed by Sai Kishore Macha and produced by Anil Sunkara under the banner A. K. Entertainments. It features Naresh along with Sakshi Chaudhary in lead roles. The film was initially scheduled to be released on 26 June 2015 but postponed to 17 July 2015. Later makers announced the release date as 24 July 2015. Next, he co-starred with veteran Telugu actor Manchu Mohan Babu in the film Mama Manchu Alludu Kanchu which was directed by Srinivas Reddy. The film garnered mixed to poor reviews from critics. The film also starred Meena and Ramya Krishnan in lead roles and this was Naresh's landmark 50th movie. After this, he starred in the film Selfie Raja (2016) which again garnered mixed reviews from critics and was praised for Allari Naresh's performance and comic timing. Following this, he starred in a horror movie called Intlo Deyyam Nakem Bhayam which again garnered poor reviews but was praised for its comedy. In 2017, he starred in the film Meda Meeda Abbayi, which was a remake of Oru Vadakkan Selfie. It got generally positive reviews from critics but failed to perform well at the box office. On September 7th, 2018, Silly Fellows co-starring Allari Naresh and Sunil released to poor reviews. It flopped at the box office and closed worldwide barely 19 days later. He is set to act in Mahesh Babu's next film Maharshi for which he will supposedly gain weight.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|2||Dhana Laxmi I Love You||Raju||Telugu||Remake of Hera Pheri|
|3||Thotti Gang||Achi Babu||Telugu||Based on Saving Silverman|
|2003||4||Juniors||Mahesh||Telugu||Remake of Tamil movie Thulluvadho Ilamai|
|6||Maa Alludu Very Good||Purse Ram aka Parasuram||Telugu|
|7||Kurumbu||Ravi||Tamil||Remake of Allari|
|2004||8||Nenu||Vinod||Telugu||Remake of Tamil movie Kaadhal Kondein|
|10||Danger||Satya||Telugu||Dubbed in Tamil as Abhayam in 2012|
|14||Gopi – Goda Meedha Pilli||Gopi||Telugu|
|2007||15||Athili Sattibabu LKG||Athili Sattibabu||Telugu|
|16||Allare Allari||Veera Babu||Telugu|
|17||Pellaindi Kaani||Attchi Babu||Telugu|
|18||Seema Shastri||Seema Sastri||Telugu||Remade as Super Shastri|
|20||Vishaka Express||Ravi Varma||Telugu||Based on Strangers on a Train|
|21||Pelli Kaani Prasad||Prasad||Telugu|
|22||Gamyam||Gali Seenu||Telugu||Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award |
Nandi Award for Best Supporting Actor
Remade as Kadhalna Summa Illai in Tamil; as Savaari in Kannada ; in Bengali as Dui Prithibi
|23||Bommana Brothers Chandana Sisters||Ramachandran||Telugu|
|24||Siddu from Sikakulam||Siddhu||Telugu|
|25||Blade Babji||Babji / Krishna Manohar||Telugu||Based on Blue Streak |
Remade as Kiladi Kitty
|26||Dongala Bandi||Rama Krishna||Telugu|
|28||Bendu Apparao R.M.P||Apparao||Telugu|
|2010||29||Shambo Shiva Shambo||Malli||Telugu||Remake of Tamil Film Nadodigal|
|30||Rambabu Gadi Pellam||Rambabu||Telugu|
|34||Saradaga Kasepu||Ranga Babu||Telugu||Remake of Mazha Peyyunnu Maddalam Kottunnu|
|35||Kathi Kantha Rao||Kathi Kantha Rao||Telugu|
|2011||36||Aha Naa Pellanta||Subbu||Telugu|
|39||Poraali||Nallavan||Tamil||Dubbed in Telugu as Sangharshana|
|2012||40||Nuvva Nena||Avinash||Telugu||Remake of Deewana Mastana|
|41||Sudigadu||Shiva & Kamesh||Telugu||Dual role|
Remake of Thamizh Padam
|2013||43||Action 3D||Bala Vardhan aka Bava||Telugu||Adaptation of The Hangover|
|44||Kevvu Keka||Bhuchi Raju||Telugu|
|2014||45||Laddu Babu||Laddu Babu||Telugu|
|46||Jump Jilani||Satti Babu & Ram Babu||Telugu||Dual role|
Remake of Kalakalappu
|47||Brother of Bommali||Rama Krishna||Telugu|
|49||James Bond||Nani||Telugu||Based on My Wife Is a Gangster|
|50||Mama Manchu Alludu Kanchu||Balaraju||Telugu|
|2016||51||Selfie Raja||Eshwar Reddy||Telugu||Based on Kannada film Victory|
|52||Intlo Deyyam Nakem Bhayam||G Nageswara Reddy||Telugu|
|2017||53||Meda Meeda Abbayi||G. Prajith||Telugu||Remake of Malayalam film Oru Vadakkan Selfie|
|2018||54||Silly Fellows||Veerababu||Telugu||Remake of Tamil film Velainu Vandhutta Vellaikaaran|
|2019||55||Maharshi||Telugu||Mahesh Babu's 25th Film, to be released on 5 April 2019|
|1||2001||Maa Aavida Meeda Ottu Mee Aavida Chala Manchidi||Himself||E. V. V. Satyanarayana||Special appearance in titles of the movie|
|3||2011||Chandamama Katha||Himself||Kundula Chandra Sekhar|
|1||2013||Venkatadri Express||Merlapaka Gandhi||Narrator|
Naresh is married to Chennai based architect Virupa in May 2015 and the couple have a baby girl born on 28 September. The same was announced by the actor through his Twitter account.
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- "Mama Manchu Alludu Kanchu".
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