Daggubati Venkatesh

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Daggubati Venkatesh
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Venkatesh at Opening ceremony of CCL - Season 3
Born Venkatesh Daggubati
December 13 1960 (Aged 55)
Karamchedu, Andhra Pradesh State, India
Residence Film Nagar, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Nationality Indian
Other names Venky
Victory Venkatesh
Ethnicity Telugu
Alma mater Loyola College, Chennai
Monterey Institute of International Studies
Occupation Actor
Years active 1986–present
Height 6'1
  • Neeraja Daggubati
Children Hayavahini Daggubati
Aashritha Daggubati
Bhavana Daggubati
Arjun Ramnath Daggubati
Parent(s) Ramanaidu Daggubati
Rajeswari Daggubati
Relatives Suresh Babu Daggubati (Brother)
Rana Daggubati (Nephew)
Naga Chaitanya Akkineni (Nephew)
Nagarjuna Akkineni (ex Brother-in-law)
See Daggubati-Akkineni Family

Daggubati Venkatesh is an Indian film actor known for his works predominantly in Telugu cinema. In a career spanning twenty nine years, he starred in seventy two feature films. He has played a variety of roles in Telugu cinema and a few Bollywood films.[1] He has received seven state Nandi Awards, and five Filmfare Awards for best acting.

Along with his brother Daggubati Suresh Babu, Venkatesh is the co-owner of Suresh Productions, one of the largest film production companies in India. Venkatesh has starred in several of his films under this production. In a career spanning three decades, he had acted in many commercially successful films like Kaliyuga Pandavulu, Prema, Bobbili Raja, Shatruvu, Coolie No.1, Chanti, Sundarakanda, Kondapalli Raja, Sahasa Veerudu Sagara Kanya, Intlo Illalu Vantintlo Priyuralu, Pavitra Bandham, Suryavamsam, Ganesh, Premante Idera, Raja, Nuvvu Naaku Nachav, Vasu, Malliswari, Gharshana, Sankranthi, Lakshmi, Tulasi, Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu, Drushyam, Gopala Gopala. He has the highest number of Nandi awards for best actor, he has won 5 of them. Apart from films, he is the Captain of Telugu Warriors representing Tollywood in Celebrity Cricket League.[2][3]

Early life and family[edit]

Venkatesh was born to prolific film producer and former MP, Ramanaidu Daggubati and Rajeshwari in Karamchedu village of Prakasam District. He has an elder brother Suresh Babu Daggubati who runs Suresh Productions, and a younger sister, Lakshmi. Venkatesh did his schooling in Don Bosco, Egmore, Chennai. He graduated with a Bachelors in Commerce from Loyola College, Chennai and got his MBA from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, USA[4] After his return to India, he wanted to get into film production but instead, became an actor in Telugu films.[5]

Career and awards[edit]

He has acted as child artist in the 1971 film Prem Nagar. He debuted in Kaliyuga Pandavulu in the year 1986, which got him a Nandi Award for best male debut actor. At an early phase in his career, Venkatesh acted in Swarnakamalam, directed by K Viswanath, which was showcased at the 1989 International Film Festival of India, the film fetched him his second Nandi Award for his performance. In 1988, He then appeared in the successful musical romance film Prema, which fetched him a Nandi Award for best acting & the same year another blockbuster box office hit film Brahma Putrudu & this film he won a Filmfare Award for best actor. Bobbili Raja, with Divya Bharti, was a box office hit.

Venkatesh then appeared in Ram Gopal Varma's road movie Kshana Kshanam alongside Sri Devi, which was a trend-setter and became a box office hit, in its second run. In 1991, Chanti, a family drama, which was re-made in Hindi as Anari, alongside Karishma Kapoor marking Venkatesh's Bollywood debut. Both the versions were box office hits. In the same year, he was starred in critically acclaimed films like Shatruvu and Surya IPS. He was then starred in Chinarayudu, another successful melodrama. In 1995, He appeared in another Bollywood flick Taqdeerwala alongside Raveena Tandon. In 1996, he starred in Dharma Chakram and received another Nandi Award and Filmfare Award, for his performance. .[6] Venkatesh's association with popular actress Soundarya registered critical and commercial successes owing to a the chemistry and performance of both the actors.[6]

He then appeared in several successful romantic family drama's like Preminchukundam Raa (1997), Suryavamsam (1998), which was later remade in Hindi with the same title, with Amitabh Bachhan in the lead role. He was then starred in the critically acclaimed thriller, Ganesh (1998), which fetched him another Nandi Award and Filmfare Award for his performance. He then appeared in blockbuster romance film's like Premante Idera alongside Preity Zinta (1998), Raja (1999) and Kalisundam Raa (2000), which won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu for that year. In the same year Jayam Manade Raa fetched him another Filmfare Award for best acting. He then ventured into blockbuster romantic comedy's such as Prematho Raa (2001), Nuvvu Naaku Nachav (2001), Malliswari (2004) alongside Katrina Kaif. He then appeared in the action blockbuster Gharshana (2005). The family dramas Sankranthi (2005), Aadavari Matalaku Ardhalu Verule (2007), and the cross over cinema Chintakayala Ravi (2008) were runaway hits.[7]


On 24 April 2010, he signed with Manappuram General Finance and Leasing Ltd as their brand ambassador for Andhra Pradesh.[8]



Sno Year Award Category Film Result
1 1986 Kinnera Award Best Actor Kaliyuga Pandavulu Nominated
2 1986 Nandi Awards Best Male Debut Kaliyuga Pandavulu Nominated
3 1988 Kinnera Award Best Actor Brahma Puthrudu Won
4 1988 Nandi Special Jury Award Best Actor Swarna Kamalam Won
5 1988 Nandi Award for Best Actor Best Actor Prema Won
6 1988 Filmfare Award for Best Actor - Telugu Best Actor Brahma Putrudu Won
7 1991 Bhagyanagar Award Best Actor Shatruvu Won
8 1991 Cinegoer Best Actor Coolie No.1 Won
9 1991 Madras filmfans award Best Actor Coolie No.1 Won
10 1992 Yuvavahini Award Best Actor Sundarakanda Nominated
11 1992 Cinegoers Award Best Actor Sundarakanda Nominated
12 1993 Kalasagar Award Best Actor Abbaigaru Nominated
13 1993 Cinegoers Award Best performance Abbaigaru Nominated
14 1995 Nandi Award for Best Actor Best Actor Dharma Chakram Won
16 1996 Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu Best Actor Dharma Chakram Nominated
16 1996 Kalasagar Award Best Actor Dharma Chakram Nominated
17 1996 Vamsi Berkley Award Best Actor Dharma Chakram Nominated
18 1996 Vamsi Berkley Award Best film Pavithra Bandham Nominated
19 1998 Nandi Award for Best Actor Best Actor Ganesh Nominated
20 Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu Nominated
21 Kinnera Awards Nominated
22 2000 Nandi Award for Best Actor Best Actor Kalisundam Raa Nominated
23 Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu Best Actor Jayam Manade Raa Nominated
24 Filmfare Special Jury Award for Best Actor Best Actor Kalisundam Raa Nominated
25 2005 Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu Best Actor Sankranthi Nominated
26 Santosham Best Actor Award Nominated
27 2007 Nandi Award for Best Actor Best Actor Adavari Matalaku Ardhale Verule Won
28 Santosham Best Actor Award Nominated
29 Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu Nominated
30 2014 Best Actor - Telugu Best Supporting Actor Masala Nominated
31 2015 Best Actor -Telugu Best Actor Drushyam Nominated
32 2015 TSRTV9 National Film Awards Best Actor (Jury) Drushyam Won[9]
33 2015 4th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Actor Drushyam Nominated
Source: Idlebrain


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  2. ^ Venkatesh - Telugu Actor Gallery stills images clips. Indiaglitz.com. Retrieved on 2016-01-31.
  3. ^ Ram-Laxman to direct Venkatesh. Deccan Chronicle (2015-07-13). Retrieved on 2016-01-31.
  4. ^ "The Leading Celebrity Profile Site on the Net". celebritiesprofile.info. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  5. ^ Looking for a new zone. The Hindu (2013-04-28). Retrieved on 2016-01-31.
  6. ^ a b A silent film after 26 years. Deccan Chronicle (2015-07-13). Retrieved on 2016-01-31.
  7. ^ Venkatesh - Telugu Cinema interview - Telugu film hero. Idlebrain.com (2007-04-10). Retrieved on 2016-01-31.
  8. ^ "Super Star Victory Venkatesh to Endorse Manappuram Brand – Telugu cinema news". Idlebrain.com. 24 April 2010. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "TSR-TV9 award winners announced". Deccan Chronicle. 16 July 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 

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