Dil Raju

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Dil Raju
Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Swarn Kamal Award to the Producer Shri Venkateshwara Creations, Rep Shri V.V. Reddy for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment Sathamanam Bhavathi (cropped).jpg
Raju (right) receiving the National Film Award from President Pranab Mukherjee (left) in 2017
Born
Velamakucha Venkata Ramana Reddy[1]

(1970-12-17) 17 December 1970 (age 51)[2]
Occupation
  • Film producer
  • film distributor
Spouse(s)
Anitha
(died 2017)
Vygha Reddy
(m. 2020)
Children2

Velamakucha Venkata Ramana Reddy (born 17 December 1970), known professionally as Dil Raju, is an Indian film producer and distributor, known for his works in Telugu cinema. He owns the production house Sri Venkateswara Creations. In 2016, he received the Andhra Pradesh state Nagi Reddy–Chakrapani National Award for his contributions to popular cinema.[3] His productions, Sathamanam Bhavati (2016) and Maharshi (2019), have received National Film Award for Best Popular Film.[4]

He has produced successful drama films such as Dil, Arya, Bhadra, Bommarillu, Parugu, Kotha Bangaru Lokam, Brindavanam, Mr. Perfect, Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu, Yevadu, Nenu Local, and Fidaa.

Early life and career[edit]

Dil Raju was born in Narsingpalli in Nizamabad district of present-day Telangana. He was educated in Mudakpally and Nizamabad, and was interested in films from a young age. He later moved to Hyderabad and did automobile business with his brothers. He ventured into film distribution in the 1990s and started Sri Venkateswara Creations in 1999.[5]

Raju married Anita and has a daughter Hanshita Reddy. Anita died in 2017 due to cardiac arrest. Raju later married Tejaswini in 2020.[6][7] Tejaswini's name was changed to Vygha Reddy following her marriage as per astrology.[8] They have a son born in 2022.[9]

Film production[edit]

Sri Venkateswara Creations[edit]

Year Film Notes
2003 Dil Co-production with Giri
2004 Arya
2005 Bhadra
2006 Bommarillu Nandi Award for Best Feature Film - Gold
Filmfare Award for Best Telugu Film
2007 Munna
2008 Parugu Nandi Award for Best Feature Film - Bronze
Kotha Bangaru Lokam
2009 Josh
2010 Rama Rama Krishna Krishna
Brindavanam
2011 Mr. Perfect
Oh My Friend
2013 Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu
Ramayya Vasthavayya
2014 Yevadu
2015 Kerintha
Subramanyam For Sale
2016 Krishnashtami
Supreme
2017 Shatamanam Bhavati National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment
Nenu Local
Duvvada Jagannadham
Fidaa
Vellipomakey
Raja The Great
Middle Class Abbayi
2018 Lover
Srinivasa Kalyanam
Hello Guru Prema Kosame
2019 F2: Fun and Frustration
Iddari Lokam Okate
2020 Jaanu
V Released on Amazon Prime Video
2021 Vakeel Saab
Shaadi Mubarak
2022 Rowdy Boys
F3: Fun and Frustration
Thank You
2023 Thalapathy 66 Filming
RC15 Filming

Collaborations[edit]

Matinee Entertainments (subsidiary)[edit]

Year Film Notes
2010 Maro Charitra Director's debut film
2011 Gaganam

Collaborations with other producers[edit]

Year Film Notes
2009 Akasamantha Telugu version of Prakash Raj's Abhiyum Naanum
2012 Tuneega Tuneega In collaboration with Maganti Ramji of Padmini Arts banner
2014 Pilla Nuvvu Leni Jeevitam In collaboration with Geetha Arts
2017 Jawaan In collaboration with Arunachal Creations' Krishna
2019 Maharshi In collaboration with Vyjayanthi Movies and PVP Cinema. Production #32
2020 Sarileru Neekevvaru In collaboration with AK Entertainments and GMB Entertainment
2020 Vakeel Saab In collaboration with Bayview Projects LLP
2022 Shaakuntalam In collaboration with Gunaa Teamworks under banner Dil Raju Productions[10]

Dubbed films[edit]

Year Film Notes
2002 Amrutha In collaboration with Giri
2012 Snehithudu
2015 Ok Bangaram
2016 Police
2016 Remo
2017 Cheliyaa

Other language productions[edit]

Year Film Language Notes
2022 Jersey Hindi Collaboration with Allu Aravind & Aman Gill[11]
2022 F2 Remake Hindi Collaboration with Boney Kapoor[12]

Awards[edit]

National Film Awards
Nandi Awards
Filmfare Awards South
Santosham Film Awards
  • Santosham D. Ramanaidu Smarakam Award (2019)
Other Awards

References[edit]

  1. ^ "దిల్ రాజు పుట్టినరోజు వేడుకల్లో తారల సందడి..ఎవరెవరంటే." NTV Telugu (in Telugu). Retrieved 1 January 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ Kanyal, Jyoti (18 December 2020). "Mahesh Babu, Chiranjeevi and Pawan Kalyan attend Dil Raju's 50th birthday bash". India Today. Archived from the original on 18 December 2020. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  3. ^ a b Correspondent, Special. "S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, Hema Malini bag NTR awards".
  4. ^ "64 th National Film Awards, 2016" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. 7 April 2017. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 June 2017. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Interview with Dil Raju". Idlebrain.com. 22 October 2008.
  6. ^ "Telugu producer Dil Raju gets married for the second time. Wedding pics go viral". India Today. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  7. ^ "Dil Raju ties the knot with Vygha Reddy on Sunday - Times of India".
  8. ^ Katira, Kirtika. "Dil Raju's wife Tejaswini changes her name to Vygha Reddy after marriage". Zoom. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  9. ^ "Dil Raju, Tejaswini welcome baby boy". The Indian Express. 29 June 2022.
  10. ^ Arikatla, Venkat (3 January 2021). "Dil Raju Brings Samantha On Board For Shakuntalam!". greatandhra.com. Retrieved 27 March 2021.
  11. ^ "Shahid Kapoor steps into Nani's shoes for Jersey remake, begins cricket practice. See pic". hindustantimes.com. Archived from the original on 24 November 2020. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  12. ^ "F2 Remake in Hindi". Times of India.com.
  13. ^ Mr. Perfect wins Nagireddy award. 123telugu.com (1 January 1998). Retrieved on 11 May 2012.