Jagapati Babu

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Jagapati Babu
Jagapathi Babu at 62nd Filmfare awards south.jpg
Jagapati Babu at the 62nd Filmfare Awards South ceremony held in Nehru Stadium, Chennai
Born Veeramachaneni Jagapati Rao Chowdary
(1962-02-12) 12 February 1962 (age 55)
Residence Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Years active 1989-present
Height 181 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Spouse(s) Lakshmi
Children Meghana
Parent(s) V. B. Rajendra Prasad
Relatives Ram Prasad (Elder Brother)
Pooja Prasad (niece)

Jagapati Babu About this sound pronunciation  (born Veeramachaneni Jagapati Rao Chowdary) is an Indian film actor known for his works predominantly in Telugu cinema, few Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada films.[1] In a career spanning 25 years, Jagapati Babu has starred in over 120 feature films, and has received 3 Filmfare Awards and 7 state Nandi Awards.[2]

He received the Kala Bhushana Award, for his contribution to cinema, by TSR Lalitha kala Parishat.[3] He has worked with noted directors like K. Raghavendra Rao, A. M. Rathnam, Ram Gopal Varma, Krishna Vamsi, S.V. Krishna Reddy, E. V. V. Satyanarayana, Guna Sekhar, Radha Mohan, Chandra Sekhar Yeleti, M. Raja, and J. D. Chakravarthy.[4]

Early life[edit]

Jagapati Babu was born on 12 February 1962, in Machilipatnam to veteran producer-director V. B. Rajendra Prasad.[1] He was brought up in Chennai, Tamil Nadu before making a mark in Tollywood.[5]


Jagapati Babu with Shruti Haasan at Filmfare Awards South 2014

Jagapati Babu made his debut in Telugu with the movie Simha Swapnam(1989) which was produced by his father and directed by V. Madhusudhan Rao.[6] His first blockbuster film is Peddarikam released in 1992. He had his breakthrough in the form of Gaayam directed by Ram Gopal Varma in the year 1993. In 1994, with the super hit film Subha Lagnam, he reaches family audience and also established his star status. He won the Nandi Award for Best Actor in 1996 for his role in the movie Maavichiguru directed by S V Krishna Reddy. 1997 saw runway hit films like Subhakankshalu & Pelli Pandiri. In 1998, he won the Nandi Award for Best Supporting Actor for the film Antahpuram. In 2000, he won the Nandi Best Actor Award for his performance in the thriller Manoharam. In 2003-05, he did runway hit films like Kabaddi Kabaddi, Athade Oka Sainyam, Pedababu and Anukokunda Oka Roju. In 2006 he appeared in Samanyudu and Pellaina Kothalo. He received the Nandi Best Supporting Actor Award for the second time in the year 2007 for his role in the movie Lakshyam & he won Filmfare also.

His first Tamil was Madrasi, and in 2012, he appeared as the antagonist in Tamil film Thaandavam. Subsequently, he played the lead role in Jai Bolo Telangana, which won five Nandi Awards. In 2012, he debuted in the Kannada film Bachchan as a cop, which featured Sudeep in the lead role. In 2013, Jagapati Babu returned to the Tamil film industry with Puthagam and will next be seen in Rudhiram. Jagapati Babu is now doing a Malayalam film Pulimurugan with National Award winner Mohanlal.[7] His next movie was Legend in 2014 where he played the antagonist against Nandamuri Balakrishna. In the same year, he acted as villain opposite Rajinikanth in Lingaa. In 2015, he played Mahesh Babu's father in Srimanthudu. In 2016, he played an antagonist in Jr. NTR's Nannaku Prematho which was well appreciated by critics. He also played villain opposite Mohanlal in Pulimurgan. In 2017, he played Naga Chaitanya's father in Rarandoi Veduka Chudham. He is playing a lead role in the upcoming movie Patel S. I. R. He also has an important role in Ram Charan's Rangasthalam.



Filmfare Awards
Nandi Awards
SIIMA Awards
  • 2015 - Best Villain - Legend
  • 2017 - Best Villain - Nannaku Prematho
IIFA Utsavam
Asianet Film Awards


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