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Navdeep Pallapolu
OccupationActor, Host, Television Personality
Years active2004 - Present

Navdeep Pallapolu is an Indian film actor and television personality who stars predominantly in Telugu films along with a few Tamil films.

He made his film debut in 2004 with the successful patriotic sports drama Jai. He then starred in commercially successful films such as Arinthum Ariyamalum (2005), Gowtam SSC (2005), Chandamama (2007), and Arya 2 (2009). After a series of box-office flops as the main lead, he starred as the main antagonist in Baadshah (2013) and portrayed supporting roles in Dhruva (2016) and Nene Raju Nene Mantri (2017). Following the success of these films, Navdeep bagged lead roles again with Amazon Prime Video's crime drama web series Gangstars (2018), which was successful and received positively, along with the romantic comedy Next Enti (2018). Since then, Navdeep has been taking up a variety of roles in films, including leading roles and supporting roles.

Navdeep is also notable in the television industry, as he finished in 4th place in the reality TV show Bigg Boss Telugu (season 1), which was hosted by Jr. NTR. He hosts many awards shows as well. As of 2018, he also hosts a game show for film and serial celebrities on Star Maa, Tollywood Squares.

Film career[edit]

Navdeep has appeared in both Telugu and Tamil films, portraying diverse characters. Navdeep's first film appearance was in the 2004 Telugu romantic film, Jai, in which he played an Indian boxer fighting Laskar-E-Taiba terrorists. The movie was a hit. In the 2005 Tamil blockbuster Arinthum Ariyamalum, he portrayed a hero who is the son of the don, Prakash Raj, who was estranged from his father. His following films were primarily forgettable and failed at the box office, despite him gaining a reputation as a talented actor.

His biggest break was the 2007 film Chandamama, where he starred along with Kajal Aggarwal, in which his performance as a flirty and naughty youth won high praise. The film was one of the biggest blockbusters of 2007, and Navdeep and Kajal won high accolades. He later essayed a lead role in Arya 2 opposite Kajal once again and Allu Arjun, and he received praise for his character with grey shades. Despite it being a multi starrer with Allu Arjun, Navdeep made his presence felt in this box office hit.

From 2010 till 2013, he continued to star in diverse films, which include Om Shanti opposite Aditi Sharma, Kajal Aggarwal, and Nikhil Siddharth, the mystery thriller Yagam, slapstick comedy Mugguru, romantic drama Aakasame Haddu, an extended cameo in Oh My Friend, and the thriller Mythri, none of which made a mark at the box office.

In 2013, Navdeep played the powerful main antagonist opposite Jr. NTR in Baadshah, and the film was a blockbuster. Later that year, he starred in masala flick Vasool Raja, in which Srihari played an important role. That movie failed at the box office. In 2014, his crime comedy Bangaru Kodipetta was an average venture, in which he starred opposite Swathi Reddy, and then he played the male lead in the supernatural horror flick Ice Cream, which was a hit at the box office. He also hosted the "3rd South Indian International Movie Awards" that year. He played a cameo role in Anukshanam and his next film Poga flopped. In 2015 he starred in another crime drama Bham Bolenath, which flopped miserably, and played an extended cameo in Tamil movie Idhu Enna Maayam.

In 2016, Navdeep hosted the 1st IIFA Utsavam Awards with Allu Sirish and Regina Cassandra. He also made a cameo appearance in the Hindi flick Azhar and played an important supporting character in Ram Charan's blockbuster movie Dhruva. He later played a crucial role in Nene Raju Nene Mantri in 2017, which also starred Rana Daggubati. He finished as in 4th place on the reality TV show Bigg Boss Telugu in 2017. In 2018 he starred in Gangstars, a crime drama web series alongside Jagapati Babu and Swetha Basu Prasad. The series was promoted heavily like a film and got a positive reception. After nearly 3 years in 2018, following the new success of Gangstars, he starred as a hero once again in romantic comedy Next Enti, opposite Tamannaah and Sundeep Kishan. This film unfortunately failed at the box office. He is all set to star in a period war Telugu film Veeramadevi in a full-fledged male lead role directed by V.C. Vadivudaiyan, opposite Sunny Leone. The shooting for the film will commence in February 2018 and will be released in Telugu, Tamil, Hindi & Malayalam.

He has given his voice to an HIV/AIDS education animated software tutorial created by the nonprofit organization TeachAIDS, and he is an avid humanitarian supporting various other causes and charities.[1]

Television career[edit]

Navdeep has hosted the Fear Factor adaption in Telugu, Super, along with a few film festivals. His most notable appearance in Television was when he appeared as a wildcard contestant in popular reality TV show Bigg Boss Telugu, in which he gained large praise and exposure due to his charm and wit. He finished in 4th place. He then appeared in Yupp TV's rom com Mana Mugguri Love Story, in which he played a cool, successful, and young businessman. The show also starred Tejaswi Madivada and Adith Arun in other lead roles, and was received well. In 2018, he started hosting his own game show Tollywood Squares on Star Maa, and many celebrities came to participate. The show had 26 episodes in the first season.


Year Film Role Language Other Notes
2004 Jai Jairam Telugu
2005 Manasu Maata Vinadhu Venu Telugu
Arinthum Ariyamalum Sathya Tamil
Modati Cinema Sreeram Telugu
Gowtam SSC Goutham Telugu
2006 Premante Inte Veeru Telugu
Seethakoka Chiluka Cheenu Telugu
Ilavattam Cheenu Tamil
Nenjil Jil Jil Anand Tamil
2007 Poramboku Karthik Telugu
Chandamama Kishore Telugu
2008 Ready Telugu Guest appearance
Aegan Narain Tamil
2009 A Aa E Ee Akash Tamil
Ride Telugu Cameo appearance
Solla Solla Inikkum Sathya Tamil
Arya 2 Ajay Telugu
2010 Om Shanti Anand Telugu
Yagam Santosh Telugu
2011 Mugguru Pavan Telugu
Aakasame Haddu Karthik Telugu
Oh My Friend Uday Telugu Extended cameo appearance
2012 Mythri Deepu Telugu
2013 Baadshah Aadi Telugu
Vasool Raja Raja Telugu
2014 Bangaru Kodipetta Vamsi Telugu
Ice Cream Vishal Telugu
Anukshanam Ajit Telugu Cameo appearance
Poga Shiva Telugu
2015 Bham Bolenath Vivek Telugu
Dongaata Telugu Special appearance in Song
Idhu Enna Maayam Santosh Tamil Extended cameo appearance
2016 Azhar Hindi Cameo appearance
Dhruva Gowtham IPS Telugu
2017 Nene Raju Nene Mantri Shiva Telugu
2018 Next Enti Krish Telugu
2019 Seeru Tamil Post Production
Veeramadevi Tamil Post Production
2020 Ala Vaikunthapurramloo TBA Telugu Filming


Year Show Role Channel Note
2017 Bigg Boss Telugu (season 1) Wild-Card Contestant
ended up at 4th place
Star Maa
2017 Mana Mugguri Love Story Male Lead- Surya Yupp TV
2018 Tollywood Squares Host Star Maa
2018 Gangstars (web series) Vishwa Amazon Prime Video


  1. ^ "Star touch to animated film on HIV/AIDS". The New Indian Express. 27 November 2010. Retrieved 16 December 2010.[permanent dead link]

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