Ram Pothineni

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Ram Pothineni
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Ram Pothineni
Born (1988-05-15) 15 May 1988 (age 32)
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
(now in Telangana, India)
Other namesEnergetic Star , RAPO
Years active2006-present

Ram Pothineni, known mononymously as Ram, is an Indian film actor who is known for his works in Telugu cinema. He is a nephew of the film producer Sravanthi Ravi Kishore. He won a Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut - South.

Personal life[edit]

Ram Pothineni, son of Murali Pothineni, Padmasree Pothineni and nephew of film producer Sravanthi Ravi Kishore, has predominantly worked in the Telugu film industry. He made his acting debut in commercial hit film Devadasu (2006). He won Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut - South for the same. After such a smashing break, he became a household name. His credible performances including Ready (2008 film), Maska (2009 film) (2009), Kandireega (2011), Pandaga Chesko (2015) and Nenu Sailaja (2016), Vunnadhi Okate Zindagi (2017), Hello Guru Premakosame (2018) and iSmart Shankar (2019) ..[1] Ram Pothineni is trained to use a Nunchaku (for Devadasu), a traditional form of martial arts, made popular by the legendary erstwhile actor Bruce Lee. While learning this technique he suffered a severe hand injury but continued to shoot, which earned him sincerity and dedication. Ram Pothineni became the first-ever debutant in the Telugu film industry to have a silver jubilee opening film. Ram Pothineni starrer Devadasu became a huge hit, making him the first ever debutant in the Telugu film industry to have a silver jubilee film. Ram Pothineni is among the few actors in the Telugu film industry who knows Nunchaku, a traditional form of martial arts, which was made popular by the legendary erstwhile actor Bruce Lee. He learned the art of his role in Devadasu. It is also quite interesting that while learning the fighting technique he got his hands injured severely but he continued the shooting, which earned him much appreciation from the makers for his sincerity and dedication.


In 2002, Pothineni acted in a Tamil short film titled Adayalam and he won Best actor in European movies festival.[citation needed]

He auditioned for the lead role in Kaadhal.[citation needed]

Pothineni made his debut in 2006 with Devadasu.[2][3] His second film, Jagadam opposite Monalisa was directed by Sukumar. Though it did not do well at the box office, it received critical acclaim.[citation needed] He then appeared in Ready alongside Genelia D'Souza directed by Srinu Vaitla with the film becoming a huge success, prompting remakes into other Indian languages and catapulting him to the big league.[4]

In 2009, he had two releases, Maska and Ganesh Just Ganesh, the later was not successful at the box office. Maska had one of the biggest openings at the time, collecting over 2.5 crores on the opening day and recovering its investment within the first week. In 2010, Pothineni had only one release, Rama Rama Krishna Krishna, produced by Dil Raju and directed by Srivaas.

Pothineni's next film was Kandireega.[citation needed]

His next latest release was Endhukante Premanta with Tamannaah, directed by Karunakaran and produced by Sravanthi Ravi Kishore.

In 2013, Pothineni had another release, Ongole Githa with Kriti Kharbanda directed by Bhaskar and produced by B.V.S.N. Prasad. The movie was sold for a record price in Ram's career, released on 1 February 2013 and was commercial failure at the box office. He next starred with Daggubati Venkatesh in Masala, the remake of the Hindi film Bol Bachchan which was directed by K. Vijaya Bhaskar and jointly produced by Sravanthi Ravi Kishore and Suresh Babu.[5]

In 2015, Pothineni starred in Pandaga Chesko directed by Gopichand Malineni and produced by Paruchuri Kireeti under United Movies Banner.[6]

His next releases were Shivam and Nenu Sailaja within a gap of three months in the same year. Both produced by his own production house, Shivam took a great opening but could not sustain due to bad reviews. Surprisingly, the immediate release Nenu Sailaja took a grand opening worldwide with a record collection of 7 crores on day 1, the highest for Ram and did extremely well worldwide. It is the highest viewed music video album for a Telugu film on YouTube with over 3 songs with 25 million views and "Crazy Feeling" with over 30 million views, a record for a Telugu film. Hyper was released on 30 September 2016, directed by Santosh Srinivas and produced under 14 Reels Entertainment. It earned mixed reviews and ended up as an average grosser. In 2017, he had another release, Vunnadi Okkatey Zindagi, produced by Sravanthi Ravi Kishore, which received good reviews. In 2018, he starred in Hello Guru Prema Kosame, directed by Trinadha Rao Nakkina. In 2019 he starred in his career biggest Blockbuster iSmart Shankar directed by Puri Jagannath, where he played a Hyderabadi, alongside Nidhhi Agerwal and Nabha Natesh.[citation needed] His upcoming film is Red (2020 film) it Stars Ram Pothineni in a Double Role alongside Nivetha Pethuraj , Amritha Aiyer And Malvika Sharma


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Language Role Notes
2002 Adayalam Tamil Young Boy Short film, Best Actor European Movies Festival - Won
2006 Devadasu Telugu Devdas Debut Film, Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut – South
2007 Jagadam Telugu Sukumar
2008 Ready Telugu Chandu / Danayya Filmfare Awards South For Best Actor- Nominated
2009 Maska Telugu Krishna alias Krish
Ganesh Just Ganesh Telugu Ganesh
2010 Rama Rama Krishna Krishna Telugu Rama Krishna
2011 Kandireega Telugu Srinivas alias Sreenu Filmfare Awards South For Best Actor- Nominated
2012 Endukante... Premanta!/
Yen Endral Kadhal Enben!


Krishna / Ram

Tamil Debut

2013 Ongole Githa Telugu Dorababu / Whiteu
Masala Telugu Ram / Rehman
2015 Pandaga Chesko Telugu Karthik
Shivam Telugu Shiva / Ram
Rey (film) Telugu Narrator Starring Sai Dharam Tej
2016 Nenu Sailaja Telugu Hari
Hyper Telugu Surya Murthy "Suri"
2017 Vunnadhi Okate Zindagi Telugu Abhiram
2018 Hello Guru Prema Kosame Telugu Sanju
2019 iSmart Shankar Telugu Shankar / Arun Zee Cine Awards Telugu for Sensational Star of the Year
2020 Red Telugu Aditya / Siddharth Double Role


Year Film Song Co- singers
2018 Hello Guru Prema Kosame "Idea Cheppu Friendu" Prakash Raj


Year Award Category Film Result Reference
2003 European Movies Festival Best Actor Adayalam Won
2007 Filmfare Awards South Best Male Debut Devadasu Won [7]
2008 Filmfare Awards South Best film actor Ready Nominated [8]
2011 Filmfare Awards South Best film actor Kandireega Nominated
2020 Zee Cine Awards Telugu Sensational Star of the Year iSmart Shankar Won [9]


  1. ^ "Stars : Star Interviews : 'Sravanthi' Ravi Kishore - Interview". Telugucinema.com. 1 July 2008.
  2. ^ Telugu cinema trade report for the first half of year 2006 - idlebrain.com Archived 5 August 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ CineGoer.com - Box-Office Records And Collections - All Time Long Run List Archived 15 May 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Surprise success - Times Of India". Archived from the original on 18 September 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2011.
  5. ^ "Venkatesh joining hands with Ram for Bol Bachchan remake". Oneindia Entertainment. Archived from the original on 4 November 2013. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
  6. ^ "Ram new film with Gopichand Malineni". TeluguHour. Archived from the original on 16 January 2014. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  7. ^ "Complete winner list of Zee Cine awards Telugu 2020". Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  8. ^ "56th Idea Filmfare Awards 2008 South: The winners - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  9. ^ "Zee Cine Awards Telugu 2020 Full Winners List: Megastar Chiranjeevi, Samantha Akkineni, Pooja Hegde win big". www.msn.com. Retrieved 20 May 2020.

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