Ram Pothineni

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Ram Pothineni
Ram at Unnadi Okate Zindagi interview.png
Pothineni in 2017
Born (1988-05-15) 15 May 1988 (age 34)
Years active2006–present

Ram Pothineni (born 15 May 1988) is an Indian actor who primarily works in Telugu films. He made his acting debut with the box office success Devadasu (2006), for which he won Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut – South. He has two Filmfare Award South and one SIIMA Awards to his credit.[1]

Post his debut, he starred in the commercial and critical success, Ready (2008). This was followed by a series of commercial failures, before success with Kandireega (2011). Pothineni's other notable works include Pandaga Chesko (2015), Nenu Sailaja (2016), Vunnadhi Okate Zindagi (2017), Hello Guru Prema Kosame (2018), iSmart Shankar (2019) and Red (2021).[2]

Early life[edit]

Ram Pothineni was born on 15 May 1988, in Hyderabad, to Murali Pothineni. He is the nephew of Telugu film producer, Sravanthi Ravi Kishore.[3] Actor Sharwanand is his cousin.[4] His family hails from Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh.


Debut and early career (2006–2010)[edit]

Pothineni first appeared in Tamil language short film Adayaalam (2002) where he played an 18-year old drug addict.[1] He then made his theatrical debut in 2006 with Devadasu.[5][6] His second film, Jagadam opposite Isha Sahani was directed by Sukumar. He then appeared in Ready alongside Genelia D'Souza directed by Srinu Vaitla which was a commercial success.[7] In 2009, he had two releases, Maska and Ganesh: Just Ganesh. In 2010, Pothineni had only one release, Rama Rama Krishna Krishna, produced by Dil Raju and directed by Srivaas.

Career ups and downs (2011–2016)[edit]

Pothineni's next film was Kandireega (2011).[8] Later he starred in Endukante... Premanta! (2012) alongside Tamannaah, directed by Karunakaran and produced by Sravanthi Ravi Kishore. In 2013, Pothineni appeared in Ongole Githa with Kriti Kharbanda directed by Bhaskar and produced by B.V.S.N. Prasad. In the same year, he co-starred alongside Venkatesh in the action comedy Masala, the remake of the Hindi film Bol Bachchan, directed by K. Vijaya Bhaskar and jointly produced by Sravanthi Ravi Kishore and D. Suresh Babu.[9]

In 2015, Pothineni starred in two films, Pandaga Chesko and Shivam . While Pandaga Chesko directed by Gopichand Malineni, was a commercial success,[10] Shivam ended up as one of the biggest failures of his career.[11] In 2016, He had two releases, both produced by his own production house Sri Sravanthi Movies, Nenu Sailaja which was a commercial success[12] and Santosh Srinivas-directed Hyper which was an average at the box office.[13]

Success and recent work (2017–present)[edit]

His 2017 coming-of-age film Vunnadhi Okate Zindagi received mixed reviews. In 2018, he starred in the romantic comedy Hello Guru Prema Kosame directed by Trinadha Rao Nakkina. In 2019, he collaborated with director Puri Jagannadh for the action thriller iSmart Shankar. Pothineni tasted success with the film after a series of flops.[14] It grossed over ₹90 crore, his career's highest grosser.[15]

His 2021 film is Red where he played a dual role, is a remake of Tamil film Thadam (2018).[14] In 2022, he starred in the Lingusamy-directed The Warriorr where he played a police officer.[16] The film received negative reviews from critics and was huge commercial failure.[17]

Pothineni is signed onto star in Boyapati Srinu's #RAPO20. It will be his first pan-India film.[18]

Media image[edit]

Pothineni has featured on Hyderabad Times Most Desirable Men list various times. He ranked 11th in 2017,[19] 11th in 2018,[20] 3rd in 2019[21] and 2nd in 2020.[22]

Pothineni did his first ever brand endorsement for Garnier alongside John Abraham.[23]


As actor[edit]

Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
  • All films are in Telugu, unless otherwise noted.
Year Film Role(s) Notes Ref(s)
2002 Adayaalam Naren Tamil short film [24]
2006 Devadasu Devadas Debut as lead role
2007 Jagadam Seenu
2008 Ready Chandu (Danayya)[a]
2009 Maska Krishna "Krish"
Ganesh Ganesh
2010 Rama Rama Krishna Krishna Rama Krishna
2011 Kandireega Srinivas "Sreenu"
2012 Endukante... Premanta! Krishna & Ram[b] Dual role; Simultaneously shot in Tamil as Yen Endral Kadhal Enben! [25]
2013 Ongole Githa Dorababu (White)[a]
Masala Ram (Rehman)[a]
2015 Pandaga Chesko Karthik
Shivam Shiva (Ram)[a]
2016 Nenu Sailaja Hari
Hyper Suryanarayana Murthy
2017 Vunnadhi Okate Zindagi Abhiram
2018 Hello Guru Prema Kosame Sanju Also singer for "Idea Cheppu Friendu"
2019 iSmart Shankar Shankar (Arun)[c]
2021 Red Aditya & Siddharth[b] Dual role
2022 The Warriorr Satya Simultaneously shot in Tamil [16]

Other roles[edit]

Year Film Role(s) Notes Ref(s)
2015 Rey Narrator
2021 Romantic Shankar Cameo appearance


Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2002 Europe Film Festival, Switzerland Best Actor Adayaalam Won [26]
2007 Filmfare Awards South Best Male Debut Devadasu Won [27]
2008 Filmfare Awards South Best Actor – Telugu Ready Nominated [28]
2011 Filmfare Awards South Kandireega Nominated [29]
2020 Zee Cine Awards Telugu Sensational Star of the Year iSmart Shankar Won [30]
Best Actor Nominated [31]
2021 10th South Indian International Movie Awards Nominated [32]


  1. ^ a b c d Pothineni played a single character with two or more names.
  2. ^ a b Pothineni played two characters.
  3. ^ Pothineni played a single character with two different personalities.


  1. ^ a b "Happy Birthday Ram Pothineni: Do You Know These Lesser-known Facts About the Tollywood Star?". News18. 15 May 2019. Archived from the original on 6 June 2019. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  2. ^ "Happy Birthday Ram Pothineni: 5 career-best performances of the energetic star". The Times of India. 15 May 2020. Archived from the original on 24 May 2020. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  3. ^ "Stars : Star Interviews : 'Sravanthi' Ravi Kishore – Interview". Telugucinema.com. 1 July 2008. Archived from the original on 5 July 2008.
  4. ^ "8 lesser-known Siblings of Tollywood, see the list". Times Of India. 22 August 2021.
  5. ^ Telugu cinema trade report for the first half of year 2006 – idlebrain.com Archived 5 August 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ CineGoer.com – Box-Office Records And Collections – All Time Long Run List Archived 15 May 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Surprise success". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 18 September 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2011.
  8. ^ Chowdhary, Y. Sunita (13 August 2011). "Kandireega: This bee has no buzz". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  9. ^ "Venkatesh joining hands with Ram for Bol Bachchan remake". Oneindia Entertainment. 30 January 2013. Archived from the original on 4 November 2013. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
  10. ^ "Twitterati shower love on Ram's Pandaga Chesko as the film completes five years – Times of India". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 1 June 2020. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  11. ^ Girl, Gossip (23 December 2015). "Hero Ram Pothineni is desperate". www.thehansindia.com. Archived from the original on 11 October 2020. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  12. ^ kavirayani, suresh (28 September 2016). "I love spending time with myself: Ram". Deccan Chronicle. Archived from the original on 23 November 2017. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  13. ^ "Ram speaks on his gap after Hyper flop". My First Show. Archived from the original on 11 October 2020.
  14. ^ a b "Ram Pothineni's Red to have a digital release? The iSmart Shankar actor responds". India Today. 12 April 2020. Archived from the original on 26 May 2020. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  15. ^ "iSmart Shankar completes 100 days; Ram, Puri and Charmme reminisce the success – Times of India". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 11 January 2020. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  16. ^ a b "Ram Pothineni's The Warrior will be something beyond the usual cop film: Lingusamy". The Times of India. Retrieved 17 January 2022.
  17. ^ "'The Warrior' Day 5 box office collection: Here is how much Ram Pothineni and Krithi Shetty's bilingual action drama mints over the first weekend". The Times of India. Retrieved 5 August 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  18. ^ "RAPO20: Ram Pothineni says he is excited to see himself 'through the eyes of daddy of mass emotions' Boyapati". Pinkvilla. 19 February 2022.
  19. ^ "Vijay turns most desirable man of 2017, beating Prabhas, Mahesh, Ram Pothineni and Allu Arjun". IB Times. 13 March 2018.
  20. ^ "These Dishy dudes score high in Hyderabad's desirable man of 2018 list". Times Of India. 14 March 2019.
  21. ^ "Hyderabad Times Most Desirable Men of 2019 List". The Prime Talks. 18 March 2020.
  22. ^ "Hyderabad Times Most Desirable Men: See the top 10 on the list". Times Of India. 2 June 2021.
  23. ^ "Ram Pothineni first ever brand endorsement for Garnier". Tollywood.net. 6 October 2020.
  24. ^ Ram pothineni first short film | Adayalam, retrieved 18 July 2021
  25. ^ "Ram Pothineni's neck injury halts the shoot of his next with director N Lingusamy". OTTPlay. 4 October 2021. Retrieved 3 October 2021.
  26. ^ "Happy Birthday Ram Pothineni: Do You Know These Lesser-known Facts About this Tollywood Actor?". 15 May 2019. Archived from the original on 6 June 2019. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  27. ^ "54th Fair One Filmfare Awards 2007". Idlebrain.com. 4 August 2007. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  28. ^ "56th Idea Filmfare Awards 2008 South: The winners – Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  29. ^ "The 58th Filmfare Award (South) winners". CNN-News18. 4 July 2011. Retrieved 12 March 2020.
  30. ^ "Zee Cine Awards Telugu 2020 Full Winners List: Megastar Chiranjeevi, Samantha Akkineni, Pooja Hegde win big". www.msn.com. Archived from the original on 11 October 2020. Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  31. ^ "Complete winner list of Zee Cine awards Telugu 2020". 12 January 2020. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  32. ^ "Team 'Pushpa' wins big in 'SIIMA 2022' Winners list". The Times of India. 11 September 2022. Retrieved 11 September 2022.

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