Rana Daggubati

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Rana Daggubati
Daggubati in 2015
Ramanaidu Daggubati[1]

(1984-12-14) 14 December 1984 (age 35)[2]
Film Producer
Visual Effects Supervisor
Years active2005–present
FamilySee Daggubati-Akkineni Family

Ramanaidu "Rana" Daggubati (born 14 December 1984[4]), is an Indian actor,[5] producer, television personality, visual effects co-ordinator, and an entrepreneur[6] known primarily for his work in Telugu language films, as well as his works in Hindi and Tamil language films.[7][8]

His stint in the film industry began with him working as a visual effects coordinator in around 70 films. And before he turned actor, he started his own production company, Spirit Media.[9] He produced a National Award-winning film and then forayed into acting in 2010.

He made his acting debut with the Telugu blockbuster Leader, for which he won the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut – South. He made his Hindi film debut with the hit film Dum Maaro Dum (2011), alongside Bipasha Basu, where he received positive reviews for his performance and won again Zee Cine Award for Best Male Debut. In 2012, Rana gained prominence by starring in hit Telugu film Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum. In 2015, he played a notable supporting role in the successful Hindi film Baby (2015). He later starred as the main antagonist in Telugu film Baahubali: The Beginning (2015), which recorded the second highest gross opening for an Indian film. He then featured in a supporting role in Tamil film Bangalore Naatkal (2016). In 2017, Rana later reprised his role as Bhallaldeva in Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, which became the highest grossing Indian film of all time.[10][11][12] He has also simultaneously starred in the successful Telugu movies Rudramadevi (2015), The Ghazi Attack (2017), and Nene Raju Nene Mantri (2017).

As a Visual Effects producer, Rana won the State Nandi Award for Best Special Effects in 2006 for the Telugu film Sainikudu.[13] In 2006, he received the National Film Award for co-producing Bommalata – A Bellyful of Dreams.[14]

Rana is also an established television personality, as he hosted award shows such as the 2nd IIFA Utsavam, the 2nd South Indian International Movie Awards and he currently hosts his own celebrity talk show, No. 1 Yaari, which brought celebrities such as Vijay Deverakonda, S.S. Rajamouli, Nani, Kajal Aggarwal, Naga Chaitanya, Tamannaah, Rakul Preet Singh, Ram Pothineni, Navdeep, Nikhil Siddharth, and others.

Rana has established himself as one of the leading actors in Telugu cinema, as well as being described as one of the few actors in India who were able to achieve pan-Indian appeal, having taken up a variety of roles, from leading roles to supporting characters, in different languages.

Alongside building a career in cinema, Rana is invested in businesses ranging from a business accelerator programme for technology startups, to an entertainment agency and a comic book company.[15]

Early life[edit]

Rana was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, to Telugu film producer Daggubati Suresh Babu[16][17] and is part of the Daggubati-Akkineni Family. His paternal grandfather was Tollywood film producer D. Ramanaidu. His paternal uncle Venkatesh and his cousin Naga Chaitanya are also actors in the film industry. Rana revealed in 2016 that he is blind in his right eye, and his left eye is a transplanted one. The surgery was done in L. V. Prasad Hospital, Hyderabad. Another surgery was done on his right eye when he was 14, but was unsuccessful.[18][19][20][21][22][23] He did his schooling in Hyderabad and Chennai from Hyderabad Public School and Chettinad Vidyashram respectively. He lives with his family in Hyderabad.


Rana's first movie was Leader, in Telugu, directed by Shekhar Kammula, which is one of his biggest successes. Rana made his Bollywood debut with the film Dum Maaro Dum, which released on 22 April 2011. The Times of India called it a "dashing debut".[24] He was voted "The Most Promising Newcomer of 2011" in the Times Of India poll.[25] He was listed at number 20 on the Times of India's Most Desirable Men for the year 2011.[26][27] In 2012, he was voted as the 10th most desirable man in India, in the poll conducted by The Times of India.

He played a professional killer in the film Nenu Naa Rakshasi, under Puri Jagannath's direction,[28] which was a box office bomb.[29][30] His first release in 2012 was Naa Ishtam, which was followed by his second Hindi film Department. He next starred in Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum, directed by Krish, which became a box office success.[31][32] He made his debut in Tamil through Thala Ajith Kumar's Aarambam.[33] Rana did a cameo role in Ayan Mukerji's Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.[34]

In 2013, he joined two big-budget projects, Gunasekhar's Rudhramadevi[35] and S. S. Rajamouli's Baahubali, in which he is the lead antagonist.[36] Rana played Bhallaladeva, the cousin of Baahubali, who had negative shades and received unprecedented appreciation from critics. Baahubali: The Beginning was released worldwide in July 2015 and was the highest-grossing film in India at the time of its release. The concluding film of the series Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, became the first Indian film to cross 1000 crore and is currently the second highest grossing Indian film. In 2017, he did India's first underwater film, The Ghazi Attack. It opened to very positive reviews.

After Baahubali 2's epic release, he further did a Telugu political Thriller movie Nene Raju Nene Mantri in which he plays a Politician with grey shades, alongside Kajal Aggarwal. This film too received positive reviews for Rana's acting and screen presence. The film, also called NRNM, was also released in Tamil as Naan Aanaiyittal and in Malayalam as Raja Kireedam. It was also dubbed into Hindi as Main Hi Raja Main Hi Mantri. Along with the movies, he also starred in a web series called Social. Further, he hosted a Telugu Television programme, No 1. Yaari, which created the highest TVP values for a Telugu TV show. He also dubbed for the character Thanos in the Telugu dubbed version of Avengers: Infinity War.

In 2019, he was signed for a mythological film 'Hiranyakashyapa' directed by Gunasekhar. In the movie, Rana will be playing the titular role of Hiranyakashipu.[37][38]


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released

As actor[edit]

Year Film Role Language Notes
2010 Leader Arjun Prasad Telugu Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut – South
CineMAA Award for Best Male Debut
2011 Dum Maaro Dum DJ Joki Fernandes Hindi Zee Cine Award for Best Male Debut
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut
Nenu Naa Rakshasi Abhimanyu Telugu
2012 Naa Ishtam Ganesh Telugu
Department Shiv Narayan Hindi
Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum B.Tech Babu Telugu SIIMA Award for Best Actor (Critics)
2013 Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani Vikram Hindi Cameo appearance
Something Something Himself Telugu Cameo appearance
Arrambam ACP Sanjay Tamil Guest appearance
2015 Baby Jai Singh Rathore Hindi
Dongaata Himself Telugu Cameo appearance
Baahubali: The Beginning Bhallaladeva Telugu CineMAA Award for Best Villain
Palvaalthevan Tamil
Rudramadevi Chalukya Veerabhadra Telugu
Inji Iduppazhagi Himself Tamil Cameo appearance
Size Zero Himself Telugu
2016 Bangalore Naatkal Shiva Prasad Tamil
2017 Winner Telugu Narrator
The Ghazi Attack Lt. Commander Arjun Verma Hindi
Ghazi Telugu
Baahubali: The Conclusion Bhallaladeva Telugu
Palvaalthevan Tamil
Nene Raju Nene Mantri Radha Jogendra Telugu
2018 Welcome to New York Himself Hindi
Rajaratham Rajaratham Telugu Narrator for Telugu version
2019 N.T.R: Kathanayakudu N. Chandrababu Naidu Telugu Cameo appearance
N.T.R: Mahanayakudu
Housefull 4 Raja Gama / Pappu Rangeela Hindi
Enai Noki Paayum Thota Director Tamil Cameo appearance
2020 Haathi Mere Saathi Films that have not yet been released Bandev Telugu/Hindi/Tamil Filming
Madai Thiranthu / 1945Films that have not yet been released TBA Tamil / Telugu Filming
Hiranya KashyapaFilms that have not yet been released TBA Telugu

Other crew positions[edit]

Year Film Role Language Notes
2004 Bommalata Producer Telugu National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu
2006 Sainikudu Visual effects coordinator Telugu Nandi Award for Best Special Effects
2017-2018 No. 1 Yaari Presenter Telugu
2018 Avengers: Infinity War Dubbing artist Telugu Dubbed for the character Thanos
2018 C/o Kancharapalem Presenter Telugu
2019 Avengers: Endgame Dubbing artist Telugu Dubbed for the character Thanos
2019 Action Playback singer Telugu Rapped for "Lights, Camera, Action"

Awards & nominations[edit]

National Film Awards


Filmfare Awards South
Nandi Awards
Zee Cine Awards
SIIMA Awards

Rana Daggubati - Baahubali 2: The Conclusion / Ghazi / Nene Raju Nene Mantri

IIFA Awards

Asiavision Movie Awards

Sri Kala Sudha Telugu Association's 20th Ugadi Awards 2018

CineMAA Awards

Business career[edit]

The actor, who sits at the head of the Daggubati family's Ramanaidu Studios, one of India's largest integrated production houses, offering production, distribution, exhibition and studio infrastructure for cinema, TV and digital platforms,[15] not only manages the studio business as well as the production house,[39] Suresh Productions, alongside his father and well-known producer Daggubati Suresh Babu, but is also invested in many businesses.

Five years before turning into an actor,[40] in 2005, Rana entered the visual effects business with Spirit Media P. Limited.[41] The company that specialised in animation and VFX,[42] produced special effects for over 70 films.

In 2018, he entered into a Joint Venture with Kwan Entertainment and Marketing Solutions.[43] Set up as a studio style agency, Kwan South's divisions include talent management casting, live performances and appearances, film packaging, production support- TV and Commercials, brand associations- endorsements, digital and film partnerships.[44] In 2018, Kwan expanded with an office in Chennai.[44]

In 2018, he also tied up with Anthill Ventures, an investment and scaling platform for early growth stage start-ups, to launch Anthill Studio.[45] Anthill Studio is a business accelerator program focused on technology startups in Media & Entertainment.[46] The studio supports and mentors disruptive startups in leading-edge technologies such as AI, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality (AR/VR), Blockchain, Visual Effects (VFX), Cloud Rendering, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data and Analytics.[47]

In 2019, Rana bought a stake in the one of India's leading comic book companies, Amar Chitra Katha and turned director to the company that is backed by Future Group.[48] In March 2019, he launched Amar Chitra Katha Alive - a state-of-the-art learning centre for art and design, life skills, performing arts and vedic science and ethics in Hyderabad.[49]


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