Ravi Teja

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In this Indian name, the name Bhupatiraju is a patronymic, not a family name, and the person should be referred to by the given name, Ravi Teja.
Ravi Teja
Born Ravi Shankar Raju Bhupatiraju
Jaggampeta, Andhra Pradesh, India
Residence Film Nagar, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Nationality Indian
Other names MassMahaRaja,
Andhra Amitabh[citation needed]
Ethnicity Telugu
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 1990–present
Spouse(s) Kalyani
Children 2
Family Raghu Raju , Bharath Raju (Brothers)
Website http://www.itsraviteja.com/

Ravi Teja (born Ravi Shankar Raju Bhupatiraju) is an Indian film actor known for his work in Telugu cinema. He won the Nandi Special Jury Award in 1999 and 2002 for his performance in the films Nee Kosam and Khadgam and also won the state Nandi Award for best actor in his film Neninthe in 2008.

He started his career as a supporting artist in Karthavyam (1991) and subsequently played small roles in the films Chaitanya (1991), Aaj Ka Goonda Raj (1992), Allari Priyudu (1993) and Ninne Pelladata (1996). Teja also became an assistant director and worked in several Bollywood and Telugu projects.

His other works include Sindhooram , Idiot, Avunu Valliddaru Ista Paddaru, Khadgam, Amma Nanna O Tamila Ammayi, Venky, Naa Autograph, Bhadra, Vikramarkudu, Dubai Seenu, Krishna, Kick and its sequel, Don Seenu, Mirapakay, Balupu and Power.

In 2012, He was listed 50th in the Forbes India list of top 100 Celebrities, with an annual income of ₹15.5 Crore (US$2.494 Million). In 2013, his annual earnings are ₹13 Crore.[1]

Early life[edit]

He was born to Raj Gopal Raju and Rajya Lakshmi Bhupatiraju in the village of Jaggampeta, Andhra Pradesh, India.[2] Teja 's father was a pharmacist and his mother was a homemaker. He is the eldest of three sons, the others being Bharath and Raghu, who are also actors.[3] Teja spent most of his childhood in Northern India because his father used to move very often due to his work. His schooling was in Jaipur, Delhi, Mumbai and Bhopal.[3] Teja completed his schooling at N.S.M. Public School, Vijayawada. Later on he completed his Bachelors in Arts at Siddhartha Degree College, Vijayawada. In 1988 he went to Chennai to start his career in films.[3]

Career[edit]

(1990–1996)[edit]

In his early years working in Chennai, YVS Chowdary and Gunasekhar were his roommates.[4] He had small roles in the films Karthavyam (1991), Chaitanya (1991) and Aaj Ka Goonda Raj (1992). Ravi became an assistant director, working in both television and film. As an assistant director, he worked in several Bollywood as well as Telugu projects including Prathibandh, Aaj Ka Goondaraj, and Criminal.[5] He met Krishna Vamsi and worked as an assistant director under him for the 1996 hit film Ninne Pelladutha. Vamsi also gave Ravi an opportunity to act in a small role in that film. He continued to work as an assistant director for few other films.[6]

(1997–2000)[edit]

In 1997, while still working as an assistant director, Ravi Teja got an opportunity to act in the film Sindhooram directed by Krishna Vamsi as a lead actor. The film won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu.[citation needed]

Ravi Teja followed up with roles in the films Seetha Rama Raju, Padutha Teeyaga, Manasichhi Choodu and Krishna Reddy's Premaku Velayara. In 1999, he was cast in a leading role by Srinu Vaitla for Nee Kosam . The film w won the Silver Nandi for Best Film. Ravi Teja won the Nandi Award for Best Actor Special Jury for his performance .[citation needed] Following this, he started appearing in more significant roles such as Krishna Vamsi's Samudram, Chiranjeevi's Annayya and Budget Padmanabham. He also appeared in lead roles in multi-starrer films such as Kshemanga Velli Labanga Randi, Tirumala Tirupathi Venkatesa, Sakuntumba Sapari Vare Sametham and Ammayi Kosam.

(2001–2005)[edit]

In 2001, Ravi Teja's association with Puri Jagannadh began when he cast Ravi as the lead role in Itlu Sravani Subramanyam.[7] The movie was a commercial hit and got Ravi Teja credibility as a solo lead actor. In 2002, his next film Avunu Valliddaru Ista Paddaru, directed by Vamsy and co-starring Kalyani was released. The film was a successful at the box office and won Ravi acclaim.[8] The year also saw Ravi in Idiot. Directed by Puri Jagannadh and co-starring Rakshita, was a blockbuster hit and Ravi's performance and dialogue delivery were praised by critics and movie-goers alike.[9][10]

The year also saw the release of Krishna Vamsi's Khadgam. The movie was a huge success at the box office and won Sarojini Devi Award for a Film on National Integration. Ravi's portrayal of a young wannabe actor won him the Nandi Special Jury Award for the second time.[11] In 2003, Ravi again worked with director Puri Jagannadh for Amma Nanna O Tamila Ammayi. The film co-starring Asin became a blockbuster hit and Jeevi of Idlebrain praised him, "Ravi Teja did well. His strength lies in his dialogue delivery and reckless body language".[12] The year also saw Ravi working in commercially successful films like Dongodu, co-starring Kalyani and directed by Srinivas Bheemineni and Veede, co-starring Aarthi Agarwal and directed by Ravi Raja Pinisetty. In the same year, Ravi was also seen in films like Ee Abbayee Chala Manchodu, Anveshana and Oka Raju Oka Rani, which failed to do well at the box office.[13][14][15]

In 2004, Ravi Teja co-starred in Venky, directed by Srinu Vaitla. . Idlebrain wrote, "His comedy is very good in the first half. His antics with Siddanthi and the way he curses himself in front of the mirror is hilarious".[16] He appeared in Naa Autograph directed by cinematographer turned director S. Gopal Reddy. A critic from nowrunning.com wrote, "Ravi Teja delivers a stunning performance as a dejected lover".[17] Chanti was directed by Sobhan . In 2005, Ravi Teja's work included Bhadra directed by Boyapati Srinu and Bhageeratha, directed by Rasool Ellore. He also worked in the crime film Shock, directed by Harish Shankar and produced by Ram Gopal Varma.

(2006–2011)[edit]

In 2006, Ravi Teja worked with director S. S. Rajamouli for Vikramarkudu. Jeevi praised his performance, "Vikramarkudu is the best film of Ravi Teja so far in histrionics aspect. He did both characters of Athali Sathi Babu and Vikram Rathod equally well, His mannerism of ‘jintata’ is simply superb".[18] Later in 2006, Ravi Teja acted in Khatarnak. In 2007, Ravi Teja worked for the third time with director Srinu Vaitla for Dubai Seenu. He also did a cameo in Chiranjeevi's Shankar Dada Zindabad. In 2008, Ravi Teja acted in Krishna[19] directed by V. V. Vinayak. In August 2008, Ravi Teja acted in Baladur.[20] Later in the year, Ravi Teja again collaborated with director Puri Jagganath for Neninthe.[21] Although the film was not successful at the box office, Ravi Teja's portrayal of an up-and-coming assistant director in the film received acclaim.[22]

In 2009, Ravi Teja worked with director Surender Reddy for Kick. Later that year, he appeared in Anjaneyulu. In 2010, his films included Shambo Shiva Shambo and Don Seenu, directed by Gopichand Malineni.

His first release in 2011 was Harish Shankar's Mirapakay. He later starred in Ram Gopal Varma's Dongala Mutha and made a cameo appearance in Katha Screenplay Darshakatvam Appalaraju, also directed by Ram Gopal Varma. His last release of the year was Ramesh Varma's Veera .

(2012–present)[edit]

His first release in 2012 was Gunasekhar's Nippu. His next release was Siva's Daruvu. His next release was Puri Jagannadh's Devudu Chesina Manushulu. His last release in 2012 was Parasuram's Sarocharu Rediff.com wrote "Ravi Teja is in a different avatar, a more subdued one. A change of image and role is necessary for an actor and Ravi Teja makes the transition fairly well."[23]

His release in 2013 was Gopichand Malineni's action entertainer Balupu . The Times of India wrote "Ravi Teja has come up with an entertaining performance. His characterization and the flashback episode as Kancharapalem Shankar looked very powerful on the screen. He gets into the skin of the character and has done well."[24] The film turned one of the biggest critical and commercial success of the year,[25][26]

In 2014, he made cameo appearance in Sairam Shankar's Romeo and his movie Power with debutant director K. S. Ravindra,

In 2015, he is appearing in Kick 2 directed by Surender Reddy and produced by Nandamuri Kalyan Ram under his banner N.T.R. Arts.[27] After this he started a film titled Bengal Tiger directed by Sampath Nandi.[28]

Brand endorsement[edit]

Ravi Teja was signed in as brand ambassador for Lunar - footwear and sandals in the two states, AP and Telangana.[29] He later endorsed the liquor brand, Lord & Master.[30][31]

Filmography[edit]

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

1990s[edit]

Year Title Role(s)
1991 Karthavyam
1991 Chaithanya Racer
1992 Aaj Ka Goonda Raj Ravi
1993 Varasudu
1993 Allari Priyudu Raja's friend
1996 Ninne Pelladutha Disco Dancer
1997 Sindhooram Chanti
1998 Seetharama Raju Seenu
1998 Padutha Teeyaga
1999 Manasichi Choodu Chanti
1999 Premaku Velayara Ravi
1999 Nee Kosam Ravi
1999 Samudram Adi Koli
1999 O Panaipothundi Babu Suresh's brother
1999 Preminche Manasu Vadde Naveen friend

2000s[edit]

Year Title Role(s) Notes
2000 Manasichanu Surya Kanth
2000 Kshemanga Velli Labanga Randi Appy
2000 Tirumala Tirupathi Venkatesa Tirupathi
2000 Sakutumba Saparivaara Sametam
2000 Annayya Ravi
2001 Chiranjeevulu Charan
2001 Ammayi Kosam Ravi
2001 Budget Padmanabham Ravi
2001 Itlu Sravani Subramanyam Subramanyam
2002 Vandeemataram Ravi
2002 Avunu Valliddaru Ista Paddaru Anil
2002 Idiot Chanti
2002 Anveshna Avinash
2002 Khadgam Koti
2003 Ee Abbai Chala Manchodu Vivekananda
2003 Amma Nanna O Tamila Ammayi Chandu
2003 Oka Raju Oka Rani Ravi
2003 Dongodu Madhava
2003 Veede Yedukondalu
2004 Venky Venky
2004 Naa Autograph Seenu
2004 Chanti Chanti
2005 Bhadra Bhadra
2005 Bhageeratha Chandu
2006 Shock Sekhar
2006 Vikramarkudu Athili Sathi Babu,
ASP Vikram Singh Rathod
Dual role
2006 Khatarnak Dasu
2007 Dubai Seenu Srinivas / Seenu
2007 Shankar Dada Zindabad Cameo appearance
2008 Krishna Krishna
2008 Baladur Chanti
2008 Neninthe Ravi
2009 Kick Kalyan
2009 Anjaneyulu Anjaneyulu

2010s[edit]

Year Title Role(s) Notes
2010 Shambo Shiva Shambo Karna
2010 Maryada Ramanna Narrator/ Cycle's Voice
2010 Don Seenu Don Seenu
2011 Mirapakay Rishikesh
2011 Katha Screenplay Darshakatvam Appalaraju Ravi Teja
2011 Dongala Mutha Sudheer
2011 Veera Deva / Veera
2012 Nippu Surya
2012 Daruvu Bullet Raja / Ravindra
2012 Devudu Chesina Manushulu Ravi Teja
2012 Sarocharu Karthik
2013 Balupu Ravi / Balupu Shankar
2013 Doosukeltha Voice / Narrator
2014 Power Thirupathi / ACP Baldev Sahay
2014 Romeo Kittu's brother
2015 Dongaata as himself Cameo appearance
2015 Vajrakaya as himself Cameo appearance
2015 Kick 2 Kalyan / Robin Hood
2015 Bengal Tiger Films that have not yet been released Filming[32]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  20. ^ "'Baladoor' for release on August 14". IndiaGlitz. 2008-08-13. Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
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  25. ^ "'Balupu' Box Office Collection: Ravi Teja Film Declared Smash Hit in US, Earns ₹2 Crore". IBTimes. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  26. ^ "'Balupu' Box Office Collection: Ravi Teja Film Earns ₹1.76 Crore Overseas, Beats 'Kick', 'Don Seenu' and 'Mirapakai'". IBTimes. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
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  28. ^ "Ravi Teja's Bengal Tiger"
  29. ^ "Finally Ravi Teja signs his first commercial IndiaGlitz Retrieved 15.05.2015"
  30. ^ "Star hero to endorse a liquor brand"
  31. ^ "Ravi Teja endorses Lord & Master"
  32. ^ "Ravi Teja, Tamannaah Romance for Bengal Tiger in Hyderabad"

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