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Sampoornesh Babu
ResidenceNeredmet, Hyderabad, India
Other namesSampu, Sampu Anna, Burning Star
Years active2013–present
Known forHrudaya Kaleyam
AwardsCineMAA Award for Best Actor in Comic Role

Sampoornesh Babu is an Indian film actor who works in Telugu cinema.

He made his acting debut as the lead role in the 2014 film Hrudaya Kaleyam,[1] for which he won the CineMAA Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role.[2] He is known for his comedic films and was also a contestant in Bigg Boss Telugu.

He worked with director Steven Shankar with an innovative concept of making the "worst possible film" which was inspired by a routine formula used in the Tollywood industry. They have created a unique market for such films. The director pulled off a great publicity and marketing stunt by introducing Babu as a rich, arrogant, snobbish, reckless NRI, plush with cash and ready to throw it off by making movies. As a part of this ploy, he got Babu to give a press meet declaring about himself, and the Telugu industry bought into their publicity stunt. The same kind of publicity was used at every step of the project. With a limited initial budget of 3 Lakh rupees, the director was able to gather funds as he went along and also able to keep the rich NRI image of Sampoornesh Babu alive on social media, making his every statement, photoshoot, trailer go viral on Youtube, Facebook and Twitter. The movie was a success in the B and C centers across Andhra Pradesh and Telengana.

The satellite and digital rights for the movie were purchased by MAA TV, and with one single show Babu became a household name overnight, across Telugu audiences all over the world.

Babu was flooded with roles in many movies. He appeared in cameo roles in many movies, including Current Teega as Sunny Leone's fiance, and Allari Naresh's Bandipotu.

His next full time stint was in film Singham 123, a parody of Surya's Singam 1, 2 and 3 movies which are known for their action sequences. Though the film fared well with the audience, it wasn't as compelling as his debut, Hrudaya Kaleyam. Due to the clash of the dates, Babu's second project with Steven Shankar was delayed by two years. The movie, titled Kobbari Matta, meaning "Coconut Stem/Bark", is expected to be complete in 2018.

From his humble beginnings as a goldsmith, his family profession, Babu took a bus from his village to reach Hyderabad every day for many years. He is a formally trained actor and received lessons in acting.


Sampoornesh Babu extended his support for the victims of Cyclone Hudhudh by donating Rs. 1,00,000/- to the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister's Relief Fund.[3] He also took part in Memu Saitham, a fundraising event undertaken by Tollywood for the cyclone victims.[4][5]



Year Show Role Channel Result
2017 Bigg Boss Telugu (season 1) Contestant Star Maa Walked on Day 9


  1. ^ "Sampoo Interview".Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  2. ^ "CineMAA awards 2015 Winners". Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  3. ^ Tollywood stars reach out to help cyclone-hit victims | Zee News. (14 October 2014). Retrieved on 2016-07-26.
  4. ^ Memu Saitam Kabaddi Match: Manchu Manoj's Tem Beats Vishnu's Team [Photos]. (30 November 2014). Retrieved on 2016-07-26.
  5. ^ Memu Saitham pips Jabardasth! – Times of India. (16 December 2014). Retrieved on 2016-07-26.

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