Shobu Yarlagadda

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Shobu Yarlagadda
Shobu Yarlagadda

Alma materTexas A&M University
OccupationFilm Producer
Years active2010–present
RelativesK. Raghavendra Rao (Father-in-Law)
Prakash Kovelamudi (Brother in law)

Shobu Yarlagadda is an Indian American environmental engineer – turned film producer, and the son-in-law of veteran film maker K. Raghavendra Rao.[1][2] He is the co-founder and CEO of Arka Media Works, a film production company known for its works exclusively in Telugu cinema. Shobu has garnered the National Film Award, two state Nandi Awards, three Filmfare South Awards, and the Telstra People's Choice Award.[3] In 2015, Shobhu produced Baahubali: The Beginning, which recorded the highest grossing Indian film within India.[4][5][6] Touted to be the most expensive Indian film, the film was featured in the BBC's documentary on 100 Years of Indian cinema.[7][8] [9]

He produced the two part Baahubali: The Beginning (2015) premiered at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival, and Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017) premiered at the British Film Institute,[10][11] while becoming the highest grossing Indian multilingual film franchise of all time globally with a cumulative box office earnings of approximately 1,900 crore (US$260 million).[12][13][14][15] The first part of the Telugu film has received the National Film Award for Best Feature Film, and got nominated for Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Film by the American Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films.[16] The second part has garnered the Telstra People's Choice Award at the 2017 Indian Film Festival of Melbourne.[17]

Early life[edit]

Shobu Yarlagadda is the son-in-law of veteran director K. Raghavendra Rao. Shobhu was Born in Gudivada in Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh.[3] He graduated in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Andhra University in 1992. He went on to Texas A&M and graduated in Agricultural Engineering in 1995. For over a year and a half, he worked as an Air Resources Engineer in Greater Los Angeles Area for California Air Resources Board. In 2001 he established Arka Mediaworks with Prasad Devineni.[3]


In 2001, he established Arka Mediaworks; Arka means sunrays in Sanskrit. It produces television content in six languages (Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Oriya, Bangla and Marathi). He has worked as line producer for films such as Morning Raaga, and Anaganaga O Dheerudu. He was Executive Producer for films such as Bobby and Pandurangadu[18]


No Year Film Actors Director Language Notes
1 2010 Vedam Allu Arjun, Manoj Manchu, Anushka Shetty, Lekha Washington, Deeksha Seth Radhakrishna Jagarlamudi Telugu
2 2010 Maryada Ramanna Sunil, Saloni Aswani S. S. Rajamouli Telugu
3 2010 Anaganaga O Dheerudu Siddharth, Shruti Haasan, Lakshmi Manchu Prakash Kovelamudi Telugu Line Producer
4 2011 Panjaa Pawan Kalyan, Sarah-Jane Dias, Anjali Lavania Vishnuvardhan Telugu Line Producer
5 2015 Baahubali: The Beginning Prabhas, Rana, Anushka Shetty, Tamannaah S. S. Rajamouli Telugu
6 2017 Baahubali: The Conclusion Prabhas, Rana, Anushka Shetty, Tamannaah S. S. Rajamouli Telugu


Indian Film Festival of Melbourne
National Film Awards
Nandi Awards
Filmfare Awards South
CineMAA Awards


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  2. ^ Escobedo, Joe. "Transmedia Will Shape The Future Of Hollywood And Fortune 500 Firms".
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  4. ^ Mike McCahill. "Baahubali: The Beginning review – fantastic bang for your buck in most expensive Indian movie ever made". the Guardian.
  5. ^ Sangeetha Devi Dundoo. "Baahubali review: A little more, a little less". The Hindu.
  6. ^ "Bahubali First Day Box Office".
  7. ^ "Hindustan Times".
  8. ^ "Times of India".
  9. ^ "Baahubali's team gets a rare honour". The Times of India. 21 May 2014. Retrieved 19 July 2014.
  10. ^ "Bahubali-2 To Be Screened At British Film Institute". 1 March 2017.
  11. ^ "Baahubali 2 premiere: Queen Elizabeth II will watch it before anybody else in India?". 28 February 2017.
  12. ^ "Bahubali 2 Becomes Highest Grosser Of All Time In Five Days - Box Office India".
  13. ^ "Why Business Of Dubbed Tamil Telugu Not Included - Box Office India".
  14. ^ "Top GROSS Numbers - Hindi And All Languages - Box Office India".
  15. ^ "Is Baahubali 2 a Hindu film? Dissecting religion, folklore, mythology in Rajamouli's epic saga".
  16. ^ "63rd National Film Awards" (PDF) (Press release). Directorate of Film Festivals. 28 March 2016. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  17. ^ a b "IFFM-Dangal and Baahubali won telestra peoples choice award".
  18. ^ Karnik for ZC. "Shobu Yarlagadda now producer of Prabhas-Rajamouli's film".
  19. ^ "63rd National Film Awards" (PDF) (Press release). Directorate of Film Festivals. 28 March 2016. Retrieved 28 March 2016.