Venkatesh Daggubati

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Venkatesh Daggubati
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Venkatesh at Opening ceremony of CCL - Season 3 in 2013
Born (1960-12-13) 13 December 1960 (age 57)[1]
ResidenceFilm Nagar, Hyderabad, India
Alma materLoyola College, Chennai
Monterey Institute of International Studies
Years active1986–present
  • Neeraja Daggubati
Parent(s)Ramanaidu Daggubati
Rajeswari Daggubati
RelativesDaggubati Suresh Babu (Brother)
Rana Daggubati (Nephew)

Venkatesh Daggubati (born 13 December 1960) is an Indian film actor known for his works predominantly in Telugu cinema. In a career spanning 30 years, he starred in 72 feature films. He has played a variety of roles in Telugu cinema and in a couple of Bollywood films.[2] He has received seven state Nandi Awards and six Filmfare Awards.

Along with his brother Daggubati Suresh Babu, Venkatesh is the co-owner of Suresh Productions, one of the largest film production companies in India. Venkatesh has starred in several of his films under his home production house. In a career spanning three decades, he has acted in many commercially successful films. He has the highest number of Nandi awards for best actor, of which he has won seven. He is well known for pairing with Soundarya in seven successful movies. Apart from films, he is the Captain of the Telugu Warriors, representing Tollywood in the Celebrity Cricket League.[3][4]

Early and personal life[edit]

Venkatesh was born to movie moghal film producer and former MP, Ramanaidu Daggubati and Rajeshwari in Karamchedu village of Prakasam District. He has an elder brother Suresh Babu Daggubati, who runs Suresh Productions, and a younger sister Lakshmi. Venkatesh did his schooling in Don Bosco, Egmore, [chennai]. He graduated with a Bachelors in Commerce from Loyola College, Chennai and got his MBA from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, USA.[5] After his return to India, he wanted to get into film production but instead, became an actor in Telugu films.[6]


He has acted as child artist 1971 film Prem Nagar. He debuted in Kaliyuga Pandavulu in the year 1986, which got him a Nandi Award for best male debut actor. At an early phase in his career, Venkatesh acted in Swarnakamalam, directed by K Viswanath, which was showcased at the 1989 International Film Festival of India; the film fetched him his second Nandi Award for his performance. In 1988, he appeared in the successful musical romance film Prema, which fetched him a Nandi Award for best acting and in the same year, had another successful film, Brahma Putrudu, with this film, he won a Filmfare Award for best actor. Also, Bobbili Raja, with Divya Bharti, was a box office hit.

Venkatesh then appeared in Ram Gopal Varma's road movie Kshana Kshanam, alongside Sri Devi, which was a trend-setter and became a box office hit in its second run. In 1991, Chanti, a family drama, which was re-made in Hindi as Anari, alongside Karishma Kapoor, marking Venkatesh's Bollywood debut. Both versions were box office hits. In the same year, he starred in critically acclaimed films such as Shatruvu and Surya IPS alongside actress Vijayashanti. He then starred in Chinarayudu, another successful melodrama. In 1995, he appeared in another Bollywood flick Taqdeerwala, alongside Raveena Tandon. In 1996, he starred in Dharma Chakram, and received another Nandi Award and Filmfare Award for his performance.[7] The combo of Victory Venkatesh and Soundarya is said to be one of the most successful combinations in Tollywood. They have Six successful films to their credit.[8] Venkatesh's association with actress Soundarya registered critical and commercial successes owing to the chemistry and performance of both actors.[7]

He then appeared in several successful romantic family dramas such as Preminchukundam Raa] for best acting. He then ventured into romantic comedies such as Prematho Raa (2001), Nuvvu Naaku Nachav (2001) and Malliswari (2004) alongside Katrina Kaif. He then appeared in the action film Gharshana (2005). The family dramas Sankranthi (2005), Aadavari Matalaku Ardhalu Verule (2007) and the crossover cinema Chintakayala Ravi (2008) were runaway hits.[9]


On 24 April 2010, he signed with Manappuram General Finance and Leasing Ltd as their brand ambassador for Andhra Pradesh.[10]



Year Award Category Film Result
1986 Kinnera Award Best Actor Kaliyuga Pandavulu Won
1986 Nandi Awards Best Male Debut (special) Won
1987 Cinegoer Award Sensation Best Actor Trimurtulu Won
1987 Vamsiberkely Award Sensation Best Actor Srinivasa Kalyanam Won
1988 Kinnera Award Best Actor Brahma Puthrudu Won
1988 Filmfare Award Special Jury Won
1988 Cinegoer Award Sensation Best Actor Won
1988 Madras filmfans award Sensation Best Actor Won
1988 Nandi Award Best Actor Special Jury Swarna Kamalam Won
1988 Bhagyanagar award Best Actor Varasudochhadu Won
1989 Nandi Award Best Actor Prema Won
1990 Cinegoer Award Best Actor Bobbili Raja Won
1990 Bhagyanagar Award Best Actor Won
1990 Bhagyanagar Award Best Actor Shatruvu Won
1991 Cinegoer Award Best Actor Coolie No.1 Won
1991 Madras Filmfans Award Best Actor Won
1992 Kalasagar Award Best Actor Chanti Won
1992 Madrasfilmfans award Best Actor Won
1992 Vamsiberkely Award Best Actor Won
1992 Cinemaexpress Award Best Actor Won
1992 Peerless Award Best Actor Won
1992 Yuvavahini Award Best Actor Sundarakanda Won
1992 Cinegoer Award Best Actor Won
1993 Kalasagar Award Best Actor Abbaigaru Won
1993 Cinegoer Award Best performance Won
1995 Nandi Award Best Actor Dharma Chakram Won
1996 Filmfare Award Best Actor Won
1996 Kalasagar Award Best Actor Won
1996 Vamsiberkley Award Best Actor Won
1996 Vamsi bestfair Award Best Acotor Pavithra Bandham Won
1996 KarunaSevaSadan Award Best Actor Won
1998 Nandi Award Best Actor Ganesh Won
Filmfare Award Won
Kinnera Award Won
1999 Filmfare Award Best Actor Raja Nominated
2000 Nandi Award Best Actor Kalisundam Raa Won
2000 Filmfare Award Special Jury Won
2000 Filmfare Award Best Actor Jayam Manade Raa Won
2005 Filmfare Award Best Actor Sankranthi Nominated
Santosham Film Awards Won
2007 Nandi Award Best Actor Adavari Matalaku Ardhale Verule Won
Santosham Film Awards Won
Filmfare Award Nominated
2014 Filmfare Award Best Supporting Actor Masala Nominated
2015 Filmfare Award Best actor Drushyam Nominated
2015 TSRTV9 National Film Awards Best Actor (Jury) Won[11]
2015 4th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Actor Nominated
2017 Filmfare Award Best Actor Guru Nominated
2017 Filmfare Award Best Actor - Critics Guru Won


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  2. ^ Venkatesh getting younger on screen - Times Of India. (2012-12-12). Retrieved on 2016-01-31.
  3. ^ Venkatesh - Telugu Actor Gallery stills images clips. Retrieved on 2016-01-31.
  4. ^ Ram-Laxman to direct Venkatesh. Deccan Chronicle (2015-07-13). Retrieved on 2016-01-31.
  5. ^ "The Leading Celebrity Profile Site on the Net". Archived from the original on 27 June 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2012.
  6. ^ Looking for a new zone. The Hindu (2013-04-28). Retrieved on 2016-01-31.
  7. ^ a b A silent film after 26 years. Deccan Chronicle (2015-07-13). Retrieved on 2016-01-31.
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  9. ^ Venkatesh - Telugu Cinema interview - Telugu film hero. (2007-04-10). Retrieved on 2016-01-31.
  10. ^ "Super Star Victory Venkatesh to Endorse Manappuram Brand – Telugu cinema news". 24 April 2010. Retrieved 3 November 2012.
  11. ^ "TSR-TV9 award winners announced". Deccan Chronicle. 16 July 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2015.

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