Venkatesh (actor)

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Venkatesh
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Venkatesh at the opening ceremony of CCL – Season 3 in 2013
Born
Daggubati Venkatesh

(1960-12-13) 13 December 1960 (age 59)[1]
NationalityIndian
Alma materLoyola College, Chennai
Monterey Institute of International Studies
OccupationActor
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)
Neeraja Daggubati
(m. 1985)
Children4
Parent(s)
Familysee Daggubati–Akkineni family

Daggubati Venkatesh (born 13 December 1960) is an Indian film actor known for his works predominantly in Telugu cinema. Venkatesh debuted with the 1986 film Kaliyuga Pandavulu for which he won his first Nandi Award. In a career spanning over 30 years, he starred in many successful films such as Bobbili Raja, Chanti, Intlo Illalu Vantintlo Priyuralu, Preminchukundam Raa, Suryavamsam, Raja, Kalisundam Raa, Jayam Manadera, Sankranti and Drushyam.[2]

Venkatesh won five Nandi Awards for Best Actor for his performances in Swarna Kamalam, Prema, Dharma Chakram, Ganesh, Kalisundam Raa, and Aadavari Matalaku Arthale Verule,[3] in addition to six Filmfare Awards South in various categories.[4]

Along with his brother D. Suresh Babu, Venkatesh co-owns of Suresh Productions,[5] one of the largest film production companies in India, under which he acted in several films.[6][7] He is also the mentor of the Telugu Warriors, representing Telugu cinema (Tollywood) in the Celebrity Cricket League.[8]

Early and personal life[edit]

Venkatesh was born to film producer and former Member of Parliament, D. Ramanaidu and Rajeshwari at Karamchedu village of Prakasam district in Andhra Pradesh, India. He has an elder brother D. Suresh Babu, who runs Suresh Productions, and a younger sister Lakshmi. Venkatesh did his schooling in Don Bosco, Egmore, Chennai and graduated in commerce from Loyola College, Chennai. He got his MBA from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, USA.[9] After his return to India, he wanted to get into film production but instead, became an actor in Telugu films.[10]

He married Neeraja Daggubati in 1985 and the couple has four children, three daughters and one son.[11][12] His eldest daughter Aashritha Daggubati married Vinayak Reddy, the grandson of R. Surender Reddy, the chairman of Hyderabad Race Club.[13]

Career[edit]

1986–1989: Debut and early career[edit]

Venkatesh first appeared as a child actor in the 1971 film Prema Nagar. His first film as a full-fledged lead was K. Raghavendra Rao-directed Kaliyuga Pandavulu (1986), alongside Khushbu Sundar which was a debut for both of them. The film won him a Nandi Special Jury Award.[2]

Early in his career, Venkatesh featured as the lead in Swarnakamalam (1988), directed by K. Viswanath. The film was showcased at the 1988 International Film Festival of India, Asia-Pacific Film Festival and Ann Arbor Film Festival and won several accolades including Nandi Award for Best Feature Film and Filmfare Award for Best Film – Telugu. The film also won him his first Nandi Award for Best Actor. [14] In the following year, he starred in musical romance film Prema (1989).

1990–2012: Commercial success[edit]

In the 1990 film Bobbili Raja, he played a young man, who seeks to undo injustice done to his mother. The commercially successful film proved to be a turning point of his career.[15][16] A year later, he starred in Ram Gopal Varma's road movie Kshana Kshanam alongside Sridevi. The film, where Venkatesh played a small time thief, is considered one of best thrillers of Telugu cinema.[17] His portrayal of an innocent villager in Chanti (1992) is also considered a notable role.[16] In 1993, Venkatesh made his debut in Hindi cinema with Anari, a remake of his film Chanti. Later, he also featured in Taqdeerwala (1995).[18]

In 1996, he portrayed an honest lawyer in Dharma Chakram, which won him both Nandi Award and Filmfare Award South.[3][4] Later that year, he played a husband struggling between two wives in E. V. V. Satyanarayana-directed comedy drama Intlo Illalu Vantintlo Priyuralu, which was also a successful venture.[19] In Ganesh (1998), he played a person fighting against the ills in the Indian public healthcare system. The following year, Venkatesh starred in the romantic action film Preminchukundam Raa. The film, which was one of the first portrayals of factionalism in Rayalaseema region, was a big commercial success.[20] His 1999 drama film Raja, where he plays a small time thief who is reformed by his love is also well received by the audience.[19] Following this, he established himself as one of top actors in Telugu cinema.[21]

In 2003, Venkatesh starred in the romantic comedy film Nuvvu Naaku Nachav which was a critical and commercial success.[22] The success continued with Malliswari (2004), in his second collaboration with director K. Vijaya Bhaskar after Nuvvu Naaku Nachav.[19] In 2007, he starred in two films, Aadavari Matalaku Arthale Verule and Tulasi, both of which grossed over ₹30 crore at the box office.[23] In the following years, Venkatesh appeared in several films, including Chintakayala Ravi (2008), Namo Venkatesa (2010) and Bodyguard (2012).[24][25][26]

2013–present: Seethamma Vakitlo and multi-starrers[edit]

Venkatesh snapped at CCL.

In 2013, Venkatesh co-starred alongside Mahesh Babu in the critically acclaimed drama film, Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu.[27][28] The film is considered to be the first Telugu multi-starrer film in recent decades, after which Venkatesh went on to feature in other multi-starrer films such as Masala (2013), Gopala Gopala (2015) and F2: Fun and Frustration (2019).[29] F2 grossed over ₹127 crore and ended up as one of the highest-grossing Telugu film of that year.[30]

Venkatesh's performance in Drushyam (2014) received several accolades from the critics.[31] His portrayal of a strict boxing coach in the Sudha Kongara-directed sports drama Guru (2017) is also considered one of his finest performances.[32]

Later in 2019, he starred in Venky Mama, alongside his nephew Naga Chaitanya. The film was a profitable venture, grossing more than ₹72 crore worldwide.[33] In the same year, he dubbed in Telugu for the Genie, in Alladin. He will be seen next in Naarappa, which is currently under production.[3]

Endorsements[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Film Award Category Result Ref.
1986 Kaliyuga Pandavulu Nandi Awards Best Male Debut (Special Jury Award) Won [36]
1986 Kaliyuga Pandavulu Filmfare Awards South Best Actor – Telugu Nominated
1988 Brahma Puthrudu Filmfare Awards South Best Actor - Telugu Won [37]
1988 Swarna Kamalam Nandi Award Best Actor Won [36]
1989 Prema Nandi Award Best Actor Won [36]
1989 Prema Filmfare Awards South Best Actor – Telugu Nominated
1990 Bobbili Raja Filmfare Awards South Best Actor – Telugu Nominated
1991 Kshana Kshanam Filmfare Awards South Best Actor – Telugu Nominated
1992 Chanti Filmfare Awards South Best Actor – Telugu Nominated
1993 Abbaigaru Filmfare Awards South Best Actor – Telugu Nominated
1994 Muddula Priyudu Filmfare Awards South Best Actor – Telugu Nominated
1995 Dharma Chakram Nandi Award Best Actor Won [36]
1996 Filmfare Awards South Best Actor – Telugu Won [38]
1996 Sahasa Veerudu Sagara Kanya Filmfare Awards South Best Actor – Telugu Nominated
1997 Preminchukundam Raa Filmfare Awards South Best Actor – Telugu Nominated
1998 Ganesh Nandi Award Best Actor Won [36]
Filmfare Award Best Actor – Telugu Won [39]
1999 Raja Filmfare Award Best Actor – Telugu Nominated
2000 Kalisundam Raa Nandi Award Best Actor Won [36]
2000 Filmfare Awards South Special Jury Won [4]
2000 Jayam Manade Raa Filmfare Awards South Best Actor – Telugu Won [4]
2005 Sankranthi Filmfare Awards South Best Actor Nominated
Santosham Film Awards Best Actor – Telugu Won
2007 Adavari Matalaku Ardhale Verule Nandi Award Best Actor Won
Santosham Film Awards Best Actor Won
Filmfare Awards South Best Actor – Telugu Nominated
2014 Masala Filmfare Awards South Best Supporting Actor – Telugu Nominated
2015 Drushyam Filmfare Awards South Best Actor – Telugu Nominated
2015 TSRTV9 National Film Awards Best Actor (Jury) Won [40]
2015 4th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Actor Nominated
2016 Gopala Gopala TSRTV9 National Film Awards Best Actor Won
2017 Guru Filmfare Awards South Best Actor – Telugu Nominated
2017 Filmfare Awards South Best Actor - Critics Won

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