Bokkala Kishore Kumar
19 September 1977
|Alma mater||Ferris State University|
Bokkala Kishore Kumar (born 19 September 1977), known professionally as Vennela Kishore, is an Indian actor and director who works in Telugu-language films. Known for his comic roles, he was given the moniker "Vennela" after his first feature film Vennela (2005). He is a recipient of two Nandi Awards, two SIIMA Awards and one IIFA Utsavam Award.
Kishore was born and brought up in Kamareddy of present-day Telangana. He moved to Hyderabad for graduation and then emigrated to the US for higher studies. Kishore completed his master's degree in Ferris State University, Michigan and started as a software engineer.
Kishore received appreciation for his role "Akella Vigneswara Rao" in the film DJ. His other performances include Bindaas, Pilla Zamindar, Daruvu, Sarkaru Vaari Paata, Badshah, Doosukeltha, Pandaga Chesko, Goodachari, S/O Satyamurthy, Srimanthudu, Bale Bale Magadivoy, Ekkadiki Pothavu Chinnavada, and Ami Thumi. He also directed two Telugu films (Vennela 1½, and Jaffa). After tasting failure with his directorial projects, he has returned to acting.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
As an actor
|Sneha Geetham||Box Office Bhushanam|
|Yemaindi Ee Vela||Seenu's friend|
|Aha Naa Pellanta||Love Guru|
|Seema Tapakai||Peda Kishore|
|It's My Love Story||Sujath.A.R (Team Lead)|
|2012||Shiva Manasulo Shruti||Shruti's brother|
|Vennela 1½||Khader Basha|
|2013||Jaffa||Nikhil||Also Director of the movie|
|D/O Varma||Rao Gopal Warma|
|Abbai Class Ammai Mass|
|Bhai||Home Minister's P.A.|
|Shadow||Nana Bhai's henchman|
|Athadu Aame O Scooter||Govind Raju BA. Pass|
|Pandavulu Pandavulu Thummeda||Gopal|
|Malligadu Marriage Bureau||Bobby|
|Boy Meets Girl: Tholi Prema Katha|
|Run Raja Run||Mukundham|
|Current Theega||Raju's friend|
|Janda Pai Kapiraju||Suresh|
|Alludu Seenu||Seenu's friend|
|Ala Ela||Karthik's friend|
|Lakshmi Raave Maa Intiki||Software Subrahmanyam|
|Temper||Vennela Kishore – Flutist|
|S/O Satyamurthy||Viraj's brother|
|Superstar Kidnap||Vennela Kishore|
|Bale Bale Magadivoy||Lucky's friend||IIFA Utsavam Award For Best Performance In A Comic Role|
|Eluka Majaka||Balu – Florist|
|Bruce Lee – The Fighter||Uganda Yugendhar|
|Brahmotsavam||Lakkavarapu "Lilly" Lingaraju|
|Janatha Garage||Pyarelal||Cameo appearance|
|Aatadukundam Raa||Karthik's friend|
|Majnu||Sanjay Leela Bhansali – Taxi Driver|
|Eedu Gold Ehe||Railway TC|
|Ekkadiki Pothavu Chinnavada||Kishore|
|2017||Luckunnodu||C.E.O. of Kony Solutions|
|Om Namo Venkatesaya||Govindarajulu's assistant|
|Rarandoi Veduka Chudham||Kishore|
|Ami Thumi||Sri Chilipi|
|Duvvada Jagannadham||Akella Vigneshwara Sharma|
|Raju Gari Gadhi 2|
|Hello||Bridegroom||Guest appearance in song|
|Middle Class Abbayi||Software consultant|
|Touch Chesi Chudu||J. Balram|
|Naa Peru Surya, Naa Illu India||Kishore|
|Jamba Lakidi Pamba||Lawyer|
|Chi La Sow||Sujith|
|Sailaja Reddy Alludu||Chari|
|Amar Akbar Anthony||Miriyala|
|Padi Padi Leche Manasu||Gemini Natarajan|
|2019||N.T.R: Kathanayakudu||Rukmanandha Rao|
|N.T.R: Mahanayakudu||Rukmanandha Rao|
|F2 – Fun and Frustration||John Strow|
|Crazy Crazy Feeling||Maheshwar Rao|
|Hippi||Harley Davidson (HD)|
|ABCD: American Born Confused Desi||Kishore|
|Ninu Veedani Needanu Nene||Arjun|
|1st Rank Raju||Bollywood Bobby|
|Edaina Jaragocchu||Movie director||Special appearance|
|Kousalya Krishnamurthy||Inspector Balram|
|Kathanam||Creative Kishore (CK)|
|Saaho||Goswami||Bilingual film (Hindi and Telugu)|
|Gang Leader||Santoor Senakkayala|
|Tenali Ramakrishna BA. BL||Kishore|
|Arjun Suravaram||Addala Balaji|||
|Bhagyanagara Veedullo Gamattu||Police Officer||Also co-producer|
|V||Mansoor||Amazon Prime film|
|Solo Brathuke So Better||Govind Gowda|
|Bangaru Bullodu||Mahalakshmi's fiancé|
|Kapatadhaari||Gowtham's colleague at traffic duty|
|Jathi Ratnalu||Chanchalguda Santosh|
|Ichata Vahanamulu Niluparadu||Sukku|
|Gully Rowdy||Nemali Babu|
|Annabelle Sethupathi||Kishore||Tamil film|
|Most Eligible Bachelor||Shankar|
|Manchi Rojulochaie||Doctor Bava|
|2022||Bangarraju||Chinna Bangarraju's uncle|
|Son of India|
|Aadavallu Meeku Johaarlu||Phani|
|Stand Up Rahul||Steve Jags|
|Ashoka Vanamlo Arjuna Kalyanam||MLA Rajaram|
|Sarkaru Vaari Paata||Kishore|
|Happy Birthday||Union minister Rithwik Sodhi|
|Sita Ramam||Durjoy Sharma|
|Aa Ammayi Gurinchi Meeku Cheppali||Bose|
|Oke Oka Jeevitham||Seenu (The Broker)|
|Swathi Muthyam||Dr. Bucchi Babu|
|Krishna Vrinda Vihari||Dr. Satya|
|Ginna||Mysore Bujji||Special appearance|
|Itlu Maredumilli Prajaneekam||English teacher|
|2023||Waltair Veerayya||Seethapati’s brother-in-law|
|Anni Manchi Sakunamule||TBA|
|Indian 2||TBA||Delayed; Tamil film|
As a director
Awards and nominations
|2010||Inkosaari||Nandi Awards of 2009||Best Male Comedian||Won|||
|2016||Bhale Bhale Magadivoy||Nandi Awards of 2015||Won|||
|IIFA Utsavam||Best Comedian||Won|||
|5th South Indian International Movie Awards||Best Comedian – Telugu||Won|||
|2019||Chi La Sow||8th South Indian International Movie Awards||Nominated|
|—||17th Santosham Film Awards||Santosham Allu Ramalingaiah Smarakam Award||Won|||
|2021||Meeku Maathrame Cheptha||9th South Indian International Movie Awards||Best Comedian – Telugu||Nominated|
|Bheeshma||10th South Indian International Movie Awards||Won|||
|2022||Rang De||10th South Indian International Movie Awards||Best Comedian – Telugu||Nominated|
- "Software professional turns comedian". The Times of India. 18 September 2018. Retrieved 13 September 2020.
- Tanmayi, Bhawana (23 September 2017). "'Vennela' Kishore's luck by chance". Telangana Today. Archived from the original on 19 March 2020. Retrieved 13 September 2020.
- "Vennela Kishore turns director!". chitramala.in. 30 June 2011. Archived from the original on 29 July 2014. Retrieved 19 July 2014.
- "Vennela Kishore to play a father". 16 September 2013. Archived from the original on 13 July 2015. Retrieved 19 July 2014.
- "MLA movie review: Kajal Aggarwal-Kalyan Ram starrer is forgettable". The Indian Express. 23 March 2018. Archived from the original on 30 March 2018. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
- "Arjun Suravaram movie review highlights: An interesting enough first half". The Times of India. Retrieved 29 November 2019.
- "Interview: Comedian 'Vennela Kishore' Interview with Kishore (Khadir of Vennela)". Idlebrain.com. 4 November 2008. Archived from the original on 27 February 2015. Retrieved 19 July 2014.
- "Interview with Kishore (Khadir of Vennela)". Greatandhra.com. 10 October 2010. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015.
- "Nandi Film Awards G.O and Results 2015". APFTVTDC. Archived from the original on 11 October 2020. Retrieved 13 September 2020.
- "IIFA Utsavam: Mahesh Babu's Srimanthudu Won Six Awards - NDTV Movies". NDTVMovies.com. Archived from the original on 22 December 2017. Retrieved 13 September 2020.
- richabarua (21 March 2018). "SIIMA 2016 Telugu winners list". Asianet News Network Pvt Ltd.
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- "Manju Warrier, Suriya, others win at SIIMA Awards: Full list of winners". The News Minute. 21 September 2021.