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Daggubati Venkatesh (Telugu: దగ్గుబాటి వెంకటేష్) (born on December 13, 1960) is an Indian film actor who stars in Tollywood films. He is the son of veteran Tollywood producer DRama Naidu. He is fondly called as Victory Venkatesh in Tollywood.


[edit] Early life

Venkatesh was born to Dr. D. Ramanaidu and Rajeshwari in Karamchedu, a village in Prakasam District, A.P. 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. He graduated with a Bachelors in Commerce from Loyola College in Chennai and got his MBA from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, USA.[1] After his return to India, he wanted to get into film production but instead, became an actor in Telugu films.

[edit] Background

Venkatesh graduated with an MBA degree from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, US. After his return to India, he wanted to get into production. He became an actor in telugu films. His father, D Rama Naidu and his brother D. Suresh Babu successfully runs one of the most prestigious banners in Telugu Cinema, Suresh Productions. He is married to Neeraja and has a son, Arjun Ramnath, and three daughters, Aashritha, Hayavahini and Bhavana.

[edit] Child actor

According to the "Padutha Teeyaga - ETV Grand Reality Show" show on 5 April 2010, D.Suresh Babu (brother of Venkatesh) said that Venkatesh acted as Chinna Satyanarayana in the movie Prem Nagar.

[edit] Career and awards

Venkatesh debuted in Kaliyuga Pandavulu in the year 1986, which got him Nandi award for best male debut actor. At an early phase in his career, Venkatesh acted in Swarnakamalam, directed by K Viswanath, which got him his second Nandi award for best actor. Bobbili Raja, with the delightful Divya Bharti, was a box office hit. Venkatesh worked with Ram Gopal Varma in the film Kshana Kshanam. In 1991, Chanti, a family drama, both of them were box office hits.

In 2009, he teamed up with his friend Kamal Haasan for Eeenadu, which was released in September 2009. His latest movie is Namo Venkatesa, directed by Sreenu Vytla; it was released as a pongal special and celebrated its grand 100 days function on 26 April, being 2010’s first 100-day film. In 2010 he was in Nagavalli, a remake of Aptharakshaka. In 2011 he signed Savitriin Teja's direction. Venaketsh would appear in a paraplegic patient role on wheel chair in this movie.

He has won 7 Nandi awards, 3 Filmfare Awards, and many other awards as best actor for playing a variety of challenging roles in his career spanning 64 feature films in 25 years. His brother D. Suresh Babu, a very successful producer, has produced most of his successful films under Suresh Productions.


Venkatesh debuted through Kaliyuga Pandavulu in 1986. Just two years old as an actor, Venkatesh acted in Swarnakamalam directed by Kasinadhuni Viswanath. Varasudochadu, released in the same year, was another trophy. After a few flops, he got a break in the form of Bobbili Raja. Added to that the name and performance of Venkatesh was delightful Divya Bharati, good comedy and melodious music. Bobbili Raja was a musical hit and also entertained audience from all sections because of it's ingredients. In Shathruvu, Venkatesh played angry young lawyer who takes law into his hands after failing to fight the corruption through the court. Venkatesh has also worked with famed Bollywood director Ram Gopal Varma in the film Kshana Kshanam, which was a huge success at the box office[citation needed]. Chanti, a remake of Tamil movie Chinna Thambi, happened in 1991. Chanti was definitely a challenging project for Venkatesh. Chanti was a box office hit and Venkatesh's career benefitted hugely by it. Anari was the remake of Chanti in Bollywood's Hindi cinema. Venkatesh started becoming a family hero and turned out a huge fan following among women. Venkatesh has acted in a lot of blockbusters. His recent films, Aadavari Matalaku Ardhale Verule and Tulasi are big hits. He is very agressive in the work. Also he is known to be very down to earth and spiritual person.

  • 1986, Kinnera Award for Best Actor, Kaliyuga Pandavulu
  • 1988, Kinnera Award for Best Actor, Brahma Putrudu
  • 1988, Nandi Award for Best Actor, Prema
  • 1988, Filmfare Best Actor Award (Telugu), Prema
  • 1991, Madras Filmfans Award for Best Actor, Coolie No.1
  • 1991, Cinegoers Award for Best Actor, Coolie No.1
  • 1991, Bagyanagar Award for Best Actor, Shatruvu
  • 1992, Cinegoers Award for Best Actor, Sundarakanda
  • 1992, Yuvavahini Award for Best Actor, Sundarakanda
  • 1993, Cinegoers Award for Best Performance, Abbai Garu
  • 1993, Kalasagar Award for Best Actor, Abbai Garu
  • 1993, Cinegoers Award Best Performance, Abbai Garu
  • 1993, Nandi Award Best Actor, Dharmachakram
  • 1995, Kalasagar Award Best Actor, Dharmachakram
  • 1996, Vamsi Berkley Award Best Actor, Pavitra Bandham
  • 1998, Nandi Award Best Actor, Ganesh
  • 2000, National Award (telugu) Best Film, Kalisundam Raa
  • 2000, Nandi Award Best Actor, Kalisundam Raa
  • 2005, Santhosam Award Best Actor, Sankranthi

[edit] Filmography

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