Daggubati Venkatesh

Member, Board of Directors, Suresh Productions

Venkatesh, the younger son of Ramanaidu, first appeared in the film Prem Nagar (1971) as a child actor.  It is only much later that his film career was properly launched when he was cast as the lead in Suresh Productions’ Kalyuga Pandavalu (1986).  His effective performance in that earned him the Nandi Award for the best male debut actor of the year.

  • His second Nandi Award, this time for the best actor, was bestowed on him for his outstanding performance in director K. Viswanath’s Swarna Kamalam in 1989.  With that a string of equally significant and successful films followed such as Prema (1989), Bobbili Raja (1990), Coolie No.1 (1991), Kshana Kshanam (1991) and Chanti (1992).  His Bollywood debut came when Chanti was remade as Anari in Hindi with Karishma Kapoor as its female lead.  Like the Telugu version the Hindi version turned out to be a big box office hit.  When more such hits followed it became a practice in Tollywood to refer to him as Victory Venkatesh.  Although he played endearing roles in family dramas and winning ones in action films; it was the charming roles he played in romantic films such as Kalisundam Raa (2000) that ensured his sustained popularity.

  • One thing even a cursory view of his filmography makes certain at the same time is that Venkatesh all through such successes never let down the professional standards he had set for himself. In his long drawn career that consists of 73 films, he has won the Nandi Award seven times and the much coveted Filmfare Award (an Indian equivalent of the Academy Award) six times which speak tons about his talent, hardwork and commitment.  In recent times after two hits, F2: Fun and Frustration (2019) and Venky Mama (2019), he is currently working in Narappa, the Telugu remake of director Vettrimaran’s successful social drama Asuran (2019).

  • Despite all the pressure an hectic career of this kind places on him, Venkatesh always finds time to fulfill his responsibilites and commitments as a member of the Board of Directors of Suresh Productions. There is no question of lagging behind in making his contributions to its creative processes or the welfare of  Ramanaidu Film School.

  • Last but not the least, everyone knows that Venkatesh is an ardent cricket lover and that he would always be there to cheer for his home team, Hyderabad Sunrisers, whenever it happens to contest in a Indian Premier League match.