Daggubati Venkatesh

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Daggubati Venkatesh

NameDaggubati Venkatesh
Nick NameVenky, Victory Venkatesh
DOB13 December 1960
(Age 62 Yr. )

Personal Life

Education Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.); Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Religion Hinduism
Nationality Indian
Profession Actor, Producer
Birth Place Chennai,  Tamil Nadu, India

Physical Appearance

Height 6 feet
Weight 78 kg (approx.)
Body Measurements Chest Size 42 inches; Waist Size 33 inches; Biceps Size 13 inches
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Black

Family Status


Father- Ramanaidu Daggubati 
Mother- Rajeswari Daggubati

Marital Status Married

Neeraja Daggubati


Daughters- Aashritha, Bhavana, Hayavahini
Sons- Arjun Daggubati


Brothers- Suresh Babu Daggubati (Film producer)
Sisters- Lakshmi Ramanaidu Daggubati


Colour White & Black
Foods South Indian Food
Sports Cricket
Actress Sridevi, Revathi, Soundarya
Actor Marlon Brando, Robert Redford

Daggubati Venkatesh also known as Victory Venkatesh, is an Indian actor and producer known for his work predominantly in Telugu cinema and a few Hindi films. Venkatesh has a prolific career spanning over 37 years and is known for portraying a variety of challenging characters. He has received many accolades including six Filmfare Awards and five Nandi Awards.

Venkatesh made his debut in 1986 with the commercially successful Kaliyuga Pandavulu. He achieved stardom with box-office hits such as Srinivasa Kalyanam (1987), Brahma Puthrudu (1988), Prema (1989), Dhruva Nakshatram (1989), Bobbili Raja (1990), and Kshana Kshanam (1991), the latter of which featured at the Fribourg Festival and went on to gather a cult following.

Venkatesh received further acclaim for his notable performances as a painter in Swarnakamalam (1988), which featured in the Indian panorama section of the 12th IFFI, an attorney in both Sathruvu (1991) and Dharma Chakram (1996), a coolie in Coolie No. 1 (1991), an eccentric cop in both Surya IPS (1991) and Gharshana (2004), an autistic villager in Chanti (1992), in the romances Pavitra Bandham (1996), Preminchukundam Raa (1997), Premante Idera (1998), Raja (1999), Kalisundam Raa (2000), Nuvvu Naaku Nachav (2001), Vasantam (2003), Malliswari (2004) and Aadavari Matalaku Arthale Verule (2007), in the family dramas Suryavamsam (1998), Sankranti (2005) and Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu (2013), a journalist in Ganesh (1998), in the action dramas Jayam Manadera (2000), Lakshmi (2006), Tulasi (2007) and Venky Mama (2021), in the comedies Chintakayala Ravi (2008), Namo Venkatesa (2010), F2 (2019) and F3 (2022), in the crime thrillers Eenaadu (2009), Drushyam (2014) and Drushyam 2 (2021), an atheist in Gopala Gopala (2015), a boxing coach in Guru (2017), and a farmer in Narappa (2021).

Venkatesh also starred in Hindi language works such as Anari (1993), Taqdeerwala (1995), Rana Naidu (2023), and Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan (2023). In addition to acting, he co-owns Suresh Productions, one of the largest film production companies in India, under which he acted in several films. He is also the mentor of the Telugu Warriors, representing Tollywood in the Celebrity Cricket League.

Early life

Venkatesh was born on 13 December 1960 in a Telugu family to film producer and former Member of Parliament, D. Ramanaidu and Rajeshwari in Madras (present-day Chennai), India. He has an elder brother 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, US. After his return to India, he wanted to get into film production but instead became an actor.


1986–1989: Debut and early career

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.

1996–2012: Critical and commercial success

In 1996, he portrayed an honest lawyer in Dharma Chakram, which won him both the Nandi Award and Filmfare Award South. Later that year, he played a husband struggling between two wives in the E. V. V. Satyanarayana directed hit comedy drama Intlo Illalu Vantintlo Priyuralu. In Ganesh (1998), he played a person fighting the ills of the Indian public healthcare system. The following year, he 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. His 1999 drama film Raja, where he plays a small time thief who is reformed by his love was also well received by the audience. Following this, he established himself as one of top actors in Telugu cinema.
In 2001, Venkatesh starred in the romantic comedy Nuvvu Naaku Nachav which was a critical and commercial success. The success continued with Malliswari (2004), his second collaboration with director K. Vijaya Bhaskar after Nuvvu Naaku Nachav. In 2007, he starred in two films, Aadavari Matalaku Arthale Verule and Tulasi, both of which grossed over ₹30 crore at the box office. In the following years, Venkatesh appeared in several films, including Chintakayala Ravi (2008), Namo Venkatesa (2010) and Bodyguard (2012).

2013–present: Multi-starrers and experimental roles

In 2013, Venkatesh co-starred alongside Mahesh Babu in the critically acclaimed drama Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu. The film was one of the first Telugu major multi-starrer films after many years. Subsequently, Venkatesh went on to feature in other multi-starrers such as Masala (2013), Gopala Gopala (2015) and F2: Fun and Frustration (2019). F2 grossed over ₹127 crore and ended up as one of the highest-grossing Telugu film of that year.

Venkatesh's performance in Drushyam (2014) received several accolades from the critics. He portrayed a strict boxing coach in the Sudha Kongara's sports drama Guru in 2017.

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. In the same year, he dubbed in Telugu for the Genie in Alladin. His 2021 film Narappa was released on Amazon Prime, which marked his first direct-to-OTT released. In 2022, the sequel to F2, F3: Fun and Frustration released to a fairly positive reception from critics and audiences.


On 24 April 2010, he signed with Manappuram General Finance and Leasing Ltd as their brand ambassador for Andhra Pradesh.
He opened Ramraj Cotton Company branch in Ameerpet as a brand ambassador for the company.

Personal life

Venkatesh married Neeraja in 1985 and the couple have four children—three daughters and one son. His eldest daughter, Aashritha, married Vinayak Reddy, the grandson of R. Surender Reddy, the chairman of Hyderabad Race Club. He's also the uncle of actors Rana Daggubati and Naga Chaitanya.

Awards And Nominations

1986Kaliyuga PandavuluNandi AwardsBest Male Debut (Special Jury Award)Won
Filmfare Awards SouthBest Actor – TeluguNominated
1988Brahma PuthruduWon
Swarna KamalamNandi AwardsSpecial Jury AwardWon
1989PremaBest ActorWon
Filmfare Awards SouthBest Actor – TeluguNominated
1990Bobbili RajaNominated
1991Kshana KshanamNominated
1994Muddula PriyuduNominated
1995Dharma ChakramNandi AwardsBest ActorWon
1996Filmfare Awards SouthBest Actor – TeluguWon
Sahasa Veerudu Sagara KanyaNominated
1997Preminchukundam RaaNominated
1998GaneshNandi AwardsBest ActorWon
Filmfare Awards SouthBest Actor – TeluguWon
2000Kalisundam RaaNandi AwardsBest ActorWon
Filmfare Awards SouthSpecial AwardWon
Jayam Manade RaaBest Actor – TeluguWon
2005SankranthiBest ActorNominated
Santosham Film AwardsBest Actor – TeluguWon
2007Adavari Matalaku Ardhale VeruleNandi AwardsBest ActorWon
Santosham Film AwardsWon
Filmfare Awards SouthBest Actor – TeluguNominated
2010EenaduBest Supporting Actor – TeluguNominated
2015DrushyamBest Actor – TeluguNominated
TSRTV9 National Film AwardsBest Actor (Jury)Won
South Indian International Movie AwardsBest ActorNominated
2016Gopala GopalaTSRTV9 National Film AwardsWon
2017GuruFilmfare Awards SouthBest Actor – TeluguNominated
Best Actor – CriticsWon