Daggubati Venkatesh was born to prolific film producer and former MP, Dr. Ramanaidu Daggubati and Rajeshwari in Chennai. He has an elder brother Suresh Babu Daggubati 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. After his return to India, he wanted to get into film production but instead, became an actor in Telugu films.
He won 7 Nandi awards, 4 Filmfare awards and many others awards as best actor for playing a variety of challenging roles in his career spanning 64 feature films in 23 years. At an early phase in his career, Venkatesh acted in ‘Swarnakamalam‘ directed by K Viswanath, which got him his second
Nandi award. ‘Bobbili Raja’ with the delightful Divyabharathi, was a big comedy and a musical hit. Venkatesh has also worked with Bollywood director Ram Gopal Varma in the film ‘Kshana Kshanam‘. In 1991, ‘Chanti‘, a family drama, was a box office hit that got him a huge fan following among women in both Telugu and Hindi films. His brother D Suresh Babu, a very successful producer, has produced most of his hit films.
Venkateshfather, 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.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 its 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. 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, Adavari Matalaku Ardhalu Verule was a big hit but the next movies like Tulasi and Chintakayala Ravi are not up to the mark and listed as Flops in his career. He is very aggressive in the work. Also he is known to be very down to earth and spiritual person. And also he is one of the best comedy heroes of the telugu film industry at the same time he acted in many serious roles and action movies like Gharshana, Lakshmi etc. He also has many lady fans because of his many romantic and family entertainer films.
1986 Nandi Award Best Debut, Kaliyuga Pandavulu
1986 Kinnera Award, Best Actor, Kaliyuga Pandavulu
1988 Kinnera Award, Best Actor, Bramha Putrudu
1988 Nandi Award, Best Actor, Swarnakamalam
1989 Telugu Filmfare Award, Best Actor, Prema
1989 Nandi Award, Best Actor, Prema
1991 Madras Filmfans Award, Best Actor, Coolie No.1
1991 Cine-goers Award, Best Actor, Coolie No.1
1991 Bhagyanagar Award, Best Actor, Shatruvu
1992 Cine-goers Award, Best Actor, Sundarakanda
1992 Yuvavahini Award, Best Actor, Sundarakanda
1993 Cine-goers Award, Best Performance, Abbai Garu
1993 Kalasagar Award, Best Actor, Abbai Garu
1996 Vamsee Berkley Award, Best Actor, Dharmachakram
1996 Kalasagar Award, Best Actor, Dharmachakram
1996 Telugu Filmfare Best Actor Award, Dharmachakram
1996 Nandi Award, Best Actor, Dharmachakram
1998 Kinnera Award, Best Actor, Ganesh
1998 Telugu Filmfare Award Best Actor, Ganesh
1998 Nandi Award, Best Actor, Ganesh
2000 Telugu Filmfare Award, Best Actor, Jayam Manade Raa
2000 Nandi Award, Best Actor, Kalisundam Raa
2000 Santosham Award, Best Actor, Sankranthi
2007 Nandi Award,Best Actor,Advari Matalaku Ardhalu Verule
- ” I don’t believe that heroism comes from violence and fights. The heroism can alsoarise from sacrifice.”
- “I know that I have matured in age now and I am attempting those kinds of roles that
suit my age.”
- “I just believing in doing my part with 100% conviction for any film I am offered. I am
not affected by the result of success or failure. I have stopped playing the game long
back. I am watching myself now.”
- “God Father is my all time favorite film. I do never get tired of watching it again and
- “I think that life is a design and it is not in your hands. You are just part of it. Weare constantly putting efforts to try something, but at the end of it you get what isdesigned by the fate.”