Venkatesh Daggubati, one of Telugu cinema’s most acclaimed actors, has captivated audiences with his versatile performances for over three decades. From playing action heroes to nuanced characters, the star has carved a niche for himself in the industry with his talent and dedication.
And with the trailer of the Netflix web series Rana Naidu, which is touted to be a ‘mass entertainer’, releasing a day ago, the veteran actor is on a roll even today. Starring Rana Daggubati and Venkatesh in the lead roles, the series is an adaptation of the popular American drama Ray Donovan. While the trailer looks promising, it is the coming together of the real-life uncle-nephew jodi of Venkatesh and Rana that has piqued the interest of fans.
While we wait for this exciting new thriller series to release, let’s take a look at Venkatesh’s career defining roles. His performances in these films have earned him critical acclaim and have cemented his position as one of the most respected actors in the industry. Ahead, we take a journey through some of his best films that showcase his prowess as an actor.
Kaliyuga Pandavulu (1986)
Kaliyuga Pandavulu is considered one of Venkatesh’s finest performances, where he portrayed the role of a rich, spoilt young man named Vijay who falls in love with a grounded, smart, middle-class girl, Bharati, who inspires him to become a better man. When Vijay’s rich father tarnishes his love interest’s image in an attempt to stop them from getting married, the girl tries to kill herself, but Vijay saves her life just in time. The two then form a group to fight similar injustices in society. The film, directed by K. Raghavendra Rao, was a commercial success and won Venkatesh his first Nandi Award for Best Actor.
Bobbili Raja (1990)
Bobbili Raja, directed by B. Gopal, is one of Venkatesh’s most popular films. The movie follows the story of Raja, a simple and honest man who lives in a small village. He falls in love with a wealthy woman, Rani, who is engaged to another man. Despite the odds, Raja manages to win Rani’s heart and they eventually get married. However, things take a turn for the worse when Rani’s father, a corrupt politician, tries to break up their marriage. He arranges for Raja to be falsely imprisoned and his daughter to be married off to a wealthy businessman. The rest of the story follows Raja’s struggle to clear his name, get out of jail, and reunite with his wife.
Bobbili Raja is known for its strong storyline, intense action sequences, and powerful performances by its cast. Venkatesh’s portrayal of Raja won him critical acclaim and cemented his position as one of the top actors in Telugu cinema. The film remains a favorite among Telugu moviegoers even today. His performance in the film won him critical acclaim and a second Nandi Award for Best Actor.
Chanti, directed by Ravi Raja Pinisetty, is another one of Venkatesh’s iconic performances. The film, which also starred Meena, tells the story of a young man who fights for justice against a ruthless landlord. Venkatesh’s performance in the film is often regarded as one of his finest and won him his third Nandi Award for Best Actor.
Preminchukundam Raa (1997)
Preminchukundam Raa, directed by Jayanth C. Paranjee, is a romantic drama that starred Venkatesh and Anjala Zaveri in the lead roles. The film follows the lead couple’s struggle to convince the girl’s family to accept their relationship and allow them to be together. The drama film explores the themes of love, family, social hierarchies and societal expectations and features powerful performances by the cast. The film’s success at the box office and Venkatesh’s performance earned him his fourth Nandi Award for Best Actor.
Suryavamsam, directed by Bhimaneni Srinivasa Rao, is another iconic film that starred Venkatesh in the lead role. The movie is a family drama that revolves around a man named Harischandra Prasad, who is the head of a large family and a well-respected member of his village. Focusing on themes of love, sacrifice, and family values, Venkatesh delivers a captivating performance as a loving father and husband who does everything in his power to protect his family. The actor’s performance in the film won him another Nandi Award for Best Actor.
Drushyam, directed by Sripriya, is a Telugu adaptation of the Malayalam film of the same name. Starring Venkatesh and Meena in the lead roles, the film is a gripping family thriller that revolves around a cable TV operator named Rambabu, played by Venkatesh, and his efforts to protect his family from a crime they’ve committed. When his daughter accidentally kills the son of a powerful police officer, Rambabu uses his wit and intelligence to create a web of lies and deceit to protect his family from the consequences of their actions.
The film explores the lengths a father would go to protect his family and the impact of their actions on their relationships and the community around them. It received critical acclaim for its tight storyline, suspenseful narrative, and powerful performances by the cast. Venkatesh’s portrayal of a father who tries to protect his family from a crime they’ve committed earned him praise and accolades.