Ravi Babu

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Ravi Babu
  • Actor
  • director
  • producer
  • writer
Years active2000-present
Parent(s)Chalapathi Rao

Ravi Babu is an Indian actor, director, writer and producer in the Telugu film industry. He has directed 12 films, produced five, acted in some of them and written all of them. As an actor, he has starred in over 75 films in varied roles as villain, comedian, and comedic villain.[1]

Early life[edit | edit source]

Template:BLP unsourced section He is the son of veteran Telugu film actor Chalapathi Rao and is the eldest of three siblings. His primary schooling was at Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan in Chennai and he later studied English Literature at the Presidency College, Chennai. He graduated with an MBA from the Symbiosis International University, Pune. He later took an off-beat offer of working as a production assistant to an ace advertising film-maker.

Career[edit | edit source]

Early career[edit | edit source]

As an assistant to Rajiv Menon Babu had to carry lenses, cameras and boxes. Within a few months, he was promoted as an assistant director and an assistant cameraman. Six months later, Babu enrolled in an advanced cinematography course at the Film and Television Workshops in Rockport, Maine, but quit shortly. He was offered a job as a cameraman by the India Broadcasting Network in New York. On the job he picked up editing as a skill. His work caught the attention of some executives at Sony and they invited him to do a course at the Sony Institute in San Jose, California. After the course, Babu did a short stint at TV Asia as ENG producer and also doubled up as cameraman and editor.[2]

Babu's return to India saw producer D. Ramanaidu and director E. V. V. Satyanarayana offer him films, for acting. Acting in movies out of Hyderabad and Bangalore, he kept in touch with his primary passion of film making through advertising. He was directing television commercials for the production house Autumncart. In 1999, he started his own production house, Flying Frogs, initially to produce television commercials, but would later become a feature film production house.[3]

Actor[edit | edit source]

Template:Unsourced section Babu's first films were Maavidakulu, directed by E. V. V. Satyanarayana and Sivayya, produced by D. Ramanaidu, where he played a main villain in both the movies, these were major blockbusters at the box office and offers started pouring in for Ravi Babu as the bad guy. He went on to act in more than 75 films with films like Murari, Anasuya, Yavarum Nalam, Dochay Swamy Ra Ra and Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu, fetching critical acclaim.

Director, writer and producer[edit | edit source]

In 2002, Babu launched himself as a film-director. His first Tollywood film was Allari, which was shot in 45 days on a shoestring budget. The film had a coming-of-age theme and a host of new faces for the cast, Babu created funny urban imagery with colourful visuals and commendable performances by many first-timers set to foot-tapping music by Paul J. Allari, it was released on 10 May 2002, and it was distributed by Suresh Films.

Babu started work on Ammayilu Abbayilu with more mature actors like Sonu Sood, Dharmavarapu Subramanyam, and technicians like Chakri and Marthand K. Venkatesh. The film turned out to be a musical success at the box office. Ammayilu Abbayilu was released on 30 January 2003. Soggadu is Babu's third film starring the romantic pair Tarun and Aarthi Agarwal. Suresh Babu produced the film, which brought in bigger budgets. The film got good reviews in Tollywood, but received mixed success at the box office. Soggadu was later re-made into Hindi by Rajkumar Santoshi as Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani.

In 2006, Babu made Party, a film that revolved around ambitious corporate executives who are dreaming up billion-dollar silicon valley ventures that will become the next Microsoft and Google. The film's release coincided with the rise of India as the new IT hub and was well received at the multiplexes. In 2007, he made Anasuya, a suspense-crime thriller with a story line of a lady journalist who is following the trail of a macabre serial killer who is stealing body organs of his victims. The film was remade in Kannada and Malayalam.

In 2009, Babu found producer Ramoji Rao of Ushakiran Movies, who backed him in a family-based romantic entertainer – Nachavule. The film picked up three Nandi Awards. also 2009 saw the release of another thriller Amaravathi, in which Babu returned to the genre of crime and suspense with Bhumika Chawla, Sneha and Taraka Ratna.

In 2010, Babu directed Manasara, a love story set against the backdrop of Kerala with action based on the ancient martial art of Kalaripayattu. The film had writers Parachuri brothers pen dialogues and a screenplay by Satyanand. Prakash Babu Kadiyala produced the film set in the sylvan surroundings of Kerala.

In 2011, Babu made another college-oriented entertainer – Nuvvila, produced again by Ramoji Rao, which released on 3 November 2011. The film introduced Yami Gowtham, a Bollywood model and a number of youngsters in roles that largely reflected the dilemmas of modern-age youth.

In 2012, Babu made another out of the box film with Avunu (Yes!). It was a spooky thriller where an unseen ghostly presence loomed large over the heroine, Poorna (Shamna Kasim).

In 2014, Babu teamed up with Allari Naresh to create a comic story Laddu Babu. It shows Naresh as a morbidly obese youth with a tender heart. The film won critical acclaim, but got a mixed response at the box office. In 2015, Ravi Babu returned with a sequel to Avunu, titled Avunu 2.

Advertising career[edit | edit source]

Babu wrote and directed an advertising campaign with actress Tamannah for Celkon phones. He also created an advertising campaign for Chandrababu Naidu, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh for the last election.[4][5]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Ravi Babu is married to Tanuja, a school teacher. They have two children and live in Hyderabad.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit | edit source]

As director[edit | edit source]

No Year Film Actors Language Awards ref
1 2002 Allari Allari Naresh, Swetha Agrawal, Nilambari Telugu [6]
2 2003 Ammayilu Abbayilu Vijay, Mohit, Sonu Sood, Devina Telugu [7]
3 2005 Soggadu Tarun , Arti Agarwal Telugu [8]
4 2006 Party Allari Naresh, Shashank, Madhu Sharma, Brahmanandam Telugu [9]
5 2007 Anasuya Abbas, Bhoomika Chawla, Nikitha, Ravi Babu Telugu [10]
6 2008 Nachavule Tanish, Maadhavi Latha Telugu Nandi Award for Best Supporting Actress - Raksha
Nandi Award for Best Female Playback Singer - Geetha Madhuri
Nandi Award for Best Female Dubbing Artist - R Haritha
7 2009 Amaravathi Sneha, Bhumika Chawla, Sindhura Gadde, Taraka Ratna Telugu Nandi Award for Best Villain - Taraka Ratna
Nandi Award for Best Cinematographer - Sudhakar Reddy
8 2010 Manasara Sri Divya, Bhanu Chander, George Vincent, Ramaraju Telugu [18]
9 2011 Nuvvila Havish, Ajay, Yami Gautam, Vijay Deverakonda, Prasad Barve Telugu [19]
10 2012 Avunu Harshvardhan Rane, Poorna, Ravi Babu Telugu [20]
11 2014 Laddu Babu Allari Naresh, Bhumika Chawla, Poorna, Kota Srinivasa Rao Telugu [21]
12 2015 Avunu 2 Harshvardhan Rane, Poorna, Ravi Babu, Sanjjanaa Telugu
13 2018 Adhugo Ravi Babu Telugu
14 2019 Aaviri Ravi Babu Telugu

As actor[edit | edit source]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Maavidaakulu Muddu Krishna
Pellaadi Choopista
Love Story 1999
Tholi Prema Villain
1999 Sultan Noor
Neti Gandhi
2000 Vamshoddharakudu Ashok
Chala Bagundi Rapist
Jayam Manadera Ravindra Naidu
2001 Murari Bulabbayyi
2003 Ammayilu Abbayilu
Neeku Nenu Naaku Nuvvu
2004 Pallakilo Pelli Kooturu
Nenunnanu Waltair Ravi
Naani Satyam's son
Adavi Ramudu
2006 Party James
2007 Madhumasam
Lakshyam Pawan
Anasuya "Gulabi Puvvu" Govind
2008 Swagatam Padmakar Mudumba
Kalidasu Police Officer
Victory Laxman Rao
Brahmanandam Drama Company
2009 Nachchav Alludu
Amaravathi Venkat
2010 Prateeroju
2011 Mayagaadu
Anaganaga O Dheerudu Sudigundam
2012 Avunu Captain Raju
Racha Bellary's assistant
2013 Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu Goodu Raju
Mr. Pellikoduku
Gundello Godari Dora Babu
Swamy Ra Ra Durga Prasad
Anthaka Mundu Aa Tarvatha Sridhar
Prema Oka Maikam
2014 Alludu Seenu Peda Prasad
2015 Avunu 2 Captain Raju
Dohchay CI Richard
Thanu Nenu
2016 Dictator Director
Eedo Rakam Aado Rakam Aadi Narayana
Selfie Raja Mams
Trivikraman Trivikraman
2021 Thimmarusu: Assignment Vali

Tamil[edit | edit source]

Kannada[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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