|Other names||Sampu,Burning Star|
|Known for||Hrudaya Kaleyam, Kobbari Matta, Sai Bharani|
|Awards||CineMAA Award for Best Actor in Comic Role|
Sampoornesh Babu is an Indian film actor known for his works in the spoof comedy genre in Telugu cinema. He made his acting debut as the lead role in the 2014 film, Hrudaya Kaleyam, for which he won the CineMAA Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role. He is known for his comedic films and was also a contestant in Bigg Boss Telugu.
He worked with director Steven Shankar with an innovative concept of making the "worst possible film" which was inspired by a routine formula used in the Tollywood industry. They have created a unique market for such films. The director pulled off a great publicity and marketing stunt by introducing Babu as a rich, arrogant, snobbish, reckless NRI, plush with cash and ready to throw it off by making movies. As a part of this ploy, he got Babu to give a press meet declaring about himself, and the Telugu industry bought into their publicity stunt. The same kind of publicity was used at every step of the project. With a limited initial budget of 3 Lakh rupees, the director was able to gather funds as he went along and also able to keep the rich Siddipet image of Sampoornesh Babu alive on social media, making his every statement, photoshoot, trailer go viral on Youtube, Facebook and Twitter. The movie was a success in the B and C centres across Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
The satellite and digital rights for the movie were purchased by MAA TV, and with one single show Babu became a household name overnight, across Telugu audiences all over the world.
His next full time stint was in film Singham 123, a parody of Suriya's Singam film series which are known for their action sequences. Though the film fared well with the audience, it wasn't as compelling as his debut, Hrudaya Kaleyam. Due to the clash of the dates, Babu's second project with Steven Shankar was delayed by two years. The movie, titled Kobbari Matta, meaning "Coconut Stem/Bark", is expected to be complete in 2018.
From his humble beginnings as a goldsmith, his family profession, Babu took a bus from his village to reach Hyderabad every day for many years. He is a formally trained actor and received lessons in acting.
Filmography[edit | edit source]
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|2014||Hrudaya Kaleyam||Sampo||debut as Lead actor|
|Current Theega||Sunny's fiancé||Cameo appearance|
|Bandipotu||Vishwa's assistant||Cameo appearance|
|Singam 123||Singam 123|
|Jyothi Lakshmi||Cameo appearance|
|Where Is Vidya Balan||Don|
|2016||Lacchimdeviki O Lekkundi|
|Bhadram Be Careful Brotheru||Aspiring actor|
|2017||Raja the Great||Peter||Cameo appearance|
|2019||Kobbari Matta||Paparayudu, Pedarayudu, Androyudu|
|Takkari Donga Chakkani Chukka|||
|2017||Bigg Boss Telugu (season 1)||Contestant||Star Maa||Walked on Day 9|
References[edit | edit source]
- "Sampoo Interview".Retrieved 22 January 2015.
- "CineMAA awards 2015 Winners". Telugupeople.com. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
- "Not again!". The Hindu.
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