Allari Naresh

Edara Naresh (born 30 June 1982), better known as Allari Naresh, is an Indian actor who works predominantly in Telugu-language films. He is an established actor known for his lead roles, mainly in comedy films, with commercial successes such as Allari (2001), Thotti Gang (2002), Kithakithalu (2006), Gamyam (2008), Blade Babji (2008), Bendu Apparao R.M.P (2009), Seema Tapakai (2011), Sudigadu (2012), Yamudiki Mogudu (2012), Maharshi (2019), and Naandhi (2021).

Allari Naresh
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Born
Edara Naresh

(1982-06-30) 30 June 1982 (age 38)
Occupation
  • Film actor
  • producer
Years active2002–present
Spouse(s)
Virupa Kantamneni
(m. 2015)
Children1
Parent(s)
RelativesAryan Rajesh (brother)

He has acted in 55 films so far. He received the Nandi Award for Best Supporting Actor and Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for his role in the movie Gamyam (2008). He produces films along with his elder brother Aryan Rajesh under their production company, E. V .V. Cinema.

Personal lifeEdit

Naresh is the son of veteran Telugu director and producer E. V. V. Satyanarayana. He was born in present-day Chennai on 30 June 1982,[1][2][3] while their family hails from Korumamidi village in West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh.[4] After completing his schooling at Chettinad Vidyashram, Chennai, Naresh moved to Hyderabad. He is fluent in Telugu, Tamil, Hindi and English. He got the moniker "Allari" after the success of his first film.[5]

Naresh married Chennai-based architect Virupa Kantamaneni in 2015.[6][7] The couple has a daughter, born in 2016.[8]

Film careerEdit

2002–2007 : Debut and breakthroughEdit

Naresh made his foray into films under the who direction of Ravi Babu in the film Allari, an adult comedy in which he played the role of an 18-year-old who is infatuated with a beautiful girl. His performance was well praised by the critics. idlebrain.com wrote, "Naresh is a natural actor and he suited the role perfectly. His dialogue delivery is perfect and has very good timing in doing comedy. He has a bright future ahead, if he chooses his future projects carefully."[9] The film did exceptionally well at the box office, giving him recognition as "Allari Naresh". However, his next film Dhana Laxmi I Love You, a remake of Hera Pheri, received negative reviews, and faltered at the box office. His third release Thotti Gang, co-starring Prabhu Deva and Sunil, was successful at the box office, which was followed by two flops Juniors, the remake of Thulluvadho Ilamai and Praanam, which featured him in a dual role.

Naresh got his resurgence in the form of Maa Alludu Very Good, co-starring Rajendra Prasad, which was a massive hit at the box office. He debuted in Tamil with Kurumbu, a remake of Allari, which failed at the box office. His next was Nenu co-starring Veda and Abhishek, which is a remake of Kaadhal Kondein. Though the film was a failure at the box office, he received wide critical acclaim for his portrayal of Vinod, a psychotic who falls in love with his friend, only to know that she's in love with his close friend, thus marking it as one of his finest performances to date. IndiaGlitz wrote, "Naresh is more than adequate in a role that is a challenge to even seasoned artistes. He has to kindle detest as well as sympathy. It is a tightrope walk, and he passes muster. The only way for Naresh after this film is up."[10]

Naresh's lean phase continued with flops like Nuvvante Naakistam, Danger and Party, succeeded by Kithakithalu, a blockbuster at the box office, with critics appreciating Naresh's performance. Though Roommates and Gopi – Goda Meedha Pilli failed at the box office, his stardom remained unchanged. His next successful film, Athili Sattibabu LKG, boosted his career, making him a common name in the Telugu film industry. Later on, after two back-to-back flops in the form of Allare Allari and Pellaindi Kaani, Naresh got his next success in the form of Seema Sastri, thus ending 2007 on a happy note.

2008–2011: Commercial successesEdit

Naresh had eight releases in 2008, a rare feat in those days. His first three releases Sundara Kanda, Vishaka Express, in which he played a negative role, and Pelli Kaani Prasad bombed at the box office, with Naresh's performance in the film Vishaka Express getting huge applause from critics. His next film Gamyam, co-starring Sharwanand, was a critical as well as commercial success. Naresh played the role of Gali Seenu, a motorcycle thief who brings a change in the hero's attitude by his actions. His performance was well praised by the critics. Rediff wrote, "Allari Naresh has finally found his groove. He excels as Srinu, a role that somewhat resembles what Jagapathi Babu played in Anthahpuram. The timing of his one-liners is absolutely perfect and natural. One has to see the film to believe it."[11] He received Nandi Award for Best Supporting Actor[12] and Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award[13] for his performance, which remains to be one of his best performances in his career. While Bommana Brothers Chandana Sisters and Blade Babji were hits at the box office, Siddu From Sikakulam was an average and Dongala Bandi was an average grosser because of the weak story but the cast was praised for their respective performance at the box office. 2009 had two releases of Naresh, which were Fitting Master and Bendu Apparao R.M.P. Fitting Master was an average grosser, while Bendu Apparao R.M.P. was a hit at the box office, which was only successful film because of the performances of Meghana Raj and Allari Naresh, which stood resisting the super-success Magadheera.[14]

He had seven releases in 2010, again a rare feat. He first starred in Shambo Shiva Shambo, a remake of Tamil Film Nadodigal, co-starring Ravi Teja and Siva Balaji. The film received positive reviews mainly because of the performance. While Rambabu Gadi Pellam, Aakasa Ramanna, and Subhapradam were flops at the box office, Betting Bangaraju, Saradaga Kasepu and Kathi Kantha Rao were super hits at the box office. 2011 saw Naresh acting in five films, one of which was a cameo appearance. His first release of the year was Aha Naa Pellanta, co-starring Ritu Barmecha, Srihari, Subbaraju. He played the role of Subrahmanyam aka Subbu, a software engineer whose life takes a drastic turn when he and a girl of faction background misunderstand that they made love with each other.[clarification needed] His performance was well praised by the critics. The film was a huge success, which was the only hit for Telugu cinema along with Ravi Teja's Mirapakay and Nani's Ala Modalaindi.[15] His next release, Seema Tapakai, was also a success at the box office.[16] He appeared in a cameo appearance in the film Chandamama Katha, while his next film Madatha Kaja was an average at the box office.[citation needed]

2012–present: Career stagnationEdit

In 2012, Naresh starred in three films. The first was Nuvva Nena co-starring Shriya Saran and Sharwanand, which is based on Deewana Mastana. His next film was Sudigadu, a film composed of various spoofs on nearly 100 Telugu films, directed by Bhimaneni Srinivasa Rao. The film did exceptionally well at the box office, cementing his position in Telugu cinema.[17] His last release of the year was Yamudiki Mogudu, in which he plays the role of a stage artist whose fate is not designed by the creator and his life after he falls in love with the daughter of the lord of death. The film was also a success at the box office.[18] In 2013, He played the lead in Action 3D, the first Indian 3D comedy film in Telugu.[19] Besides, he also starred in Kevvu Keka (2013) co-starring Sharmila Mandre.[20]

In 2014, Naresh played an obese man in the film Laddu Babu by Ravi Babu.[21] Later, he played a dual role in Jump Jilani (2014), a remake of Tamil film Kalakalappu.[22] Naresh teamed up with filmmaker Mohana Krishna Indraganti for the film Bandipotu, produced by his elder brother Aryan Rajesh under E. V .V. Cinema banner.[23] The film is titled and based on N. T. Rama Rao's 1968 film of the same name.[24] The film released received mixed reviews from Idlebrain Jeevi and greatandhra pointing at the slow narration, however, praised Naresh's performance.[25][26] In 2015, he appeared in the action comedy James Bond, alongside Sakshi Chaudhary[27][28] Later the year, he co-starred with veteran Telugu actor Mohan Babu for the film Mama Manchu Alludu Kanchu which was directed by Srinivas Reddy. The film also starred Meena and Ramya Krishnan in lead roles and this was Naresh's landmark 50th movie.[29] He also appeared in a Tamil film Poraali (2015) directed by Samuthirakani. In 2016, he appeared in two films, Selfie Raja and Intlo Deyyam Nakem Bhayam, the latter gained garnered poor reviews but was praised for its comedy.[citation needed] In 2017, he starred in the film Meda Meeda Abbayi, which was a remake of Oru Vadakkan Selfie. In 2018, Silly Fellows co-starring Allari Naresh and Sunil was released. In 2019, Naresh co-starred alongside Mahesh Babu for Vamshi Paidipally-directed Maharshi. The film grossed over ₹175 crore worldwide.[30]

In 2021, Naresh starred in two films, Bangaru Bullodu and Naandhi. While Bangaru Bullodu received an average response, Naandhi was a critical and commercial sucess.[31][32]

FilmographyEdit

  Denotes films that have not yet been released
  • All films are in Telugu, unless otherwise noted
Year Title Role(s) Notes
2002 Allari Ravi
Dhana Laxmi I Love You Raju
Thotti Gang Achi Babu
2003 Juniors Mahesh
Praanam Sivudu
Maa Alludu Very Good Purse Ram aka Parasuram
Kurumbu Ravi Tamil film
2004 Nenu Vinod
2005 Nuvvante Naakishtam Devudu
Danger Satya
2006 Party Bujji
Kithakithalu Relangi Rajababu
Roommates Rama Krishna
Gopi – Goda Meedha Pilli Gopi
2007 Athili Sattibabu LKG Athili Sattibabu
Allare Allari Veera Babu
Pellaindi Kaani Attchi Babu
Seema Sastri Seema Sastri
2008 Sundara Kanda Journalist
Vishaka Express Ravi Varma
Pelli Kaani Prasad Prasad
Gamyam Gali Seenu
Bommana Brothers Chandana Sisters Ramachandran
Siddu from Sikakulam Siddhu
Blade Babji Babji / Krishna Manohar
Dongala Bandi Rama Krishna
2009 Fitting Master Sampath
Bendu Apparao R.M.P Apparao
2010 Shambo Shiva Shambo Malli
Rambabu Gadi Pellam Rambabu
Aakasa Ramanna Rana
Betting Bangaraju Bangarraju
Subhapradam Chakri
Saradaga Kasepu Ranga Babu
Kathi Kantha Rao Kathi Kantha Rao
2011 Aha Naa Pellanta Subbu
Seema Tapakai Krishna
Madatha Kaja Kalyan
Poraali Nallavan Tamil film
2012 Nuvva Nena Avinash
Sudigadu Shiva & Kamesh
Yamudiki Mogudu Naresh
2013 Action 3D Bala Vardhan aka Bava
Kevvu Keka Bhuchi Raju
2014 Laddu Babu Laddu Babu
Jump Jilani Satti Babu & Ram Babu
Brother of Bommali Rama Krishna
2015 Bandipotu Viswa
James Bond Nani
Mama Manchu Alludu Kanchu Balaraju 50th film
2016 Selfie Raja Selfie Raja Dual roles
Intlo Deyyam Nakem Bhayam Naresh
2017 Meda Meeda Abbayi Srinu
2018 Silly Fellows Veerababu
2019 Maharshi Ravi Shankar
2021 Bangaru Bullodu Bhavani Prasad [33]
Naandhi Surya Prakash [34]

Cameo appearancesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Maa Aavida Meeda Ottu Mee Aavida Chala Manchidi Himself Special appearance in titles of the movie
2004 Bommalata Babu Guest Appearance
2011 Chandamama Katha Himself
2015 Superstar Kidnap Himself Cameo appearance

Voice-overEdit

Year Title Director(s) Notes
2013 Venkatadri Express Merlapaka Gandhi Narrator

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Film Award Category Result Ref.
2005 Gamyam Nandi Awards Best Supporting Actor Won [12]
Filmfare Awards South Best Supporting Actor – Telugu Won [13]
2010 Shambo Shiva Shambo Nominated [35]
2019 Maharshi Zee Cine Awards Telugu Best Actor In Supporting Role – Male Won [36]

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