Puri Jagannath (born 28 September 1966) is an Indian film director, screenwriter and producer, who works primarily in the Telugu cinema. He is known as the Dynamic Director in Telugu film industry for his characterizations and style of film making.
|Other names||Jagan and Puri|
|Relatives||Sairam Shankar (brother)|
Petla Uma Sankara Ganesh(brother)
He made his debut with the 2000 blockbuster film Badri starring Pawan Kalyan, Renu Desai and Ameesha Patel. In 2006, he directed Pokiri, premiered at the 7th IIFA Film Festival held in Dubai. The film was later re-made into several Indian Languages, and catapulted Puri to national recognition. He made his Bollywood debut in 2004, with the film Shart: The Challenge. In 2011, he directed Bbuddah... Hoga Terra Baap, which was archived in the Oscar library.
He produces films under his production companies, Puri Jagannadh Touring Talkies and Vaishno Academy. He also owns a music company called as Puri Sangeet. Other box office hits that he directed include, Badri, Itlu Sravani Subramanyam, Appu, Idiot, Amma Nanna O Tamila Ammayi, Sivamani, Bujjigadu, Pokiri, Desamuduru, Neninthe, Golimaar, Businessman, Iddarammayilatho, Heart Attack and Temper.
Puri Jagannath was born in a Telugu-speaking Hindu Koppula Velama family in Pithapuram, East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh. His native village is Bapiraju Kothapalli, Kotauratla Mandal, Visakhapatnam District in Andhra Pradesh. He studied at St. Theresa R.C.M. high school in Pedaboddepalli. Petla is his family name, Puri Jagannath is his given name, which is in honor of the Lord Jagannath Temple of Puri. He started his career as an assistant director to Ram Gopal Varma for several Telugu films. His Telugu directorial debut, Badri, starred Pawan Kalyan. He is a good friend to actor Ravi Teja who starred in some of his films like Itlu Sravani Subramanyam, Idiot. He has also worked in the Kannada industry and introduced Puneeth Rajkumar. In 2011 he worked with Amitabh Bachchan.
|3||2001||Yuvaraja||Yes||Kannada||Remake of Telugu film Thammudu with Shiva Rajkumar|
|4||2001||Itlu Sravani Subramanyam||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Telugu|
|5||2002||Appu||Yes||Yes||Yes||Kannada||Introduced Puneeth Rajkumar in Rajkumar banner.|
|6||2002||Idiot||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Telugu||Remake of Appu|
|7||2003||Amma Nanna O Tamila Ammayi||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Telugu||Nandi Award for Best Dialogue Writer|
|10||2004||Shart: The Challenge||Yes||Yes||Yes||Hindi||Remake of Badri|
|11||2004||143||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Telugu||Introduced Sai Ram Shankar as the male lead|
|13||2006||Pokiri||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Telugu||Filmfare Award for Best Director – Telugu |
Santosham Best Director Award
Nandi Award for Best Popular Feature Film
|15||2007||Chirutha||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Telugu||Introduced Ram Charan as the male lead|
|17||2008||Neninthe||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Telugu||Nandi Award for Best Dialogue Writer|
|2010||Ye Maaya Chesave||Telugu||Also actor|
|20||2011||Nenu Naa Rakshasi||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Telugu|
|21||2011||Bbuddah... Hoga Terra Baap||Yes||Yes||Yes||Hindi||Main lead Amitabh bachchan|
|22||2012||Businessman||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Telugu||Santosham Best Director Award|
Nominated—SIIMA Award for Best Director
|23||2012||Devudu Chesina Manushulu||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Telugu|
|24||2012||Cameraman Ganga Tho Rambabu||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Telugu|
|25||2013||Iddarammayilatho||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Telugu||His 25th Film as Director|
|32||2017||Rogue||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Telugu and Kannada||CV Ishan launching as the male lead|
|33||2017||Paisa Vasool||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Telugu||Balakrishna's 101st Film|
|34||2018||Mehbooba||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Telugu||His son Akash as the male lead|
|35||2019||iSmart Shankar||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Telugu||Cameo appearance in title song|
|36||2020||Romantic||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Telugu||His son Akash Puri as the male lead|
- "CineGoer.com - Interview With Puri Jagannath". Retrieved 25 March 2017.
- M. L, Narasimham (23 July 2002). "In a dual role". The Hindu. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
- Yes, I was in depression: Puri Jagannath – Times Of India. Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com (23 April 2011). Retrieved on 15 February 2014.
- "IIFA to showcase South films in Dubai". 13 January 2009. Archived from the original on 13 January 2009. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
- Oscar Academy asks Big B for 'Bbuddah...' script – Yahoo! News India Archived 14 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine. In.news.yahoo.com (29 July 2011). Retrieved on 15 February 2014.
- Arts / Cinema : Fanboy Bachchanalia Archived 6 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine. The Hindu (2 July 2011). Retrieved on 15 February 2014.
- "Puri Jagannadh - Movies, Biography, News, Age & Photos | BookMyShow". BookMyShow. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
- It’s Krishnavamsi versus Puri Jagannath this week Archived 2 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine. Entertainment.oneindia.in (9 October 2009). Retrieved on 15 February 2014.
- Raviteja – Interviews in Telugu Movies Archived 7 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Totaltollywood.com. Retrieved on 15 February 2014.
- "Puri Jagannadh Shares New Poster of Akash Puri, Ketika Sharma Starrer Romantic". News18. 11 February 2020. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
- Murali Krishna CH (5 February 2020). "Exclusive: Vijay Deverakonda's film with Puri Jagannadh titled Liger". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 14 February 2020.