Puri Jagannath (born 28 September 1966) is an Indian film director, screen writer and producer, who works primarily in the Telugu cinema. He is a three-time Nandi Award recipient. He is known as the Dynamic Director in Telugu Film Industry for his characterizations and style of movie making. Best known for his commercially storytelling abilities, Over the course of 20 years of filmmaking, Puri Jagannadh has gone from small budget independent films to working on some of the biggest blockbusters ever made on Indian silver screen making heroes to super stars through his films.
(Petla) Puri Jagannadh
28 September 1966
|Other names||Jagan and Puri|
|Occupation||Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Playback Singer|
|Relatives||Sairam Shankar (brother)|
Uma Sankara Ganesh(brother)
He made his debut with a blockbuster movie Badri (2000 film) 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.
Petla 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 was a blockbuster, starring Pawan Kalyan in the lead role, along with Renu Desai, Prakash Raj, and Amisha Patel in supporting roles. He is a good friend to actor Ravi Teja who starred in his blockbuster films like Itlu Sravani Subramanyam, Idiot. He has also worked in Kannada industry and introduced Puneeth Rajkumar. In 2011 he worked with Amitabh bachchan.
|2001||Yuvaraja||Yes||Kannada||Remake of Telugu film Thammudu with Shiva Rajkumar|
|2001||Itlu Sravani Subramanyam||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Telugu|
|2002||Appu||Yes||Yes||Yes||Kannada||Introduced Puneeth Rajkumar in Rajkumar banner.|
|2002||Idiot||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Telugu||Remake of Appu|
|2003||Amma Nanna O Tamila Ammayi||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Telugu||Nandi Award for Best Dialogue Writer|
|2004||Shart: The Challenge||Yes||Yes||Yes||Hindi||Remake of Badri|
|2004||143||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Telugu||His Brother Sai Ram Shankar Launching as Hero|
|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
|2007||Pokkiri||Yes||Tamil||Remake of Pokiri|
|2008||Neninthe||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Telugu||Nandi Award for Best Dialogue Writer|
|2009||Wanted||Yes||Hindi||Remake of Pokiri|
|2010||Porki||Yes||Kannada||Remake of Pokiri|
|2010||Ye Maaya Chesave||Telugu||Also actor|
|2011||Nenu Naa Rakshasi||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Telugu|
|2011||Bbuddah... Hoga Terra Baap||Yes||Yes||Yes||Hindi||Main lead Amitabh bachchan|
|2012||Businessman||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Telugu||Santosham Best Director Award|
Nominated—SIIMA Award for Best Director
|2012||Devudu Chesina Manushulu||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Telugu|
|2012||Cameraman Ganga Tho Rambabu||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Telugu|
|2013||Iddarammayilatho||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Telugu||His 25th Film as Director|
|2013||Boss: Born to Rule||Yes||Bengali|
|2017||Rogue||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Telugu and Kannada||CV ISHAN Launching as Hero|
|2017||Paisa Vasool||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Telugu||Balakrishna's 101th Film|
|2018||Mehbooba||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Telugu||His Son Akash as Hero in this Movie|
|2019||iSmart Shankar||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Telugu||Shooting in progress|
Releasing in 2019
- "CineGoer.com - Interview With Puri Jagannath". Archived from the original on 2 February 2007. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
- M. L, Narasimham. "In a dual role". thehindu.com. 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.
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