Puri Jagannadh

Puri Jagannadh (born 28 September 1966) is an Indian film director, screenwriter, and producer, who works primarily in the Telugu film Industry.

Puri Jagannadh
Puri Jagannath on the sets of Liger.jpg
Jagannadh in 2021
Born (1966-09-28) 28 September 1966 (age 55)
Other namesJagan and Puri[1]
  • Director
  • producer
  • screenwriter
Years active2000–present
(m. 1996)
RelativesSairam Shankar (brother)
Petla Uma Sankara Ganesh (brother)

He made his directorial debut with the highly successful Telugu film Badri starring Pawan Kalyan, Renu Desai and Ameesha Patel. In 2006, he directed the Telugu film Pokiri, premiered at the 7th IIFA Film Festival held in Dubai. The film was later re-made into several Indian languages, and brought Puri widespread Indian recognition.[2]

He made his Bollywood debut in 2004, with the film Shart: The Challenge. In 2011, he directed the Hindi film Bbuddah... Hoga Terra Baap starring Amitabh, which was archived in the Oscar library.[3]

He also produces films under his co-owned production companies, Puri Jagannadh Touring Talkies, Vaishno Academy and Puri Connects in partnership with actress Charmme Kaur.[4] He owns a music company called Puri Sangeet.[5] The box office hits that he directed, in addition to Badri,[6] including films Itlu Sravani Subramanyam, Appu, Idiot, Amma Nanna O Tamila Ammayi, Sivamani, Pokiri, Desamuduru, Golimaar, Businessman, Iddarammayilatho, Heart Attack, Temper and iSmart Shankar.

Early lifeEdit

Puri Jagannadh was born on 28 September 1966 in Pithapuram, Andhra Pradesh.[7][8][9] His native place is Bapiraju Kothapalli village of Visakhapatnam District in Andhra Pradesh. He was schooled at St. Theresa High School, Pedda Boddapalli and graduated from A. M. A. L. College, Anakapalle in 1986.[8][10]

His elder brother, Petla Uma Sankara Ganesh is an MLA from YSR Congress Party, while younger brother Sairam Shankar is an actor.[11][12]

He married Lavanya in 1996.[13] The couple has a son and a daughter. His son Akash made his film debut as a lead in Mehbooba (2018).[14]


Puri started his film directional career as an assistant director to Ram Gopal Varma for several Telugu films mainly of action genre.[15] His Telugu film directorial debut, Badri starred Pawan Kalyan. He is a good friend of actor Ravi Teja who starred in some of his films like Itlu Sravani Subramanyam, and Idiot. Apart from Telugu films, he has also worked in the Kannada film industry and introduced Puneeth Rajkumar with the film Appu. In 2011 he worked with Amitabh Bachchan in the film Bbuddah... Hoga Terra Baap.[16]

In 2020, Jagannadh directed action film Liger, which is being produced by Dharma Productions and Charmme Kaur. It stars Vijay Deverakonda and Ananya Panday in lead roles.[17][18]


  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Language Director Story Screenplay Dialogue Producer Notes Ref.
2000 Badri Telugu        
Bachi Telugu      
2001 Yuvaraja Kannada   Remake of Thammudu
Itlu Sravani Subramanyam Telugu         Nandi Award for Best Story Writer [19]
2002 Appu Kannada      
Idiot Telugu           Remake of Appu
2003 Amma Nanna O Tamila Ammayi Telugu           Nandi Award for Best Dialogue Writer
Sivamani Telugu        
2004 Andhrawala Telugu      
Shart: The Challenge Hindi       Remake of Badri
143 Telugu          
2005 Super Telugu        
2006 Pokiri Telugu           Filmfare Award for Best Director – Telugu
Santosham Best Director Award
Nandi Award for Best Popular Feature Film
2007 Desamuduru Telugu        
Hello Premistara Telugu  
Chirutha Telugu        
2008 Bujjigadu Telugu        
Neninthe Telugu         Nandi Award for Best Dialogue Writer
2009 Bumper Offer Telugu      
Ek Niranjan Telugu        
2010 Golimaar Telugu        
Ye Maaya Chesave Telugu Cameo appearance
2011 Nenu Naa Rakshasi Telugu        
Bbuddah... Hoga Terra Baap Hindi      
2012 Businessman Telugu         Santosham Best Director Award
Nominated—SIIMA Award for Best Director – Telugu

Cameo appearance

Devudu Chesina Manushulu Telugu        
Cameraman Ganga Tho Rambabu Telugu        
2013 Iddarammayilatho Telugu        
2014 Heart Attack Telugu          
Romeo Telugu      
2015 Temper Telugu       Cameo appearance
Jyothy Lakshmi Telugu        
Loafer Telugu        
2016 Ism Telugu         Cameo appearance
2017 Rogue Telugu


Paisa Vasool Telugu        
2018 Mehbooba Telugu          
2019 iSmart Shankar Telugu           Cameo appearance
2021 Romantic Telugu         Completed [20]
Liger   Telugu


          Filming [17][18]
Cameo appearances


  1. ^ M. L, Narasimham (23 July 2002). "In a dual role". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 16 January 2004. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  2. ^ "IIFA to showcase South films in Dubai". chennaionline.com. 13 January 2009. Archived from the original on 13 January 2009. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Oscar Academy asks Big B for 'Bbuddah...' script". Yahoo! News India. 29 July 2011. Archived from the original on 14 March 2016. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  4. ^ ANI (10 February 2021). "Theatrical release date of 'Liger' to be announced tomorrow, says Karan Johar". BW Businessworld. Retrieved 22 February 2021.
  5. ^ Arts / Cinema : Fanboy Bachchanalia Archived 6 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine. The Hindu (2 July 2011). Retrieved on 15 February 2014.
  6. ^ "Puri Jagannadh - Movies, Biography, News, Age & Photos". BookMyShow. Archived from the original on 3 August 2017. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Puri Jagannadh celebrates birthday: Ram Charan, Mahesh Babu, Vijay Deverakonda wish Tollywood filmmaker". Firstpost. 28 September 2020. Retrieved 18 January 2021.
  8. ^ a b Prakash, PVDS. "వినోదాల హోరాహోరీ పూరి". Sithara magazine (in Telugu). Retrieved 18 January 2021.
  9. ^ "ఎంత సక్కగున్నావె..!". Andhra Jyothy. 9 June 2019. Retrieved 18 January 2021.
  10. ^ "CineGoer.com - Interview With Puri Jagannath". Archived from the original on 2 February 2007. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  11. ^ Patnaik, Santosh (8 April 2019). "Ayyanna faces an uphill task". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 18 January 2021.
  12. ^ "Sairam Shankar's new film officially launched, regular shooting to begin from August 2019". The Times of India. 3 July 2019. Retrieved 18 January 2021.
  13. ^ "Puri Jagannadh shares an adorable picture on his 24th wedding anniversary". The Times of India. 6 September 2020. Retrieved 28 March 2021.
  14. ^ "Puri Jagannadh's daughter ventures into acting". The News Minute. 1 September 2018. Retrieved 28 March 2021.
  15. ^ 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.
  16. ^ Raviteja – Interviews in Telugu Movies Archived 7 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Totaltollywood.com. Retrieved on 15 February 2014.
  17. ^ a b Murali Krishna CH (5 February 2020). "Exclusive: Vijay Deverakonda's film with Puri Jagannadh titled Liger". The New Indian Express. Archived from the original on 11 October 2020. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  18. ^ a b "Vijay Deverakonda-Ananya Panday's film titled 'Liger', Karan Johar shares 'punching' first look". Daily News & Analysis. 18 January 2021. Retrieved 18 January 2021.
  19. ^ "నంది అవార్డు విజేతల పరంపర (1964–2008)" [A series of Nandi Award Winners (1964–2008)] (PDF). Information & Public Relations of Andhra Pradesh. Retrieved 21 August 2020.(in Telugu)
  20. ^ Adivi, Sashidhar (20 February 2021). "Akash Puri to go for a makeover!". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 22 February 2021.

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