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Ramanaidu Daggubati[1] (born 14 December 1984[5]), also known by his stage name Rana Daggubati or simply Rana, is an Indian actor,[6] producer, visual effects co-ordinator and photographer.[7] He works in Telugu cinema, Tamil cinema and Hindi cinema.[8] As a Visual Effects producer, Rana won the State Nandi Award for Best Special Effects in 2006 for the Telugu film Sainikudu, starring Mahesh Babu.[9] In 2006, he received the National Film Award for co-producing Bommalata – A Bellyful of Dreams.[10]

Rana Daggubati
Daggubati in 2015
Born Ramanaidu Daggubati[1]
(1984-12-14) 14 December 1984 (age 33)[2]
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India[3]
Residence Film Nagar, Hyderabad, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actor
Film Producer
Visual Effects Supervisor
Host[disambiguation needed]
Years active 2005–present
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)[4]
Parent(s) Daggubati Suresh Babu
Relatives Daggubati Venkatesh (paternal uncle)
D. Ramanaidu (paternal grandfather)
Naga Chaitanya Akkineni (cousin)
Nagarjuna Akkineni(uncle)
Family See Daggubati-Akkineni Family

In 2010, he made his acting debut with the Telugu blockbuster Leader, for which he won the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut – South. He made his Hindi film debut through Dum Maaro Dum, alongside Bipasha Basu, where he received positive reviews for his performance. In 2015, he starred as the main antagonist in Baahubali: The Beginning, which recorded the second highest gross opening for an Indian film, and later reprised his role as Bhallaldeva in Baahubali 2: The Conclusion which became the highest grossing Indian film of all time.[11][12][13] He has also been in the successful movies The Ghazi Attack, playing Lieutenant Commander Arjun Verma and Nene Raju Nene Mantri.

Rana is also an established television personality, as he hosted award shows such as the 2nd IIFA Utsavam alongside Nani, the 2nd South Indian International Movie Awards and he currently hosts his own celebrity talk show, No. 1 Yaari, which brought celebrities such as S.S. Rajamouli, Naga Chaitanya, Kajal Aggarwal, Rakul Preet Singh, Navdeep, Nikhil Siddharth, Raj Tarun and others.


Early lifeEdit

Rana was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, to Telugu film producer Daggubati Suresh Babu [14][15] and is part of the Daggubati-Akkineni Family. His paternal grandfather was Tollywood film producer D. Ramanaidu. His paternal uncle Venkatesh and his cousin Naga Chaitanya are also actors in the film industry. Rana revealed in 2016 that he was blind in his right eye only during his childhood and later got operated in L.V Prasad Hospital and was cured. Rana Daggubati admitted that he can see through his right eye only due to an eye donated by someone else, while his left eye is normal.[16][17][18][19][20][21] He did his schooling in Hyderabad from Hyderabad Public School.


Rana's first movie was Leader, in Telugu, directed by Shekhar Kammula, which is one of his biggest successes. Rana made his Bollywood debut with the film Dum Maaro Dum, which released on 22 April 2011. The Times of India called it a "dashing debut".[22] He was voted "The Most Promising Newcomer of 2011" in the Times Of India poll.[23] He was listed at number 20 on the Times of India's Most Desirable Men for the year 2011.[24][25] In 2012, he was voted as the 10th most desirable man in India, in the poll conducted by The Times of India.

Rana Daggubati poster from his debut movie Leader in 2010

He played a professional killer in the film Nenu Naa Rakshasi, under Puri Jagannath's direction,[26] which was a box office bomb.[27][28] His first release in 2012 was Naa Ishtam, which was followed by his second Hindi film Department. He next starred in Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum, directed by Krish, which became a box office success.[29][30] He made his debut in Tamil through Thala Ajith Kumar's Aarambam.[31] Rana did a cameo role in Ayan Mukerji's Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.[32]

In 2013, he joined two big budget projects, Gunasekhar's Rudhramadevi[33] and S. S. Rajamouli's Baahubali, in which he is the lead antagonist.[34] Rana played Bhallaladeva, the cousin of Baahubali, who had negative shades and received unprecedented appreciation from critics. Baahubali: The Beginning was released worldwide in July 2015 and was the highest grossing film in India at the time of its release. The concluding film of the series Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, became the first Indian film to cross 1000 crore and is currently the second highest grossing Indian film.


As actor
Year Film Role Language Notes
2010 Leader Arjun Prasad Telugu Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut – South
CineMAA Award for Best Male Debut
2011 Dum Maaro Dum DJ Joki Fernandes Hindi Zee Cine Award for Best Male Debut
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut
Nenu Naa Rakshasi Abhimanyu Telugu
2012 Naa Ishtam Ganesh Telugu
Department Shiv Narayan Hindi
Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum B.Tech Babu Telugu SIIMA Award for Best Actor (Critics)
2013 Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani Vikram Hindi Cameo appearance
Something Something Himself Telugu Cameo appearance
Arrambam Sanjay Tamil Guest appearance
2015 Baby Jai Singh Rathore Hindi
Dongaata Himself Telugu Cameo appearance
Baahubali: The Beginning Bhallaladeva Telugu
Palvaalthevan Tamil
Rudramadevi Chalukya Veerabhadra Telugu
Inji Iduppazhagi Himself Tamil Cameo appearance
Size Zero Himself Telugu
2016 Bangalore Naatkal Shiva Prasad Tamil
2017 The Ghazi Attack Arjun Verma Telugu/Hindi
Baahubali: The Conclusion Bhallaladeva Telugu
Palvaalthevan Tamil
Nene Raju Nene Mantri Radha Jogendra Telugu
Welcome to New York Hindi Cameo appearance
2018 Madai Thiranthu / 1945  Tamil / Telugu Filming
Enai Noki Paayum Thota  Tamil Filming
Haathi Mere Saathi  Bandev Hindi/Telugu Pre-Production [35]
Anizham Thirunaal Marthanda Varma  Malayalam Announced.
As producer and visual effects supervisor
Year Film Role Language Notes
2004 Bommalata Producer Telugu National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu
2006 Sainikudu Visual effects coordinator Telugu Nandi Award for Best Special Effects



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  25. ^ "Bipasha is like family: Rana Daggubati". The Times of India. 16 December 2011. 
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  27. ^ "Allu Arjun rejects Ileana – Telugu Movie News". 21 June 2011. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  28. ^ "'Leader' to 'Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum': Why hasn't Rana Daggubati found a foothold yet?|South Cinema Photos-IBNLive". 27 November 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  29. ^ "Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum heads towards Rs 45-cr collections". Business Standard. 3 December 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  30. ^ : Shekhar (3 December 2012). "Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum strikes gold at Box Office – Oneindia Entertainment". Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
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  32. ^ "Rana's cameo in Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani | Hindi Movies News". 21 May 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  33. ^ "Rana as Chalukya in Anushka's Rudrama Devi". The Times of India. 11 February 2013. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
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