Ravi Babu is an Indian actor, director, writer and producer in the Telugu film industry. He has written and directed 15 films and starred in over 75 films.[1]

Ravi Babu
Born
Occupation
  • Actor
  • director
  • producer
  • writer
Years active1998-present
SpouseTanuja
ParentChalapathi Rao
Websiteravibabu.com

Early lifeEdit

He is the son of veteran Telugu actor Chalapathi Rao and is the eldest of three siblings. His primary schooling was at Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan in Chennai and he later studied English Literature at the Presidency College, Chennai. He graduated with an MBA from the Symbiosis International University, Pune.

CareerEdit

Early careerEdit

Babu started as an assistant to Rajiv Menon and within a few months, he was promoted to assistant director and assistant cameraman. He was offered a job as a cameraman by the India Broadcasting Network in New York where he learned how to edit.

His work earned an invitation to participate in a course at the Sony Institute in San Jose, California. After the course, Babu did a short stint at TV Asia as ENG producer and also doubled up as cameraman and editor.[2]

Babu returned to India where D. Ramanaidu and director E. V. V. Satyanarayana cast him in their films. While acting, he directed television commercials for the production house Autumncart.

In 1999, he started his own production house, Flying Frogs, initially to produce television commercials, but would later become a feature film production house.[3]

ActorEdit

Babu's first films were Maavidakulu, directed by E. V. V. Satyanarayana and Sivayya, produced by D. Ramanaidu, where he played a main villain in both the movies. He went on to act in more than 75 films with films including: Murari, Anasuya, Yavarum Nalam, Dohchay, Swamy Ra Ra and Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu.

Director, writer and producerEdit

In 2002, Babu launched himself as a director. His first Tollywood film was Allari, which was shot in 45 days on a shoestring budget. The coming-of-age film was set to music by Paul J. Allari and was released on May 10, 2002 by Suresh Films.

Babu went on to direct Ammayilu Abbayilu with more mature actors like Sonu Sood, Dharmavarapu Subramanyam, and technicians like Chakri and Marthand K. Venkatesh and was released on January 30, 2003.

Soggadu is Babu's third film starring the romantic couple, Tarun and Aarthi Agarwal. Suresh Babu produced the film and the movie was later remade into Hindi by Rajkumar Santoshi as Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani.

In 2006, Babu made Party, a film that revolved around ambitious corporate executives in Silicon Valley. The film's release coincided with the rise of India as the new IT hub and was well received at the multiplexes.

In 2007, he made Anasuya, a suspense-crime thriller about a female journalist who follows the trail of a macabre serial killer. The film was remade in Kannada and Malayalam.

In 2009, Babu found producer Ramoji Rao of Ushakiran Movies, who backed him in a family-based romantic entertainer – Nachavule. The film picked up three Nandi Awards. This same year, Babu returned to the genre of crime and suspense with Bhumika Chawla, Sneha and Taraka Ratna with Amaravathi.

In 2010, Babu directed Manasara, a love story set against the backdrop of Kerala based on the ancient martial art of Kalaripayattu.

In 2011, Babu made another college-oriented entertainer – Nuvvila, produced again by Ramoji Rao, which released on November 3, 2011. The film introduced Yami Gowtham, a Bollywood model and a number of youngsters in roles that largely reflected the dilemmas of modern-age youth.

In 2012, Babu made another out of the box film with Avunu starring Shamna Kasim.

In 2014, Babu teamed up with Allari Naresh to create a comic story Laddu Babu. The film received critical acclaim but got a mixed response at the box office.

In 2015, Ravi Babu returned with a sequel to Avunu, titled Avunu 2.

Advertising careerEdit

Babu wrote and directed an advertising campaign with actress Tamannaah for Celkon phones. He also created an advertising campaign for N. Chandrababu Naidu, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh for the last election.[4][5]

FilmographyEdit

Key
  Denotes films that have not yet been released

As directorEdit

  • All films are in Telugu except otherwise noted
List of films directed
Year Film Actors Awards Ref.
2002 Allari Allari Naresh, Swetha Agrawal, Nilambari [6]
2003 Ammayilu Abbayilu Vijay, Mohit, Sonu Sood, Devina [7]
2005 Soggadu Tarun , Arti Agarwal [8]
2006 Party Allari Naresh, Shashank, Madhu Sharma, Brahmanandam [9]
2007 Anasuya Abbas, Bhoomika Chawla, Nikitha, Ravi Babu [10]
2008 Nachavule Tanish, Maadhavi Latha Nandi Award for Best Supporting Actress - Raksha
Nandi Award for Best Female Playback Singer - Geetha Madhuri
Nandi Award for Best Female Dubbing Artist - R Haritha
[11][12][13][14][15]
2009 Amaravathi Sneha, Bhumika Chawla, Sindhura Gadde, Taraka Ratna Nandi Award for Best Villain - Taraka Ratna
Nandi Award for Best Cinematographer - Sudhakar Reddy
[16][17]
2010 Manasara Sri Divya, Bhanu Chander, George Vincent, Ramaraju [18]
2011 Nuvvila Havish, Ajay, Yami Gautam, Vijay Deverakonda, Prasad Barve [19]
2012 Avunu Harshvardhan Rane, Poorna, Ravi Babu [20]
2014 Laddu Babu Allari Naresh, Bhumika Chawla, Poorna, Kota Srinivasa Rao [21]
2015 Avunu 2 Harshvardhan Rane, Poorna, Ravi Babu, Sanjjanaa
2018 Adhugo Ravi Babu
2019 Aaviri Ravi Babu
2021 Crrush Ravi Babu

As actorEdit

TeluguEdit

List of films and roles
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Maavidaakulu Muddu Krishna
Pellaadi Choopista
Love Story 1999
Tholi Prema Villain
1999 Sultan Noor
Neti Gandhi
2000 Vamshoddharakudu Ashok
Chala Bagundi Rapist
Jayam Manadera Ravindra Naidu
2001 Murari Bulabbayyi
2003 Ammayilu Abbayilu
Neeku Nenu Naaku Nuvvu
Simhadri
2004 Pallakilo Pelli Kooturu
Nenunnanu Waltair Ravi
Naani Satyam's son
Adavi Ramudu
2006 Party James
2007 Madhumasam
Aata
Lakshyam Pawan
Tulasi
Anasuya "Gulabi Puvvu" Govind
2008 Swagatam Padmakar Mudumba
Kalidasu Police Officer
Victory Laxman Rao
Brahmanandam Drama Company
2009 Nachchav Alludu
Amaravathi Venkat
2010 Prateeroju
Manasara...
2011 Mayagaadu
Anaganaga O Dheerudu Sudigundam
2012 Avunu Captain Raju
Racha Bellary's assistant
2013 Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu Goodu Raju
Mr. Pellikoduku
Gundello Godari Dora Babu
Swamy Ra Ra Durga Prasad
Anthaka Mundu Aa Tarvatha Sridhar
Prema Oka Maikam
2014 Alludu Seenu Peda Prasad
2015 Avunu 2 Captain Raju
Dohchay CI Richard
Thanu Nenu
2016 Dictator Director
Savitri
Eedo Rakam Aado Rakam Aadi Narayana
Selfie Raja Mams
Trivikraman Trivikraman
2021 Thimmarusu: Assignment Vali Prosecutor Varaha Murthy
Raja Raja Chora William Reddy

TamilEdit

List of films and roles
Year Title Role Notes
2008 Kuselan Inspector
2009 Yavarum Nalam Inspector Shiva

KannadaEdit

List of films and roles
Year Title Role Notes
1998 MangalyamTantunanena
1999 Habba
2000 Durgada Huli

ReferencesEdit

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