Pudipeddi Sai Kumar (born 27 July 1960) is an Indian actor, dubbing artist and television presenter who works predominantly in Kannada and Telugu films, in addition to a few Tamil films. He has received two state Nandi Awards and three Filmfare Awards South for his work in Kannada and Telugu cinema. His performance in Prasthanam (2010) featured in the list of the "100 Greatest Performances of the Decade" by Film Companion.
P. Sai Kumar
Pudipeddi Sai Kumar
27 July 1961
|Alma mater||Presidency College, Chennai|
Madras Christian College
|Children||2, including Aadi|
|Parent(s)||P. J. Sarma (father)|
Krishna Jyothi (mother)
|Relatives||P. Ravi Shankar (brother)|
Early and personal lifeEdit
Sai Kumar was born to P. J. Sarma and Krishna Jyothi, as one of five children. Sarma moved from Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh to Chennai and established himself as an actor and dubbing artist while Jyothi, hails from Bagepalli, Karnataka and has acted in several Kannada films.
Kumar's brothers P. Ravi Shankar and Ayyappa Sharma are also actors. They have two sisters. Kumar has a master's degree in Arts from Presidency College, Chennai and completed M.Phil. at Madras Christian College, where he also taught briefly.
He started his career at an early age as a dubbing child artist. His father, P. J. Sarma was a leading dubbing artist. Sai Kumar followed in his father's footsteps, having dubbed for Suman and Rajasekhar for many of their films. Sai Kumar has exceptional dialogue delivery and Telugu diction clarity in his voice.
He rose to fame as a very successful star in the year 1996 from the Kannada film Police Story, which was also voice dubbed in Telugu and Tamil. The film became the biggest blockbuster of the year and Sai as a lead hero acted in series of hit Kannada films back to back. His Kannada films Agni IPS, Kumkuma Bhagya, Police Story 2, Lockup Death, Circle Inspector, Central Jail, Police Bete and Mane Mane Ramayana were all major hits at the box office and Sai Kumar became a household name in Karnataka. Saikumar in all his interviews says, 'I am indebted to Karnataka for making me a star and giving me Police Story during my struggling days. His recent Kannada blockbuster hit film Rangitaranga, that created records is another milestone in Sai's career. It was one of the top 300 films eligible to be nominated for the Oscars in 2016 and his performance in the film was not only praised by the critics, but also earned him an IIFA Award at IIFA Utsavam 2015.
He also acted in Bapu's Sneham (1977) as the brother of Madhavi. He also started a political career by contesting in the Karnataka assembly polls in 2018 with Bharatiya Janata Party.
In addition to his films, he also hosted Deal or No Deal on Gemini TV and Etv Kannada in Telugu and Kannada respectively. He also hosted WOW-Sakkhath Kick Kodo game show on ETV Kannada and WOW S1 - Manchi Kick Ichche, WOW S2 game shows on ETV. He hosted a game show, Manam on ETV. As of 2020, he is the host of WOW S3 on ETV.
- Nandi Award for Best Villain – Samanyudu (2006)
- Nandi Award for Best Supporting Actor – Prasthanam (2010)
- Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Telugu - Samanyudu (2006)
- Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Telugu - Prasthanam (2010)
- Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Kannada - RangiTaranga (2015)
- Other Awards
- Television Awards (As anchor)
- TV Award 2009 for Best Male Anchor presented by Delhi Telugu Academy in Hyderabad on 8 August 2010.
- Tata Docomo Media Award – Most Popular Male Anchor was given on 15 August 2010 for anchoring the TV show Wow on ETV Telugu.
- 'Best Male Anchor Award' was presented at the AP Cinegoers' 6th Annual TV Awards – 2009 on 28 December 2010 for his anchoring of Wow on ETV Telugu.
- SIIMA Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role - Kannada for Bharaate - 2021
|Devudu Chesina Pelli|
|1999||A. K. 47|
|2002||Seema Simham||Simbhu Prasad|
|2009||Dhee Ante Dhee|
|2012||Uu Kodathara? Ulikki Padathara?||Bujji|
|Jagadguru Adi Shankara||Mandana Misra|
|Autonagar Surya||Sirisha's father|
|2015||Pataas||DGP Murali Krishna|
|Pandaga Chesko||Sai Reddy|
|Bhale Manchi Roju||Shakti|
|2016||Sarrainodu||Jaya Prakash "J.P."|
|Janatha Garage||Police Commissioner K. Chandra Shekar|
|2017||Om Namo Venkatesaya||Guru Anubhananda Swamy|
|Jai Lava Kusa||Kaakha|
|Raja the Great||Surya Murthy|
|2018||Naa Peru Surya, Naa Illu India||Mustafa|
|Yuvarathnaa||Raghav Reddy (Education minister)|
|Ardha Shathabdham||Ramanna||aha film|
- Prema Sangama (1992)
- Kumkuma Bhagya (1993)
- Lockup Death (1994)
- Hettha Karulu (1994)
- Muthinantha Hendathi (1995)
- Thavaru Beegaru (1995)
- Thaliya Sowbhagya (1995)
- Puttmalli (1995)
- Emergency (1995)
- Hetthavaru (1996)
- Circle Inspector (1996)
- Saakida Gini (1996)
- Sowbhagya Devathe (1996)
- Mane Mane Ramayana (1996)
- Aayudha (1996)
- Police Story (1996)
- Muddina Kanmani (1997)
- Agni IPS (1997)
- Police Bete (1997)
- Central Jail (1997)
- Dhairya (1997)
- Jagadeeshwari (1998)
- Underworld (1999)
- Om Namah Shivaya (1999)
- Naga Devathe (2000)
- Mahatma (2000)
- Ticket Tickets (2000)
- Paapigala Lokadalli (2000)
- Durgada Huli (2000)
- Independence Day (2000)
- Khadga (2000)
- Rashtra Geethe (2001)
- Grama Devathe (2001)
- Law and Order (2002)
- Anka (2003)
- Vijaya Dashami (2003)
- Monda (2004)
- The City (2004)
- Srirampura Police Station (2004)
- Bhagawan (2004)
- Mahasadhvi Mallamma (2005)
- Police Story 2 (2007)
- Rakshaka (2007)
- Sri Kshetra Kaivara Thathaiyya (2007)
- Citizen (2008)
- Aa Marma (2012)
- Kalpana (2012)
- Angulimala (2012)
- Samsaradalli Golmal (2012)
- Brindavana (2013)
- Angulimala (2014)
- Rose (2014)
- RangiTaranga (2015)
- Raj Bahaddur (2016)
- Mahaveera Machideva (2016)
- Run Antony (2016) - Special appearance
- Madamakki (2016)
- Nagarahavu (2016)
- Santhu Straight Forward (2016)
- Real Police (2017)
- Pataki (2017)
- Happy New Year (2017)
- Bharjari (2017)
- Women's Day (2017)
- Brihaspathi (2018)
- Kismath (2018) - guest appearance
- Ibbaru BTech Students Journey (2019)
- Yada Yada Hi Dharmasya (2019)
- Bharaate (2019)
- Yuvarathnaa (2021) as Raghav Reddy, Central Education Minister
- Avatara Purusha (2021)
- Kaaval Geetham (1991)
- Thaiyalkaran (1991)
- Vaettiya Madichu Kattu (1998)
- Anthapuram (1999)
- Aathi (2006)
- Thenavattu (2008)
- Thiruvannamalai (2008)
- Kotti (2010)
- Irumbukkottai Murattu Singam (2010)
- A1 (2019)
As dubbing artistEdit
PSV Garuda Vega
|also dubbed for Tamil versions of his films|
|For Telugu versions|
|Manoj K. Jayan||Thirumalai
|Amitabh Bachchan||Khuda Gawah||For Telugu dubbed version|
|For Telugu dubbed versions|
|Vishnuvardhan||Sangathana||For Telugu dubbed versions|
|Suresh Gopi||Police Commissioner||For Telugu dubbed versions|
|For Telugu dubbed versions|
|For Telugu dubbed versions|
- "Midhunam, Sri Jagadguru Adi Shankara recommended for Oscars?". NDTV Movies. 2 September 2013. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
- "Happy Birthday Sai Kumar: Makers of Sreekaram share first look of the ace actor". The Times of India. 27 July 2020. Retrieved 17 February 2021.
- Sagacious – Saikumar
- "'Dialogue King' on a roll". The Hindu. 26 March 2011. Archived from the original on 2 April 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
- "Telugu Cinema hero birthday function - Sai Kumar". www.idlebrain.com.
- "Great Andhra: Exclusive interview with Saikumar".
- "100 Greatest Performances of the Decade". Film Companion. Retrieved 14 November 2020.
- "Ravi Shankar: Dad was straightforward, mom encouraged creativity". Deccan Herald. 12 June 2020. Retrieved 17 February 2021.
- Sarma, G. v Prasada (26 March 2011). "'Dialogue King' on a roll". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 17 February 2021.
- "Sai Kumar interview - Telugu Cinema interview - Telugu film actor". Idlebrain.com. Retrieved 17 February 2021.
- "Aadi is a producer's hero: Sai Kumar - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
- "Sai Kumar interview – Telugu Cinema interview – Telugu film actor". Idlebrain.com. Retrieved 21 July 2012.
- "Sai Kumar interview - Telugu Cinema interview - Telugu film actor". www.idlebrain.com.
- "RangiTaranga director Anup Bhandari never expected his film to make it to the Oscars race". India Today. 17 December 2015.
- "'Srimanthudu', 'Rangitaranga' win laurels at IIFA Utsavam". 26 January 2016.
- "Srimanthudu and Rangitaranga dominate IIFA awards". The News Minute. 26 January 2016.
- "Sneham". desibantu. 21 January 2012.
- Desi Hub: Telugu Movies's Weblog – 'Karalu Miriyalu' on TCV committee
- "2016 IIFA Utsavam Awards Kannada Winners". scooptimes. 28 January 2016. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
- "Cities / Hyderabad : Delhi Telugu Academy awards presented". The Hindu. 9 August 2010. Retrieved 21 July 2012.
- "Tata Docomo Media Award Winners". Andhraspider.com. Archived from the original on 1 October 2018. Retrieved 21 July 2012.
- "Andhra Pradesh / Hyderabad News : Lifetime achievement award for Shanti Swaroop". The Hindu. 29 December 2010. Archived from the original on 30 January 2011. Retrieved 21 July 2012.
- Hooli, Shekhar H. "Aadi says his tapori role in Garam will appeal to mass as well as elite audience". International Business Times, India Edition. Retrieved 23 October 2016.