Shobu Yarlagadda is an Indian American environmental engineer – turned film producer, and the son-in-law of veteran film maker K. Raghavendra Rao.[1][2] He is the co-founder and CEO of Arka Media Works, a film production company known for its works exclusively in Telugu cinema. Shobu has garnered two National Film Awards, two state Nandi Awards, three Filmfare South Awards, and the Saturn Award.[3]

Shobu Yarlagadda
Shobu Yarlagadda

Alma materTexas A&M University
OccupationFilm Producer
Years active2010–present
RelativesK. Raghavendra Rao (Father-in-Law)
Prakash Kovelamudi (Brother in law)

Shobhu produced high fantasy works such as Baahubali: The Beginning (2015), and Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017) which received the American Saturn Award for Best International Film, and the Australian Telstra People's Choice Award.[4][5][6]

Early lifeEdit

Shobu Yarlagadda is the son-in-law of veteran director K. Raghavendra Rao. Shobhu was Born in Gudivada in Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh.[3] He graduated in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Andhra University in 1992. He went on to Texas A&M and graduated in Agricultural Engineering in 1995. For over a year and a half, he worked as an Air Resources Engineer in Greater Los Angeles Area for California Air Resources Board. In 2001 he established Arka Mediaworks with Prasad Devineni.[3]


In 2001, he established Arka Mediaworks; Arka means sunrays in Sanskrit. It produces television content in six languages (Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Oriya, Bangla and Marathi). He has worked as line producer for films such as Morning Raaga, and Anaganaga O Dheerudu. He was Executive Producer for films such as Bobby and Pandurangadu[7]


No Year Film Actors Director Language Notes
1 2010 Vedam Allu Arjun, Manoj Manchu, Anushka Shetty, Lekha Washington, Deeksha Seth Radhakrishna Jagarlamudi Telugu
2 2010 Maryada Ramanna Sunil, Saloni Aswani S. S. Rajamouli Telugu
3 2010 Anaganaga O Dheerudu Siddharth, Shruti Haasan, Lakshmi Manchu Prakash Kovelamudi Telugu Line Producer
4 2011 Panjaa Pawan Kalyan, Sarah-Jane Dias, Anjali Lavania Vishnuvardhan Telugu Line Producer
5 2015 Baahubali: The Beginning Prabhas, Rana, Anushka Shetty, Tamannaah S. S. Rajamouli Telugu
6 2017 Baahubali: The Conclusion Prabhas, Rana, Anushka Shetty, Tamannaah S. S. Rajamouli Telugu


Indian Film Festival of Melbourne
National Film Awards
Nandi Awards
Filmfare Awards South
CineMAA Awards


  1. ^ Cain, Rob. "'Baahubali' Producer Shobu Yarlagadda Explains How It Was Done".
  2. ^ Escobedo, Joe. "Transmedia Will Shape The Future Of Hollywood And Fortune 500 Firms".
  3. ^ a b c "Shobu Yarlagadda chitchat - Telugu cinema producer".
  4. ^ a b "IFFM-Dangal and Baahubali won telestra peoples choice award".
  5. ^ "63rd National Film Awards" (PDF) (Press release). Directorate of Film Festivals. 28 March 2016. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  6. ^ Dave McNary (27 June 2018). "'Black Panther' Leads Saturn Awards; 'Better Call Saul,' 'Twin Peaks' Top TV Trophies – Variety". Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  7. ^ Karnik for ZC. "Shobu Yarlagadda now producer of Prabhas-Rajamouli's film".
  8. ^ "63rd National Film Awards" (PDF) (Press release). Directorate of Film Festivals. 28 March 2016. Retrieved 28 March 2016.