Sumanth Kumar Yarlagadda (born 9 February 1975), known mononymously as Sumanth, is an Indian actor who works predominantly in Telugu cinema. He is the eldest grandson of Telugu actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao. He is also a partner in Annapurna Studios.[1]

Sumanth in 2021
Sumanth Kumar Yarlagadda

(1975-02-09) 9 February 1975 (age 48)
Alma materColumbia College Chicago
  • Actor
  • producer
Years active1999–present
(m. 2004; div. 2006)
RelativesSee Daggubati-Akkineni Family

Sumanth's most notable films are Prema Katha (1999),[2] Yuvakudu (2000), Satyam(2003)[3],Gowri (2004),[4] Godavari (2006), Madhumasam (2008), Golconda High School (2011), Malli Raava (2017), and Sita Ramam (2022).

Background and early life

Sumanth was born in Hyderabad, India, on 9 February 1975.[5][6] He is the only son of Surendra Yarlagadda and Satyavathi Akkineni. He is the eldest grandchild of the Telugu film actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao. A few months after his birth, Sumanth's parents returned to the US where they were residing. Sumanth, however, remained in India on the request of his grandfather Akkineni Nageswara Rao, who was then on a hiatus from films after a major heart surgery. The latter had often said that his busy acting career prevented him from fully experiencing fatherhood with his own children, so he wished to raise his first grandchild himself. Subsequently, Sumanth was adopted by his maternal grandparents.[7]


Sumanth's father, Surendra Yarlagadda, is a former film producer, noted for several hit films such as Muchataga Mugguru (1985), Collector Gari Abbayi (1987), Rao Gari Illu (1988), Siva (1989), and Gaayam (1993). Y.Sumanthkumar, has 1 Younger Sister : Supriya Yarlagadda, who is the executive director of Annapurna Studios. Actor Nagarjuna Akkineni is his maternal uncle and producer D. Ramanaidu is his uncle from his paternal side.[8] Producer Daggubati Suresh Babu and actors Venkatesh Daggubati, Rana Daggubati, Naga Chaitanya, Akhil Akkineni, and Sushanth are his cousins.[9]

In August 2004, Sumanth married former actress Keerthi Reddy. They were divorced amicably in 2006.[10]


Sumanth studied at the Hyderabad Public School, graduating in 1991. For his undergraduate studies, he enrolled in an engineering course in Michigan. Realising after two years that it wasn't in his best interest, he transferred to Columbia College Chicago, from where he graduated with a B. A. in Film Studies in 1997.[11]

Acting Career

Sumanth made his debut into films as a lead actor in Ram Gopal Varma's Romantic film Prema Katha in 1999.[12][13] Despite not achieving commercial success,[14] the film received critical acclaim for its content and music. It garnered five Nandi awards in 1999, including the Nandi Award for Best Feature Film.[15] His next film Yuvakudu (2000) with Karunakaran also was not commercially successful.[16] This continued with his next films released in 2000-01, Pelli Sambandham, Ramma Chilakamma, and Snehamante Idera, despite popular actors from his family Akkineni Nageswara Rao and Nagarjuna sharing screen in two of them.[17][18]

2003 romantic film Satyam was a breakthrough for his acting career. He played the role of a ghost-writer struggling to become a lyricist and facing misunderstandings in his love life. Film achieved commercial success. Additionally, Sumanth received critical acclaim, with Idlebrain Jeevi commenting, "There is not event a single moment on screen where you can find any shortcomings in his histrionics".[19]


  Denotes films that have not yet been released

As actor

Year Film Role Notes Ref.
1999 Prema Katha Suri Debut in a lead role
2000 Yuvakudu Siva
Pelli Sambandham Grandson
2001 Ramma Chilakamma Kasi
Snehamante Idera Chandrasekhar "Chandru"
2003 Satyam Satyam
2004 Gowri Gowri Shankar
2005 Soggadu Himself Cameo appearance
Dhana 51 Dhana
Mahanandi Shankar
2006 Godavari Sreeram "Ram"
Chinnodu Chinna
2007 Classmates Ravi Kiran IAS, (District Collector)
2008 Madhumasam Sanjay
2009 Pourudu Ajay
Boni DD
2011 Golconda High School Sampath
Raaj Raaj
Daggaraga Dooranga Gowtham
2014 Emo Gurram Egaravachu Bullebbai
2016 Naruda Donoruda Vicky
2017 Malli Raava Karthik
2018 Subrahmanyapuram Karthik
Idam Jagath Nishith
2019 NTR: Kathanayakudu Akkineni Nageswara Rao
NTR: Mahanayakudu
2021 Kapatadhaari Gowtham
2022 Malli Modalaindi Vikram
Sita Ramam Brigadier Vishnu Sharma
2023 Vaathi A. M. Kumar Cameo appearance; Shot simultaneously in Tamil [20]
Sir A. S. Murthy
Anangana Oka Rowdy   Waltair Seenu Pre- production [21]
Vaaraahi   TBA



As dubbing artist

  • 83 (2021) for Ranveer Singh (Telugu dubbed version)[23]


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  4. ^ "Gowri Review". Full Hyderabad. Archived from the original on 29 December 2018. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  5. ^ "'I am not resisting any woman' - HYDB". The Hindu. 11 January 2008. Archived from the original on 20 November 2015. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
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  14. ^ P, Shekar Reddy (20 February 2021). "హీరో సుమంత్ తొలి పారితోషికం ఎంతో తెలుసా..?". Archived from the original on 20 February 2021. Retrieved 20 May 2023.
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  16. ^ Jeevi, Idlebrain. "Interview with Karunakaran". Archived from the original on 6 April 2023. Retrieved 20 May 2023.
  17. ^ Gudupudi, Srihari. "Movie review - Snehamante Idera". Archived from the original on 2 March 2023. Retrieved 20 May 2023.
  18. ^ "Pelli Sambandham Review". Full Hyderabad.
  19. ^ "Telugu cinema Review - Sathyam - Sumanth, Genelia - Soorya Kiran - Nagarjuna Akkineni - Chakri". Retrieved 20 May 2023.
  20. ^ "Vaathi review: Despite flaws, Dhanush's earnest presence lifts this honest film".
  21. ^ "Anaganaga Oka Rowdy: Sumanth's first look from Manu Yagnaa directorial out". The Times of India. ISSN 0971-8257. Retrieved 10 February 2023.
  22. ^ Telugu360 (14 November 2022). "Hero Sumanth 's Vaarahi Movie Opening photos". Retrieved 10 February 2023.
  23. ^ "Sumanth to dub for Telugu version of Ranveer Singh-starrer '83' - Times of India". The Times of India. 2 January 2021.

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