Bokkala Kishore Kumar (born 19 September 1980), known professionally as Vennela Kishore, is an Indian actor and director who works in Telugu-language films. Known for his comic roles, he was given the moniker "Vennela" after his first feature film Vennela (2005). He is a recipient of two Nandi Awards and one IIFA Utsavam Award.
Kishore at a shoot in València, 2016
Bokkala Kishore Kumar
19 September 1980
|Alma mater||Ferris State University|
Kishore was born and brought up in Kamareddy of present-day Telangana. He moved to Hyderabad for graduation and then emigrated to the US for higher studies. Kishore completed his master's degree in Ferris State University, Michigan and started as a software engineer.
Kishore received appreciation for his role "Sastri" in the film Dookudu. His other performances include Bindaas, Pilla Zamindar, Daruvu, Seema Tapakai, Badshah, Doosukeltha, Pandaga Chesko, Aagadu, S/O Satyamurthy, Srimanthudu, Bale Bale Magadivoy, Ekkadiki Pothavu Chinnavada, and Ami Thumi. He also directed two Telugu films (Vennela 1½, and Jaffa). After tasting failure with his directorial projects, he has returned to acting.
As an actorEdit
|Sneha Geetham||Box Office Bhushanam|
|Yemaindi Ee Vela||Seenu's friend|
|2011||Aha Naa Pellanta||Love Guru|
|Seema Tapakai||Peda Kishore|
|It's My Love Story||Sujath.A.R (Team Lead)|
|2012||Shiva Manasulo Shruti||Shruti's brother|
|Abbai Class Ammai Mass|
|Bhai||Home Minister's P.A.|
|Shadow||Nana Bhai's henchman|
|Athadu Aame O Scooter||Govind Raju BA. Pass|
|Pandavulu Pandavulu Thummeda||Gopal|
|Current Theega||Raju's friend|
|Run Raja Run||Mukundham|
|Janda Pai Kapiraju||Suresh|
|Alludu Seenu||Seenu's friend|
|Ala Ela||Karthik's friend|
|Lakshmi Raave Maa Intiki||Software Subrahmanyam|
|Temper||Vennela Kishore – Flutist|
|S/O Satyamurthy||Viraj's brother|
|Superstar Kidnap||Vennela Kishore|
|Bale Bale Magadivoy||Lucky's friend||IIFA Utsavam Award For Best Performance In A Comic Role|
|Eluka Majaka||Balu – Florist|
|Bruce Lee – The Fighter||Uganda Yugendhar|
|Brahmotsavam||Lakkavarapu "Lilly" Lingaraju|
|Janatha Garage||Pyarelal||Cameo appearance|
|Aatadukundam Raa||Karthik's friend|
|Majnu||Sanjay Leela Bhansali – Taxi Driver|
|Eedu Gold Ehe||Railway TC|
|Ekkadiki Pothavu Chinnavada||Kishore|
|2017||Luckunnodu||C.E.O. of Kony Solutions|
|Om Namo Venkatesaya||Govindarajulu's assistant|
|Rarandoi Veduka Chudham||Kishore|
|Ami Thumi||Sri Chilipi|
|Duvvada Jagannadham||Akella Vigneshwara Sharma|
|Yaar Ivan||Tamil film|
|Raju Gari Gadhi 2|
|Hello||Bridegroom||Guest appearance in song|
|Middle Class Abbayi||Software consultant|
|Touch Chesi Chudu||J. Balram|
|Naa Peru Surya, Naa Illu India||Kishore|
|Jamba Lakidi Pamba||Lawyer|
|Chi La Sow||Sujith|
|Sailaja Reddy Alludu||Chari|
|Amar Akbar Anthony||Miriyala|
|Padi Padi Leche Manasu||Gemini Natarajan|
|2019||N.T.R: Kathanayakudu||Rukmanandha Rao|
|N.T.R: Mahanayakudu||Rukmanandha Rao|
|F2 – Fun and Frustration||John Strow|
|Crazy Crazy Feeling||Maheshwar Rao|
|Hippi||Harley Davidson (HD)|
|ABCD: American Born Confused Desi||Kishore|
|Ninu Veedani Needanu Nene||Arjun|
|1st Rank Raju||Bollywood Bobby|
|Edaina Jaragocchu||Special appearance|
|Kousalya Krishnamurthy||Inspector Balram|
|Kathanam||Creative Kishore (CK)|
|Saaho||Goswami / Kothandam||Trilingual film (Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu)|
|Gang Leader||Santoor Senakkayala|
|Tenali Ramakrishna BA. BL||Kishore|
|Arjun Suravaram||Addala Balaji|||
|Bhagyanagara Veedullo Gamattu||Police Officer||Also co-producer|
|V||Mansoor||Amazon Prime film|
|Solo Brathuke So Better||Govind Gowda|
|Alludu Adhurs||Sreenu's friend|
|Most Eligible Bachelor||TBA||Post-production|
|Son of India||TBA||Filming|
|2022||Sarkaru Vaari Paata||TBA||Filming|
As a directorEdit
|2012||Vennela 1½||Khader Basha|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2010||Inkosaari||Nandi Awards of 2009||Best Male Comedian||Won|||
|2016||Bhale Bhale Magadivoy||Nandi Awards of 2015||Best Male Comedian||Won|||
|IIFA Utsavam||Best Comedian||Won|||
|7th South Indian International Movie Awards||Best Comedian (Telugu)||Won|
|2019||Chi La Sow||Nominated|
|Contribution to Tollywood||17th Santosham Film Awards||Santosham Allu Ramalingaiah Smarakam Award||Won|
- "Software professional turns comedian". The Times of India. 18 September 2018. Retrieved 13 September 2020.
- Tanmayi, Bhawana (23 September 2017). "'Vennela' Kishore's luck by chance". Telangana Today. Archived from the original on 19 March 2020. Retrieved 13 September 2020.
- "Vennela Kishore turns director!". chitramala.in. 30 June 2011. Archived from the original on 29 July 2014. Retrieved 19 July 2014.
- "Vennela Kishore to play a father". 16 September 2013. Archived from the original on 13 July 2015. Retrieved 19 July 2014.
- "MLA movie review: Kajal Aggarwal-Kalyan Ram starrer is forgettable". The Indian Express. 23 March 2018. Archived from the original on 30 March 2018. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
- "Arjun Suravaram movie review highlights: An interesting enough first half". The Times of India. Retrieved 29 November 2019.
- "Interview: Comedian 'Vennela Kishore' Interview with Kishore (Khadir of Vennela)". Idlebrain.com. 4 November 2008. Archived from the original on 27 February 2015. Retrieved 19 July 2014.
- "Interview with Kishore (Khadir of Vennela)". Greatandhra.com. 10 October 2010. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 19 July 2014.
- "Nandi Film Awards G.O and Results 2015". APFTVTDC. Archived from the original on 11 October 2020. Retrieved 13 September 2020.
- "IIFA Utsavam: Mahesh Babu's Srimanthudu Won Six Awards - NDTV Movies". NDTVMovies.com. Archived from the original on 22 December 2017. Retrieved 13 September 2020.