Vijay Deverakonda

Vijay Deverakonda is an Indian film actor, film producer, and media personality known predominantly for his works in Telugu language films.[3] He debuted in 2011 with Ravi Babu's romantic comedy Nuvvila (2011), but he gained recognition with his supporting role in the coming-of-age drama Yevade Subramanyam (2015). Vijay gained stardom by playing the lead role in the 2016 romantic comedy Pelli Choopulu, which won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu and the Filmfare Award for Best Film - Telugu.

Vijay Deverakonda
Vijay Deverakonda at NOTA pressmeet.jpg
Vijay Devarakonda at NOTA press meet in 2018
Deverakonda Vijay Sai[1]

(1989-05-09) 9 May 1989 (age 30)[2]
  • Film actor
  • film producer
  • media personality
  • businessperson
Years active2011 – present

Subsequently, Vijay has established himself as a leading actor of Telugu cinema by starring in lead roles in critical and commercial successes such as Arjun Reddy (2017), Mahanati (2018), Geetha Govindam (2018), and Taxiwaala (2018), some of which rank among the list of highest-grossing Telugu films. His performance in Arjun Reddy won him several accolades, including the Filmfare Award for Best Actor - Telugu.[4][5] In 2019, he won the South Indian International Movie Critics Award for Best Actor and was also nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Actor - Telugu for his work in Geetha Govindam.[6]

He owns a film production company, King of the Hill Entertainment and was featured by Forbes india in their 30 Under 30 list of 2019.[7][8] According to the annual report by the search engine Google, He was the most searched South Indian actor in 2019.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Deverakonda says, his family used to call him a rowdy every time he did something not approved by them. Over time, he started to use the term for himself and his fans.[10][11]


Early career and struggle (2011–2015)Edit

Deverakonda made his film debut by starring in Ravi Babu's romantic comedy Nuvvila in 2011,[citation needed] and then had a small cameo role in Sekhar Kammula's Life is Beautiful. Both films were decently successful but failed to give Deverakonda much recognition.[12] Then, he was introduced to an assistant director at the time, Nag Ashwin, who later cast him in a supporting role for the 2015 movie Yevade Subramanyam alongside actor Nani.[13] The film was produced by the daughters of Ashwini Dutt, a producer in the Telugu film industry. Priyanka Dutt backed him, and once shooting started, Swapna Dutt signed him onto her company.[14][15] The film went on to be a critical and commercial success, and Deverakonda won high praise for his diction, energy, and role in the movie. This movie finally gave him a much-desired break in Telugu cinema.[citation needed]

Breakthrough and success (2015–present)Edit

Vijay's first lead role was in Pelli Choopulu, a romantic coming-of-age entertainer directed by Tharun Bhascker Dhaassyam, with Ritu Varma as the female lead. The film went on to be commercially successful[16] and won the Best Feature Film in Telugu[17] at the 64th National Film Awards as well as the Filmfare Award for Best Film - Telugu. He received praise for his realistic portrayal of a lazy and unmotivated chef.[citation needed] He then starred in a masala entertainer, Dwaraka in 2017. His next film Arjun Reddy received praise and criticism alike for being very bold and radical. Vijay's portrayal as a self-destructive, short-tempered, and alcoholic surgeon received critical acclaim, which led to him winning numerous awards, including the Filmfare Award for Best Actor - Telugu.[18][19] Following Arjun Reddy was Ye Mantram Vesave, which was delayed for 5 years and finally released. It was given poor reviews from critics and could not fare well at the box office. He then starred in Mahanati, a biographical period film around life of actress Savitri. He won acclaim for playing a charismatic and easy going photographer. Deverakonda's next release in 2018 was Geetha Arts' romantic comedy Geetha Govindam, in which he starred as an innocent and nervous college professor. Deverakonda received praise for playing a subtle, boy-next-door character after an aggressive role in Arjun Reddy. His next film, released on 5 October, was the Tamil political thriller NOTA, directed by Iru Mugan-fame Anand Shankar. It performed poorly at the box office.[20] His next project was UV Creations' supernatural comedy thriller Taxiwala in which Vijay stumbles upon a possessed car opposite Priyanka Jawalkar. In 2019, Deverakonda was seen in Bharat Kamma's Dear Comrade, a romantic action drama, once again alongside Rashmika Mandanna. His upcoming film is Kranthi Madhav's romantic drama titled World Famous Lover opposite Rashi Khanna, Catherine Tresa, Aishwarya Rajesh and Izabelle Leite.[21] He will next be seen in Hero, a Telugu film that will be dubbed in Tamil and Malayalam too. The movie will be directed by Anand Annamalai, co-writer of films like Kuttramae Thandanai and Kaakka Muttai. The film see Malavika Mohanan essay the role of Vijay's love interest. Vijay will be taking on the role of a biker in this film.[22][23]

Deverakonda was placed 72nd in the Forbes India Celebrity 100 list 2018.[24] In 2019, Film Companion ranked Deverakonda's performance in Arjun Reddy among 100 Greatest Performances of the decade.[25]

Deverakonda made his debut in Hindi films with Karan Johar produced Fighter. Directed by Puri Jagannadh, the film went on floors in January 2020.[26]

King of the Hill EntertainmentEdit

Deverakonda is the owner of a film production company, King of the Hill Entertainment.[7] Its debut film, Meeku Maathrame Cheptha was released in November 2019.[27]

Brands and endorsementsEdit

On 11 February 2020, Deverakonda launched his fashion brand ‘Rowdy Wear’ on e-commerce portal Myntra.[28] He was the brand ambassador of food delivery app Zomato.[29]


  Denotes films that have not yet been released

• All the films are in Telugu language, unless otherwise noted.

Year Film Role(s) Notes Ref
2011 Nuvvila Vishnu Film debut
2012 Life Is Beautiful Ajay Villain
2015 Yevade Subramanyam Rishi Supporting role
2016 Pelli Choopulu Prasanth First lead role
2017 Dwaraka Erra Srinu / Sri Krishnananda Swamy
Arjun Reddy Dr. Arjun Reddy Deshmukh Filmfare Award for Best Actor - Telugu [30]
2018 Ye Mantram Vesave Nikhil "Nikki"
Mahanati Vijay Anthony Bilingual in Tamil as
Nadigaiyar Thilagam
Geetha Govindam Vijay Govind Nominated- Filmfare Award for Best Actor - Telugu
NOTA Varun Subramanyam Tamil film, dubbed and released in Telugu
Ee Nagaraniki Emaindhi Vijay Cameo appearance
Taxiwaala Shiva
2019 Dear Comrade Comrade Chaitanya Krishnan (Bobby) Dubbed into Kannada, Malayalam and Tamil [31]
Meeku Maathrame Cheptha Vijay Kumar Cameo Appearance
2020 World Famous Lover Gautham / Union Leader Seenayya(Srinu) [32]
Hero Filming [33][34]
Fighter Filming [35]

As producerEdit

Year Film Director Notes Ref
2019 Meeku Maathrame Cheptha Shammeer Sultan Producer [36]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Film Result
2015 Nandi Awards Special Jury Award - Telugu Yevade Subramanyam Won
2017 Filmfare Awards South Best Actor - Telugu Arjun Reddy Won
Zee Telugu Golden Awards Golden Awards for Best Actor
Behindwoods Gold Medal The South Indian Sensation
2018 Zee Telugu Golden Awards Favourite Actor Geetha Govindam Won
2019 Sri Kala Sudha Telugu Association Awards Best Actor Won
Hindustan times India's most stylish 2019 Awards Hottest stylista Won
SIIMA Film Awards Best Actor (Critics) - Telugu Geetha Govindam Won
Popular Celebrity on Social Media Won


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