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  • Birth Name Veeramachineni Jagapati Chowdary
  • Date of birth 1962-02-12
  • birth place Machilipatnam
  • spouse(s) -
  • children Meghana
  • debut year 1989
  • debut movie Simha Swapnam

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Overview

Born to a legendary producer-director, Jagapathi Babu started his career slowly and went on to make his own mark on the audience with some unique family dramas. He also tried hand in some mass entertainers and is now even open to Villain roles.

  • Personal Life

    Born as Veeramachineni Jagapathi Rao Chowdary, Jagapathi Babu is born to legendary Telugu producer-director, VB Rajendra Prasad. He is born in Vijayawada and brought up in Chennai. He has two brothers all well settled – Ram Kumar, Yogendra Kumar. Though, born with a golden spoon, he always led a simple life since his childhood.
    He is not so good at studies and completed his school and college in Chennai. He studied till B.A.  He is married to his love, Neeraja in 1996 and the couple has two daughters – Meghana and Lekha.

  • Career

    He used to be the executive director of his father owned furniture business in Vishakapatnam but ended up as a bad businessman. He never had interest in films till then but when people around him started advising him to try his luck in films, he was slowly tempted towards the glam world.

    Jagapathi Babu made his debut with Simha Swapnam in 1989. He played a dual role in the movie, probably the first time ever for a debutant. He later took one and half year gap. He went on to make 6 straight flops and finally got his big break with Gaayam directed by Ram Gopal Varma. His father produced two films with him, Simha Swapanam and Adavilo Abhimanyudu both dented his pocket heavily and he had to even sell his house to clear the debts.

    Initially, his voice became a problem for him but later people accepted it.  Jagapathi Babu slowly realized that his huge female following will be an asset for him at the box office and started working in that direction. Movies like Peddarikam, Subhalagnam, Maavichiguru, Subhakankshalu, Hanuman Junction, Dongata, Budget Padmanabham, Kabaddi Kabaddi worked wonders with family audience and went on to reap huge profits for the producers. However, the actor did not only confine himself to family movies, he tried hands in mass genre too. Movies like Antahpuram, Samudram, Gaayam, Manoharam, Samanyudu, Anukokunda Oka Roju did extremely well and remained as a testimony for a good actor in him.

    Jagapathi Babu’s honeymoon as hero mostly ended with Pellaina Kothalo which released in 2006. After that movie, he went on to do more than 20 films including Thandavam alongside Rajinikanth, but except for Lakshyam (alongside Gopichand) none of them worked in his favour. It is told that he is in a financial mess during this period and went on to accept all the films that came his way. Due to this, several of his movies even found it tough for release.
     
     
    Jagapathi Babu finally began a new innings after he agreed to play the role of villain in Legend starring Nandamuri Balakrishna directed by Boyapati Srinu. He revealed that he is open to do more such roles in the future.

  • Trivia

    • There was a scene in his Jagapathi movie for which he is buried in ground. The movie unit dismantled the set after the shot was okay and forgot the location where he was buried. He might have been dead had he not known doing yoga. He controlled his breath till the movie unit took him out.
    • Jagapathi Babu is a big gambler and lost lot of money in the casinos of Las Vegas and Goa (Revealed by himself in an interview to Sakshi Newspaper).
    • There were lot of rumours about Jagapathi Babu and Soundarya seeing each other in those days and going to be married. But they all turned out to be baseless. Jagapathi Babu is close to Soundarya’s brother, Amar too. Sadly, both of them died in the same flight accident.

  • Upcoming Movies

    • Telugu film, Rudhiram directed by Santosh.
    • Cameo role in Ninne Ninne directed by Siva Nageswar Rao.
    • Legend starring Balakrishna and directed by Boyapati Srinu.

CAREER STATISTICS

Filmography
No.of Movies
Hero
28
Villain
4

awards

awards

1990: Nandi Special Jury Award for Adavilo Abhimanyudu 
1993: Nandi Award for Best Actor for Gaayam
1996: Nandi Award for Best Actor for Maavi Chiguru
1996: Nandi Special Jury Award for Shreekaram
1998: Nandi Award for Best Supporting Actor for Antahpuram
2000: Nandi Award for Best Actor for Manoharam
2007: Nandi Award for Best Supporting Actor for Lakshyam
2007: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for Lakshyam

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