VV Vinayak is one of the very few directors who made a mark for himself in both mass and class audience with very few films. He is currently one of the most sought and highest paid directors in Tollywood today.
VV Vinayak is born in Chagallu village, West Godavari. His father Krishna Rao is a film exhibitor and distributor. He used to maintain 3 theaters in his village but later ran in to financial troubles and stopped the business. His mother Nagaratnam, is a house wife. His father passed away in 2010 and his mother in 2014. Vinayak has 2 brothers and 3 sisters and is eldest of all. Vinayak discontinued his Intermediate studies due to financial problems
Vinayak is married to Anantha Lakshmi Satyavathi and the couple has two children – Kundan Krishna and Hasini Krishna.
Senior director EVV Satya Narayana hails from Dommeru, the village of Vinayak’s aunt. After seeing the people of the village praising EVV, he felt like becoming a director and reached Film Nagar of Hyderabad in 1993. He joined as an apprentice under EVV during the shoot of 'Abbayigaru'. From 'Amma Donga', he worked for Sagar in all his films. After nine years of struggle, he finally got a break with NTR’s Aadi. The movie went on to become a blockbuster and brought first break to both NTR and VV Vinayak. Later, he directed Balakrishna in Chenna Keshava Reddy and it turned out to be an average grosser.
2003 is a remarkable year in VV Vinayak’s career. He got 2 hits that year with Nithin’s Dil and Chiranjeevi’s Tagore. Incidentally, both the movies were the biggest hits of those actor’s careers. Vinayak till date feels that directing Chiranjeevi is the biggest moment of his life as he is Vinayak’s favourite hero since childhood days.
He later once again directed NTR in Samba (2004) and Allu Arjun in Bunny (2005). Both the movies ended up as averages. He finally bounced back for 2006 Sankranthi with Victory Venkatesh’s Lakshmi. The film ended up as biggest hit in Venkatesh’s career then. Sankranthi turned out lucky for him since then. Ravi Teja’s Krishna (2008), NTR’s Adhurs (2010) and Ram Charan’s Nayak (2013) released in the same season and went on to become super hits. He also directed Prabhas in Yogi (2007) which is an average and his second film with Allu Arjun, Badrinath became a flop.
Vinayak who is known to be a big budget director and usually works with Star heroes, finally changed his way in 2014. He directed a new comer, Bellamkonda Srinivas, son of Senior Producer Bellamkonda Suresh with Alludu Seenu. The movie was made with the biggest budget ever for a new comer and the film also ended up collecting second highest ever for a debutante (after Charan's Chirutha).
Vinayak’s father used to have 3 theaters in their village but sold them off due to financial issues. After his success, Vinayak build a multiplex in Vishakapatnam, V-Max with his own money.
Vinayak’s father was very interested in politics. To fulfill his dream of becoming Sarpanch of his village, Vinayak camped in village in 2008 and made sure that he is elected as Sarpanch.
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