Born to a famous Producer father and a housewife mother in a small village in Andhra Pradesh, Venkatesh is the second of three kids. Following his schooling and under-graduation in Chennai, he moved to the USA to complete a post-graduation in Business Administration before returning to India to follow his dream of producing movies. However, the foundation for his acting career was laid at a very young age of eleven itself. Venkatesh first appeared on screen as a child artiste in the 1971 movie Prem Nagar. He began his career as a hero in the 1986 movie Kaliyuga Pandavulu and garnered instant acclaim and recognition, with the movie fetching him a Nandi Award for Best Male Debut Actor. One can only say, there has been no looking back since.
CLAIM TO FAME...
After shooting right into the spotlight with his first movie itself, Venkatesh was fortunate enough to work with legends of the industry like director K. Viswanath, very early in his career. The movie Swarnakamalam, directed by K. Vishwanath, had Venkatesh in the lead and it bagged him his second set of awards and many subsequent movies like Prema, Bobbili Raja, Brahma Putrudu, Chanti & Kshana Ksha- nam fortified his stature as a legend in the making. Starting off with romance films, Venkatesh moved