TOP 5 Tollywood Actors Who Worked As Assistant Directors In The Past 0 3


Naveen Babu Ghanta better known by his nickname Nani is an Indian actor who stars in Telugu films and also a few Tamil films. After his education, he became an assistant director and worked with Srinu Vaitla and Bapu before working as an RJ for World Space Satellite in Hyderabad. He won the State Nandi Award for Best Actor for Yeto Vellipoyindhi Manasu and the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor – South for Bhale Bhale Magadivoy. Nani has earlier worked as a clap director for Babu’s team and he has worked in Allari Bullodu, Dhee and Asthram.


Sundeep Kishan is a film actor known for his works primarily in Telugu films. Kishan is the nephew of cinematographers Chota K. Naidu and Shyam K. Naidu. In 2008, he assisted director Gautham Menon in Vaaranam Aayiram. He sang “Cell Phone-lu Balance” song in the movie “Idega Asapaddav” and moved to Hyderabad that same year. He worked as an assistant director with Gautham Menon for a year before making his acting debut with “Sneha Geetham“, a product of LARSCO (Lagadapati Sridhar) who produced films like Evadi Gola Vaadide and Style.

Deva Katta referred Kishan to his friends, Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D. K. which led to Kishan’s casting in his first Hindi venture, Shor in the City. Sundeep Kishan stated that he was very happy since his 2015 released film Tiger which was appreciated by Tollywood stars like Ravi Teja, Allu Arjun and R. Narayana Murthy. He has also acted in Venkatadri Express, Ra Ra… Krishnayya. After Maanagaram, Sundeep has signed his next Tamil project Aram Seithu Pazhagu which is directed by Suseenthiran.


Siddharth is a Telugu film actor who has appeared in Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, and Malayalam language films. Apart from acting, he has also been involved in films as a screenplay writer, producer and playback singer. He has been described as one of the few actors in India who is able to achieve pan-Indian appeal.

After completing his business management studies, Siddharth chose to work in filmmaking and assisted Mani Ratnam before going on to make an acting debut in S. Shankar‘s coming-of-age Tamil film Boys (2003). The success of the film provided an opportunity to feature in Mani Ratnam’s multi-starrer Aayutha Ezhuthu (2004) before he branched off to receive critical and commercial acclaim in Telugu and Hindi cinema through Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana (2005), Rang De Basanti and Bommarillu (2006).

The actor then had a prolific year in 2014, winning critical acclaim and box office success for his two ventures – Jigarthanda, where he portrayed an aspiring film maker, and Kaaviya Thalaivan, in which he played an actor from the 1920s Madras theater scene.


Nikhil Siddharth is an actor in the Telugu film industry. After playing minor roles in few films, Nikhil rose to fame with Sekhar Kammula‘s college drama Happy Days (2007). He went on to star in several critically and commercially acclaimed films like Yuvatha (2008), Alasyam Amrutham (2010), Veedu Theda (2011) Swamy Ra Ra (2013), Karthikeya (2014), Surya vs Surya (2015), and Ekkadiki Pothavu Chinnavada (2016).

Nikhil was born in Begumpet, Hyderabad. He started out as an assistant director for the film ‘Hyderabad Nawaabs’. He had minor roles in various movies before doing Happy Days, the first movie in Tollywood with an overseas release date earlier than the Indian release. Directed by an Indian national award winner Sekhar Kammula, Nikhil plays one of the 4 male leads in the movie. It was declared a smash hit and gave Nikhil an overnight fame. Happy Days was one among the few low budget movies made in 2007 that became commercially successful. His first solo lead movie was Ankit, Pallavi & Friends. He appeared in hit movies like Yuvatha and Veedu Theda which ran for 50 days in Andhra Pradesh and got his major breakthrough in 2013 with the smash hit film Swamy Ra Ra, which was a blockbuster. His next movie, titled Karthikeya, (October 2014) earned him brilliant reviews from critics.

His first release in 2015 was Surya vs Surya, which opened to largely positive reviews and was appreciated for its fresh theme and storyline. It went on to gross 11 crore in less than two weeks and stood as another success at the box office. His next, Ekkadiki Pothavu Chinnavada (2016), turned out to be a blockbuster as well. Collecting nearly 40 crores during its run, the movie was one of the biggest blockbusters of 2016 for Telugu film industry taking Nikhil to stardom.


Ravi Teja (born as Ravi Shankar Raju Bhupatiraju on 26 January 1968) and popularly referred to as “Mass MahaRaja” is an Indian film actor known for his work in Telugu cinema. He is widely considered as one of the most popular and highest paid actor of Telugu cinema who has appeared in over a sixty films so far. He won the Nandi Special Jury Award in 1999 and 2002 for his performance in the films Nee Kosam (1999) and Khadgam (2002) and also won the State Nandi Award for best actor for his film Neninthe in 2008.

He started his career as a supporting artist in Karthavyam (1990). Teja also became an assistant director and worked for several Bollywood and Telugu films and subsequently played small roles in the films Chaitanya (1991), Aaj Ka Goonda Raj (1992), Allari Priyudu (1993), Ninne Pelladata (1996) and Sindhooram (1997). Ravi has worked consistently as assistant director for four movies before becoming a hero in the Tollywood industry.

In 2012, he was also listed as 50th in the Forbes India list of top 100 Celebrities with an annual income of ₹15.5 crore. In 2013 he was in 68th position with earnings of ₹13 crore. In 2015 he was in 74th position with earnings of ₹12.5 crore.

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