Tollywood Celebrities Who Were Roommates During Their Struggling Days

Tollywood Celebrities Who Were Roommates During Their Struggling Days

10 Dec 18 @ 10:42 AM | By Tataji Utukuri

Tollywood industry that has been flooded with star kids off late however had many actors who earned their place in the industry after going through a lot of struggles. They had to go through several stages of their life where they also met some people in their struggling time who not only shared the space they live but also helped each other become a star. Many of us don’t know that the present Tollywood celebrities were once roommates. Yes, when they were in search of opportunities in Tollywood they stayed in the same room.We have listed 12 Tollywood celebrities who were roommates during their struggling days.

  1. Raashi Khanna - Vani Kapoor

    Raashi Khanna and Vani Kapoor lived in the same room in Mumbai. In fact, Raashi only encouraged Vani to join her modelling agency so that she gets opportunities in the industry. Raashi was the first to receive offers in movies and settled as an actress in Tollywood. Vani Kapoor received a Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut, for her performance in ‘Shuddh Desi Romance’. She debuted in Tollywood with Aha Kalyanam with Nani but later settled in Bollywood.​

    Vani Rashi
    Vani Rashi
    Raashi Khanna Vaani Kapoor
  2. Trivikram- Sunil- RP Patnaik- Kulasekhar

    At the beginning of their career, these 4 shared a room and their struggles. Chandra Siddhartha, the well-known director, who used to stay a few blocks away mentored them regarding movies. Presently all these hold respectable positions in the Tollywood Film Industry. Trivikram became a director producing blockbusters, Sunil started as a comedian and became a hero, Kulashekar became a lyricist and R.P. Patnaik settled as a music director. Even while making their respective comebacks, Trivikram from a major setback and Sunil returning to comic characters, they are still working together. 

    Sunil Trivikram
    Sunil Trivikram
    Trivikram Srinivas
  3. Gopi Mohan- Veeru Potla- Sudhakar Reddy

    Gopi Mohan came to light as a writer with the blockbuster films Ready, Dookudu and Dictator, Veeru Potla started as a writer and settled as a director with Bindass, Ragada, and Doosukeltha. Both have made their own mark in the Tollywood. But before their success in the industry, these two shared a room and also a strong bond of friendship. They used to live in the same house and used to encourage and share their ideas with each other. Bollywood DOP Sudhakar Reddy was also their roommate and a close buddy.

    Gopi Mohan Veeru Potla
    Gopi Mohan Veeru Potla
  4. Srinu Vaitla- Anil Sunkara

    Successful director Srinu Vaitla and producer Anil Sunkara used to live in a rented room together in Chennai. While Srinu was trying for a chance in movies, Anil used to do a software course to go abroad. Later, Anil settled in America as a businessman and Srinu became a successful director in Tollywood. With the support of Srinu Vaitla, Anil later entered Tollywood industry as a producer. Under 14 Reels banner which is associated with Anil, these two have produced blockbusters like Namo Venkatesha and Dookudu.

    Anil Snkara
    Anil Snkara
    Srinu Vaitla
  5. Gunasekhar- Ravi Teja - YVS Chowdary

    All three have won their place in Tollywood industry in their respective fields. When YVS Chowdary was working as an assistant director, Ravi Teja was looking for opportunities in Madras (now, Chennai). Their friendship started on the sets of a movie and later they became roommates. Later Gunasekhar joined the duo. All three had a dream to make a film together, which was fulfilled through movie ‘Nippu’ directed by Guneshekar, produced by YVS Chowdary casting Ravi Teja as a hero.

    Gunasekhar - Ravi Teja - YVS
    Gunasekhar - Ravi Teja - YVS
  6. Nikhil Siddharth- Chandoo Mondeti- Sudheer Varma

    Directors Sudheer Varma and Chandoo Mondeti with whom Nikhil collaborated in movies like Swamy Ra Ra and Karthikeya respectively are his roommates in the past. Interestingly, Chandoo Mondeti’s debut directorial was with Nikhil, which turned out to be a big hit. These three started their career together with a film which was never released but their friendship still continues.

    Nikhil Siddharth- Chandoo Mondeti- Sudheer Varma
    Nikhil Siddharth- Chandoo Mondeti- Sudheer Varma
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  8. Puri Jagannadh - Raghu Kunche

    The ace director Puri Jagannadh and Music director and playback singer Raghu Kanche were roommates during their early days. Both have established their careers well in Tollywood industry. The duo worked together for movies such as Bachi, Devudu Chesina Manushulu, Neninthe, Desamuduru etc.

    Puri Jagannadh - Raghu Kunche
    Puri Jagannadh - Raghu Kunche
    Puri Jagannadh
  9. Krishna Vamsi - Uttej

    Award winning director Krishna Vamsi and character artist and comedian Uttej shared the same room in the beginning of their career in 1994-95. Vamsi made his directorial debut with the 1995 crime film Gulabi, which won Two National Awards, three Nandi Awards, and a Filmfare Award. Uttej Considers Krishna Vamsi as his mentor as he gave him a life on the Silver Screen by introducing him to Ram Gopal Varma. He won the Nandi Award for the film Chandamama as a comedian. He acted along with many lead actors and also worked as assistant director to Krishna Vamsi for the film Gulabi

    Krishna Vamsy - Uttej
    Krishna Vamsy - Uttej
    Krishna Vamsi
  10. V.V. Vinayak - Dolly (Kishore Pardasani) - Nallamalupu Bujji

    V.V. Vinayak is one of the popular directors in Tollywood, while Parthasani joined the big league of directors with ‘Tadaka’ and ‘Gopala Gopala’ movies and Nallamalupu Bujji produced movies with these two directors. They used to share a room and try their luck in Tollywood. It was Nallamalupu Bujji’s desire to produce movies with V.V. Vinayak and Dolly, which he fulfilled with the movie ‘Lakshmi’ and ‘Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam’.

    Vinayak trio
    Vinayak trio
    V. V. Vinayak
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  12. Chiranjeevi - Sudhakar - Hari Prasad

    The Megastar too had a long phase of struggle and shared a room with Comedian Sudhakar and character artist Hari Prasad. These three were roommates and contemporaries while taking training in acting at Film Institute in Chennai for one and half years. Interestingly, Sudhakar got the first offer as a hero in a Tamil movie, later Chiranjeevi and Hari Prasad received offers. Finally, Chiranjeevi became a Mega Star in Tollywood, after acting in few Tamil movies Sudhakar settled as a comedian in Telugu and Hari Prasad became a character artist in the same industry. ​

    Chiru - Sudhakar
    Chiru - Sudhakar
  13. Ilaiyaraaja- Bharati Raja

    Music maestro Ilaiyaraaja and director Bharti Raja were roommates in the beginning of their careers. They worked together in several movies such as Anthimanthirai in 1996, Captain Megal in 1993. They have had some controversies regarding their association in the movies but still continue to be friends.

    Ilaiya Raja
    Ilaiya Raja
  14. N.T. Rama Rao - T. V. Raju

    Legendary actor and politician Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao and eminent music director T.V. Raju once lived under the same roof. These two started their careers almost at the same time. Sr. NTR debuted with ‘Mana Desam’ in 1949 and became a legendary actor in Tollywood. TV Raju debuted with ‘Tingu Ranga’ in 1952 as music director and delivered memorable hits later such as ‘Panduranga Mahatyam’, ‘Shri Krishna Pandaviyam’, etc. ​