Vijay Devarakonda is an Indian actor who works in South Indian Cinema. He started his career with theatre and short films and debuted in Tollywood with Shekar Kammula’s Life is Beautiful. However, he got a breakthrough from Yevade Subramanyam. His role as Rishi won several hearts and Vijay received accolades all over. His first film as main lead Pellichoopulu directed by Tharun Bhascker strengthened his calibre as one of the most promising young talents in the Telugu Film Industry. With his grounded, transparent and fearless attitude, he has generated a great following for himself among the present youth.
Vijay Deverakonda Early Life
Vijay Sai Deverakonda was born on May 09, 1989, to Govardhan Deverakonda and Madhavi Deverakonda in Achampeta, Nagarkurnool District (then Mahbubnagar District) of Telangana (then joint Andhra Pradesh) state. He has a younger brother, Anand Deverakonda and their family moved to Hyderabad in his childhood. Vijay completed his schooling from Sri Satya Sai Higher Secondary School, Puttaparthi and then moved back to Hyderabad to pursue his high school and college.
With an interest to always venture into the acting since childhood, Vijay associated himself with theatre groups in the city such as Sutradhar under the guidance of Vinay Verma and Ingenium Dramatics. He performed many plays across different venues in Hyderabad and garnered good name in the theatre circle. It was during one of these times when he gave audition for Shekar Kammula’s ‘Life Is Beautiful’, he was selected and thus made his acting debut on the Silver Screen.
Vijay Deverakonda Family
Vijay Deverakonda Family Father Mother Brother
Vijay Deverakonda’s father Govardhan Deverakonda came to Hyderabad from a small town, Achampeta to pursue his dreams as an actor and ended up becoming a TV director. Vijay considers him as an inspiration for pursuing acting and coming this far. His mother Madhavi Deverakonda is the Proprietor of Speak Easy in Hyderabad, a soft skills and personality development trainer. Vijay has a younger brother, Anand Deverakonda who works in the US.
Vijay Deverakonda Career
Vijay started to pursue acting from his college days when he associated himself with theatre groups such as Sutradhar and Ingenium Dramatics. He performed several plays across the city and garnered great name in the theatre circle as well. He even had a brief stint in short films and acted in a few of them apart from directing one titled 'Madam Merena.'
In 2011, he appeared in a brief role of a cricketer Vishnu in Ravi Babu's rom-com 'Nuvvila.' He then auditioned for Shekar Kammula’s ‘Life Is Beautiful’ and was selected for one of the supporting roles in the movie which released in 2012.
However, it was with Nag Ashwin’s ‘Yevade Subramanyam’ in 2015 with which he shot to instant fame. His portrayal as Rishi, an energetic and flamboyant guy who believes in living life to the fullest rather than just living for the sake of it, impressed the critics and audience big time. He instantly turned everyone’s favourite and garnered a great following, especially among the college goers. The movie was produced by Priyanka Dutt and Swapna Dutt, daughters of ace producer Ashwini Dutt. Impressed by his performance, the producers signed him for two other projects in future. Critics called him a promising find for Telugu Cinema.
In 2016, Vijay featured in his first lead role Pellichoopulu, a rom-com directed by Tharun Bhascker. It starred Ritu Varma opposite him as the female lead while Nandu, Priyadarshi Pulikonda, and Abhay Bethiganti were seen in supporting roles. The movie turned out to be a sensational hit in 2016 and changed the life for many in Telugu Film Industry. The movie was both critically and commercially successful and also won a National Award. Vijay who was remembered for a long time as Rishi completely surprised the audience with his role in Pellichoopulu as Prashanth, a carefree and aimless guy who turns out to be a successful chef. He was even nominated for the IIFA and Filmfare Awards in the Best Actor category.
‘Dwaraka was his first release in the year 2017 which was produced by the prestigious production house of Super Good Films. His role as Sri Krishnananda Swamy was well received by the audience. The second movie that saw the light in 2017 was Arjun Reddy. Vijay played the role of a medical student who suffers from anger management. His realistic portrayal as the bad-ass angry young man received rave reviews garnering a great following among the youth. Even superstar Mahesh Babu showered praises on his performance calling it once in a lifetime one.
Vijay next starred in Nag Ashwin's Mahanati that is produced by Vyjayanti Movies and Swapna Cinema. It's a biopic on the legendary actress Savitri and Vijay essayed the role of a journalist alongside Samantha. He is working on two other movies with GA2 banner. The first one is being made by a group of a young and energetic batch of filmmakers which is being co-produced by UV Creations as well and is titled Taxiwala.
The second movie Geetha Govindam is under the direction of Parasuram. Rashmika Mandanna of Kirik Party fame is paired up with Vijay in this movie. The movie went on to become one of the biggest grossers ever in Telugu and was very well received by the critics.
He also signed his first Tamil-Telugu bilingual film called NOTA which is directed by Anand Shankar and produced by Gnanavel Raja. This film marks his debut in Kollywood. He had first rejected this script but finally accepted after hearing it for the second time. Mehreen Pirzada played the heroine role in this movie. This is their first combination. NOTA released to a mixed critical reception on 5 October 2018.
He has also signed a movie under the direction of debutant Bharath Kamma who earlier made a few short films, Maro Prapancham being one of the prominent ones. This movie is being bankrolled by Pellichoopulu co-producer and also Vijay's uncle, Yash Rangineni under Big Ben Cinemas. The title of this film was decided to be Dear Comrade. Rashmika Mandanna pairs up with him for the second time with him in this movie.
Vijay Deverakonda Awards
Vijay Devarakonda's performance in the movie Arjun Reddy was received very well by the audience, critics, and the jury members as well. He won the Best Actor 2017 award at the Zee Golden Film Awards. He also won the prestigious Filmfare Award For Best Actor - Telugu at Jio Filmfare Awards 2018.
Vijay Deverakonda Business
Vijay Devarakonda ventured into the business world by starting a clothing brand called Rowdy Club.
Vijay Deverakonda Education
At the age of 6, Vijay joined a boarding school, Sri Sathya Sai Higher Secondary School and completed his 10th Std from it. He was involved in everything creative right from his childhood. He then returned back to Hyderabad to pursue his high school from Little Flowers Junior College after which he moved to Badhruka College and completed his B.Com (Hons).
Vijay Deverakonda Endorsements
The first franchise Vijay picked up to be the brand ambassador was the KLM Fashion Mall. It is a mall that has been started recently in the city of Hyderabad where KLM stands for 'Keep Loving More.' Recently Vijay along with Rana opened their first store in Ameerpet, Hyderabad and along with Catherine Tresa, he launched their second store in Kukatpally, Hyderabad.
Vijay Deverakonda Miscellaneous
Apart from carrying a very down to earth guy-next-door attitude, Vijay Deverakonda evolved as a very attractive personality among the youth. His speeches like anyone us during the Arjun Reddy pre-release event was a huge hit which also helped in the movie's openings. Within the industry, he looks up Nani a lot and considers him like an elder brother approaching for advice. Outside the industry, he is not the guy who has many friends among the girls and most of his friends are guys with whom he loves going on trips, camping etc. He is a fitness freak and loves playing sports, volleyball, badminton, and cricket preferably.
There was also a rumor that he is a relative of Telangana Chief Minister, but he made a clarification that there is some very distant connection between the family roots as it is with any other family. However, he admires K T Rama Rao as a politician and his leadership qualities. The only two things that annoy Vijay are littering and jumping the queue.
Vijay Deverakonda Social Profiles
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