Assistant Directors Turned Actors in tollywood

1. Nikhil : A "begumpet boy" turned as an Assistant Director for the film ‘Hyderabadi Nawabs’. he has done some minor roles in various movies before doing Happy Days. he got good fame with Happy Days.


Nikhil Siddarth actor

2.Sundeep Kishan : sundeep kishan is the nephew of cinematographer chota.k.naidu. he worked as an assistant director for Gautham menon for the movie vaaranam ayiram(surya s/o of krishnan). he worked with gautham menon for one year. after he got a chance in Sneha geetam as an actor.

sundeep kishan actor

3.Nani : After his graduation he was interested in directing movies. Mani ratnam is his favourite director.Producer Anil who was distant relative of Nani. Through him he  joined as  a clap Director for the film ‘Radha Gopalam’ and later for films like Allari , Bullodu , Dhee and Asthram. That time Nandini Reddy (Now Director) friend of Nani working as radio jockey offered nani as RJ . He did a program called Non-stop Nani. after that he got an offer in Ashta chamma as an Actor.

Natural star Nani

4.Krishnudu : Before coming to movies he worked in Gangatho rambabu serial in zee tv. after that worked as an Assistant Director for director Rasool Ellore’s ‘Bhageeratha’. he got character artist roles in various films like pokiri,happy days . his first debut as an actor is Vinayakudu.

Actor Krishnudu

5.Ravi Teja : Mass Maharaj Ravi Teja also was an Assistant Director before becoming an actor , he worked for some movies like Prathibandh, Aaj ka Gundaraj, Criminal, Ninne Pelladutha. Ravi Teja got an opportunity to act in the film Sindhooram directed by Krishna Vamsi as a lead actor.

Ravi teja actor

6.Raj Tharun : He  is popular for his short films .he almost acted in 52 short films . his dream is to become director. Initially he wanted to work as an assistant director in "Uyyala jampala" later he was chosen by Akkineni nagarjuna as an actor. though he is an actor he worked for screenplay and dialogue writing in that film.
Raj tarun Actor

7.Siddharth : Siddharth Suryanarayan , After finishing his education, he apprenticed with ad film maker Jayendra and cinematographer P. C. Sreeram, who both helped him join as an assistant director for Mani Ratnam's Kannathil Muthamittal(Amrutha in Telugu).the script writer sujatha insisted siddarth for auditions of shankar's boys movie.then he got the lead role as munna.
 Siddharth Suryanarayan

8.Sunil : Sunil known for his comedian roles in so many Hit Movies in Tollywood. he got filmfare for his comedian role in pedababu movie and nandi awards for nuvve nuvve and andhrudu.before that he worked as an Assistant Director for ‘Peru Leni Cinema’ and ‘Second Hand’.

Telugu actor Sunil


and other artists
* Avakai Biryani actor Kamal Kamaraju worked  as an Assistant under art Director Ravinder for the movie ‘Anukokunda Oka Roju’,
* Comedian,Character Artist,dubbing artist and famous Writer Uttej was an Assistant Director  for ANR’s ‘Rao Gaari Illu’ and worked as Associate to Ram Gopal Varma for 14 movies from ‘Siva’ to ‘Rangeela’.
* Comedian Saptagiri also an assistant director for movie parugu. he has done a small role in that movie.

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