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Puri Jagannadh


Early life

Puri Jagan has penchant for reading books even from his childhood. His father is a literary enthusiast hence the house is loaded with lot of books. Puri used to read all kinds of literary works but very much fascinated by the short stories. This introduced him to the world of plots, characters, and drama. His father had a film theater named ‘Jagannadh Touring Talkies’ This had been another major influence upon him. Remembering those days Puri says “I used to watch two shows per day after coming from the school. I used to watch the same film twice every day.” Although he stood as the topper in the class until his High School days at Narsipatnam, gradually his interest in studies waned. Later he joined Bsc but didn’t complete it.

While he was studying graduation, he wrote and directed a drama for his college celebrations. Puri’s father saw the play and identified the hidden genius in his son. Soon his father encouraged Puri and sent him to Hyderabad to learn the art of film making.

Regarding his father Puri says “I am fortunate to have such an understanding father, while all the family and relatives were against my interest, he stood for me and encouraged me to pursue my interest. He took all the blame upon him so that I can be happy learning the craft of film making.

Film career

His directorial debut Badri, starring Pawan Kalyan in the lead role and Renu Desai, Prakash Raj, and Bollywood actress Amisha Patel in the supporting roles is a big hit.

Later on he floated his own film production house Vaishno Academy. His production house went on to produce hit films such as Idiot, Amma Nanna O Tamila Ammayi, Shivamani 9848022338, and Pokiri (which went on to be the biggest hit of Telugu film industry).

His film was Chiruta, with Ram Charan Teja and Neha Sharma in the lead role which was a good film with a good collections and mixed talk but not up to that expectations in terms of chiru’s range. The film was Ram charan’s debut film who is the son of Chiranjeevi.

Jagannadh directed Ram Charan Teja’s first film Chiruta and C. Ashwini Dutt produced the film under Vyjayanthi Movies.

His Pokiri was his first film which had a silver jubilee run at the box-office. Pokiri even completed 200 days and Completed 562 days in Kurnool.

His next film with Prabhas titled Bujjigadu – Made In Chennai was released on 23 May 2008 and the film was hailed by critics as Prabhas’ best performance but the film achieved moderate success at the box office.

His next film Neninthe with Ravi Teja was released on 18 December 2008 and the film took satisfactory openings but later was declared an average film in Puri’s career after delivering a hat-trick with Raviteja.

His next film with Prabhas titled Ek Niranjan and the film was below average.

Puri usually uses fights master such as: Vijayan, Allan Amin, and Vijay. Vijayan also popularly work’s for Puri’s films. He composed the fights for Pokiri, Desamuduru, Chiruta, and Bujjigadu.

Puri is at present working on a film titled “Nenu…Naa Rakshasi” starring Rana and Ileana.

The Projects in the pipeline include “Budda” with Amitabh Bachchan and “The Business Man” with Mahesh Babu.Both these films are trilingual – Hindi, Telugu and Tamil.

He is considered as one of the famous directors Andhra Pradesh has produced

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