Name: Rana Daggubati
Birthday: 14th December, 1984
Marital Status: Single, but rumored to be dating Bipasha Basu at the time of release of his first Bollywood film
Awards: Just a handful of films old and Rana Daggubati has already bagged three prestigious awards for his performances. His first Telugu film ‘Leader’ won him the Filmfare Award for Best Male Award- South and the CineMAA Award for Best Male Debut. ‘Dum Maaro Dum’, which marked his Bollywood debut, earned him the Zee Cine Award for Best Male Debut.
Trivia: Handsome hunk Rana Daggubati is relatively new in the industry, but he has already bagged a position in the list of the coveted Times 50 Most Desirable Men in 2011. Besides being known as DJ Joaquim Fernandez in his debut Bollywood film ‘Dum Maaro Dum’, he is more renowned for being associated with Bong hottie Bipasha Basu in ways more than one. A popular actor and producer down South, he has acted in only six films till date, two of which are in Hindi.
Biography: Born in Chennai to Telugu film producer Daggubati Suresh Babu and mother Lakshmi Daggubati, Rana completed his high school in Vengal Rao Nagar in Hyderabad. Hailing from a family of actors, it was quite natural for him to take up acting as his career. Actors Venkatesh Daggubati, Nagarjuna Akkineni, Naga Chaitanya Akkineni, Amala, Sumanth and Sushanth are his relatives, while he had now popular actors Ram Charan Teja Konidala and Allu Shirish as his classmates.
One can easily understand the reason behind the keen interest Rana took up in acting. But before becoming one, he started his career as a visual effects producer. His work in Telugu film Sainikudu won him the Andhra Pradesh State Nandi Award for Best Special Effects. His stint as a producer continued when he produced his first film in 2006. Named Bommalata- a Bellyful of Dreams, the Telugu film earned him the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu.
After having proved his calibre behind the camera, he decided to try his hand at performing in front of it. Thus he debuted in Telugu film Leader in 2012. His performance earned him several accolades, including two Best Male Debut Awards at Filmfare and CineMAA. In 2011, he starred in his first Hindi film ‘Dum Maaro Dum’, which also had Abhishek Bachchan and Bipasha Basu. He played the role of a DJ and got noticed as a powerhouse of talent. This performance won him a Best Male Debut Award at the Zee Cine Awards.
Besides this, there were plenty of rumors doing rounds of his alleged affair with his co-star Bipasha Basu. The controversy was quite hyped, so much so that it was believed that Bipasha broke up with her then- boyfriend John Abraham because of Rana. All three actors, however, brushed aside these rumors, citing various reasons.
Offers have, since, poured in for Rana and he has already acted in four films, of which three are in Telugu and one in Hindi. He is also shooting for a Tamil film and has a special appearance lined up in Ayan Mukerji’s Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani.