From an actor to a successful director: Venky Atluri’s journey


Like for everyone in cinema, it wasn’t quite easy for Venky Atluri to make it big in cinema. The youngster made his debut as a lead actor with Gnapakam and he then played one of the lead actors in Sneha Geetham. With both the films ending up as duds, he was left puzzled and after a break, Venky Atluri turned up his mind to turn writer and then a director. Though he did not assist anyone in the direction department, he worked for a series of films as co-writer which made him proficient in cinema. He made his debut as a writer with Madhura Sreedhar’s Its My Love Story.

Venky Atluri worked as the co-writer of Dil Raju’s Kerintha which released in 2015. He then went on to work for a bunch of films as a writer from Nagarjuna’s Oopiri to Akhil Akkineni’s Hello. He even penned the dialogues for the web series Mudda Pappu Avakay. After a long wait he made his directorial debut with Varun Tej’s Tholi Prema. The film is running successfully all over and Venky’s directorial abilities have been widely appreciated.

Venky managed to impress Varun even before the release of his films Loafer and Fidaa. Right after Varun decided to come on to the board, top producer Dil Raju decided to bankroll this project. However with enough projects in production for Raju, Tholi Prema got delayed and it was then Venky narrated it to BVSN Prasad and got it approved. This is how Tholi Prema started rolling.

Varun Tej during his recent interview complimented Venky for waiting this long. Venky even replied that the wait was not frustrating and instead it was exciting. The film has been made on a decent budget and the production values along with the technical aspects have been appreciated. After watching the final copy of the film, BVSN Prasad signed him for his next and Dil Raju will produce Venky Atluri’s third directorial. Wishing the actor turned director all the best for his future endeavours.

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