D. Suresh Babu Age, Children, Family, Biography & More

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Wife: Lakshmi Daggubati
Hometown: Karamchedu, Andhra Pradesh
Age: 64 Years

D. Suresh Babu

Full nameDaggubati Suresh Babu [1]Dailyhunt
Other names• Suresh Babu [2]India Today
• Suresh Daggubati [3]Hyderabad Angels
• Suresh Babu Daggubati [4]Suresh babu Daggubati - Instagram
ProfessionFilm producer and distributor
Famous forBeing the father of Indian actor Rana Daggubati
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 178 cm
in meters- 1.78 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 10”
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourSalt & Pepper (semi-bald)
DebutAs a producer
Film (Telugu): Devata (1982)
Poster of D. Suresh Babu's debut film as a producer, Devata (1982)
As a actor
Film (Hindi): Azhar (2016)
Poster of the Bollywood film Azhar (2016)
Awards• 1998: Best Feature Film (Bronze) Award for the Telugu film Ganesh at the Nandi Awards
• 2000: Best Feature Film (Gold) Award for the Telugu film Kalisundam Raa at the Nandi Awards
• 2000: Best Feature Film Award for the Telugu film Kalisundam Raa (2000) at the National Film Awards
• 2003: Best Home-viewing Feature Film Award for the Telugu film Neeku Nenu Naaku Nuvvu at the Nandi Awards
• 2004: Best Home-viewing Feature Film Award for the Telugu film Malliswari at the Nandi Awards
• 2012: Filmfare Award for Best Telugu Film Eega at the Filmfare Awards South
• 2012: Nagireddy-Chakrapani National Award for his contribution to the Telugu film industry
• 2014: Best Feature Film Award for the Telugu film Uyyala Jampala (2013) at the Nandi Awards
• 2015: Best Film Award for the Telugu film Drushyam at the TSR-TV9 National Film Awards
Personal Life
Date of Birth24 December 1958 (Wednesday)
Age (as of 2022) 64 Years
BirthplaceMadras, (now Chennai) Tamil Nadu, India
Zodiac signCapricorn
HometownKaramchedu, Prakasam district, Andhra Pradesh, India
SchoolDon Bosco Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Chennai
College/University(s)• Loyola College, Chennai
• College of Engineering, Guindy, Chennai
• University of Michigan, Michigan, USA
Educational Qualification(s)• Pre-University Course (PUC)
• B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering [5]Idlebrain
Controversies• Accused of driving rashly
On 21 October 2018, Suresh Babu was accused of driving rashly at Sikh Village Road in Secunderabad, where his car stuck into Satish Chandra's scooter, who was accompanied by his wife Durga Devi, and their three-year-old son, Siddesh Chandra. The victims suffered various injuries and were immediately taken to the hospital for further treatment. One of the victim’s relatives, Boggula Sanjay Kumar, filed a complaint against Suresh Babu and consequently, the Karkhana police booked Suresh under Section 337 (causing hurt and endangering life or personal safety of others) of the IPC and a notice was issued under Section 41 of CrPC (The Code of Criminal Procedure). [6]Deccan Chronicle

• Cheated of Rs 1 lakh on the pretext of arranging Covid vaccines
Suresh Babu received a call from Nagarjuna Reddy on 31 May 2021, on the pretext of arranging 500 Covid-19 vaccination doses for his employees for Rs 1 lakh. Suresh agreed to the offer and Nagarjuna asked him to transfer the money to his wife, T Laxmi’s bank account. After Suresh transferred the amount to him, Nagarjuna switched off his cellphone following which Suresh realised that he had been duped by Nagarjuna. Suresh filed a complaint against Nagarjuna at the Jubilee Hills police station and a case was registered against him under sections 406 and 420 of the IPC. [7]The Siasat Daily

• Summoned in a land-grabbing case
In February 2023, a local businessman, Pramod Kumar, accused Suresh Babu and his son Rana Daggubati of allegedly sending bullies, who threatened him to vacate the property and installed boards on the property, which stated that the property belonged to Suresh Babu. Pramod, in his complaint, claimed that in 2014, Suresh leased the property to him, which was situated in Film Nagar Cooperative Housing Society, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad. After the lease period ended, Suresh initiated a deal to sell the property to Pramod for Rs 18 crores. To register the deal, Pramod paid Rs 5 crores in advance to Suresh but on the contrary, without prior informing him, Suresh sold the property to his son Rana Daggubati for Rs 9 crores. Suresh and Rana were summoned by the Nampally Criminal Court in their alleged involvement in the land acquisition case and were booked under the IPC sections of assault or use of criminal force (352), punishment for mischief (426), punishment for criminal trespass (447), criminal intimidation (503), and punishment for criminal intimidation (506). [8]The Times of India Pramod in his complaint wrote,
On November 1, 2022 at around 4 p.m., six unidentified men barged into the place forcefully took possession by abusing my men and refusing to leave. They also threatened me when I intervened. I have reasons to believe that the men were sent by Suresh Babu to forcefully occupy the place.” [9]The Hindu
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Wife/SpouseLakshmi Daggubati
D. Suresh Babu's wife, Lakshami Daggubati (second from right)
Rana Daggubati (actor)
Rana Daggubati
Abhiram Daggubati (actor)
Abhiram Daggubati
Daughter- Malavika Daggubati (businesswoman)
Rana Daggubati with his sister, Malavika Daggubati
ParentsFather- Daggubati Ramanaidu (film producer)
Mother- Rajeshwari Daggubati
D. Suresh Babu's parents, Ramanaidu Daggubati and Rajeshwari Daggubati
SiblingsBrother- Venkatesh Daggubati (actor)
D. Suresh Babu with his brother, Venkatesh Daggubati (right)
Sister- Lakshmi Daggubati
Lakshmi Daggubati
Other RelativesSon-in-law- Bharat Krishna Rao
Malavika Daggubati with Bharat Krishna Rao
Daughter-in-law- Miheeka Bajaj (interior designer)
Miheeka Bajaj With Rana Daggubati
Brother-in-law(s)- 2
• Nagarjuna (actor; first husband of Lakshmi Duggabati)
Akkineni Nagarjuna
• Sharath Vijay Raghavan (executive director at Sundaram Motors; second husband of Lakshmi Duggabati)
Sharath Vijay Raghavan
Nephew- Naga Chaitanya (actor)
Naga Chaitanya

D. Suresh Babu


Some Lesser Known Facts About D. Suresh Babu

  • D. Suresh Babu is an Indian film producer and distributor, who is the father of popular Indian actor Rana Daggubati. He is well known for majorly producing Telugu films such as Ganesh (1998), Kalisundam Raa (2000), Neeku Nenu Naaku Nuvvu (2003), Masala (2013), Drushyam (2014), and Gopala Gopala (2015).
  • Suresh completed his first two years of mechanical engineering at the College of Engineering, Guindy, Chennai. In 1981, he enrolled himself at the University of Michigan, Michigan, USA, where he completed the remaining years of his engineering degree. [10]Idlebrain

    From left to right- D. Suresh Babu with his father Ramanaidu Daggubati, mother Rajeswari Daggubati, sister Lakshmi Daggubati, and brother Daggubati Venkatesh

    From left to right- D. Suresh Babu with his father Ramanaidu Daggubati, mother Rajeswari Daggubati, sister Lakshmi Daggubati, and brother Daggubati Venkatesh

  • Suresh came back to India after completing his mechanical engineering degree from the University of Michigan in the USA. He aspired to launch his own business in India but things didn’t go as planned and eventually, he joined his father’s film production business.
  • Although he made his debut as a producer with the film Devata in 1982, Suresh did not claim his name as a producer on the film’s credit list. However, in 1990, after the release of the Telugu film Bobbili Raja, Suresh started declaring his name as a producer on the film’s credit list.
  • In December 1983, Suresh launched Suresh Productions Private Limited, an Indian film production and distribution company in Hyderabad.
  • Suresh Babu produced a few Telugu films, Bobbili Raja (1990), Preminchukundam Raa (1997), Jayam Manadera (2000), Kalisundam Raa (2000), Malliswari (2004), Tulasi (2007), Namo Venkatesa (2010), Drushyam (2014), and Gopala Gopala (2015), which starred his brother Daggubati Venkatesh.
  • Suresh produced many Telugu films like Coolie No.1 (1991), Preminchukundam Raa (1997), Malliswari (2004), Baladur (2008), Avunu 2 (2015), Nene Raju Nene Mantri (2017), Venky Mama (2019), Drushyam 2 (2021), Dongalunnaru Jaagratha (2022), and many more.
  • Suresh presented a few Telugu films like Ashta Chamma (2008), Namo Venkatesa (2010), Eega (2012), Uyyala Jampala (2013), Thanu Nenu (2015), Mental Madhilo (2017), and Virata Parvam (2022).
  • For the period of 2011-12, Suresh was elected as the president of the AP Film Chamber of Commerce. In 2015, the AP Film Chamber of Commerce was renamed to the Telugu Film Chamber of Commerce following the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. In the same year, Suresh was elected as the new president of the Telugu Film Chamber of Commerce. [11]Deccan Chronicle
  • Suresh, in 2012, was elected as the vice president of Hyderabad Angels, an investment company, which majorly invests in technology-based small start-ups.
  • In 2012, Suresh’s father, Ramanaidu was awarded the third-highest civilian award in India Padma Bhushan for his immense contribution to the Telugu film industry.
  • D. Suresh Babu’s father, Daggubati Ramanaidu, was known for primarily producing Telugu films. After battling cancer for a long period of time, Ramanaidu took his last breath on 18 February 2015, at the age of 78.
  • Suresh Babu’s daughter-in-law, Miheeka owns an event management company, Dew Drop Design Studio. 
  • Suresh, in an interview, talked about his aspirations of becoming an engineer but on the contrary, he joined his family business of film production. He revealed that due to the unstable nature of the movie business, his parents never wanted their children to make a career in the film industry and said,

    My dad wanted one of us (Me and Venkatesh) to become a doctor. At that time, Suresh Productions was not a big player. Some producers asked me to act in film when I was a child. I did not act. It was the same case with Venky. My parents did not want us to get into movie business as moviemaking was considered to be a risky business at that point of time. We have to gamble with money and the returns are not assured. That’s why I got into engineering. My uncle was an engineer. Hence, I also wanted to become engineer, start up an industry and serve the society.”

  • In an interview, Suresh stated that he had a great interest in sports and cricket, football, and baseball were one of his favourite sports.
  • Suresh’s son, Rana Daggubati, was blind in his right eye, and he used to see only with his left eye. Later, he underwent an eye transplant surgery to cure his vision.
  • Suresh serves as a director in a few companies like Asian Theatres Limited, Asian Cinema & Multiplexes Private Limited, Century Flour Mills Private Limited, Weatherstone Building Blocks Private Limited, Dynamo, Energy Trading Private Limited, Anthill Studio Private Limited, Daggubati Farms And Estates Pvt Ltd, Fibermite Composites Limited, and Southern India Depository Services Private Limited.
  • Suresh Babu serves as the chairman of Ramanaidu Film School and Ramanaidu Charitable Trust.
  • Suresh works as a designated partner in a few companies like Victory Real Ventures Llp, Suresh Productions Entertainment Llp, Prasads Sp Entertainment Llp, Geetha Sp Entertainment Llp, Geetha Sp Entertainment Llp, and Deccan Dreams Animations Llp.
  • According to some media sources, it was alleged that Suresh Babu was involved in the evasion of tax. On 20 November 2019, to investigate the matter, his residence and studio were raided by the income tax department officials, and they seized some documents from the premises to substantiate Suresh’s alleged involvement in the tax evasion. [12]The Times of India
  • In 2020, in an interview, Suresh talked about the declining condition of the theatre business after the launch of OTT platforms like Amazon, Netflix, and Disney+ Hotstar. He claimed that people instead of going to theatres prefer to watch films on digital platforms, which eventually worsened the business of his theatres and said,

    People are not coming to theaters as they are opting for Netflix and Amazon to watch all the latest movies. They are only watching the big spectacles like Sye Raa and Saaho in theaters. The situation is so worse that I am unable to pay even power bills, forget about staff salaries for my theaters.”

  • A clip of Suresh Babu went viral on social media on 4 January 2023 in which he was seen controlling the traffic near Film Nagar in Hyderabad. Suresh, who got stuck in the traffic jam, managed to clear it within no time.