Puri Jagannadh Age, Wife, Caste, Family, Biography & More

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Wife: Lavanya
Age: 56 Years
Caste: OBC


Puri Jagannadh

Full namePetla “Puri” Jagannadh
Profession(s)• Filmmaker
• Actor
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 172 cm
in meters- 1.72 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 8”
Weight (approx.)in kilograms- 65 kg
in pounds- 143 lbs
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
DebutFilm: Badri (2000) (Telugu) as director
Poster of the Telugu film 'Badri'
Yuvaraja (2001) (Kannada) as director
Poster of the film 'Yuvaraja'
Shart: The Challenge (2004) (Hindi) as director
Poster of the film 'Shart The Challenge'
Idiot (2002) (Telugu) as producer
Awards• Nandi Award for Best Story Writer for the Telugu film ‘Itlu Sravani Subramanyam’ in 2001
• Nandi Award for Best Dialogue Writer for the Telugu film ‘Amma Nanna O Tamila Ammayi’ in 2003
• Filmfare Award for Best Director – Telugu, Santosham Best Director Award, and ‘Nandi Award for Best Popular Feature Film’ for the film 'Pokiri' in 2006
• Nandi Award for Best Dialogue Writer for the Telugu film ‘Neninthe’ in 2008
• Santosham Best Director Award for the Telugu film ‘Businessman’ in 2012
• K.V.Reddy award for the film 'Pokiri'
Personal Life
Date of Birth28 September 1966 (Wednesday)
Age (as of 2022) 56 Years
BirthplacePithapuram, Andhra Pradesh
Zodiac signLibra
HometownBapiraju Kothapalli village in Anakapalli district, Andhra Pradesh
SchoolSt. Theresa High School, Pedda Boddapalli
College/UniversityA. M. A. L. College, Anakapalli, Andhra Pradesh
Educational QualificationGraduation
CasteKoppula Velama [1]Koppula Velama - Facebook

Note: Koppula Velama is a Telugu peasant caste in Andhra Pradesh, and they are classified under the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) by the Government of Andhra Pradesh.
Tattoo(s)• On left hand near thumb
Puri Jagannadh's tattoo on his left hand
• On his right bicep
Puri Jagannadh's tattoo on his right bicep
ControversiesCharged for violating the FEMA norms: A congress leader, Bakka Judson, registered a complaint to ED (Enforcement Directorate) against Puri Jagannadh and his business partner Charmme Kaur clamming that the money invested by them in the film ‘Liger’ was black. After investigation it was found that the money invested in the film was first sent to Dubai and later returned as funding for the film. Later, Puri Jagannadh and Charmme Kaur were charged by ED for violating the FEMA norms.
Commented on the idea of marriage: In September 2020, in his podcast show ‘Puri Musings,’ Puri Jagannadh called the marriage an ‘outdated’ idea, and said that one should not marry if wanted to achieve bigger goals in life. He criticised the idea of marriage in his podcast show by citing various examples including of Jesus and Lord Buddha, and said,
"Marriage is out dated. If the concept of marriage is good, then Jesus would’ve married 10 times. It was only after leaving his wife that Prince Siddhartha became Buddha. If you’re aggressive towards your work, don’t get married." [2]The Times of India
Filed a complaint against D. V. V. Danayya: Puri Jagannadh filed a written complaint against the film producer D. V. V. Danayya at Andhra Pradesh Film Directors Association (APFDA) for denying Jagannadh his remuneration. According to sources, Danayya owe him a withheld amount of Rs 4.5 crore. [3]The Times of India
Received death threats: In October 2022, Puri Jagannadh received death threats from the distributors of his film ‘Liger,’ after the film failed to run at box office.The distributors protested in front of Jagannadh’s house asking to cure the financial loss bore by them due to the failure of the film. Jagannadh asked for police protection and claimed that he didn't cheat anyone except his audience.

Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Marriage Date6 September 1996
Puri Jagannadh with Lavanya
ChildrenSon- Akash Puri (actor)
Daughter- Pavithra
Akash Puri and Pavithra Puri
ParentsFather- Simhachalam (died in 2010)
Mother- Name not known
SiblingsBrother- 2
Petla Uma Sankara Ganesh (MLA from YSR Congress Party)
Puri Jagannadh's brother Petla Uma Sankara Ganesh
Sairam Shankar (actor)
Puri Jagannadh's brother Sairam Shankar
Sister- None

Puri Jagannadh

Some Lessor Known Facts About Puri Jagannadh

  • Puri Jagannadh is an Indian filmmaker. He has done more than forty films in the Telugu, Hindi, and Kannada film industries.
  • He started assisting the filmmaker Ram Gopal Verma in various Telugu films soon after completing his studies.
  • In 1989, he made a special appearance in the song “Botany” from the film ‘Shiva’ starring Nagarjuna. It was his first appearance on screen.
  • In 2002, he launched Puneeth Rajkumar in his Kannada film “Appu” which later proved a breakthrough for the actor.

    Poster of the film 'Appu'

    Poster of the film ‘Appu’

  • After making his directorial debut with the Telugu language film ‘Badri’ in 2000, he directed various Telugu films among which the most notable include ‘Amma Nanna O Tamila Ammayi’ (2003), ‘143’ (2004), ‘Pokiri’ (2006), ‘Heart Attack’ (2014), ‘Mehbooba’ (2018), and ‘iSmart Shankar’ (2019).
  • His Bollywood debut film ‘Shart: The Challenge’ (2004) (as director) was a remake of his directorial debut film ‘Badri.’
  • In 2011, he worked as a director and story writer for the Bollywood film ‘Bbuddah… Hoga Terra Baap’ starring Amitabh Bachchan, which was later archived in the Oscar library.

    Poster of the film 'Bbuddah... Hoga Terra Baap'

    Poster of the film ‘Bbuddah… Hoga Terra Baap’

  • Apart from filmmaking, Jagannadh also tried his hand at acting. In 2012, he appeared as a taxi driver in the Telugu film ‘Businessman,’ as a biker in the film ‘Temper,’ and as Govardhan in the blockbuster film ‘Godfather’ (2022).
  • He made a cameo appearance in various films including ‘Ye Maaya Chesave’ (2010), ‘Ism’ (2016), ‘iSmart Shankar’ (2019), and ‘Liger’ (2022).
  • His 2022 film ‘Liger’ was made in two languages, Hindi and Telugu. Later, the film was also dubbed into Tamil Malayalam, and Kannada languages.
  • He owns three production companies, Puri Jagannadh Touring Talkies, Vaishno Academy, and Puri Connects, along with Charmme Kaur, a former actor.
  • He also owns a music company named Puri Sangeet.
  • Jagannadh runs the podcast show ‘Puri Musings’ that he uploads on his YouTube channel.