|Dil Raju Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 9 in|
|Date of Birth||December 17, 1970|
Dil Raju is an Indian film producer and distributor who has predominantly produced Telugu-language films such as Dil (2003), Arya (2004), Bommarillu (2006), Parugu (2008), Mr. Perfect (2011), Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu (2013), Yevadu (2014), Sathamanam Bhavati (2017), and F2: Fun and Frustration (2019). He has financed a few Tamil and Hindi language films as well.
Velamakucha Venkat Ramana Reddy
Dil Raju, Kill Raju
Narsingpally, Nizamabad, Andhra Pradesh (present-day Telangana), India
Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Film Producer, Distributor
- Father – Shyam Sundar Reddy
- Mother – Prameelamma
- Siblings – Vijay Simha Reddy (Brother), Narasimha Reddy (Brother)
- Others – Archit Reddy (Son-in-Law), Harshith Reddy (Nephew)
5 ft 9 in or 175 cm
77 kg or 169.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Dil Raju has dated –
- Anitha Reddy – Dil Raju was involved in a long-term marriage to a woman named Anitha. They were together until her death, due to cardiac arrest, in March 2017. They had a daughter together named Hanshita Reddy.
- Vygha Reddy (2019-Present) – He began dating an air hostess named Tejaswini in 2019 and the couple got married in May 2020. Tejaswini’s name was changed to Vygha Reddy after the marriage, as per astrology. They have a son together named Anvy Reddy (b. 2022). Anvy was named by adding the first 2 letters of the name of Dil Raju’s first wife (Anitha) and the first 2 letters of the new name (Vygha) of his present wife.
Race / Ethnicity
- Mildly stocky frame
- Short-cropped, side-parted hair
- Clean-shaven look
Dil Raju Facts
- Dil Raju stated in an interview that he had developed an interest in films from a very young age – he used to watch and get fascinated by the films that were exhibited regularly in his village on a 16 mm screen using VHS (Video Home System, a standard for consumer-level analog video recording on tape cassettes invented in 1976) tapes.
- In his youth, he moved to Hyderabad and started an automobile business with his brothers where they used to deal with tractor spare parts. Coincidentally, the area that he used to work in was also known for the many film distribution offices situated there.
- In 1994, Dil Raju and his brothers ventured into the film distribution business. The same year, he formed a business partnership with a Hyderabad-based film distributor firm. About 2 years later, he started his own film distribution firm but it suffered huge losses and had to be shut down.
- For a while, he thought about going back to the automobile business but in 1999, he started another film distribution company called Sri Venkateswara Film Distributors. Buoyed by the success of this venture, he and his brothers established a film production company in 2003 called Sri Venkateswara Creations.
- The first film under this banner was the 2003 Telugu-language action comedy film titled Dil (Heart). The success of the film led to him being known as ‘Dil Raju’ henceforth.
- In 2013, he was honored with the Nagireddy-Chakrapani National Award in recognition of his contributions to popular cinema. The award, named after the eminent Telugu filmmakers Nagi Reddi and Chakrapani, has been presented annually since 2008 at The Nandi Awards, a prestigious event that honors excellence in Telugu cinema, Telugu theatre, and Telugu television. The Nandi Awards are presented annually by the Government of Andhra Pradesh.
- In May 2017, Dil Raju won a National Film Award in the category of ‘Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment’ for his production of the 2017 Telugu-language drama film titled Sathamanam Bhavati.
- In 2017, a case was registered against him in Hyderabad by an author named Shyamala Rani who alleged that the storyline of Mr. Perfect, a 2011 Telugu-language romantic comedy film produced by Dil Raju, was copied from her Tamil-language novel titled Naa Manasu Korindi Ninne that was released in August 2010.
- He has also often been accused by many Tamil-language film producers of using his influence in and around the Hyderabad area to block theatres for the release of films under his banner, thus impacting the revenue of all other films, especially those from the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu. This tactic has seen him being given the moniker of ‘Kill Raju’.
- In 2020, during the COVID-19 lockdown, he took up the responsibility of raising 3 orphans named Manohar, Laysa, and Yashwanth from Atmakuri, a village in the Yadadri district of Telangana. The father of these children died in 2019 and their mother had succumbed to COVID-19 in 2020.
- In October 2021, Dil Raju won a National Film Award in the category of ‘Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment’ for the 2nd time – for his production of the 2019 Telugu-language action drama film titled Maharshi.
- In December 2022, he launched his second production house called Dil Raju Productions. He also announced that his daughter Hanshita Reddy and nephew Harshith Reddy would lead this studio.
Featured Image by Dil Raju / Instagram