Kona Venkat is a prominent Indian screenwriter, dialogue writer, actor, lyricist, producer, and director in the Telugu and Hindi cinema. He was born on February 19, 1965, from a Brahmin household in Bapatla, India and completed his studies at the University of Pune. He is the grandson of Kona Prabhakara Rao, the late Governor of Maharashtra. Kona started his career as a producer in Dharmavarapu Subramanyam’s Thoka Leni Pitta.
Later, he worked in
Ram Gopal Varma’s films, where he showed his potentials as a brilliant writer. He then became an icon in the comedy genre. He is associated with veteran directors
Srinu Vaitla and Gopimohan, whom he worked for quite a long time. He penned dialogues for films like Andarivaadu (2005), Balu ABCDEFG (2005), and much more. Kona has also written several box-office hit films such as V. V. Vinayak’s
Alludu Seenu (2014) and Adhurs (2011); Sreenu Vaitla’s Baadshah (2013), Dookudu (2011), Ready (2008), Dhee (2007), Venky (2004); Raj iran’s Geethanjali (2014); A Karunakaran’s Happy (2006); and Puri Jagannadh’s Amma Nanna O Tamila Ammayi (2003).
As an actor, he was debuted in A. Karunakaran’s Tollywood romance film, “Endukante… Premanta!” in 2012. Kona played the villain in the film. He was also the one who penned the dialogues for the film. His directorial feature debut film, Naan Aval Adhu, was initially launched in 2006 under the production of Ram Gopal Varma. However, the film was shelved after it was sold to Storm Pictures due to some issues between Ram, Kona, and Madhavan. He started to produce films in 2014. Kona established his very own production banner called Kona Film Corporation (KFC), which already produced a number of films.
His first production venture was from the Telugu comedy horror film, Geethanjali, where Srinivasa Reddy and Anjali played the main lead roles. In the following year, he produced the crime comedy film Shankaraabharanam that marks the directorial debut of
Uday Nandanavanam. This 2016, he co-produced the upcoming trilingual horror thriller film, Abhinetri. The film is also under the production of KFC in cooperation with MVV Cinema. In 2015, Kona wrote Sreenu Vaitla’s action comedy film,
Bruce Lee – The Fighter.
Apparently, the two had a dispute after Kona has filed a defamation case against the director. It has been said that the makers of Bruce Lee has completely changed the script of the film, but still used his name in the credits. The film failed miserably, and they singled out that the reason behind is the script of the film. In 2008, he won the Santosham Film Award for Best Writer for his outstanding work in the Telugu action-romantic comedy film, Ready.