Ravi Babu (Allari Ravi Babu), is a smart, talented actor who could spend the rest of the career-making cool films with interesting directors. But he chose on not to waste time but he built his screen persona even as a director (12 movies), producer (5 movies) and had written story all of them and even he had acted in some of them. Also, he had acted overall 75 movies for all ages, especially who want to see him even as a comedian or even villain. Sometimes it was like a strange casting choice by Telugu filmmakers when he was chosen for the comedian’s roles along with a shade of villainy. Some of his characters in movies could fuel great comic performances and even could create cinematic villains too. Thus, he had garnered fame as a talented actor in Tollywood. He is the son of actor
Chalapathi Rao, who had acted in over 1200 films in South India. After graduating from Presidency College in Chennai, he even did his MBA from Symbiosis International University.
But later on, he was inclined to become an assistant to advertising filmmaker
Rajiv Menon. Even after working with Rajiv Menon for a year, he left for the USA and joined a course to learn cinematography. But then he quit the learning course as it was too elementary and got an offer to join as a cameraman for India Broadcasting Network in
New York. Here, he shot programs like rock concerts, music videos, etc. Later he worked for Sony Institute of California as a cameraman and editor. When the company closed down, he came back to India and joined films. His first break in films was ‘Chala Bagundi’ followed by ‘Sivayya’ where he played main villain character. His notable films where he essayed villain roles and was critically acclaimed do include ‘Anasuya’,’ Yavarum Nalam’ etc. With his superior experience as an advertisement film-maker, he ventured into direction, and his first film was ‘Allari’ (2002) and the film was a hit. The film had a limited budget and was shot in 35mm and had a cast of few new faces. The film although connected with the youngsters did strike a chord with all ages and this prompted Ravi Babu to make many meaningful movies in his career. In 2006, he made another film ‘
Party’ which established him as a sensible director. Soon, he directed another film titled ‘Anasuya’ with
Bhumika Chawla and this film got remade into even Malayalam and Kannada.
The film was a success at the box office and won critical acclaim too. As he enjoyed directing newcomers, his successive movies like ‘Nachavule’ with Tanish and Maadhavi Latha and ‘Nuvvila’ with Yami Gowtam, enjoyed success. The film Nachavule was a classic hit with soulful music. He also came up with a sequel to
Avunu titled ‘
Avunu 2’ in 2015 which was a technically brilliant film. His earlier movie was ‘Avunu’(2012) which was a successful film in Tollywood again. With so many successful movies as a director, in fact, we will be sure to see better results in future. The actor is currently based in Hyderabad and is married to Tanuja, a school teacher, and has two kids.
As a successful advertisement moviemaker, his brilliant campaign for Telugu Desam Party proved a lucky one for Chandrababu Naidu, to make a comeback as a chief minister in Andhra again.
Another Version Of Bio :
Only a small number of people can don multiple hats with equal elan. Ravi Babu is one of them. His actual name is Ravi Babu Thammareddy. His father, Chalapathi Rao, is a Tollywood veteran while his mother, Indumaty, is a housewife. He has two siblings named Sridevi and Malini Devi. He has studied at Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan, Presidency College, and Symbiosis International University, Pune. Since he has done MBA from one of the prestigious colleges in India, most of his family members and friends expected him to take up a corporate job, but he surprised everyone by choosing filmmaking as a career. Initially, Ravi took up the job of an assistant to Rajiv Menon, an accomplished cinematographer and a master of the advertisement world. As an assistant, he had to do all the odd jobs like carrying a camera or other such queer things.
Ravi managed to impress Rajiv with his talent and dedication, and so Rajiv promoted him to the post of assistant director and cameraman. After gaining some experience, Ravi enrolled himself in Film and Television Workshops advanced cinematography course in Rockport, Maine. However, he was unable to complete it. After returning to India, India Broadcasting Network offered Ravi the job of a cameraman in New York. He agreed to the job, and apart from working hard he also learned the art of editing. Ravi managed to impress a high-profile executive of Sony and he gave him the opportunity to learn a course at the Sony Institute, San Jose, California. After the termination of his stretch at the Sony Institute, Ravi worked at TV Asia.
Soon, he started getting acting offers from veterans like D. Ramanaidu and E.V.V. Satyanarayana. Ravi commenced acting but soon realized that he couldn't stay away from filmmaking and decided to pursue all his dreams. In the capacity of a writer, actor, producer, and director Ravi has been a part of several projects like Ammayilu Abbayilu, Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu, Neeku Nenu Naaku Nuvvu, Brahmanandam Drama Company, and others. In his entire career, he has dabbled in various genres like crime, comedy, villainous, and many others. Ravi has also been the advertising head for the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Chandrababu Naidu's election campaign. Ravi has a wife named Tanuja, who is a school teacher. The couple is settled in Hyderabad and has two children.