Potti Veeraiah is a famous South Indian actor who has acted in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Oriya languages. He was born in Phanigiri village of Nalgonda district in 1947. His original name was Gattu Veeriah. He was a dwarf since birth and hence he was seen mostly in comic roles. Many directors like Vithalacharya utilized his acting skills especially in folkfore movies which had magic elements in them. He was married to Mallika whom he loved dearly. However, she was not a dwarf and was very beautiful.
Although Potti Veeraiah has acted in more than 300 movies, he and his wife used to run a PCO/ STD booth in Krishna Nagar to earn a living. He was staying in a rented house with a single room and paying a rent of Rs. 1500/-. He had requested many people in the industry to help him financially or to atleast provide him some land so that he can build a small house for himself and his family. However he did not receive any help from the film industry or the Government inspite of being a disabled person. All this did not bother him and he led his life facing all the challenges around him.
He has dreamt of being an actor since his school days. He was planning to move to Hyderabad for further studies if he got through his school exams. If not, he was planning to become an actor. As luck would have it, he failed in his exams and he moved to Chennai to try his luck in Movies. Many people laughed at his decision and though that he would never make it. However, Potti Veeraiah has been strong and chased his dreams till it became a reality.