Teja Kakumanu is a South Indian actor who works in Tollywood. He was born in Dondapadu at his maternal grandfather’s house and was brought up in a small village called Abbarajupalema which is next to Thulluru. He completed his schooling from Mary Matha English Medium High School at Thulluru, Intermediate from PB Siddhartha Junior College and his degree from Sarada Degree College, Vijayawada. He joined student politics at a very young age and became a well-known leader for his activities as a student leader and state level executive for ABVP. Later, he shifted to Hyderabad for further studies and completed his Masters and M.Phil in performing arts from Telugu University. He began his career in acting as a theater artist and acted as Barbareekudu in a play due to the wide media coverage of the play he caught the attention of Rajamouli who later proposed him the role of Saketudu in Bahubali.
Teja has won many awards for his theater performances which include a Nandi and prestige National Award. Before making his debut in Tollywood, the actor had teamed up with budding directors Pradeep Advaitham and
who were digging their options at that time. He worked with Pradeep when he turned a director as an associate director for the 2015 BillaRanga and Maine PyarKiya. He has also worked with Mahesh Kathi for Pesarattu and
for BhaleManchiRoju in the direction department. While they both went into direction Teja made his acting debut with the 2015 multi- starrer blockbuster Bahubali where he essayed the role of the treacherous spy Saketudu, who betrays his motherland and sells its secrets to Kalakeya. His performance won him critical accolades from the audience as well as critics. He came to be known as a popular star.
Post Bahubali during one of his interviews he revealed that he was supposed to play the leading hero in the remake of ‘
’ which was a collaboration between
but the project was dropped due to unanticipated circumstances. His latest release was Teja was 'Tanu Vachenanta' a Zomby comedy or popularly known as 'zomedy' which released on October 21, 2016. The film is directed by Venkat Kacharla and produced by Chandra Sekhar Azad PatiBandla. The music is given by Ravi Chandra and besides Teja starres
. The story belongs to horror comedy and revolves around a young guy named Teja who unwilling marries Shruthi under family pressure as he cannot marry the girl he loves (Swetha) due to disputes between their families and commits a grave mistake. The film received below-average ratings from the critics and tanked at the box office.