Jeeva was born on 30th of November in 1952. He has mostly acted in Telugu films throughout his career. He has acted in over a thousand movies in his entire career as an actor. He has acted in Theater dramas, short films, documentaries, and much more. He has also acted in some Bollywood films but, all under the direction of Ram Gopal Verma. Among the few Bollywood movies that he has acted in are Ab Tak Chappan, Sarkar and Satya. He has acted in a negative role in all these films. In his Telugu film career, he has mostly appeared in short roles and comedy roles.
He was born in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. Jeeva was born with the name Kocharla Dayarathnam. It was quite a big name. When he entered the film industry, eminent film director K.Balachandran proposed Jeeva as his career name. So Kocharla became famous as Jeeva. Tholi Koodi Kosindi was the debut Telugu film of Jeeva and the film was directed by none other than his mentor K.Balachandran.
He had worked hard for a role in this film. Thousands of young actors had applied for a role, but he fought them all and won the role. Jeeva has worked with
Ram Gopal Varma
, A.R. Murugadoss and many other such eminent and brilliant directors. Tholi Kodi Kusandi was released in the year 1981. Jeeva is a very important member of the South Indian Film Industry and has been an integral part for more than three decades. He has acted in over 250 Telugu movies. He made his debut in Bollywood with the film Satya in the year 1998. The name of the role which he played on-screen was Jagga Hyderabadi. Then he acted in Ab Tak Chappan in the year 2004. The name of his role was Commissioner M. I. Suchek.
In 2005, he acted in two Bollywood films. D: Underworld and Sarkar. Darwaza Bandh Rakkho in 2006 as Sharad Shetty, was another Bollywood film in which he acted. In 2007, he acted in two movies again. One was Yatra and the second one was Ram Gopal Varma’s Ki Aag. His last Bollywood film was in 2009. The name of the film was Lahore, and his role was of K. B. Reddy. He has acted in two Tamil films till now. The first one was N.Nallavan in 1984 and the second one was Vettaikaran in 2009. The only one Kannada movie that he has acted in is Super which was released in 2010.