Both actors forayed into cinema with Kaliyuga Pandavulu back in 1986
One of the biggest stars in Telugu cinema, Venkatesh Daggubati, son of veteran producer D Ramanaidu, turns another year older today. The actor is currently awaiting the release of his Sankranthi 2024 biggie - Saindhav - and will begin working on the second season of Netflix’s controversial show Rana Naidu with Rana Daggubati soon. Meanwhile, birthday wishes are pouring in for the star.
His first ever co-star in the industry, Khushbu, who debuted alongside him in the K Raghavendra Rao directorial Kaliyuga Pandavulu, wrote him a fond, memorable birthday wish on social media. Sharing an image of them together from the film set, she wrote, “This is the image stuck in my head for the last 37 years. Knowing you for almost 4 decades, it seems like it was just yesterday since we first met.”
Khushbu shared that nothing has changed about Venkatesh over the years. “You have bettered with each passing year. You will always remain the 'senti' part of the 'mental' me. My dearest @VenkyMama, here's wishing you yet another a very happy birthday and a super duper year ahead. Love you dear,” she added. The duo consistently keeps meeting every year as part of the get-togethers organised for the 80s era actors.
Venkatesh and Khushbu’s first collaboration Kaliyuga Pandavulu was a runaway success in Telugu cinema. Releasing for the Independence Day weekend in 1986, the film, written by Paruchuri Brothers, also fetched Venkatesh the Nandi special jury award for his performance. The film was produced under Venkatesh’s home banner Suresh Productions and can be watched on Youtube.
After Kaliyuga Pandavulu, Khushbu went onto act in two other films with Venkatesh including Bharatamlo Arjunudu and Trimurtulu, both releasing in 1987. With the Telugu industry shifting largely to Hyderabad in the 1990s, Khushbu focused more on her career in Tamil cinema later and went onto marry director C Sundar and is a mother to two daughters - Avantika and Anandita.