Varun Sandesh

Varun Sandesh
Born (1989-07-21) 21 July 1989
Rayagada, Orissa, India[1]
Residence New Jersey, United States
Occupation Actor, producer
Years active 2007–present
Spouse(s) Vithika Sheru

Varun Sandesh (born Jeedigunta Varun Sandesh) is an Indian American film actor known for his works in Telugu cinema, and television. He made his film debut with Sekhar Kammula's super hit Happy Days in 2007.[1] He was then starred in Kotha Bangaru Lokam, which received positive critical response and was declared a blockbuster,[2][3][4] Sandesh's third film was AVM Productions' Evaraina Epudaina (2009),[5] in which he had also sung a song.[6][7] Later that year he had another release, Kurradu, a remake of the 2007 Tamil film Polladhavan.[8][9]

Sandesh subsequently was seen in a number of films such as, Maro Charitra, a remake of the K. Balachander-directed same-titled 1978 cult classic starring Kamal Haasan,[10] Happy Happy Gaa, Kudirithe Kappu Coffee that had generated pre-release buzz and had a wide release,[11] Brahmigadi Katha and Priyudu.[12] Sandesh admitted that the romance flick Yemaindi Ee Vela, which released in November 2010, was his only successful in two years.[13] He had been signed on by Sri Maha Ganapathi Films for a romantic entertainer to be directed by Kadhir, featuring music by A. R. Rahman;[14][15] however the film was shelved later.

In 2013, Sandesh was starred in G. Neelakanta Reddy's Chammak Challo and the crime comedy D for Dopidi by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K..[16] Sandesh is the brand ambassador for Kalanjali store in Andhra Pradesh, India.[17][18]

Early life

Varun Sandesh was born in Rayagada, Orissa and later lived in Hyderabad for four years. His family then shifted to Bridgewater, New Jersey in the US, where he did his education.[1]

Early Career

In 2007, Sandesh saw the advertisement for an audition for a Sekhar Kammula film on a website and applied for the role, although he had no previous acting experience and was planning to pursue medical studies.[19]

He received a reply with the script of one scene from the film, which he was asked to enact and send back.[20] He shot and sent video clippings of himself to Kammula, and promptly landed a lead role in the film Happy Days. Featuring an ensemble cast comprising almost entirely newcomers,[21] Happy Days was a high critical and commercial success, winning several accolades, including six Filmfare Awards South and three Nandi Awards.[22][23]

Sandesh portrayed a "timid son [...] who develops a misunderstanding with his lover over a petty issue",[24] and his performance was well received.[25][26]

Personal life

Varun Sandesh is the grandson of noted Telugu writer Jeedigunta Ramachandra Murthy, who worked for All India Radio for 28 years in Hyderabad. His uncle Jeedigunta Sridhar is a popular Telugu television personality in Hyderabad, India.[27][28] He has one younger sister, Veena Sahithi, who has worked as a singer and lyricist in Nandini Reddy's Ala Modalaindi.[29]

Sandesh and actress Shraddha Das, who was his co-star in Maro Charitra, had a short-lived relationship in 2011.[30][31][32] Varun got engaged with actress Vithika Sheru on 7 December 2015.[33]


Year Film Role Notes
2007 Happy Days Chandu Blockbuster
2008 Kotha Bangaru Lokam Balu Blockbuster
2009 Evaraina Epudaina Venkat Flop
2009 Kurradu Varun Flop
2010 Maro Charitra Balu Flop
2010 Happy Happy Gaa Santosh Flop
2010 Yemaindi Ee Vela Seenu Hit
2011 Kudirithe Kappu Coffee Venu Flop
2011 Brahmigadi Katha Siva Flop
2011 Priyudu Karthik Flop
2013 Chammak Challo Shyam Flop
2013 Priyathama Neevachata Kushalama Varun Flop
2013 Saradaga Ammayitho Santosh Flop
2013 Abbai Class Ammai Mass Sri Flop
2013 D for Dopidi Vicky Average
2014 Nuvvala Nenila Krishna Mohan Flop
2014 Pandavulu Pandavulu Thummeda Varun Hit
2014 Ee Varsham Sakshiga[34] Jai Flop
2015 Paddanandi Premalo Mari Ram
2015 Mama Manchu Alludu Kanchu Flop
2015 Lava Kusa Flop
2015 Udayam Delayed[35]
2015 Twist Delayed


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  30. "I was really shocked: Shraddha Das - The Times of India". The Times Of India.
  32. "Varun and I are over: Shraddha Das - The Times of India". The Times Of India.
  33. "Varun Engagement Video with Vithika Sheru :NewsPaper". The TNP.
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