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Sunil Varma


Ndukuri Sunil Varma (born 28 February 1974), known mononymously as Sunil, is an Indian actor who works predominantly in Telugu films and has also featured in a few Tamil films.


Noted for his comic roles, Sunil has appeared in over 180 films in his career, including around a few films in lead roles. He has won three state Nandi Awards and two Filmfare Awards South.


Sunil played a lead role in Andala Ramudu (2006) and later went on to star in several films including commercial successes like Maryada Ramanna (2010), Poola Rangadu (2012), and Tadakha (2013).


He was the antagonist in the films Colour Photo (2020) and Pushpa: The Rise (2021) and they were also commercially successful.


Sunil started his career in 1996 when first worked as an extra in the film Akkada Ammayi Ikkada Abbayi, however, Sunil's scenes did not make it to the final cut of the film. 


His career began on a slow note with movies like Second Hand (which was stopped from production), and Peruleni Cinema. Prema Katha and Swayamvaram were his first real opportunities in the industry. 


Chiru Navvutho and Nuvve Kavali were the first films that he acted in. Nuvve Kavali was the first one to be released.


In 2010, Sunil starred in S. S. Rajamouli-directed Maryada Ramanna, which was a commercial success. A reviewer from Sify noted that: “Sunil would no longer look like a comedy hero. His dances are simply superb.”


Sunil was cast in the lead role in Poola Rangadu, directed by Veerabhadram Chowdhary. which was released across 450 theatres worldwide. The film received positive reviews. He was the antagonist in the film Colour Photo (2020), which brought him critical acclaim.


The 2021 film Pushpa: The Rise saw Sunil in the unusual role of a serious gangster Mangalam Seenu, very different from the comedy roles he usually plays.


Sunil hails from Bhimavaram of Andhra Pradesh, India. Sunil celebrated his 40th birthday with a noble cause by donating to a blind school and spending time with them.


Director Trivikram Srinivas and Sunil have been friends since their days in Bhimavaram. They, along with director Gunasekhar, were roommates in Punjagutta during their struggling days. As of 2016, Trivikram rents the room as a memory.


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