Ayyappa P Sharma is an Indian actor, director and screenwriter, who predominantly works in the Kannada and Telugu film industries.
Ayyappa P Sharma was born on 23 January and hails from Chennai, Tamil Nadu. His zodiac sign is Aquarius. Born to actor parents, Ayyappa P Sharma had a passion for acting since childhood. From 1984 to 1987, he did a Diploma in Fine Arts in Music.
Height (approx.): 5′ 9″
Hair Color: black
Eye Colour: black
Ayyappa P. Sharma’s father, Pudipeddi Jogeshwar Sarma (commonly known as PJ Sarma), was an Indian film dubbing artist, actor and writer, who worked primarily in the Telugu film industry. PJ Sarma also worked in Tamil and Kannada film industries. PJ Sarma died of a heart attack on 14 December 2014 at the age of 81.
Her mother Krishna Jyothi Pudipeddi worked as an actress in Telugu and Kannada film industry. She appeared in films such as Sri Krishna Garudi (1958) and Makkala Rajya (1960), sharing the screen with Kannada actor Dr Rajkumar. Born and raised in Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh, Ayyappa’s father, PJ Sarma, moved to Madras (now Chennai) in 1955 to pursue a career in the film industry, meanwhile, Krishna Jyothi was from Bagapally, Karnataka. In an interview, Ayyappa’s brother Ravi Shankar spoke about his parents and said,
My father was a struggling actor but my mother was at the peak of her career when she fell in love and married in 1960. She gave up her career when she was in a family way. ,
Ayyappa has two brothers, Pudipeddi Sai Kumar (commonly known as P. Sai Kumar) and Pudipeddi Ravi Shankar (commonly known as P. Ravi Shankar). Both of them work in Kannada, Telugu and Tamil film industries as dubbing artist, actor, director and writer.
He has two sisters, Kamala Narayan and Priya Karthikeyan.
Screenwriting and Directing
In 1996, he forayed into the entertainment industry as a writer and director with the film ‘Ayudh’.
In 1997, he started working as a director at Jyothi Movie Makers in Hyderabad; He worked there for 10 months. In 1998, he produced and directed the Nandi Award winning film ‘Ishwar Allah’. Ayyappa worked as a director for the Kannada films Durgada Huli (2000), Veera (2013), and Vardhanayak (2013).
From 2006 to 2007, he held the position of Executive Vice President, Movie Artists Association, Hyderabad. From May 2008 to November 2009, he worked as a director in Sonopix Productions Pvt Ltd, where he directed several TV serials. For a long time he was also associated with Eagle Entertainments in Chennai as a director.
In 2003, she made her acting debut with the Kannada romantic-action drama film ‘Parth’, in which she played the role of Kitty.
Other Kannada films in which he appeared include Gharashen (2014), Master Piece (2015), and Tiger Gully (2017). In 2005, she made her debut in the Telugu film industry with the action film ‘Slokam’.
Other Telugu films in which he appeared include Lachhimdeviki O Lekkundi (2016) and Aravind Sametha (2018). He came into limelight with the popular pan-India film sequels KGF: Chapter 1 (2018) and KGF: Chapter 2 (2022), in which he played the role of Vanram. The film follows a young man named Rocky, who seeks power and money to fulfill the promise made to his dying mother. As the story unfolds, Rocky is tasked with killing Garuda’s heir to the Kolar Gold Fields. In the film, Vanram is Garuda’s commander-cum-body guard.
He played an antagonist Veerappa Nayak in the 2019 Kannada action-drama film ‘Bharat’.
He appeared in the 2021 Indian Telugu-language action drama film ‘Akhand’ in the role of Prachanda, a tantrik.
In 2021, he was cast in the Kannada supernatural comedy-drama film ‘Avatar Purush’ as Brahma Jois, a daivagurugalu, a character who is pitted against Darka in the film.
- Bronze Nandi Award for Best Film Director in National Integration for the film Ishwar Allah (1998)
- Sarojini Award for Nandi Award for Film on National Integration (1998) for the film Ishwar Allah
Facts / Trivia
- He was part of the Telugu Warriors team in the Celebrity Cricket League, an amateur men’s cricket league, from 2010 to 2012.
- Brothers P. Sai Kumar, P. Ravi Shankar, and Ayyappa P Sharma shared the screen in the film Bharate (2019), in which they starred as the main villains, Ballala, Pallava and Nayak, respectively.