Bokkala Kishore Kumar (born September 19, 1980), known professionally as Vennela Kishore, is a Tollywood actor.He was given the moniker “Vennela” after his first feature film Vennela. He was awarded the Nandi Award for Best Male Comedian for his performance in Inkosaari
Kishore was born in Kamareddy, Nizamabad, Telangana, India. He attended Jeevadan Convent High School. Before his acting debut, he was working in the U.S. as a software quality engineer. In 2008, he changed career to fulfill his passion for films and moved to settle down in India.
He received appreciation for his role “Sastri” in the film Dookudu. His other performances include Bindass, Pilla Zamindar, Daruvu, Seema Tapakai, Doosukeltha, Pandaga Chesko, Srimanthudu, Bale Bale Magadivoy, Ekkadiki Pothavu Chinnavada, and Ami Thumi. He also directed two Telugu films (Vennela 1½, and Jaffa). After tasting failure with his directorial projects, he has returned to acting.