Appaji Ambarisha Darbha (a.k.a Appaji, Ambarisha) is a Telugu Actor who primarily appears in South India films. He is fifth child of renowned press editor and Publisher Darbha Venkata Rama Shastri (Ramsha) and Siriesha. Born in Samalkota, East Godavari, Appaji is also recognised for his unicode contributions to Telugu scripture. He made his film debut in 2011 with Allani Sridhar‘s Thathagatha Gowthama Budha, then followed by his other appearances in films like Malli Raava, Subhalekha + Lu, N.T.R: Mahanayakudu, Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya Gaddalakonda Ganesh among others.
Appaji was born in a small town of Samalkota, East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh on 1 March 1965. He is the fifth child of Ramsha & Siriesha, renowned publisher and editor of Abhisarika. He finished his early education in his hometown, and went on to graduate from PR Government College, Kakinada.
In 2004, Appaji a digital enthusiast, started his career in advertising and media, and contributed to various companies as a creative director. His contributions towards Telugu scripts/fonts were noted and honoured by various personalities over the years, which were made available to the public.
In 2011, at the World Telugu Congress held in Vijayawada, His font called Ramaneeya was launched, and another set of fonts launched later namely Ponnala, Raviprakash, Lakireddy, Chatura, Peddana, Thimmana, Ramaraja, Tenaliramakrishna, Tana among others. and it wasn’t until Allani Sridhar‘s Tathagata Gowthama Buddha where he took up acting professionally. In a review of the film Ninnu Thalachi, a critic stated that “Darbha Appaji Ambarisha who essayed uncle of Ankitha is effective”.
- All films are in Telugu, unless otherwise noted.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|2011||Tathagatha Gowthama Budhdha||Rishi (Saint)||Multilingual film (English, Hindi, Telugu)|
|2011||Life Is Beautiful||Bridegroom Father|
|2015||Srimanthudu||MHead of board of directors|
|2015||Shivam||Inspector General of Police|
|2015||Appatlo Okadundevadu||Riya’s father|
|2016||The Ghazi Attack||Ananya’s father||Bilingual film (Hindi, Telugu)|
|2016||Janatha Garage||IAS Officer|
|2017||Poorna: Courage Has No Limit||Teacher||Multilingual film (English, Hindi, Telugu)|
|2017||Mental Madhilo||Office Colleague|
|2017||Yuddham Sharanam||IAS Officer|
|2017||Rendu Rellu Aaru||Maggie’s Father|
|2017||Bharat Ane Nenu||IAS Officer|
|2017||Ninnu Thalachi||Abhiram’s father|
|2017||Touch Chesi Chudu||Muslim Politician|
|2017||Subhalekha + Lu||Ramajogayya Shastri|
|2018||Oorantha Anukuntunnaru||Gauri’s father|
|2018||Padi Padi Leche Manasu||Gokhale|
|2018||Jamba Lakidi Pamba||Corporate CEO|
|2018||Idam Jagath||Mahati’s father|
|2018||Bhaagamathie||Corporate CEO||Bilingual film (Tamil, Telugu)|
|2019||N.T.R: Kathanayakudu||Jeevan Reddy|
|2019||N.T.R: Mahanayakudu||Jeevan Reddy|
|2019||ABCD: American Born Confused Desi||College Principal|
|2019||Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya||Vasudha’s father|
|2019||Iddari Lokam Okate||Mahi’s father|
|2019||Gaddalakonda Ganesh||Sridevi’s father|
|2019||Bheeshma||PA to Bheeshma|
|2020||47 Days||Jogger in the beach|
|2020||Bhanumathi & Ramakrishna||Bhanumathi’s father|
Awards and accolades
- 2018 – Ugadi Puraskaram – Honoured by N. Chandrababu Naidu (for Fonts)
- 2018 – Ugadi Cinema Puraskaram – Versatile Actor Award (Andhra Pradesh Film Chamber of Commerce)