Early life and backgroundSushanth was born as Sushanth Anumolu on 18 March 1986 in Hyderabad. He is the son of Anumolu Sathya Bhushana Rao and Naga Susheela Akkineni. He is the grandson of Akkineni Nageswara Rao and the nephew of Nagarjuna. Actors Sumanth, Naga Chaitanya and Akhil Akkineni are his cousins.Sushanth completed his schooling from Hyderabad Public School and completed his bachelor's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He worked at United Technologies and Schlumberger as an Electrical Engineer before his acting career. Sushanth attended the Kreating Charakters Training School, Mumbai for a short acting cour along with his cousin Naga Chaitanya.
Early lifeSushanth was brought up in Hyderabad. He is the son of Anumolu Sathya Bhushana Rao and Naga Susheela Akkineni. He completed his schooling from Hyderabad Public School and his high school from Gautami Junior College. Sushanth finished his bachelor's degree in ECE, Electronics and Computer Engineering, in USA from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He worked at United Technologies and Schlumberger as an Electrical Engineer before returning to India to pursue his passion in acting. He attended the Kreating Charakters Training school in Mumbai for a short course in acting along with his cousin Naga Chaitanya.He is the grandson of veteran actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao and the nephew of actor Nagarjuna. Actors Naga Chaitanya, Akkineni Akhil and Sumanth are his first cousins. His paternal grandfather, A.V. Subba Rao, also belonged to the film fraternity and had produced over 25 films in Telugu, Hindi & Tamil, in the 1970s and 1980s under the banner of Prasad Art Pictures.
CareerSushanth made his acting debut in 2008 with ''Kalidasu'' opposite Tamannaah. ''Telugucinema.com'' noted, "Sushanth makes a decent debut. He can become a good actor by honing his skills further." The film was a success at the box office. He then portrayed a college student in the 2009 film ''Current'' opposite Sneha Ullal. ''123Telugu'' wrote, "Sushanth comes up with a decent performance except for the emotional scenes where he is limited."Post a 3 year hiatus, Sushanth portrayed a man who creates rifts between couples in ''Adda'', opposite Shanvi Srivastava. ''Times of India'' stated, "Sushanth carried himself well throughout the film, sticking to the characterisation. He’s got talent and he shows it off." He made a special appearance in the 2015 film ''Dongaata''.In 2016, he portrayed a NRI in ''Aatadukundam Raa'' opposite Sonam Bajwa. ''The New Indian Express'' said, "Sushanth neither looks the part nor acts it. It's an exaggerated performance and at no point do you feel like rooting for him."Sushanth career marked a turning point in 2018. He portrayed a bachelor who does not want to get married, in ''Chi La Sow'' opposite Ruhani Sharma. The film was a box office success. ''India Today'' wrote, "Sushanth, who is yearning for a break in the industry, has finally got one in the form of this film." ''Deccan Chronicle'' noted, "Sushanth does full justice to his character Arjun. He is subtle, apt for the role and has done a fabulous job as he proves he can act."Sushanth portrayed a young businessman in the multi-starrer ''Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo'', opposite Nivetha Pethuraj in 2020. It became one of the highest-grossing Telugu films of all time and one of the highest grossing Indian films of 2020. ''Hindustan Times'' said, "Sushant is wasted in a role that has no importance and it barely make any impact."In 2021, he portrayed an architecture in ''Ichata Vahanamulu Niluparadu'' opposite Meenakshi Chaudhary. ''Pinkvilla'' stated, "Sushanth's character acquires a gravitas of its own in the pre-climax and climax." ''Times of India'' noted, "Sushanth is decent as Arun but it’s not his best work."Sushanth made his web debut with the ZEE5 series ''Maa Neella Tank''. He portrayed a Sub-Inspector opposite Priya Anand. ''Times of India'' noted, "Sushanth presented a different shade in his acting, portraying the character of a police inspector."Sushanth will next portray the lead alongside Ravi Teja in ''Ravanasura'', that will release in April 2023.
Film careerSushanth started his film career with Kalidasu alongside Tamannaah.
His next film was a love story, Current. The film was directed by Surya Pratap and starring Bollywood actress Sneha Ullal and was a musical chartbuster with music composed by Devi Sri Prasad. The song 'Atu Nuvve Itu Nuvve' became a classic.
Sushanth's third film, Adda, was a commercial entertainer. Shanvi, who debuted with film Lovely, was his co-star. The film's title song was performed during an IPL match in Hyderabad and the promotional video was launched thereafter.