Venu Nagavally was born on April 16 1949 as the son of the noted play writer Nagavally R. S Kurup and Rajamma. He completed his education from Thiruvananthapuram Model school and Unicersity College Trivandrum. He has a bachelor degree in politics and a diploma in journalism.
Venu started his career as an announcer in Akasacani. Venu later sung a song in the movie Chottanikkara amma (1976) but was noticed only in 1978 when he acted in the movie Ulkkatal directed by K G George, thus starting his acting careetr in movies. His noted movies as an actor are Shalini Ente Kuttokari, Meenamasathile Sooryan, Pakshe, Chillu,etc..
Venu first movie as a director was Sukhamo Devi(1986) which he himself describes as as his own tragical love story. Later he directed the superhit movies Lal Salam, Aey Auto, Aayirappara etc. Venu has also written scripts for a few movies. His first moies as a script writer was Ee Ganam Marakkumo.
The movies for which he has sung songs include Chillu, Ente Ammu, Ninte Thulasi, Aarude Chakki, Oru painkilikatha out of which the song Kochu chakkarachi pettu from the movie Ente Ammu, Ninte Thulasi, Avarude Chakki became quite popular.