A film director is an all-rounder who should know something about the 24 crafts that make a movie possible. That is the reason for the statement, a director is the captain of the ship. Not only should a director look after making a film, he need to manage people. He should have inter-personal skills to make others coordinate in making his vision real. Telugu directors are second to none when it comes to make great films. India’s best film, Mayabazar, is a Telugu film. K. V. Reddy, the director of that film was one of the earliest directors from Telugu Film Industry (based in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana) to be recognised nationwide as a great filmmaker. B. N. Reddy directed Malliswari which was screened at 1952 Pecking Film Festival. He was known for films with deep philosophical subject matters and attention to detail.
List Of Telugu Film Directors
L. V. Prasad, Adurti Subba Rao were known as versatile filmmakers. Kamalakara Kameswara Rao and B. Vittalacharya were known for their genre filmmaking. Moving forward, Singeetham Srinivasa Rao and K. Viswanath, Dasari Narayana Rao, and Bapu made filmmaking an art with their craftsmanship. K. S. R. Das and A. Kodandarami Reddy made action films popular. This phase is the best where most of the Telugu movies turned out to be successful.
Jandhyala first made himself a name as a writer, later became one of the most acclaimed of the top Telugu film directors of the 1980s. He was known as Hasya Brahma for his specialization in comedy filmmaking. S. V. Krishna Reddy, and E. V. V. Satyanarayana followed the same suit and became top Telugu directors of the 1990s. Ram Gopal Varma debuted with Shiva in 1989, the path breaking action drama, and made such films as Telugu Film history can be divided as Before Ram Gopal Varma and After Ram Gopal Varma. Now he is one of the greatest Indian directors of all time.
Post-2000 saw numerous filmmakers who made technically brilliant films, and proponents of low-budget filmmaking. Teja made Chitram which became a trendsetting film of early 2000s on a shoe-string budget. He later went on to make blockbusters like Nuvvu Nenu and Jayam. V. V. Vinayak who debuted with N. T. R. Jr.’s Aadi made shots, angles, and other technical terms household names.
2001 saw S. S. Rajamouli made his feature film debut with Student No. 1. He went on to make many critically and commercially successful films. Baahubali, S. S. Rajamouli’s magnum opus made waves internationally and became the highest grossing Indian film in India, and was listed in the top tens of many international film critics.
Puri Jagannadh, in 2002, made Idiot, a trendsetting character-driven film. Puri Jagannadh Hero became a brand name of a certain type of heroic characters. He delivered the industrial hit, Pokiri which went on to be remade in many languages. His films are known for powerful punch dialogues. Coming to dialogues, Trivikram Srinivas who at first made himself a name as a dialogue writer in the early 2000s, made his directing debut with the 2002 film, Nuvve Nuvve. Boyapati Srinu made action-oriented masala films his forte and Srinivas Avasarala and Indraganti Mohana Krishna became popular among the class audience. Towards the end of the 2010s, a new wave of Telugu directors started to emerge who are part of the rise of Modern Telugu Cinema