14 Women Directors In Telugu Films Who Proved Emergence of Woman Power

14 Women Directors In Telugu Films Who Proved Emergence of Woman Power

12 Mar 20 @ 3:36 PM | By Vamsee Ajjampudi & Arun Kumar Aloori

Tollywood heroines have wooed the audiences with their charming looks and sweet voices. Beauties such as Vanisri, Girija, and Kanchana were the heartthrob of the Telugu audiences. However, some of them have proved that they are good at action as well as direction. Here is the complete list of women directors who bought fame to the Telugu feminine community.

  1. Srividya Basawa

    Srividya Basawa has created a sensation at least in the filmmaking and film enthusiast circles with her first film itself even before it has a release date. The film - Madha - is of an unusual genre in Telugu. A psychological thriller with a complicated narrative style, Madha has won several awards at international film festivals including 8 Best Director awards for Srividya. Quite an achievement for any filmmaker and virtually unheard of fora debutant. Before she has come up with Madha which took about three years to see the day of light in theatres (release date: 13 March 2020), Srividya Basawa hasn't worked for any of the filmmakers. She had learned the craft through researching and gut feeling.

    Director Srividya Basawa
    Director Srividya Basawa
    Srividya Basawa Madha
  2. Madhumitha Sundararaman

    Madhumitha Sundararaman studied is college education in Singapore. During that period, she made several short films. One of which won the best of the world category in BBC and she was honoured with the Singapore Student Award. She later made her debut as a feature film director with the Tamil film, Vallamai Tharayo. For that film, she won Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Family Film. Madhumitha later made Kola Kolaya Mundhirika and Moone Moonu Varthai in Tamil. She later made her Telugu debut with Moodu Mukkallo Cheppalante starring Rakendumouli and Aditi Chengappa. The film is produced by S. P. Charan

    Director Madhumitha
    Director Madhumitha
  3. Director B. Jaya

    This Literature student started her career at Andhra Jyothi, a Telugu news daily. In 2003, she made her directorial debut with ‘Chantigadu’ which was a blockbuster and enjoyed a 100-day run. Later in 2007, she cast comedian Ali as the hero in ‘Gundamma Gaari Manavadu’. The movie received a lukewarm response from the Telugu audience. In 2012, she directed ‘Lovely’ with Adhi as the lead actor which also received a lukewarm response at box office. Overall, she directed five movies.

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    B. Jaya
    B Jaya
  4. Shree Ranjani

    Sree Ranjani began her career as an associate of acclaimed Tamil director, Selva Raghava for the films like 7/G Rainbow Colony (7/G Brundavan Colony in Telugu). She made her debut as a Tollywood director with the Raj Tarun - Chitra Shukla starrer Rangula Ratnam produced by Akkineni Nagarjuna. Though the film did not perform well at the box office, her handling of emotional scenes between the mother and son played by Sitara and Raj Tarun and later between the lovers got praise. Sricharan Pakala scored the music of this film.

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    Director Sree Ranjani
    Shree Ranjani
  5. Sanjana Reddy

    Sanjana Reddy was an electronic media journalist with a regional TV channel. She wanted to take a break and go back rejuvenated to do spot reporting on the elections. She was all set to go for a holiday. It was at that time, she got interested in films and got to know the details of the process. She attended seminars on storytelling, script writing and met few people to know the craft. She then joined as Assistant Director with RGV for the movie Rowdy to gain experience. She is now debuting with the movie, Rajugadu starring Raj Tharun and Amyra Dastur

    Director Sanjana Reddy
    Director Sanjana Reddy
  6. Chunia

    Chunia began her career as the director to the TV serial Yuva which was aired on MAA TV and worked as a Line Producer for Akkineni Nagarjuna’s Manam. Nagarjuna was impressed with her storyline and offered Chunia to direct the film Padesave, a triangular love story set in a women’s perspective and which conveys how wives and girls think their husbands and boy friends should be. Starring Karthik Reddy, Sam and Nithya Shetty in the lead roles, ‘Padesave’ has music by Anoop Rubens.

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  8. Bhanumathi Ramakrishna

    Actress Bhanumathi was born in Tamil Nadu. After etching a name in Tamil and Telugu Cinema, she directed Chandirani which happens to be the first Indian film directed by a lady director. She acted in this movie as well. The movie also had the legendary NTR playing the lead role. What is not to be missed here is that her husband Ramakrishna produced this movie and supported her all along. This movie turned out to be a blockbuster. This success fuelled her directorial ambitions as she directed about 10 Telugu movies. Asathyaralu was her last directorial in 1993.

  9. Vijaya Nirmala

    Actress Vijaya Nirmala holds the Guinness World Record for directing 42 films, the highest by a woman director. Her directorial debut was Meena which was made in 1971. Superstar Krishna and she were the hero and heroine of this movie. The movie was released under their banner which was Vijaya Krishna Films. She has said that the passion for direction was evoked on the sets of Sakshi, her second Telugu movie. After Meena, she directed 40 Telugu movies. She also directed Ram Robert Rahim which is a remake of Amar Akbar Anthony. Rajnikanth, Krishna, and Chandramohan star in this movie. Puttinti Gowravam was this Nandi Award winner’s last directorial.

  10. Jeevitha Rajasekhar

    The ever-smiling actress Jeevitha has directed three movies (mention them). Her husband, Rajasekhar was the lead actor in all of these three movies. In 2002, Rajasekhar approached various directors to remake Sethu, a tamil movie. He was turned down by all of them. Finally, Jeevitha came forward and directed the remake entitled Seshu. After this remake, she directed him twice, in the movies Satyameva Jayate and Mahankali both of which are Hindi movie remakes. While directing, Jeevitha sees Rajasekhar as an actor than as a husband.

  11. B. V. Nandini Reddy

    After working in direction department for quite some time, Nandini Reddy took Tollywood by storm with her directorial debut movie Ala Modalaindi. This movie, which released in 2011, was a huge hit. It featured a story which was refreshingly unique. Nithya Menen debuted in this film. However, after her directorial success, her success graph took a nosedive with ‘Jabardasth’ as it was a disaster. ‘Jabardasth’ was said to be the freemake of Band Baaja Baarat. Later, she admitted to have copied the movie from various Hollywood and Bollywood movies. However, the movie played cupid for the lead actors who were Siddharth and Samantha. They dated for quite a while before they broke up.

    Nandini Reddy
  12. Sripriya

    This multi-lingual actress, who has acted in more than 300 movies, made her Telugu directorial debut with Drushyam. The movie is a remake of the Malayalam superhit Drishyam. Her movie became one of the highest grossers of all time. This movie had Victory Venkatesh and Meena playing the lead roles. The movie is about Venkatesh, a cable operator who is leading a contented life with his family. His peaceful life is turned upside down when a rogue takes obscene pictures of his daughter and threatens to release on the web. His family kills him out of no choice. When Venkatesh learns about this he decide to protect his family no matter what happens. This thriller has bagged various award nominations.

  13. Sudha Kongara

    Born in Vizag, this talented film maker already had a National award to her credit with 'Mitr, My Friend', which won the Best English Film of the year award at the 49th National Film Awards. She then worked in Mani Ratnam's camp for over 6 years as associate director before she made cracked up into the scene with Irudhi Suttru (Tamil) / Saala Khadoos (Hindi). This was later remade into Telugu as 'Guru' starring Venkatesh which received immense applauds from everyone alike. Sudha has proved her mettle with this on movie across three major film industries. 

    Sudha Kongara
    Sudha Kongara
    Sudha Kongara Prasad
  14. Savithri Ganeshan

    Dazzling actress Savithri had many blockbusters to her credit. Some of the blockbusters are Missamma, Gundamma Katha and Maya Bazaar. But, not many know that she had struck gold at direction as well with directorial debut was ‘Chinnari Papalu’, in 1968. This directorial holds a record for being the only Telugu movie which employed the highest number of women. Jaggaiah and Shavukaru Janaki were the lead actors in this movie. The movie won Nandi (Best Feature Film) award. She later directed about 3 Telugu films which are Chiranjeevi, Mathru Devatha and Vintha Samsaram.

    Savithri While Directing Her Debut Film Chinnari Papalu
    Savithri While Directing Her Debut Film Chinnari Papalu
  15. Sasi Kiran Narayana

    Sasi Kiran Narayana is the daughter of the late M. S. Narayana, a famous comedian. However, she didn’t use her father’s name in securing ‘Saheba Subramanyam’, her directorial debut movie. Saheba Subramanyam, which is the remake of a Thattathin Marayathu, a Malayalam movie,, was produced by Nageswara Rao Kolla. Apparently, he wanted a women to direct this remake. When his friends suggested Sasi’s name, he approached her. After consenting, she directed the remake which received a cold response upon its release. Speaking about the scarcity of Tollywood women directors, she said the situation will going change in the near future.

Chunia Sudha Kongara Prasad Nandini Reddy