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

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

27 Jun 19 @ 11:54 AM | 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. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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