Jandhyala Subramanya Sastry

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Born (1951-01-14)14 January 1951
Narsapuram, India
Died 19 June 2001(2001-06-19) (aged 50)
Hyderabad
Other names Haasya Brahma
Spouse(s) Annapurna
Awards Padma Shri

Jandhyala (born Jandhyala Veera Venkata Durga Siva Subrahmanya Sastry); (14 January 1951 – 19 June 2001); popularly known as Haasya Brahma was an Indian film screenwriter, director and actor known for his works in Telugu Cinema.[1] Known for his contributions to the comedy film genre, He has garnered three state Nandi Awards and two Filmfare Awards South.[2] In 1983, he directed Ananda Bhairavi, premiered at International Film Festival of India. He has received Padma Shri for his contributions to Indian cinema. [3] [4]

Early life[edit]

Jandhyala, also known as Haasya Brahma Jandhyala, was born on 14 January in 1951 at Narsapuram. He is the son of Jandhyala Narayana Murthy. He graduated with a bachelors in commerce from SRR and CVR College in Vijayawada. Since his childhood he was interested in stage plays particularly with mythological characters with elaborate costumes. He even won prizes for his performances while in school.

Career[edit]

He was a noted playwright during his college days. His first play being Atmahuthi (English Self-immolation); however, his next play Ek Din Ka Sultan was very popular and has been enacted over 10,000 times and script has been reprinted 15 times. His last play was Gundelu Marchabadunu. Jandhyala happened to meet Gummadi VenkateswaraRao (a popular character artist) who advised him to become a story writer. Soon he got support from Kaashinathuni Vishwanath, director of several meaningful Telugu films. Soon, he started writing for several films that saw success at box office.

He entered the films as a lyricist through the film Punya Bhoomi Kallu Teru and as dialogue writer it was Devudu Chesina Bommalu. However, his film as a dialogue writer was K. Vishwanath's Siri Siri Muvva in the year 1977, was a blockbuster hit with which he got firm footing in Telugu cinema industry and since then never looked back. He could write for around 200 films between 1977 and 1986, some of them becoming hugely successful at Box office and some even winning awards.

Directorial style and success[edit]

Jandhyala turned into a director with the film Mudda Mandaram in the year 1981. Jandhyala abhorred 'bawdy comedy' popular till then and believed that the dialogue should be crisp, simple and natural like real-life conversations, which the audience could easily identify themselves with, and enjoy. He had followed this rule in all the movies for which he had written and directed.

He is a trendsetter of Comedy genre and has written and directed several hits like Nalugu Sthambalata, Rendu Rella Aaru, Aha Naa Pellanta, Vivaha Bhojanambu, Choopulu Kalasina Subhavela, Chantabbai, Amara Jeevi, Seeta Rama Kalyanam and Padamati Sandhya Ragam, Rendu Jalla Seetha.

He has introduced many comedy actors like Bramhanandam, Suthi Velu and Suthi Veerabhadra Rao. His film with Usha Kiran movies Srivariki Premalekha became an all time comedy film. His other film Ananda Bhairavi was a milestone in his career and won many awards.

Awards[edit]

Nandi Awards
Filmfare Awards South

Other awards[edit]

  • Madras Film Fans Award
  • Andhra Pradesh Film Journalists Award
  • Vijayawada Film Journalists Award
  • Vamsi Award
  • Kalasagar Award
  • Andhra Pradesh Cinegoers Award

Death[edit]

He breathed his last on 19 June 2001, due to a massive heart attack, at 50, and after completing his silver jubilee year in films.[5][6] Jandhyala is survived by his wife Annapurna and two daughters, Sahiti and Sampada.

Filmography[edit]

As Director
Film Actors Release Date
Mudda Mandaram Pradeep, Poornima 11 September 1981
Malle Pandiri Vijji Babu, Jyoti, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 1982
Nalugu Stambhalata Naresh, Pradeep, Poornima, Tulasi 15 May 1982
Nelavanka Rajesh, Gummadi, J. V. Somayajulu 25 January 1983
Rendu Jella Sita Naresh, Pradeep, Rajesh, Subhakar, Mahalakshmi, Subhalekha Sudhakar, Sutti Veerabhadra Rao, Suthivelu 30 March 1983
Amarajeevi Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Jayaprada 19 August 1983
Moodu Mullu Chandra Mohan, Radhika, Geetha −9-1983
Ananda Bhairavi Girish Karnad, Kanchana, Sutti Veerabhadra Rao, Suthivelu 1983
Sreevariki Prema Lekha Naresh, Poornima, Sutti Veerabhadra Rao, Nutan Prasad, Misro 2 March 1984
Rao Gopal Rao Rao Gopal Rao, Chandra Mohan, Muchcharla Aruna 1984
Puttadi Bomma Naresh, Poornima, Muchcharla Aruna 1985
Babai Abbai Balakrishna, Anitha Reddy[Debut], Sutti Veerabhadra Rao 8 February 1985
Srivari Shobhanam Naresh, Anitha Reddy 1985
Mogudu Pellalu Naresh, Bhanupriya 5 August 1985
Muddula Manavaralu Bhanumathi, Suhasini, Jayasudha, Chandra Mohan, Sarath Babu 1985
Rendu Rella Aaru Rajendra Prasad, Chandra Mohan, Rajani, Preethy 11 January 1986
Seeta Rama Kalyanam Balakrishna, Rajani 18 April 1986
Chantabbai Chiranjeevi, Suthivelu, Suhasini 22 August 1986
Padamati Sandhya Ragam Vijayasanti, Thomas Jane, Gummaluri Sastry 11 April 1987
Raga Leela Raghu, Sumalatha, Tulasi, Sandhya 4 June 1987
Satyagraham Challa Ramakrishna Reddy, Saritha, Guntur Sastry 1987
Aha Naa Pellanta Rajendra Prasad, Rajani 27 November 1987
Chinni Krishnudu Ramesh, Kushboo, Sarath Babu April 1988
Vivaha Bhojanambu Chandra Mohan, Rajendra Prasad, Aswani April 1988
Neeku Naaku Pellanta Dr.Rajasekhar, Aswani August 1988
Choopulu Kalasina Shubhavela Naresh, Mohan, Aswani, Sudha, Brahmanandam, Sri Lakshmi 7 October 1988
Hai Hai Nayaka Naresh, Sri Bharathi 23 February 1989
Jayammu Nischayammura Rajendra Prasad, Sumalatha, Chandra Mohan, Avanti 6 July 1989
Bava Bava Panneru Naresh, Rupa Kala 9 August 1991
Prema Enta Madhuram Naresh, Mayuri 6 September 1991
Vichitra Prema Rajendra Prasad, Amrutha 1991
Babai Hotel Brahmanandam, Kinnera 5 June 1992
Ladies Special Suresh, Vani Viswanath, Divyavani 1993
Prema Zindabad Rajendra Prasad, Aiswarya, Subhalekha Sudhakar
Aa Aaa e ee Varun Raj, Achyuth, Vijay Kumar
Shhh. Gup Chup Varun Raj, Bhanupriya 12 May 1994
Oho Naa Pellanta Harish, Sanghavi 20 March 1996
Vichitram Brahmanandam, Chandra Sree, Sri Harsha, Charmi 6 November 1998
As Dialogue writer
As Actor
As Dubbing artist

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