Jandhyala Subramanya Sastry
14 January 1951|
|Died||19 June 2001
|Other names||Haasya Brahma|
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. Known for his contributions to the comedy film genre, He has garnered three state Nandi Awards and two Filmfare Awards South. In 1983, he directed Ananda Bhairavi, premiered at International Film Festival of India. He has received Padma Shri for his contributions to Indian cinema.  
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.
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 would go on to 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
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 Ushakiran Movies Srivariki Premalekha became an all time comedy film. His other film Ananda Bhairavi was a milestone in his career and won many awards.
- 1984, Best Director – Ananda Bhairavi
- 1987, Best Story Writer – Padamati Sandhya Ragam
- 1992, Best Dialogue Writer – Aapathbandhavudu
- 1984, Best Director – Telugu – Srivariki Premalekha
- 1987, Best Film – Telugu – Padamati Sandhya Ragam
- Madras Film Fans Award
- Andhra Pradesh Film Journalists Award
- Vijayawada Film Journalists Award
- Vamsi Award
- Kalasagar Award
- Andhra Pradesh Cinegoers Award
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. Jandhyala is survived by his wife Annapurna and two daughters, Sahiti and Sampada.
- As Director
|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
- Adavi Ramudu
- Siri Siri Muvva
- Tayaramma Bangarayya
- Saagara Sangamam
- Jagadeka Veerudu Atiloka Sundari
- Govinda Govinda
- Aditya 369
- As Actor
- As Dubbing artist
- Chupulu Kalasina Shubhavela (for Sutti Veerabhadra Rao)
- Bharateeyudu – Telugu version of Shankar's Tamil film Indian (for Nedumudi Venu, the cop who chases Kamal Haasan)
- Iddaru – Telugu version of Iruvar (for Prakash Raj)
- Padamati Sandhyaragam (for Uncle (Babai) – Meer Abdulla)
- Arunachalam – Telugu version of Arunachalam (for Visu, Rangachary (Rambha's father))
- Bhama Ne Satyabhama Ne – Telugu version of Avvai Shanmughi (for Gemini Ganeshan, Meena's father)
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- "Tribute – Jandhyala – Telugu film director and writer". Idle Brain. 19 June 2001. Retrieved 7 September 2012.