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 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
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.
- 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
- 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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