S. S. Rajamouli

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Born (1973-10-10) 10 October 1973 (age 40)
Raichur, Karnataka, India
Residence Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Occupation Director
Spouse(s) Rama Rajamouli[1]

S. S. Rajamouli (born Koduri Srisaila Sri Rajamouli) is an Indian film director, screenwriter, and action choreographer who works primarily in Telugu cinema, known for directing blockbuster films like Magadheera and Eega based on Visual Effects, both of which won the National Film Award for Best Special Effects.[2][3][4] He has directed blockbusters like Vikramarkudu and Maryada Ramanna, Chatrapathi which were remade in various Indian languages, with successful reviews[5][6]

In 2012, he directed Eega, which was showcased among the market section (Marché du Film) of the 66th Cannes Film Festival on 20 May 2013, the Panorama section of the 16th Shanghai International Film Festival, and Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival.[7][8][9] Rajamouli has also garnered awards for the Most Original Film, and Best Film to watch with a crowd, for directing Eega in the 8th Annual Edition Toronto After Dark Film Festival.[10] He has also garnered the Star World India, "Entertainer of The Year 2012" for Makkhi.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Rajamouli was born to Screen writer and director, K. V. Vijayendra Prasad. He lives in Hyderabad in close association with cousins M. M. Keeravani, Kalyani Malik, S. S. Naaga, and S. S. Kanchi. He is married to Rama Rajamouli.

Early career and television[edit]

Rajamouli started directing Telugu soap operas on Eenadu Television, under the guidance of K. Raghavendra Rao. His first shot at Telugu films was Student No.1 which was a big hit in 2001. It took two long years for Rajamouli to come up with his second blockbuster, Simhadri.

His next movie was Sye. It was a first-of-its-kind movie in Tollywood, in that it was based on a rugby game. This movie was also the first instance where Rajamouli collaborated with K. K. Senthil Kumar.[12]

With his next flick Chatrapathi, Rajamouli again evoked emotions with the audience. The music of M. M. Keeravani and cinematography by Senthil Kumar added to the film's success. In his next stint Vikramarkudu, Rajamouli worked with Raviteja. The movie was a big success and was remade into Hindi as Rowdy Rathore by Prabhu Deva with Akshay kumar in the lead, into Tamil as Siruthai, and in Kannada as Veera Madakari.[13]

He then directed Yamadonga, a socio-fantasy film praised by critics. Next was the biggest film in Telugu Cinema at the time, Magadheera starring Ram charan Teja, Magadheera became one of the biggest commercial successes in Telugu Cinema.[14] He won the Nandi Award for Best Director and Filmfare Award for Best Director – Telugu for the film. This film also won the National Film Award for Best Choreography.[15]

His comedy thriller film Maryada Ramanna (2010) had actor Sunil as the male lead. This was the biggest hit of that year. It was remade in Hindi as "Son of Sardar".[16][17]

His next film Eega was released in Telugu and Tamil (Naan Ee) on 6 July 2012. It is a fictional film, with major part for Visual effects (VFX), received positive reviews from audience and critics as well.[18]


National Film Awards
Nandi Awards
Filmfare Awards South
CineMAA Awards
  • CineMAA Award for Best Director – Magadheera (2009)
Other Honours


Year Film Language Notes Verdict
2001 Student No.1 Telugu Dubbed into Hindi as Aaj Ka Mujrim
Remade into Tamil as Student Number 1
All Time Blockbuster
2003 Simhadri Telugu Dubbed into Hindi as Yamraaj Ek Faulaad
Remade into Tamil as Gajendra
Remade into Kannada as Kanteerava
All Time Blockbuster
2004 Sye Telugu Remake of Any Given Sunday
Dubbed into Hindi as
Aar Paar-The Judgement Day
Dubbed into Malayalam as
Super Hit
2005 Chatrapathi Telugu Dubbed into Malayalam as Chatrapathi
Dubbed into Hindi as Hukumat Ki Jung
Dubbed into Tamil as Chandramouli
Remade into Kannada as Chatrapathi
2006 Vikramarkudu Telugu
Dubbed into Hindi as
Dubbed into Malayalam as
Dubbed into Bhojpuri as
Vikram Singh Rathod IPS
Remade into Tamil as
Remade into Kannada as
Veera Madakari
Remade in Hindi as
Rowdy Rathore
Remade in Indian Bengali as
Bikram Singha: The Lion Is Back
All Time Blockbuster
2007 Yamadonga Telugu Dubbed into Hindi as Lok Parlok
Dubbed into Oriya as Yamraja
All Time Blockbuster
2009 Magadheera Telugu Nandi Award for Best Director
Filmfare Award for Best Director – Telugu
Dubbed into Tamil as Maaveeran
Dubbed into hindi as Magadheera
Dubbed into Malayalam as Dheera – The Warrior
All Time Blockbuster
2010 Maryada Ramanna Telugu
Remake of "Our Hospitality"
Remade in Hindi as
Son of Sardar
Remade in Kannada as
Maryade Ramanna
Remade in Bengali as
Faande Poriya Boga Kaande Re
Remade in Tamil as
Vallavanukku Pullum Aayudham
2011 Rajanna Telugu Directed action sequences only Blockbuster
2012 Eega Telugu
Best Visual Effects National Award
Simultaneously shot in Tamil as
Naan Ee
Dubbed into Malayalam as
Dubbed into Hindi as
Naan Ee Tamil Simultaneously shot with Telugu version Eega Blockbuster
2015 Baahubali Telugu On Sets
Dubbed into Malayalam
Dubbed into Hindi
Dubbed into Foreign Languages
Not released
Mahaabali Tamil On Sets
Simultaneously shot with Telugu version Baahubali



  1. ^ wife name
  2. ^ "SS Rajamouli voted Best Telugu Director of 2012". oneindia.in. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Kumar, Anuj (18 October 2012). "Flight of imagination". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 
  4. ^ "60th National Film Awards Announced" (PDF) (Press release). Press Information Bureau (PIB), India. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  5. ^ South director SS Rajamouli wants to direct Aamir Khan – Express India
  6. ^ "'SOS' director wants SS Rajamouli to see his film – The Times of India". The Times of India. 
  7. ^ IANS (15 May 2013). "SS Rajamouli's Eega to be screened at Cannes, Shanghai film festivals". bollywoodlife.com. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "'Makkhi' Review: Revenge comes in all sizes!". Zeenews.india.com. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "Eega to be screened at Cannes!". 123telugu.com. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "Rajamouli's Eega continues to win awards". The Times of India. 3 November 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  11. ^ In conversation with S.S.Rajamouli on The Front Row. – YouTube
  12. ^ Son Of Sardar Review
  13. ^ South director SS Rajamouli wants to direct Aamir Khan – Express India
  14. ^ Magadheera (2009) – IMDb
  15. ^ "Microsoft Word - 57th_NFA_Press_Release.doc" (PDF). Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  16. ^ "SS Rajamouli about Maryada Ramanna interview – Telugu Cinema interview – Telugu film director". Idlebrain.com. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  17. ^ Singh song | Rajeev Masand – movies that matter
  18. ^ Shekhar (7 July 2012). "Eega – Movie Review: A graphical wonder | – Oneindia Entertainment". Entertainment.oneindia.in. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  19. ^ Nandi Awards 2009 Winners List – Telugu Movie News
  20. ^ "Filmfare Awards winners". The Times of India. 9 August 2010. 
  21. ^ Filmfare Awards (South): The complete list of Winners
  22. ^ In conversation with S.S.Rajamouli on The Front Row – YouTube