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Born Nallamilli Bavireddy
(1956-11-20) 20 November 1956 (age 57)
Occupation Film director, author,
screenwriter, Music director

Vamsy or Vamsi (Telugu: వంశీ, born Nallamilli Bavireddy on November 20, 1956) is a critically acclaimed Telugu Indian film director, writer and music director. He is considered[according to whom?] one of the four cornerstones of Telugu Cinema of the 1980s and '90s; the others being K Viswanath, Bapu and Jandhyala.


Vamsy was born and brought up at a village called Pasalapudi, near Ramachandrapuram of East Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh on November 20, 1956. His actual name is Nallamilli Bavireddy; Vamsy is his screen name.


Vamsy worked as an assistant director to K Viswanath on Sankarabharanam before making his first film Manchupallaki with Chiranjeevi, Suhasini,Tripuraneni Sai Chand and Rajendra Prasad in 1982. This movie was a remake of the Tamil movie Palaivana Solai directed by Robert-Rajasekaran.[1] In 1984, Vamsy made the critically acclaimed Sitaara, with which he introduced Bhanupriya to the Telugu Film Industry. The movie was adapted from his own novel - "Mahal lo Kokila" (The Nightingale in the Palace). The movie went on to win the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu. In 1985, he made Preminchu Pelladu, the first movie with Rajendra Prasad as the sole lead[2]

For a significant period of his career, Vamsy collaborated with the music director Ilayaraja. Some of their best work has been in cooperation with each other. The two were so attuned to each other's way of thinking that for a song in his movie Ladies Tailor, Vamsy shot the video for a song (Ekkada Ekkada) before the song was even recorded.[3] This is against the norm as usually the songs are recorded first and the videos are made later in most movies.

He has recently published a short stories compilation called "Maa Pasalapudi Kathalu". Besides that compilation, Vamsy had written a wide variety of short stories since 1974 when he was 18 years old. His major works include Manchupallaki, Aa Naati Vaana Chinukulu, Venditera Kathalu ( original scripts of Sankarabharanam, Anveshana etc., ), Vennela Bomma, Gokulam lo Radha etc. He has penned around 150 short stories published in swathi weekly under title "Maa Diguwa Godavari Kathalu". Recently for his contributions to the art of story telling with a native approach through his books he is bestowed with "Sripada Puraskhaaram" at Rajamundry on 17 April 2011.

He also directed a TV serial named as Lady Detective for ETV-Telugu which used to be aired on every Thursday in the years 1995 - 96. With its unique content, it gained huge popularity among Telugu Television audience during the late 90's


Vamsy is one of the very few filmmakers in Telugu who tries to depict the nativity of the concerned story. Although he is well known for portraying the scenic beauty of Godavari and surrounding regions, the element of characterization is the highlight in his films.

Personal life[edit]

Vamsy never wanted to become a film director. He considered himself as a better writer. It is said that he fell in love with the famous south Indian actress Bhanupriya while working with her in Anveshana, Sitara and Preminchu Pelladu. Eventually, it is said that his love could not succeed; during this time he was making Mohan Babu starrer Detective Narada. The unsuccessful love affair was traumatic to Vamsy, and his films were never the same. Many of the failures at box-office were attributed to this. He is the one of the few directors in India who has highest number of fan sites(13).[citation needed]




Year Title Cast Music Notes
2014 Tanu Monne Vellipoyindi Ajmal Ameer,Nikhitha Narayan Chakri
2010 Saradaga Kasepu Allari Naresh, Srinivas Avasarala, Madhurima Chakri Features Vamsi’s first movie with Allari Naresh along with Awasarala Srinivas and Madhurima, set in Godavari districts as usual. Released and got decent reviews.
2009 Gopi Gopika Godavari Venu Thottempudi, Kamalinee Mukherjee Chakri Features Vamsi’s trademark comedy and it has a beautiful love story based in Konaseema’s scenic surroundings
2007 Anumanaspadam Aryan Rajesh, Hamsa Nandini, Jaya Prakash Reddy, Vanita Reddy, Tanikella Bharani Ilaiyaraaja Marked the comeback of both Vamsy's association with Illayaraja and Vamsy's foray into thriller movies
2004 Konchem touch lo unte chepthanu Sivaji, Veda Chakri nobody dare to touch this movie....but this movie is a feast for vamsi lovers with ultimate comedy and a variety script by Sankaramanchi Parthasarathy !
2003 Donga Ramudu & Party Srikanth, Laya, Bhuvaneswari, Suhasini (Special Appearance), Jaya Prakash Reddy, Surya, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Rallapalli, Tanikella Bharani, Kondavalasa Lakshmana Rao, Krishna Bhagavaan, Jyothi Lakshmi, Mallikarjuna Rao, Jeeva, Melkote and Bangalore Padma Chakri
2002 Avunu Valliddaru Ista Paddaru Ravi Teja, Kalyani, Prasanna, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Mallikarjuna Rao, M. S. Narayana, Jeeva, Tanikella Bharani, L. B. Sriram, Jayaprakash Reddy, Krishna Bhagavaan, Surya, Kantham Gottula, Kondavalasa Lakshmanarao, Banerji, Srirama Rao, Ramana Gidar, Potti Raju, Bhaskar Gudavalli, Murali Goduri, Prithi Nigam, Saroja Draksharamam, Ramesh Babu Vallurapalli Chakri Start of Vamsy's second innings with memorable music from Chakri
1998 W/O V.Varaprasad J. D. Chakravarthy, Vineeth, Avani, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, G.Murali, Mallikarjuna Rao, M. M. Keeravani Vamsy's only combination with Ram Gopal Varma and M. M. Keeravani
1995 Linga Babu Love Story Rajendra Prasad, Rajashree, Mallikarjuna Rao, Sakshi Ranga Rao, Rallapalli, Ali, Tanikella Bharani, Y.Vijaya, Jayalalitha, M. S. Narayana, A.V.S Vamsy Paintings on characters' costumes reveal the next scene!
1994 Neeku 16 Naaku 18 Sanjay Bhargav, Ameelana, Sadhumaharaj, Sarath Babu, Giri Babu, Subhalekha Sudhakar, Mallikarjuna Rao Vamsy
1994 Prema & Co Naresh, Vani Viswanath, Rao Gopala Rao, Giri Babu, Sivaji Raja, Achyuth, Jayalalitha, Brahmanandam Vamsy Vani Viswanath is the third actress after Bhanupriya and Suhasini to act in more than one Vamsy movie
1993 Joker Rajendra Prasad, Vani Viswanath, Kongara Jaggayya, Baby Shamili Vamsy vamsy mimics ilayaraja in for the dialogues.
1992 Detective Narada Mohan Babu, Kongara Jaggayya, Mohini, Nirosha, Mallikarjuna Rao Ilaiyaraaja Major flop in Vamsy's career. This movie confuses viewers
1990 April 1st Vidudhala Rajendra Prasad, Shobana, Mallikarjuna Rao, Rallapalli, Sakshi Ranga Rao, Y.Vijaya, Jayalalitha, Krishna Chaitanya Ilaiyaraaja Vamsys best comedy film.Viewers rated as best film of vamsy till date
1989 Swarakalpana Edida Sreeram, Seetha Gangai Amaran
1989 Chettukinda Pleader Rajendra Prasad, Kinnera, Urvashi, Sarath Babu, Gollapudi, Tanikella Bharani, Devadas Kanakala Ilaiyaraaja Another Major Hit in Vamsy's directions
1988 Sri Kanakamahalakshmi Recording Dance Troupe Naresh, Madhuri, Tanikella Bharani, Kota, Nirmalamma, Mallikarjuna Rao, Y.Vijaya, Bheemaraju, Dham, Rambabu (as N.T.R), Veerraraju ( as A.N.R), Venkatesh (as Chiranjeevi) Ilaiyaraaja
1988 Maharshi Maharshi Raghava, Shanti Priya, Krishna Bhagavaan, Sanjeevi Ilaiyaraaja Terrific songs,One of the best of ilayaraja
1987 Lawyer Suhasini Suhasini, Bhanu Chander, Rajendra Prasad S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
1985 Ladies Tailor Rajendra Prasad, Subhalekha Sudhakar, Pradeep Sakti, Archana, Deepa, Y. Vijaya, Sandya, Rallapalli, Mallikarjuna Rao, Dham Ilaiyaraaja This movie was remade in 2006, with the same title. The movie starred Rajpal Yadav. A sequel to this movie is being planned, with Ravi Teja in the lead role. The sequel is tentatively titled "Fashion Designer S/O Ladies Tailor and will be directed by Vamsy"
1985 Alapana Bhanupriya, Mohan, Pradeep Sakti, Rallapalli Ilaiyaraaja The songs in this movie are probably the best of all Vamsy's movies.
1985 Preminchu Pelladu Rajendra Prasad, Bhanupriya, Subhalekha Sudhakar, Satyanarayana Ilaiyaraaja The first movie with Rajendra Prasad as the sole lead.
1985 Anveshana Bhanupriya, Karthik, Sarath Babu, Satyanarayana, Rallapalli Ilaiyaraaja Probably Vamsy's best thriller to date.
1984 Sitaara Bhanupriya, Suman, Subhalekha Sudhakar, Sharath Babu, Rallapalli, Sakshi Ranga Rao, J. V. Somayajulu Ilaiyaraaja Bhanupriya's debut in Telugu movies
1982 Manchupallaki Chiranjeevi, Suhasini, Rajendra Prasad, Narayana Rao, Girsh, Tripuraneni Sai Chand, Sakshi Ranga Rao Rajan Nagendra

Music Director[4][edit]

Year Title
1995 Lingababu Lovestory
1994 Neeku 16 Naaku 18
1994 Prema & Co
1993 Joker

See also[edit]

Rajendra Prasad


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