C. Umamaheswara Rao

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C. Uma Maheswara Rao
C. Uma Maheswara Rao.jpg
Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India
Spouse(s)Durga Bhavani
ChildrenNandan Babu , Anand Babu , Pramod Babu , Vinod Babu .

C. Umamaheswara Rao is an Indian film director, screenwriter, aesthetician and producer known for his works predominantly in Telugu cinema. He has also scripted and directed a few television serials for Doordarshan.[1] He has garnered two Nandi Awards, and the National Film Award. He is also Social and Cultural activist. He is born in Vijayawada now the new capital of Andhrapradesh.

From his childhood his voracious reading of books had driven him towards literature and performing arts and to progressive ideologies. In his early years, he had written poetry and short stories in Telugu.

His Telugu legendary film Ankuram, first film of its kind on human rights and civil liberties bagged him National Award and AP State's Best Director Award and many Civilian. His Sreekaram, a Telugu film on hazardous trail on in-camera court against woman rape victim by defence lawyers, gained him AP state's Feature film Award. Actually, this film dealt with Kiranjit Ahluwalia's case prior to Aishwarya Ray's film ‘Provoked’. To mention some more are much accoladed ‘Stree’, a documentary on the exploitation faced by Indian woman, very popular TV serials like ‘Himabindu’, ‘Mr. Brahmanandam ‘and Telefilms like Hamsafar (Hindi), Manchu Bomma and many more. He had many short and ad films to his credit.

Recently he had done 15 Telefilms on Film aesthetics for Ur films. They have been successfully telecast in 10 TV. And they are being shown in so many short film festivals for educating the participants.

He is the Chairman of Jury in 4 Short Film festivals and had been the jury member in AP State Awards Committee 2010 and twice Juror in UNESCO Ladli Awards Committee.

He acted as the Chairman of the West panel of National Film Awards 2019 and had been in the Central Committee.

He was in the Jury for Oscars in Indian Entry Selections 2020.

He has formed Center for New Perspectives in Film and Media, Hyderabad.

He is the Chairman for Dadasaheb Phalke School of Film and Media, which has an Advisory Board chaired by Mr. Allu Aravind and members being M/s Vijayendra Prasad, Resool Pookutty, Madhu Ambat, Neelakanta, Sreekar Prasad, Indraganti Mohan Krishna, Paruchuri Bros., etc. as advisors.


National Film Awards
Nandi Awards[3]

Revathi won her First Film Fare Award in Telugu

K.V.Reddy Award - Best Director - Ankuram (1992)



S.No Movie Name Year Language Credited as
Direction Script Writing Story
1 Pula Pallaki 1986 Telugu Yes Yes
2 Padandi Munduku 1987 Telugu Yes Yes
3 Ankuram 1992 Telugu Yes Yes Yes
4 Sindhoora 1992 Malayalam Yes Yes
5 Mounam 1995 Telugu Yes Yes Yes
6 Maun 1996 Hindi Yes Yes
7 Srikaram 1996 Telugu Yes Yes Yes
8 Surya Putrulu 1996 Telugu Yes Yes Yes
10 Avuna 2003 Telugu Yes Yes Yes
11 ITLU AMMA 2021(released on Sony LIV) Telugu Yes Yes Yes


Many documentaries to his credit, one of which is

  • STHREE (APFDC Award for Best Documentary)


  • HAMSAFAR (Hindi )
  • MANCHU BOMMA (2011) (TELUGU) : For ETV much accoladed telefilm.


  • 15 EPISODES ON FILM AESTHETICS (2015) : Have done for Ur film School & Telecast in 10 TV


  1. ^ Uma Maheswara Rao - IMDb
  2. ^ "40th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 2 March 2012.
  3. ^ "నంది అవార్డు విజేతల పరంపర (1964 - 2008)" [A series of Nandi Award Winners (1964 - 2008)] (PDF) (in Telugu). Information & Public Relations of Andhra Pradesh. 13 March 2010. Retrieved 3 January 2021.

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