Deva Katta

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Deva Katta
Born Deva Kaushik Katta
Andhra Pradesh, India
Alma mater Wayne State University
Occupation Film director, producer and writer
  • Niranjan Naidu Katta (father)

Deva Kaushik Katta is an Indian American filmmaker, known for his works exclusively in Telugu cinema. His films Vennela, Prasthanam and Autonagar Surya were widely received and have a cult following among Telugu audiences. In 2010, Prasthanam was showcased in the Indian Panorama section at the International Film Festival of India.[1] The film also won two Filmfare awards including Filmfare South Critics Award for Best film and Nandi Award for Best Feature Film in 2010.[2]


Katta holds a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. He worked as a vehicle crashworthiness expert at General Motors. He graduated from film school before making a digital documentary film about Indian students in the USA, which was titled Valasa. He then debuted as a successful writer and director with the romantic comedy flick Vennela, portraying Indian students in America.[3][4][5]

Early life[edit]

Deva Katta was born in Kadapa district, Andhra Pradesh. His family moved to Chennai and Katta was brought up there. Katta studied in Chennai from 7th grade in Ramakrishna Mission School and did his mechanical engineering degree from Satyabhama Engineering College. He later moved to the United States for higher Engineering studies and film studies. Katta progressed into film-making while working as a full-time engineer in the automobile industry in the US.

Katta is a naturalized American citizen.[2]

Filmography and awards[edit]

Year Film Director Producer Screenwriter Actor Honors
2017-22 Bahubali prequel show for Netflix” - ARKA media Yes Yes
2019-21 Untitled Triology Yes Yes
2018 Prasthanam (Hindi) Yes Yes
2015 Dying To Be Me Yes No Yes No Short Film
2014 Autonagar Surya Yes No Yes No
2013 D for Dopidi No No No Yes A.C.P. Krishnamachari
2010 Prasthanam Yes No Yes No International Film Festival of India
Nandi Award for Best Feature Film (Bronze)
Filmfare South Critics Award for Best film
2005 Vennela Yes No Yes No
2003 Valasa Yes Yes Yes Yes Documentary Film
2002 The People Mover Yes Yes Yes Short Film


  1. ^ Suresh Krishnamoorthy (2010-10-22). "NATIONAL / ANDHRA PRADESH : 'Prasthanam' gets a place in Indian Panorama". The Hindu. Retrieved 2012-08-04.
  2. ^ a b "News Archives: The Hindu". Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  3. ^ Dying to be Me - A Short Film by Deva Katta. YouTube. 14 August 2015.
  4. ^ Subuhi Parvez (19 August 2015). "Why Every Indian Woman, and Man, Should Watch This Short Film".
  5. ^ "Dying to be Me - An awesome short film by Deva Katta". South Report.

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