|Born||2 June 1964 (age 52)
Narsipatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India
|Residence||jubilee hills, Hyderabad, India|
|Children||Neelima Guna, Yukthamukhi|
Gunasekar (Telugu: గుణశేఖర్); (born Gunasekar Karri; 2 June 1964) is an Indian film director and screenwriter known for his works exclusively in Telugu cinema. Gunasekhar directed the Children's classic Ramayanam (1997), which won the National Film Award for Best Children's Film, including several state Nandi Awards for that year, and was screened at the International Children’s Film Festival of India.
The 2003 action film, Okkadu, which won eight state Nandi Awards, and four Filmfare Awards South including the Filmfare Award for Best Director – Telugu, the blockbuster film became the highest grossing Telugu film for that year, and was remade into various Indian languages. His latest venture is the historical film, Rudhramadevi which was released in October 2015 for wide positive reviews and became one of the biggest hits of the year.
Before venturing into mainstream film direction, Gunasekar worked as an associate director to D. V. Narsaraju, Kranthi Kumar, and Ram Gopal Varma. Gunasekhar made his directorial debut with the socio-political Lathi (1992), for which he received the state Nandi Award for Best First Film of a Director.
He directed the super-hit romance film, Sogasu Chooda Tharamaa (1995), which again received the Nandi Award for Best Feature Film, and the super-hit action thriller, Choodalani Vundi (1998), which introduced the DTS sound to the Telugu screen, the film was later remade into Hindi as Calcutta Mail. He then directed the political thriller, Manoharam (2000), which again bagged the Nandi Award for Best Story, and the Nandi Award for Best Feature Film. The 2004 drama film Arjun was screened at the International Film Festival of India in the mainstream section.
Filmography and awards
|Year||Film||Director||Producer||Screenwriter||Awards and Honors|
|1992||Laati||Yes||Yes||Nandi Award for Best First Film of a Director|
|1995||Sogasu Chooda Tharamaa||Yes||Yes||Nandi Award for Best Feature Film|
|1996||Ramayanam||Yes||Yes||National Film Award for Best Children's Film
International Children’s Film Festival of India
|2000||Manoharam||Yes||Yes||Nandi Award for Best Feature Film
Nandi Award for Best Story Writer
|2003||Okkadu||Yes||Yes||Nandi Award for Best Feature Film
Nandi Award for Best Director
Filmfare Award for Best Director – Telugu
|2004||Arjun||Yes||Yes||International Film Festival of India|
|2006||Sainikudu||Yes||Yes||Nandi Award for Best Special Effects|
|2010||Varudu||Yes||Yes||Nandi Award for Best Special Effects|
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- Sangeetha Devi Dundoo. "Rudhramadevi review". The Hindu.
- "YVS, Gunasekar & Ravi were rommates". The Times Of India.
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- "Rudhramadevi box office collection: Anushka Shetty-starrer mints Rs 32 crore in the opening weekend". msn.com.
- "Rudhramadevi Box Office Collection". Box Office. 11 October 2015.
- "Gunasekhar, RGV, Krishna Vamsi, Teja, Uttej Old Photo - Gunasekhar". Gulte.com.
- "Directorate of Film Festival" (PDF). iffi.nic.in.