Krish (director)

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Radhakrishna Jagarlamudi
Years active2008–present
AwardsNational Film Awards
Nandi Awards
Filmfare Awards South

Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi, known professionally as Krish, is an Indian film director, known for his works in Telugu cinema and Bollywood. He made his directorial debut in 2008 with Gamyam and followed it up with Vedam in 2010. Both films garnered widespread critical acclaim, fetching him the Nandi Award and Filmfare Award for Best Director. In 2015, he directed the period war drama film, Kanche. Set in Nazi Germany, the film won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu.[1] Kanche was selected for the Indiwood Panorama Competition section at the 2nd edition of Indiwood Carnival 2016 in Hyderabad.[2] In 2017, his directorial venture Gautamiputra Satakarni gained critical acclaim and was a huge box office success.[3] He directed the epic Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi which released on 25 January 2019.[4]


In 2008, Krish made his debut with Gamyam, starring Allari Naresh, Sharwanand, and Kamalinee Mukherjee. The film was produced by his father Jagarlamudi Saibaba along with his brother-in-law Bibo Srinivas, and his friend Rajeev Reddy who came forward after Krish vainly tried to convince many notable Telugu film producers. The film went on to become a big hit at the box office,[5] and won several awards, including the Best Picture[6] and Best Director awards at the 2009 South Filmfare Award.[6] This blockbuster film was remade in Tamil as Kadalana Summa illa, in Kannada as Savaari and in Bengali as Dui Prithibi (2010 film). Raj Chakraborty directed the last of these, which was critically and commercially successful and became the highest grosser of 2010, according to a study conducted by FICCI & Deloitte.

Krish's next film, Vedam, released theatrically in June 2010. The film, starring Allu Arjun, Anushka Shetty and Manoj Manchu in the lead roles, was the first multi-starrer film in Telugu after more than a decade. It was well received by both critics and the audience, winning four major awards at the 58th Filmfare Awards South, with Krish receiving his second Filmfare Award for Best Director.[7] Vedam was also the second film to win all the four major awards (Best Movie, Best Director for Krish, Best Actor for Allu Arjun and Best Actress for Anushka Shetty), after Jeevana Jyothi in 1975 and had a good run at the box office as well.

Following the success of Vedam, Krish was signed on to direct its Tamil remake, titled Vaanam, starring Silambarasan Rajendar, Bharath, and Anushka Shetty, reprising her role, in the main roles.[8] Like its original version, Vaanam too released to critical acclaim.[9] His next film Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum starring Rana Daggubati and Nayantara released in 2012 and was a blockbuster at the box office.

His Hindi debut film was Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Production Gabbar Is Back, released on 20 April 2015. It stars Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor and Shruti Haasan. His WW II retro war directorial starring Varun Tej named Kanche, released on 22 October, on occasion of Dussera. It received positive reviews from critics and was successful at the box office.[10]

He next directed Nandamuri Balakrishna's 100th movie, Gautami Putra Shaathakarani, which was based on emperor Gautami Putra Shaatakarni and that movie released on 12 January 2017. Krish collaborated with Nandamuri Balakrishna again for the N.T.R biopic which was released in the year 2019 in two parts N.T.R: Kathanayakudu and N.T.R: Mahanayakudu, both the movies got critical acclaim but turned out to be massive disaster at the box- office.


Year Film Director Writer Screenwriter Language Notes Ref.
2008 Gamyam Yes Yes Yes Telugu Guest role as naxalite [11]
2010 Vedam Yes Guest role as sadhu
2011 Vaanam Yes Tamil Remake of Vedam
2012 Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum Yes Telugu
2015 Gabbar Is Back Yes Hindi Remake of Tamil film Ramanaa
Kanche Yes Telugu
2017 Gautamiputra Satakarni Yes Based on 2nd century AD ruler
2019 N.T.R: Kathanayakudu Yes Based on Life History of N. T. Rama Rao
N.T.R: Mahanayakudu Yes
Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi Yes Hindi Based on Rani of Jhansi
2020 PSPK27 Yes Telugu

Awards and nominations[edit]

List of awards and nominations received by Krish.

CineMAA Awards[edit]

The CineMAA Awards are presented annually by the MAATV Group to honour artistic and technical excellence of professionals in the Telugu Cinema. The awards were introduced in 2004. The CineMAA Awards are voted for by both the public and a committee of experts as per meritocracy.

Year Film Category Result Ref.
2016 Kanche CineMAA Award for Best Director Nominated [12]
CineMAA Award for Best Story Won
CineMAA Award – Special Appreciation Award Won

Filmfare Awards South[edit]

The Filmfare Awards South is the South Indian segment of the annual Filmfare Awards, presented by The Times Group to honour both artistic and technical excellence of professionals in the South Indian film industry. The awards are separately given for Kannada, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam films.

Year Film Category Result Ref.
2009 Gamyam Filmfare Award for Best Director – Telugu Won [13]
2011 Vedam Won [14]
2013 Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum Nominated [15]
2016 Kanche Nominated [16]
2018 Gautamiputra Satakarni Nominated [17]

International Indian Film Academy Awards[edit]

The annual IIFA Utsavam rewards the artistic and technical achievements of the South Indian film industry. The ceremony is organised by Wizcraft International, the team behind the International Indian Film Academy Awards, and represents Telugu cinema, Tamil cinema, Malayalam cinema and Kannada cinema.

Year Film Category Result Ref.
2017 Kanche IIFA Utsavam Award for Best Director – Telugu Nominated [18]
IIFA Utsavam Award for Best Story – Telugu Won

Nandi Awards[edit]

The Nandi Awards is the highest award ceremony for excellence in Telugu cinema, Telugu theatre, Telugu television, and Lifetime achievements in Indian cinema, presented annually by the Government of Andhra Pradesh. "Nandi" means "bull", the award being named after the big granite bull at Lepakshi — a cultural and historical symbol of the Telugu people.

Year Film Category Result Ref.
2008 Gamyam Nandi Award for Best Director Won [19]

South Indian International Movie Awards[edit]

The South Indian International Movie Awards are rewards the artistic and technical achievements of the South Indian film industry.

Year Film Category Result Ref.
2016 Kanche SIIMA Award for Best Director – Telugu Nominated [20]
2018 Gautamiputra Satakarni Nominated [21]

TSRTV9 National Film Awards[edit]

Year Film Category Result Ref.
2017 Kanche Best Director – Special Jury Award Won [22]
2019 Gautamiputra Satakarni Best Director Won [23]

Other awards[edit]

Year Award Category Film Result Ref.
2017 Zee Telugu Golden Awards Zee Telugu Golden Award for Favorite Director Gautamiputra Satakarni Won [24]
2019 Zee Cine Awards Telugu Dasari Award (Special Appreciation Award) N/A Won [25]


  1. ^ "63rd National Film Awards" (PDF) (Press release). Directorate of Film Festivals. 28 March 2016. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Movie list - All Lights India International Film Festival".
  3. ^ We don’t know our history: Krish Jagarlamudi
  4. ^ "It's official! Kangana Ranaut's 'Manikarnika' to clash with Hrithik Roshan's 'Super 30' early next year - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 21 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Top 14 films of Telugu Cinema - 2008". 2010. Retrieved 17 August 2010.
  6. ^ a b "Filmfare Awards 2009 Winners list". 2009. Retrieved 17 August 2010.
  7. ^ The glitter, the gloss, the razzmatazz
  8. ^ "STR completes Vaanam". 2010. Retrieved 17 August 2010.
  9. ^ "Latest on Simbu". 2010. Retrieved 17 August 2010.
  10. ^ "Varun Tej movie with Director Krish started", TOI, Retrieved 2 Feb 2015
  11. ^ "Postmortem - Gamyam by Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi (Krish Jagar)". Retrieved 11 February 2020.
  12. ^ "CineMAA Awards 2016". NDTV. 13 June 2016. Retrieved 11 February 2020.
  13. ^ "FILMFARE AWARDS 2009 TELUGU WINNERS". The Times of India. Retrieved 11 February 2020.
  14. ^ "Vedam wins big at Filmfare Awards (South) 2011". 4 July 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2020.
  15. ^ "60th Idea Filmfare Awards 2013 (South) Nominations". Filmfare. 4 July 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2020.
  16. ^ "63rd Filmfare Awards (South) 2016 nominations list". International Business Times. 8 June 2016. Retrieved 11 February 2020.
  17. ^ "TELUGU NOMINATIONS FOR FILMFARE AWARDS SOUTH 2018". Filmfare. Retrieved 11 February 2020.
  18. ^ "IIFA Utsavam 2017 Telugu nomination list". International Business Times. 14 March 2017. Retrieved 11 February 2020.
  19. ^ "Nandi awards 2008 announced". 24 October 2008. Retrieved 11 February 2020.
  20. ^ "SIIMA 2016 nominations out". The News Minute. 27 May 2016. Retrieved 11 February 2020.
  21. ^ "SIIMA Awards 2018 - Telugu, Kannada nominations". International Business Times. 5 August 2018. Retrieved 11 February 2020.
  22. ^ "TSR TV9 National Film Awards 2015, 2016 Winners". International Business Times. 9 April 2017. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  23. ^ "The TSR-TV9 National Film Awards for 2017-18 and 2018-19 have been announced". The News Minute. 16 February 2019. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  24. ^ "Zee Telugu Golden Awards 2017 winners". International Business Times. 1 January 2018. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  25. ^ "Tollywood's first and biggest Awards event of the Year on Zee Telugu". Zee News. 25 January 2019. Retrieved 12 February 2020.

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