Sandeep Vanga

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Sandeep Vanga
Sandeep Vanga at Kabir Singh success party (cropped).jpg
Vanga at the success party of his directorial Kabir Singh
Sandeep Reddy Vanga

  • Film director
  • producer
Years active2016–present
Spouse(s)Manisha Reddy

Sandeep Reddy Vanga is an Indian director and screenwriter. He made his directorial debut with the commercially successful Telugu-language film Arjun Reddy.[2][3] He also directed Kabir Singh (2019), the Hindi-language remake of Arjun Reddy.[4][5][6]

Early life[edit]

Sandeep Reddy Vanga was born in Warangal, Telangana to Prabhakar Reddy and Sujatha. He has an elder brother, Pranay Reddy Vanga, who has produced the film Arjun Reddy. He did his schooling from Platinum Jubilee High School, Warangal till 8th moved to Hyderabad from 9th standard to 12th standard. He received his bachelor's degree from SDM College of Physiotherapy, Dharwad.

After joining as an apprentice in Vizag, Vanga went to pursue at International Film School, Sydney (now known as AFTT – Academy of Film, Theatre & Television), Australia.[7][8]


Early career[edit]

Vanga worked as an apprentice for the film Manasu Maata Vinadhu in 2005 for 25 days at Rushikonda Beach, Vizag. He worked for a few Tollywood films, including Kedi as an assistant director and "Malli Malli Idi Rani Roju" as Associate Director with Kranthi Madhav. He started writing the script for Sugar Factory for his directorial debut, but shelved it and started working for Arjun Reddy.

Directorial debut[edit]

Vanga started writing the script for Arjun Reddy in 2013 and finished it in a year. Producer, Swapna Dutt and Sharwanand showed interest to do the role however it didn't pan out as Sharwaand had multiple projects in the queue at that time.

He was introduced to Vijay Deverakonda by a common friend. He cast him as the lead for his directorial debut, Arjun Reddy. The film was released on 25 August 2017 and became a blockbuster hit with rave reviews. The film, produced on a budget of ₹4-5 crores,[9][10] went on to gross more than ₹50 crores (US$8 million) at the box office.[11]


The film ran into trouble with the censor board for its depiction of smoking and narcotic drug use. It also created a furor for its kissing scenes and also for a movie poster which was approved by Telangana Film Chamber. Senior Congressman and Telangana Political Leader, V. Hanumantha Rao raged over the positioning of this Matured film to the audience. He went on to roads peeling off posters and stickers of the film promoting audience not to encourage such violent films.

Women protection cells and other women organizations appealed to courts and media not to highlight women in a bad image or publish intimate content which they believed degrading and unnecessary.


Arjun Reddy was remade in different Indian languages, in Tamil as Adithya Varma (directed by Vanga's former assistant Gireesaya) with Chiyan Vikram's son Dhruv Vikram in the lead role. In Hindi it was produced as Kabir Singh with Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani in lead roles. The film was released in June 2019 and became a commercial success.

Hindi cinema[edit]

Vanga himself directed the Hindi version of Arjun Reddy titled as Kabir Singh.[12] He signed up Shahid Kapoor as lead. Kiara Advani was roped for playing the female lead. The film was produced by Murad Khetani and Ashwin Warde and the rights to the original film were purchased for 15 million. The shooting began in July 2018 and the movie was released on 21 June 2019 and became a commercial success at the box office.

In January 2021, Vanga's next directorial, starring Ranbir Kapoor was announced. The film titled Animal is poised to be a crime drama produced by T-Series, Bhadrakhali Pictures, and Cine1Studios.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Vanga married Manisha Reddy in 2014. The couple has a son, who was named after the film, Arjun Reddy.[citation needed]


As director[edit]

Year Title Director Writer Notes
2017 Arjun Reddy Yes Yes Remade in Tamil as Adithya Varma (2019)
2019 Kabir Singh Yes Yes

As Actor[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2018 Mahanati Vedantam Raghaviah Cameo role


  1. ^ Lohana, Avinash (3 June 2019). "Kabir Singh director Sandeep Vanga: I named my son Arjun Reddy". Mumbai Mirror. Retrieved 27 January 2021.
  2. ^ "Arjun Reddy: SS Rajamouli showers praise on 'Arjun Reddy' | Telugu Movie News". The Times of India. Retrieved 31 August 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Arjun Reddy movie review: Vijay Deverakonda's film deserves to be celebrated : Reviews, News". India Today. Retrieved 31 August 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Arjun Reddy Hindi remake, starring Shahid Kapoor in Vijay Devarakonda's role, to release on 21 June 2019". Firstpost. 31 July 2018. Archived from the original on 30 October 2018. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Taapsee Pannu says her film Thappad does not oppose Sandeep Vanga Reddy's Kabir Singh, but physical abuse in a relationship". Firstpost. 2 February 2020.
  6. ^ Irani, Shaheen (30 January 2020). "Is Taapsee Pannu's 'Thappad' a tight slap to Sandeep Reddy Vanga's 'Kabir Singh'?". DNA India.
  7. ^ "Sandeep Reddy Vanga in Much Demand". Retrieved 31 August 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Director Manjunatha to watch out for!". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 31 August 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ Jayakrishnan (10 September 2017). "Arjun Reddy box office collection week 2: Vijay Devarakonda starrer collects Rs 41.5 crore worldwide". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 2 April 2018. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  10. ^ Dundoo, Sangeetha Devi (9 September 2017). "Three hours and a huge hit later". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 2 April 2018. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Telugu film 'Arjun Reddy' reaches the Rs 50 crore club". The News Minute. 16 October 2017. Archived from the original on 6 February 2018. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  12. ^ "Vidya defends Kabir Singh". Asian Age. 17 February 2020.
  13. ^ "Ranbir Kapoor to star in Sandeep Reddy Vanga's crime drama Animal". The Indian Express. 2 January 2021. Retrieved 2 January 2021.