|Born||4 February 1972|
|Alma mater||Chaitanya Bharathi Institute of Technology|
|Awards||National Film Award|
Sekhar Kammula (born 4 February 1972) is an Indian film director, screenwriter, and producer who works mainly in Telugu cinema. A Master of Fine Arts holder from Howard University, he made his directorial debut with the independent drama film Dollar Dreams (2000), which won him the National Film Award for Best First film of a director. The film was also screened at the International Film Festival of India. Kammula has garnered two Filmfare Awards South, and six state Nandi Awards for his directional film works. Kammula was among the director's delegation to represent Indian Cinema at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.
Sekhar Kammula was born in Eluru, Andhra Pradesh and brought up in Hyderabad, Telangana. He graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Chaitanya Bharathi Institute of Technology, and completed his Masters M.S in Computer Science in the U.S. He worked in the IT industry for about 3 years and then joined a film school and got his M.F.A (Film) degree at Howard University, Washington D.C. During this time he worked on a number of films (short and feature length) in the U.S.
He made his directorial film debut with the independent film Dollar Dreams (2000), which was a critical success, and won him the National Film Award for Best First film of a director. The film was screened at the International Film Festival of India.
His second film, Anand (2004) was a commercial success and was among highest grossing Telugu films of that year. His next film, Godavari, was praised by critics and was a commercial success.
In 2007, his directed Happy Days which depicted the regular college life of engineering students. The film was very successful, especially among the urban youth of then Andhra Pradesh. The film was later remade in Tamil and Kannada languages. He then directed political film Leader which released in 2010 to positive reviews. Rediff.com noted that "If anything, the film is a wish-list of what one would like to see in the arena of politics, which Sekhar should be lauded for even trying."
In 2012, Kammula written, produced and directed Life Is Beautiful, his first production venture. The film had a positive reception from critics and audience. Firstpost called the film a revamped version of Happy Days (2007) and noted similarities between the characters written by Kammula in both the films. Later in 2014, he directed Anaamika, a Telugu remake of 2012 Hindi film Kahaani in which Nayantara played Vidya Balan's character.
In 2017, his romantic comedy film Fidaa, starring Varun Tej and Sai Pallavi, grossed over ₹90 crore worldwide at the box office. His next Telugu film, Love Story, starring Naga Chaitanya and Sai Pallavi was released in 2021.
Kammula's films often focus on the relationship between men and women. Sankeertana Varma of Film Companion calls his female characters as "special." She writes that they aren't particular "strong women" but they are real. Varma adds that though his female characters display their egos and throw tantrums, they are unbreakable and refuse to fit in the typical societal norms expected from a woman.
|2007||Happy Days||Telugu||Yes||Yes||Yes||Also choreographer|
|2012||Life Is Beautiful||Telugu||Yes||Yes||Yes|
- Cameo appearances
- Dollar Dreams (1999)
- Anand (2004) as Auto driver
- Godavari (2006) as Kotigadu, a stray dog (voice role)
- Mukunda (2014) as Bus traveller
Awards and nominations
|1999||National Film Awards||Best Debut Film of a Director||Dollar Dreams||Won|
|2004||Nandi Awards||Best Director||Anand||Won|
|Second Best Film||Won|
|2005||Filmfare Awards South||Best Film||Nominated|
|2006||Nandi Awards||Best Director||Godavari||Won|
|Second Best Film||Won|
|2006||Filmfare Awards South||Best Director||Nominated|
|2007||Nandi Awards||Best Film - Silver||Happy Days||Won|
|2008||Filmfare Awards South||Best Film||Won|
|2008||CineMAA Awards||Best Film||Won|
|2009||Nandi Awards||Best Story Writer||Leader||Won|
|2010||Filmfare Awards South||Best Film||Nominated|
|2018||Filmfare Awards South||Best Film||Fidaa||Nominated|
|2018||Zee Cine Awards Telugu||Best Director||Won|
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