Sekhar Kammula

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Sekhar Kammula
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Native name కుమార్ శేఖర్ కమ్ముల
Born Eluru, Andhra Pradesh, India
Residence Secunderabad
Occupation Film director, producer, screenwriter
Years active 1999–present
Awards National Film Award

Kumar Shekhar Kammula is an Indian film director, screenwriter and producer from Padmarao Nagar, known for his works exclusively in Telugu cinema.[1][2]


Kammula made his directorial 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.[3] The film also garnered two filmfare Awards South, and six state Nandi Awards for his works.[4] Sekhar was among the director's delegation to represent Indian Cinema at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.[5]

His second film, Anand, was a blockbuster in 2004. His next film, Godavari, was praised by critics and was a hit. Happy Days, which was released on 28 September 2007, was declared a smash hit. It was remade in Tamil and Kannada. He was a writer for Tamil version which was released in 2010. He then directed Leader released on 19 February 2010 to positive reviews. In 2016, Sekhar Kammula announced his Bollywood debut with a film starring Salman Khan.[6]

He directed Anaamika , a Telugu remake of 2012 Bollywood hit Kahaani in which Nayantara played Vidya Balan's character. Sekhar Kammula is going to direct his first Hindi film which is a remake of Happy Days. The Hindi version will be produced by renowned film maker Shekhar Kapoor. The film will feature several new faces and Sekhar Kammula will start scouting for new faces in Mumbai and Pune, through the same process which he employed for the Telugu film. The screenplay for the film is being written by Mumbai-based writer Nikhil Mahajan.[7] Shekhar Kammula is currently filming for Fidaa starring Varun Tej and Sai Pallavi. It is produced by Dil Raju[8]


Year Film Language Credited as Notes
Writer Director Producer
2000 Dollar Dreams English, Telugu Yes Yes Yes
2004 Anand Telugu Yes Yes Yes Also choreographer
2006 Godavari Telugu Yes Yes No
2007 Happy Days Telugu Yes Yes Yes Also choreographer
2008 Avakai Biryani Telugu No No Yes
2010 Leader Telugu Yes Yes No
2012 Life Is Beautiful Telugu Yes Yes Yes
2014 Mukunda Telugu No No No Cameo appearance
Anaamika Telugu, Tamil No Yes No Also Screenplay
2017 Fidaa Telugu Yes Yes No


National Film Award

Nandi Awards

Filmfare Awards South

Other awards


  1. ^ Sangeetha Devi, Dundoo (12 August 2012). "Life & Style : Return to innocence". The Hindu. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Sekhar Kammula supports Samantha". The Times of India. 15 January 2017. Retrieved 11 March 2017. 
  3. ^ "47th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 13 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Kammula". Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  5. ^ Prashanth Bhat (12 May 2011). "Sekhar Kammula at Cannes". The Times of India. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Sekhar Kammula made BollyWood Entry with Salman Khan". Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  7. ^ Sarah Salvadore (22 May 2011). "Shekar calling Sekhar – Times of India". Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Varun Tej and Sai Pallavi’s next film is titled ‘Fidaa’ - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2016-10-23. 
  9. ^ "Happy Days". Retrieved 18 September 2012. 

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