Sekhar Kammula

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Sekhar Kammula
Shekhar Kammula.jpg
Kammula in 2017
Born (1972-02-04) 4 February 1972 (age 49)[1][2]
Alma materChaitanya Bharathi Institute of Technology
Howard University
Occupation
  • Film director
  • screenwriter
  • producer
Years active1999–present
Spouse(s)Sri Vidya
AwardsNational Film Award
Websitewww.sekharkammula.in

Sekhar Kammula (born 4 February 1972) is an Indian film director, screenwriter, and producer who works mainly in Telugu cinema.[3][4] 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.[5] Kammula has garnered two Filmfare Awards South, and six state Nandi Awards for his directional film works.[6] Kammula was among the director's delegation to represent Indian Cinema at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.[7]

Kammula went onto direct critically and commercially successful films like Anand (2004), Godavari (2006), Happy Days (2007), Leader (2010), Life Is Beautiful (2012), and Fidaa (2017).

Early life[edit]

Sekhar Kammula was born in Eluru, Andhra Pradesh and brought up in Hyderabad, Telangana.[8] 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.[9]

Film career[edit]

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.[5]

His second film, Anand (2004) was a commercial success and was among highest grossing Telugu films of that year.[10] His next film, Godavari, was praised by critics and was a commercial success.[citation needed]

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.[11] 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."[12]

In 2012, Kammula written, produced and directed Life Is Beautiful, his first production venture. The film had a positive reception from critics and audience.[13] Firstpost called the film a revamped version of Happy Days (2007) and noted similarities between the characters written by Kammula in both the films.[14] 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.[15] His next Telugu film, Love Story, starring Naga Chaitanya and Sai Pallavi was released in 2021.[16]

Directorial style[edit]

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.[17]

Filmography[edit]

Kammula at Cinivaram, Ravindra Bharathi in 2017
Year Film Language Credited as Notes
Director Writer Producer
1999 Dollar Dreams English
Telugu
Yes Yes Yes Directorial debut
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 Anaamika Telugu
Tamil
Yes Screenplay No
2017 Fidaa Telugu Yes Yes No
2021 Love Story Telugu Yes Yes No
Cameo appearances

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Category Film Result
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
Best Director 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
Best Director Won
2008 CineMAA Awards Best Film Won
Best Director Won
Best Story Won
Best Screenplay Won
2009 Nandi Awards Best Story Writer Leader Won
2010 Filmfare Awards South Best Film Nominated
Best Director Nominated
2018 Filmfare Awards South Best Film Fidaa Nominated
Best Director Nominated
2018 Zee Cine Awards Telugu[20] Best Director Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hymavathi, Ravali (4 February 2020). "Happy Birthday Shekar Kammula: First Look Poster Of NC20". www.thehansindia.com. Retrieved 2 December 2020.
  2. ^ "Priceless Gesture! GHMC sanitation workers show their gratitude towards Sekhar Kammula - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2 December 2020.
  3. ^ Sangeetha Devi Dundoo (12 August 2012). "Life & Style : Return to innocence". The Hindu. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ a b "47th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  6. ^ "Kammula". Retrieved 18 September 2012.
  7. ^ Prashanth Bhat (12 May 2011). "Sekhar Kammula at Cannes". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 4 January 2014. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
  8. ^ Ali, Sekhar Kammula (12 April 2021). Alitho Saradaga | Sekhar Kammula (Director) | 12th April 2021 | Full Episode | ETV Telugu. ETV Telugu. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  9. ^ "Telugu Cinema interview - Sekhar Kammula - Telugu film director". idlebrain.com. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  10. ^ "Year 2004 — a flashback". The Hindu. 31 December 2004. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 3 December 2020.
  11. ^ Ganeshan, Balakrishna (23 May 2020). "'Happy Days': Revisiting a Telugu film that depicted something close to college life". The News Minute. Retrieved 3 December 2020.
  12. ^ Rajamani, Radhika. "Review: Leader comes at the right time". Rediff. Retrieved 3 December 2020.
  13. ^ Menezes, Gladwith. "'Life is Beautiful' cast featured talented actors who breathed life into the characters". Republic World. Retrieved 3 December 2020.
  14. ^ "'Life Is Beautiful' - 2012 version of 'Happy Days' (Telugu Movie Review) - Fwire News , Firstpost". Firstpost. 15 September 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2020.
  15. ^ Hooli, Shekhar H. (17 December 2017). "Tollywood in 2017: 15 highest grossing Telugu movies of the year - Baahubali 2, Khaidi No 150, JLK, DJ and others". www.ibtimes.co.in. Retrieved 3 December 2020.
  16. ^ "Sekhar Kammula resumes filming 'Love Story'". The Hindu. Special Correspondent. 7 September 2020. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 3 December 2020.CS1 maint: others (link)
  17. ^ Varma, Sankeertana (16 September 2021). "What Makes Sekhar Kammula Unique In Telugu Cinema". Film Companion.
  18. ^ a b "Shekar Kammula's cameo in Varun's Mukunda?". The Times of India. 17 January 2017.
  19. ^ "Postmortem - Godavari by Sekhar Kammula". Idlebrain.com.
  20. ^ Hooli, Shekhar H. (1 January 2018). "Zee Telugu Golden Awards 2017 winners list and photos". International Business Times, India Edition. Retrieved 15 June 2020.

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