4 February 1972 |
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
(now in Telangana, India)
|Occupation||Film director, producer, screenwriter|
|Children||1 Son 1 Daughter|
Sekhar Kammula (Telugu: శేఖర్ కమ్ముల) is an Indian film director, screenwriter and producer, known for his works exclusively in Telugu cinema. His first film, Dollar Dreams was a critical success, and won him the National Film Award for best debutant director. He won two Filmfare Awards, and six state Nandi Awards. Sekhar was among the director's delegation to represent Indian Cinema at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Sekhar Kammula is making his Bollywood debut with the film Salman Khan.
Sekhar's family hails from Eluru, Andhra Pradesh. Sekhar was schooled at St. Patrick's High School, Secunderabad. He completed his intermediate studies from St. Alphonsa's and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Chaitanya Bharathi Institute of Technology.
He later went to the United States of America to pursue a Graduate degree in Computer Sciences at New Jersey. After a brief stint in the IT industry, he enrolled in the MFA program at Howard University, Washington, D.C.
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. His new venture "Life is Beautiful" is a box office hit too with lots of positive feedback. As his films are made on very low budgets and are content driven , all his films made good profit
Kammula directed the 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.
Pawan Kalyan Controversy
On 28 March 2014, after Pawan Kalyan declared his support for TDP-BJP alliance in state and central elections, Mr. Kammula posted the following message on his facebook page: "Disappointed, confused.. aa aavesam etu poyyindi…oka anyaanni edurokodaniki maro arrachakaanni aruvu techhukovadam poratam anipinchukodu…Deeniki Sena tho pani ledu…Oka vyakthini gelipinchandi ani cheppadaniki intha avesam akkaraledu, ee aavesam poratalaku dachukundam…Kulam matham prantham peruna vidvashalu repi elections lo gelavali ani choose ye vyakti ki gani party ki gani manalni paripalinche arhata ledu".
Previously Mr. Kammula supported Pawan Kalyan when he entered into politics and posted "Hats off Pawan Kalyan! Your speech echoed the feelings of millions of Telugus. Gatha konni nelaluga manani aavarinchina sthabdathaki gonthukani echchavu. Manamu bratike unnamu anna feeling vachindi. Thank you."
1 Nenokkadine Controversy
On 25 December 2013, Sekhar Kammula posted the following on his facebook page supporting Samantha about the latter's comments regarding the movie poster: "Just saw the poster of 1 Nenokkadine and read what Samantha tweeted.......I share the same views....it is regressive, no doubt about it...but what is shocking is the ruckus that is being created against her.......Its her opinion and she has every right to express it...and it has nothing to do with Mahesh Babu. Its how a woman has been projected on a poster and how she felt about it. This is not the first time we have seen posters like this or films that portray woman regressively but its heartening to see a main stream heroine react. Manam brathike unnam anna feeling ecchindi... hats off Samantha for actually starting a debate...this is good for our industry...its a great sign.... When a top heroine sees a poster and feels that women are shown regressively, it is time for all of us to think about it rather than attack her. Perhaps many women feel the same way about the way we show them in our movies..."
- Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director – Golden Lotus Award – Dollar Dreams (2000):
- 2011 – Nandi Award for Best Story – Leader
- 2007 – Nandi Award for Second Best Feature Film – Happy Days
- 2006 – Nandi Award for Best Director – Godavari
- 2004 – Nandi Award for Second Best Feature Film – Anand
- 2004 – Nandi Award for Best Director – Anand
- 2007 – Filmfare Best Film Award (Telugu) – Happy Days
- 2007– Filmfare Best Director Award (Telugu) – Happy Days
|Year||Film||Language||Technical roles||Awards & Notes|
|2000||Dollar Dreams||English/Telugu||Writer, director, producer||Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director – Golden Lotus Award|
|2004||Anand||Telugu||Writer, director, producer, Choreography||Nandi Award for Second Best Feature Film
Nandi Award for Best Director
|2006||Godavari||Telugu||Writer, director||Nandi Award for Second Best Feature Film
Nandi Award for Best Director
|2007||Happy Days||Telugu||Writer, director, producer, Choreography||Nandi Award for Second Best Feature Film
Filmfare Award for Best Film – Telugu
Filmfare Award for Best Director – Telugu
Dasari Best Film Director Award
|2010||Leader||Telugu||Writer, director||Nandi Award for Best Story Writer|
|2012||Life Is Beautiful||Telugu||Writer, Director, producer|
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