Sudha Kongara

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Sudha Kongara
Sudha Kongara Prasad at Irudhi Suttru Thanks Giving Meet.jpg
Kongara at Irudhi Suttru thanksgiving meet in 2016
Born29 March 1971
Other namesSudha Kongara Prasad[1]
Alma materWomen's Christian College, Chennai
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter
Years active2002–present

Sudha Kongara Prasad is an Indian film director and screenwriter who predominantly works in Tamil cinema.[2]

In 2016, she directed Irudhi Suttru (Saala Khadoos in Hindi) for which she won the Filmfare Award for Best Director – Tamil. She also directed the film's Telugu remake, Guru (2017).

Early life[edit]

Sudha Kongara was born in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh[3] and grew up in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. She obtained a degree in History and Mass Communication from the Women's Christian College, Chennai.[4]


Kongara worked as a screenwriter for the English film Mitr, My Friend (2002).[5] She worked as associate director for seven years with Mani Ratnam.[6][7][8] She made her directorial debut in 2008 with the Telugu film Andhra Andagadu starring Krishna Bhagavaan, however, the film was not successful.[9]

During the production of her first Tamil directorial venture Drohi (2010), Kongara began writing a sports drama film on boxing which was titled Irudhi Suttru. In mid-2013, she approached Madhavan, who was on a sabbatical from Tamil films, to portray the lead role in the film and his presence in the project, helped take the financial viability of the venture to a higher level.[10] The pair had previously collaborated in Madhavan's films under the direction of Mani Ratnam, where Sudha had been an associate director.[11] She then remade Irudhi Suttru in Telugu as Guru. Her next film was Soorarai Pottru which is based on life of Air Deccan founder Captain GR Gopinath feature and it is produced by Suriya's 2D Entertainment and co-produced by Guneet Monga of Sikhya Entertainment.[12][13]


Year Film Director Screenwriter Language Notes
2002 Mitr, My Friend No Yes English
2008 Andhra Andagadu Yes Yes Telugu Directorial debut[14]
2010 Drohi Yes Yes Tamil Credited as Sudha K Prasad
2016 Irudhi Suttru /
Saala Khadoos
Yes Yes Tamil
Filmfare Award for Best Director – Tamil[15]
2017 Guru Yes Yes Telugu
2020 Putham Pudhu Kaalai Yes Yes Tamil Anthology film; segment Ilamai Idho Idho; Amazon Prime film [16]
2020 Soorarai Pottru Yes Yes Tamil Amazon Prime film
SIIMA Award for Best Director - Tamil[17]
2020 Paava Kadhaigal Yes Yes Tamil Netflix Anthology film; segment : Thangam [18]


  1. ^ "It was a struggle to make 'Saala Khadoos': Director Sudha Kongara Prasad". The Indian Express. 26 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Changing gears successfully". The Hindu. 3 September 2002. Archived from the original on 7 May 2005. Retrieved 13 August 2006.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  3. ^ Prema and Sudha Kongara (10 November 2020). Aakaasam Nee Haddhu Ra Director Sudha Kongara with prema the Journalist - Full Interview #75. PREMA the Journalist. Event occurs at 10m5s.
  4. ^ B, Jayabhuvaneshwari (5 July 2021). "All You Need To Know About The Soorarai Pottru Director Sudha Kongara!". Just for Women.
  5. ^ "Sudha Kongara made her film debut with Mitr- My Friend - Times of India". The Times of India.
  6. ^ Rangarajan, Malathi (10 September 2010). "Intriguing features". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X.
  7. ^ "The girl brigade of Tamil cinema - - Tamil Movie Slide Shows - Drohi - Sudha - Anjana - Suhasini Mani Ratnam - Revathy - Priya - Madhumita - J S Nandhini".
  8. ^ "Saala Khadoos Director on Mani Ratnam and Rajkumar Hirani".
  9. ^ Vadla, Praveen Kumar (20 November 2020). "Sudha Kongara: ఎక్కడ మొదలై.. ఎక్కడి వరకు.. సుధా కొంగర సక్సెస్ జర్నీ." News18 Telugu.
  10. ^ Gupta, Rinku (16 December 2014). "Madhavan's New Boxer Look Revealed". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  11. ^ "Hollywood Ho! - Hosur". The Hindu. 29 September 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  12. ^ "Suriya's next with director Sudha Kongara titled 'Soorarai Pottru'". The News Minute. 13 April 2019. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  13. ^ "Suriya is best actor in our country: Guneet Monga". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  14. ^ "It was a struggle to make 'Saala Khadoos': Director Sudha Kongara Prasad". The Indian Express. 26 January 2016. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  15. ^ "Winners of the 64th Jio Filmfare Awards of Indian Cinema(South)". Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  16. ^ "'Putham Pudhu Kaalai': Amazon Prime Video announces anthology of five Tamil short films". Cinema Express. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  17. ^ "Soorarai Pottru and Asuran wins big at SIIMA 2020 and 2021!". 21 September 2021.
  18. ^ "Netflix announces its first Tamil film; Gautham Menon, Vetri Maaran, Vignesh Shivan, Sudha Kongara to direct". First Post. Retrieved 2 October 2020.