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Tharun Bhascker
Tarun Bhascar in Cinivaram.jpg
Bhascker at Cinivaram 2017
Tharun Bhascker Dhaassyam

(1988-11-05) 5 November 1988 (age 34)
Alma materSwami Vivekananda Institute of Technology
New York Film Academy
  • Film director
  • writer
  • actor
  • television presenter
Years active2012–present
SpouseLatha Naidu

Tharun Bhascker Dhaassyam (born 5 November 1988) is an Indian film director, writer, actor, and television presenter who works in Telugu cinema. He directed the critically acclaimed romantic comedy film Pelli Choopulu (2016), which won him the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu and Best Screenplay – Dialogues.[2] He later directed Ee Nagaraniki Emaindhi (2018), and made his debut in a lead role with Meeku Maathrame Cheptha (2019).

Early life[edit]

Tharun Bhascker was born on 5 November 1988 in Madras and was raised in Hyderabad.[3][4] His father hailed from Warangal, Telangana, while his mother is from Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh.[1] Bhasckar studied at Hyderabad Public School, and Swami Vivekananda Institute of Technology.[5][6] He later graduated from New York Film Academy.[7]

His father, Uday Bhaskar, died in 2015.[8] His mother, Geetha Bhaskar, made her acting debut in Sekhar Kammula's Fidaa (2017).[9]

Film career[edit]

Bhascker started his career with short films such as Anukokunda, and Sainma. Anukokunda was screen at the Cannes Film Festival.[10]

His first full length feature film was Pelli Choopulu (2016).[11][12] The film received National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu, and Bhasckar won Best Screenplay for Dialogues. The film was remade in Hindi as Mitron (2018), in Malayalam as Vijay Superum Pournamiyum (2019), and in Tamil as Oh Manapenne.

In 2018, Bhasckar played the role of Singeetham Srinivasa Rao in the biopic, Mahanati. His second directorial is the buddy comedy film Ee Nagaraniki Emaindhi (2018). Later in the year, he wrote the screenplay for the Zee5 web series, B. Tech.[13]

In 2019, Bhaskar made his debut in a lead role with Meeku Maathrame Cheptha.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Bhasckar is married to Latha Naidu. She is a production and costume designer for films and advertisements. She worked for films such as Pelli Choopulu, Ee Nagaraniki Emaindi and U Turn.[15]


Bhascker at an interview in 2018

Feature films[edit]

Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Director Writer Notes
2016 Pelli Choopulu Yes Yes National Film Award for Best Screenplay
2018 Ee Nagaraniki Emaindi Yes Yes
2019 Meeku Maathrame Cheptha No Dialogues
2021 Pitta Kathalu Yes Yes Netflix anthology film; Ramula segment[16]
2022 Oke Oka Jeevitham No Dialogues [17]
Ori Devuda No Dialogues [18]
2023 Keedaa Cola Yes Yes
Acting roles
Year Film Role Notes
2018 Mahanati Singeetam Srinivasa Rao
Sammohanam Himself Cameo appearance
2019 Falaknuma Das Saidulu
Meeku Maathrame Cheptha Rakesh
2020 Middle Class Melodies AE Cameo appearance
2021 Skylab Scientist Cameo appearance
2022 Sita Ramam Balaji
2023 Das Ka Dhamki

Short films[edit]

Year Film Director Writer Notes
2008 Wake up Yes Yes
HELP Yes Yes
My India Yes Yes
2009 We Can-Blind Cricket Yes Yes
The Artist's Poem Yes Yes
2010 HPS.wmv Yes Yes
2011 Highderabad Yes Yes
This day-Catharsis Yes Yes
24 frames-Telugu version Yes Yes
The Method Yes Yes
Minutes to midnight Yes Yes
Serendipity Yes Yes By Team
Kaala Ghoda Yes Yes
The Journey Yes Yes
2012 Junun Yes Yes
Anukokunda Yes Yes
2015 Sainma Yes Yes
2018 MAA (telugu) No Yes Dialogues Only


Year Series Director Writer Network Notes
2018 B. Tech No Yes ZEE5 ZEE5 original[19]
2020 Neeku Maathrame Cheptha No No ETV Host[20]


Year Film Song Music Co-artists Notes
2021 Cinema Bandi "Cinema Teesinam" Varun Reddy Roll Rida also lyrics

Awards and nominations[edit]

Film Award Ceremony Category Result Ref.
Pelli Choopulu National Film Awards 2017 Best Feature Film in Telugu Won [21][22]
Best Screenplay for Dialogues Won
Filmfare Awards South 2017 Best Director Nominated [23]
South Indian International Movie Awards 2017 Best Debut Director (Telugu) Won [24]
Santosham Film Awards 2017 Best Debut Director Won


  1. ^ a b "మాటలు మురిపించి... ప్రతిభ పరిమళించి!". Hyderabad: ఈనాడు. Archived from the original on 15 April 2017. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Will Salman Khan remake Telugu indie hit 'Pellichoopulu'?".
  3. ^ "Vijay Deverakonda wishes Tharun Bhascker on his birthday". The Times of India. 5 November 2020. Retrieved 14 May 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ Singh, Suhani (14 February 2021). "What makes the short 'Ramula' a compelling watch". India Today. Retrieved 14 May 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "'Your mistakes drive you to be a better person'". The Times of India. Retrieved 4 January 2021.
  6. ^ "I want to leave no genre untouched: Tharun Bhascker". Cinema Express. Retrieved 4 January 2021.
  7. ^ "Nag Ashwin to Tharun Bhascker, 7 Telugu directors who studied abroad". The News Minute. 25 December 2020. Retrieved 4 January 2021.
  8. ^ kavirayani, suresh (17 August 2016). "Pellichoopulu director Tharun yet to make up his mind". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 4 January 2021.
  9. ^ "Pellichoopulu director's mom impresses in Fidaa". The Times of India. Retrieved 4 January 2021.
  10. ^ Chowdhary, Y. Sunita (1 December 2015). "After short films, Tarun Bhasker to direct a feature". The Hindu.
  11. ^ "From YouTube to 70MM". 30 April 2016.
  12. ^ Dundoo, Sangeetha Devi (29 July 2016). "Pelli Choopulu: A gem of a film". The Hindu.
  13. ^ "B. Tech review: Tharun Bhascker's Zee5 webseries takes a familar [sic] premise and turns it into magic - Entertainment News , Firstpost". Firstpost. 20 November 2018. Retrieved 28 June 2020.
  14. ^ "Vijay Deverakonda's debut production venture titled 'Meeku Maathrame Cheptha'". The News Minute. 29 August 2019. Retrieved 4 January 2021.
  15. ^ Chowdhary, Y. Sunita (25 June 2018). "'I had no choice but to be accurate in my planning,' says Latha Tharun Dhaassyam". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  16. ^ "Tharun Bhascker on 'Lust Stories': "My directorial part will be a dark-comedy and a spinoff to Sainma"". The Times of India. Retrieved 4 January 2021.
  17. ^ "Sharwanand's next titled Oke Oka Jeevitham". Cinema Express. Retrieved 17 July 2021.
  18. ^ "Oh My Kadavule Telugu remake titled Ori Devuda". Cinema Express. Retrieved 9 November 2021.
  19. ^ "Tharun Bhascker's web series 'B.Tech' opens to positive reviews". The News Minute. 17 November 2018. Retrieved 20 January 2021.
  20. ^ AuthorTelanganaToday. "Tharun Bhascker gets into reinventing mode". Telangana Today. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  21. ^ "Call for entries; 64th National Film Awards for 2016" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 February 2017. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  22. ^ National Film Awards 2016
  23. ^ "Winners: 64th Jio Filmfare Awards 2017 (South)". India Today. 16 June 2018. Retrieved 26 November 2019.
  24. ^ "SIIMA Awards 2017 Telugu winners list: Jr NTR and Rakul Preet Singh declared best actors". International Business Times. 2 July 2017. Retrieved 26 November 2019.

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