Tharun Bhascker

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Tharun Bhascker
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Tharun Bhascker in June 2018
Tharun Bhascker Dhaassyam

(1988-11-05) 5 November 1988 (age 32)
EducationNew York Film Academy
  • Film director
  • writer
  • actor
  • television presenter
Years active2012–present

Tharun Bhascker Dhaassyam (born 5 November 1988) is an Indian film director, writer, actor and television presenter. He is known for directing the critically acclaimed Telugu language romantic comedy film Pelli Choopulu (2016),[2] which won him the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu and Best Screenplay - Dialogues.[3]

Early life[edit]

Tharun Bhascker was born in Madras. His father, Vuday Bhascker, an engineering graduate from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University-Hyderabad, hails from Waddepally in Warangal and his mother is Geetha Bhascker, who appeared in the film Fidaa as aunt of lead actress.[4] He was brought up in Marredpally neighbourhood of Hyderabad[1] and is an alumnus of Hyderabad Public School and a mechanical engineering graduate from Swami Vivekananda Institute of Technology.

Tharun Bhascker was passionate about films and wanted to become a filmmaker. He graduated from New York Film Academy.

Film career[edit]

He started his career with short films and has directed many short films like critically acclaimed short film with Vinoothna Geetha Media, Anukokunda, and Sainma,[5][6] a hit on YouTube channel.

His first full length feature film was Pellichoopulu(2016). Pellichoopulu got a positive response and very high success rate. Prominent directors like SS. Rajamouli, Sukumar and many Tollywood famous personalities appreciated his work on Pellichoopulu.[7][8] He used the character arcs of Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up as references for Pelli Choopulu. He played the role of Singeetham Srinivasa Rao in the biopic, Mahanati. His second directorial, Ee Nagaraniki Emaindhi revolves around 4 friends, who want to be in different roles of film making but move out due to different reasons. Finally, they come together to make a movie for a competition the day after a drunken night and landing up in Goa. Later in the year, he wrote the screenplay for the Zee5 web series, B. Tech which opened to positive reviews.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Dhaassyam is married to Latha Naidu, co-founder of Miss Baker. She is a Telugu film industry production designer, handles both costumes and art for films and advertisements. She also worked as a production designer for Pelli Choopulu, Ee Nagaraniki Emaindi and U Turn.

Short films[edit]

Year Film Director Writer Notes
2011 The Journey Yes Yes
2012 Anukokunda Yes Yes
2015 Sainma Yes Yes
2018 MAA (telugu) No Yes Dialogues Only


Year Film Director Writer Story Actor Notes
2016 Pelli Choopulu Yes Yes Yes No Directorial Debut
2018 Mahanati No No No Yes as Singeetam Srinivasa Rao
2018 Ee Nagaraniki Emaindi Yes Yes Yes No
2018 Sammohanam No No No Yes Cameo appearance
2019 Vijay Superum Pournamiyum No No Yes No Malayalam film
2019 Falaknuma Das No No No Yes as Saidulu
2019 Meeku Maathrame Cheptha No Yes No Yes Dialogues only; Lead Actor
2020 Middle Class Melodies No No No Yes actor


Movie Award Category Result Ref.
Pelli Choopulu 64th National Film Awards Best Feature Film in Telugu Won [10][11]
Best Screenplay for Dialogues Won
64th Filmfare Awards South Best Director Nominated [12]
6th SIIMA Awards Best Debut Director Won [13]


Year Title Role Produced by Ref
2020 Meeku Maathrame Cheptha Host ETV Network [14]


  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. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "Pellichoopulu director's mom impresses in Fidaa - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 25 July 2020.
  5. ^ Sainma (12 September 2014). "Sainma" – via YouTube.
  6. ^ Chowdhary, Y. Sunita (1 December 2015). "After short films, Tarun Bhasker to direct a feature" – via The Hindu.
  7. ^ "From YouTube to 70MM".
  8. ^ Dundoo, Sangeetha Devi (29 July 2016). "Pelli Choopulu: A gem of a film" – via The Hindu.
  9. ^ "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.
  10. ^ "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.
  11. ^ National Film Awards 2016
  12. ^ "Winners: 64th Jio Filmfare Awards 2017 (South)". India Today. 16 June 2018. Retrieved 26 November 2019.
  13. ^ "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.
  14. ^ AuthorTelanganaToday. "Tharun Bhascker gets into reinventing mode". Telangana Today. Retrieved 16 June 2020.