Trivikram Srinivas

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Trivikram Srinivas
Srinivas in 2016
Akella Naga Srinivasa Sharma[1]

(1971-11-07) 7 November 1971 (age 49)[2]
Other namesGuruji
Alma materAndhra University
  • Film director
  • screenwriter
Years active1999–present
Known for
(m. 2002)
AwardsSouth Indian International Movie Awards
Filmfare Awards South
Nandi Awards

Akella Naga Srinivasa Sharma (born 7 November 1971), known professionally as Trivikram Srinivas, is an Indian film director and screenwriter known for his works in Telugu cinema.[3][4] Trivikram's craft is known for its high dose of comedy, fast-paced repartee, farcical situations, escapist themes, and comedy thriller plotlines involving action, emotion, courtship, family and marriage. He has garnered seven State Nandi Awards, two Filmfare Awards South, and a SIIMA Award. In 2015, he received the BN Reddy National Award for contribution to Indian cinema.[5]

In 2000, he wrote dialogues for Nuvve Kavali, which won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu for that year. His debut directorial Nuvve Nuvve (2002) has garnered the Nandi Award for Best Feature Film (Silver). His subsequent writing and directorial works include successful ventures such as Swayamvaram, Samudram (1999), Chiru Navvutho (2000), Nuvvu Naaku Nachav (2001), Manmadhudu (2002), Malliswari (2004), Jai Chiranjeeva (2004), Athadu (2005), Jalsa (2008), Khaleja (2010), Julai (2012), Attarintiki Daredi (2013), S/O Satyamurthy (2015), A Aa (2016) Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava (2018) and Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo (2020). He is popularly known as Maatala Maantrikudu (Wizard of Words) and Guruji.

Early life[edit]

Trivikram Srinivas was born on 7 November 1971 in Bhimavaram, West Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh.[6] He did his schooling at S.Ch.B.R.M. High School and Intermediate at D.N.R. College in Bhimavaram and graduated with a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) from DNR College, Bhimavaram. He then attained master's degree in Nuclear physics from Andhra University as a gold medalist.[7][8]

Trivikram and actor Sunil graduated from the same college in Bhimavaram. They are close friends, and were roommates in the initial stage of their film careers. Sunil considers Trivikram as the most influential person in his life. Trivikram also worked as a teacher in a school, teaching Maths and Science. Later, he reached Hyderabad, and stayed with Sunil, writing stories for Daily Serials. Sunil introduced him to actor Gautam Raju who hired Trivikram for his children's tuition. In the meanwhile, Trivikram also wrote a short story "Road" which was published in a leading Telugu Weekly.

In 2002, Trivikram married Soujanya, niece of Telugu lyricist Sirivennela Seetharama Sastry. The couple has two children.[6]


Screen writing and dialogues[edit]

Trivikram had no plans to write film dialogues, but instead had an interest in directing.[3][4] Sunil introduced Gowtam Raju initially, and then Gowtham Raju, in turn, introduced Trivikram to T.D.V. Prasad, who asked Trivikram to write the dialogues for the climax scene of the movie he was working on at that time. Prasad, impressed with the result, then asked Trivikram to work as an assistant to director K. Vijaya Bhaskar. It was during this project that Trivikram received an offer to write dialogues for the movie Swayamvaram.

Although Swayamvaram was the first movie for which Trivikram wrote dialogues, Nuvve Kavali was released first.[9] Trivikram went on to write dialogue for Chiru Navvutho, Nuvvu Naaku Nachav, Malliswari, Jai Chiranjeeva and Manmadhudu.[3] He also worked as dialogue writer for the Telugu movie Vasu starring Venkatesh and Bhumika Chawla directed by A. Karunakaran. Though known as a dialogue writer, Trivikram also penned lyrics for a song in the movie Oka Raju Oka Rani, and sang a bit of the song Computersu Artsu Scienceu in his directorial debut Nuvve Nuvve.[3][4]

As a director[edit]

Trivikram received critical acclaim with his directorial debut with the film Nuvve Nuvve,[9] a movie dealing in depth with family sentiments along with high doses of comedy. This was followed by the critically acclaimed film Athadu. Athadu collected a distributor's share of 220 million (US$3.1 million) in its total run, thus becoming the 2005 box office hit in Tollywood.[3] Its satellite rights were sold for 45 million (US$630,000). Following upon its initial recognition, the film was dubbed into Tamil, Malayalam, and Hindi, as well as being dubbed into Polish for a release in Poland as a Poszukiwany, becoming the first Telugu film released in Poland.[3]

Trivikram's next directorial Jalsa became the most anticipated film of the year 2008, with a release of 325 prints in 1000 theatres. The film's audio rights were sold to Aditya Music for 9 million, the highest for a Telugu film ever in recent times. Jalsa became a major hit at box office by grossing 720 million (US$10 million) in 50 days.[3] Jalsa was followed by Khaleja released on 7 October 2010, for which Trivikram directed Mahesh Babu in two Thums Up soft drink commercials to assist in promoting the film.[10] Mahesh Khaleja was his next flick with an average verdict Khaleja collected 150 million (US$2.1 million) at global box office.

Trivikram provided the dialogues and screenplay for the film, Theenmaar, starring Pawan Kalyan and Trisha Krishnan[11] in a remake of Love Aaj Kal released in March 2011.[12] He then directed Julayi starring Allu Arjun and Illeana the film became a box-office hit.[13][14] Next, he directed Attarintiki Daredi starring Pawan Kalyan and Samantha. It was released to high expectations and created an all time Telugu movie records. Despite being troubled with piracy version, which has up to 90 minutes of the movie and went online a few days before the official release of the movie, the film became an Industry hit, shattering all the previous box office records and collected a share of 100 crores". He then directed S/O Satyamurthy starring Allu Arjun and Samantha. The film was released on 9 April 2015 to a general positive response. It grossed ₹905 million and netted a total of ₹519 million at the global box office during its full run. His A Aa starring Nithin and Samantha became a runaway hit as well.[15] 2018 was a mixed bag for Trivikram, as his Agnyaathavaasi starring Pawan Kalyan, Keerthy Suresh, and Anu Emmanuel was declared a box office disaster, while his Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava starring NTR Jr. and Pooja Hegde became a blockbuster, collecting more than 90 crores distributor share worldwide. His 2020 film Ala Vaikunthapurramloo starring Allu Arjun and Pooja Hegde became a mega blockbuster, collecting more than 100 crores distributor share worldwide. His upcoming project with NTR Jr. was announced in February 2020.[16]


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Direction Screenplay Dialogues Story
1999 Swayamvaram No No Yes Yes
1999 Samudram No No Yes No
2000 Ninne Premistha No No Yes No
2000 Nuvve Kavali No No Yes No
2000 Chiru Navvuto No No Yes Yes
2001 Nuvvu Naaku Nachav No No Yes Yes
2002 Vasu No No Yes No
2002 Nuvve Nuvve Yes Yes Yes Yes
2002 Manmadhudu No No Yes Yes
2004 Malliswari No No Yes Yes
2005 Athadu Yes Yes Yes Yes
2005 Jai Chiranjeeva No No Yes Yes
2008 Jalsa Yes Yes Yes Yes
2010 Khaleja Yes Yes Yes Yes
2011 Teen Maar No Yes Yes No
2012 Julai Yes Yes Yes Yes
2013 Attarintiki Daredi Yes Yes Yes Yes
2015 S/O Satyamurthy Yes Yes Yes Yes
2016 A Aa Yes Yes Yes Yes
2018 Agnyaathavaasi
Yes Yes Yes Yes
2018 Chal Mohan Ranga No No No Yes
2018 Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava Yes Yes Yes Yes
2020 Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo Yes Yes Yes Yes
TBA Untitled remake of Ayyappanum Koshiyum Films that have not yet been released[17] No Yes Yes No
As a lyricist

Frequent collaborators[edit]

Collaborator Nuvve Nuvve










Attarintiki Daredi


S/O Satyamurthy


A Aa


Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava (2018) Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo


Mahesh Babu Yes Voiceover Yes
Pawan Kalyan Yes Yes Yes
Allu Arjun Yes Yes Yes
Samantha Akkineni Yes Yes Yes
Devi Sri Prasad Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ramajogayya Sastry Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sirivennela Sitaramasastri Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sunil Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ali Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
M. S. Narayana Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dharmavarapu Subramanyam Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tanikella Bharani Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Brahmaji Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Brahmanandam Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Prakash Raj Yes Yes Yes Yes Voiceover Yes
Rajendra Prasad Yes Yes Yes
Rao Ramesh Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Kota Srinivasa Rao Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mukesh Rishi Yes Yes
Posani Krishna Murali Yes Yes Yes Yes
Easwari Rao Yes Yes Yes
Vennela Kishore Yes Yes Yes Yes
Srinivasa Reddy Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Raghu Babu Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ravi Prakash Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ajay Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pragathi Yes Yes Yes Yes

Film craft and style[edit]

About Trivikram's work on Nuvvu Naaku Nachav, wrote "The highlights of the film are all the original humour and the subtlety in approach so alien to Tollywood. The dialogue writer, Trivikram Srinivas, is perhaps the real hero in this one."[18] He is popularly known among Telugu audience as "Maatala Maantrikudu" meaning "Wizard of words". He is known for his crisp dialogue writing and intelligent direction. The Hindu compared Trivikram favourably with Shankar, noting that while Trivikram "started his career as a filmmaker with a light-hearted film Nuvve Nuvve" and has been known for "his light-hearted scripts and dialogues, his work on the action film Athadu is "said to be on par with Hollywood flicks."[19]

Srinivas Kanchibotla of commented on his directorial debut Nuvve Nuvve: "If what Trivikram has showed us in Swayamvaram, Nuvve Kaavali, Chirunavvuto and Nuvvu Naaku Nachav, were to be considered as just a tip of the proverbial iceberg of his insightful and observant nature of the characters, if what Trivikram made us feel, delving into the depths of the characters in Nuvve Nuvve, if what Trivikram has demonstrated in his dramatic prowess and comedic timing in all the aforementioned movies, were just initial forays decimating the dullness and the dreariness that is plaguing the current Telugu film character, assuring us that his best is yet to come, then we are in for some great treat for times to come."[20]


Nandi Awards
Filmfare Awards
South Indian International Movie Awards



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