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Occupation(s)Film director, Author, Screenwriter, Music Director

Vamsy is an Indian film director, screenwriter and music director known for his works in Telugu cinema. In 1985, he received the National Film Award for Sitaara. Vamsy has his own style of making the movie with art like the director Bapu.

Early life[edit]

Vamsy was born in Balabhadrapuram,and brought up in the village of Pasalapudi, near Ramachandrapuram of East Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh.


Vamsy started writing stories at the age of 15. His first story is "Satya Sundari Navvindi" was read in All India Radio in 1975. He has also written 2 novels, "Manchu Pallaki" & "Karma Sakshi" which were published in "Andhra Jyothy Weekly" before beginning his film career.

In 1976, he started to explore his career in Madras, beginning his work with V. Madhusudhana Rao as assistant director for many films, later worked as an assistant director to K. Viswanath on Sankarabharanam, Bharathiraja on Seethakoka Chilaka before making his first film Manchupallaki with Chiranjeevi, Suhasini, Tripuraneni Sai Chand and Rajendra Prasad in 1982. The movie was a remake of the Tamil film Palaivana Solai directed by Robert–Rajasekar.[1] In 1984, Vamsy made the critically acclaimed Sitaara, with which he introduced Bhanupriya to the Telugu film industry. The movie was adapted from his own novel Mahal lo Kokila (The Nightingale in the Palace). The movie won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu. In 1985, he made 'Preminchu Pelladu', the first movie with Rajendra Prasad as the sole lead.[2]

For a significant period of his career, Vamsy collaborated with the music director Ilayaraja, and their duo had produced best music in Telugu till date. Some of their best work has been in co-operation with each other. The two were so attuned to each other's way of thinking that for a song in his movie Ladies Tailor, Vamsy shot the song picturization ("Ekkada Ekkada") before the song was recorded by music director.[3] This is against the norm as usually the songs are recorded first and the filming made later in most movies.

Vamsy is also closely associated with Bapu and had most of Bapu's lifetime work done for Vamsy with over 400 arts for his stories and Bapu also designed all Vamsy's film titles. Vamsy directed a documentary "Bommarshi Bapu" and won a Nandi Award for Best Director from the State Government of Andhra Pradesh in 1996.

Vamsy has introduced many actors and technicians to the film industry like Rajendra Prasad, Tanikella Bharani, Bhanupriya, Mallikarjuna Rao, Maharshi Raghava, Kondavalasa, Pradeep Shakthi, Krishna Bhagavaan, Shantipriya, Hamsa Nandini, ...and many others., Introduced villain role Jeeva as comedian.

He has published a short stories compilation called Maa Pasalapudi Kathalu. Besides that compilation, Vamsy has written a wide variety of short stories since 1974 when he was 16 years old. His major works include Mahallo kokila, Manchupallaki, Aa Naati Vaana Chinukulu, Venditera Kathalu (original scripts of Sankarabharanam and Anveshana), Vennela Bomma, Gokulam lo Radha, Ravvala konda, Sree seetarama lanchi service Rajahmundry, Manyam rani, Rangularatnam. He has penned around 360 short stories published in Swathi (magazine) weekly under the title "Maa Diguwa Godavari Kathalu" For his contributions to the art of storytelling with a native approach through his books he was bestowed with "Sripada Puraskhaaram" at Rajamundry on 17 April 2011.

He also directed a TV serial named Lady Detective for ETV (Telugu) which was aired every Thursday in 1995–96.


Vamsy is one of the very few filmmakers in Telugu who tries to depict the nativity of the concerned story. Although he is well known for portraying the scenic beauty of the Godavari and surrounding regions, the element of characterization is the highlight in his films. Ilaiyaraja has a special affection for Vamsy to the extent he once gave him 100 tunes to pick from for a particular movie. He used to take Vamsy to several special spots in Tamil Nadu including spiritual places, temples, forests, and mountains like Kollimalai and Arunachalam.

He directed Anveshana, in 1985, a murder mystery thriller set in the Talakona forest, near Tirupati. Vamsy mentioned that he got inspiration from the 1971 European film, The Cat o' Nine Tails, for the story. Ilaiyaraaja scored brilliant background music to evoke the spooky forest atmosphere and horror surrounding the murders. The film still stands as an unmatched classic thriller in Telugu cinema, with a Hitchcockian climax. Vamsi mentioned that Ram Gopal Varma became so obsessed with the film, that he watched it 22 times, during his college days.



Year Title Language Notes
2017 Fashion Designer s/o Ladies Tailor Telugu
2016 Vennello Hai Hai Telugu
2010 Saradaga Kasepu Telugu
2009 Gopi Gopika Godavari Telugu
2007 Anumanaspadam Telugu
2004 Konchem Touchlo Vunte Cheputanu Telugu
2003 Donga Ramudu and Party Telugu
2002 Avunu Valliddaru Ista Paddaru Telugu
1998 W/O V. Varaprasad Telugu
1995 Lingababu Love Story Telugu
1994 Neeku 16 Naaku 18 Telugu
Prema & Co Telugu
1993 Joker Telugu Remake of Kilukkampetti
1992 Detective Narada Telugu
1990 April 1st Vidudhala Telugu
1989 Swarakalpana Telugu
Chettu Kinda Pleader Telugu Remake of Thanthram
1988 Sri Kanaka Mahalaxmi Recording Dance Troupe Telugu
1987 Maharshi Telugu
Lawyer Suhasini Telugu
1986 Ladies Tailor Telugu
1985 Aalaapana Telugu
Preminchu Pelladu Telugu
Anveshana Telugu
1984 Sitaara Telugu National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu
1982 Manchupallaki Telugu Remake of Palaivana Solai

Assistant Director[edit]

Year Title Notes
1981 Seethakoka Chilaka
1980 Subhodayam
1980 Sankarabharanam
1979 Tayaramma Bangarayya
1979 Pagadala Padava 1 Schedule
1978 Vichitra Jeevitham
1977 Edureeta


Year Title Notes
1988 Sri Kanaka Mahalakshmi Recording Dance Troupe
1989 Swarakalpana
1990 Gali Kondapuram Railway Gate
1992 Detective Narada
2007 Anumanaspadam


Year Title Notes
2010 Saradaga Kasepu Oohalo Sundara, Manimaala
2009 Gopi Gopika Godavari Balagodari


Book Title Notes
Manchu Pallaki - మంచుపల్లకి Novel
Vennela Bomma - వెన్నెల బొమ్మ Novel
Mahallo Kokila - మహల్లో కోకిల Novel - Sitaara Movie
Gokulamlo Radha - గోకులంలో రాధ Novel
Gali Kondapuram Railway Gate - గాలికొండపురం రైల్వేగేటు Novel
Ravvala Konda - రవ్వలకొండ Novel
Venditera Navalalu - వెండితెర నవలలు
Maa Pasalapudi Kadhalu - మా పసలపూడి కధలు Collection of stories
Maa Diguva Godaari Kadhalu - మా దిగువగోదారి కధలు Collection of stories
Aakupachhani Gnyaapakam - ఆకుపచ్చని జ్ఞ్యాపకం Collection of stories
Aanati Vaana Chinukulu - ఆనాటి వానచినుకులు Collection of stories. This has been combined with Aakupachhani Gnyaapakam later
Manyam Rani - మన్యం రాణి Novel
Rangula Ratnam - రంగుల రాట్నం Novel
Vamsy ki Nachhina Kadhalu - Part 1 - వంశీకి నచ్చిన కధలు 1 Collection of stories by popular writers, edited by Vamsy
Vamsy ki Nachhina Kadhalu - Part 2 - వంశీకి నచ్చిన కధలు 2 Collection of stories by popular writers, edited by Vamsy
Matlade Gnyaapakalu - మాట్లాడే జ్ఞ్యాపకాలు Collection of stories
Nallamillori Palem Kadhalu - నల్లమిల్లోరిపాలెం కధలు Collection of stories
Khachhitamgaa Naku Telsu - ఖచ్చితంగా నాకు తెల్సు కధలు (No Stock) Collection of stories
Polamaarina Gnyaapakalu - పొలమారిన జ్ఞ్యాపకాలు The first in Indian Literature to write the real-life incidents with a nostalgic story narration with supporting pictures.
Evo Konni Gurthukostunnayi - ఏవో.. కొన్ని గుర్తుకొస్తున్నాయి Collection of his movie flash backs

Music director[edit]

Year Title
1993 Joker
1993 Kannayya Kittayya
1994 Prema & Co
1994 Neeku 16 Naaku 18
1995 Lingababu Love Story


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