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Born (1956-11-20) 20 November 1956 (age 60)
Occupation Film director, author, screenwriter, music director

Vamsy or Vamsi (born Nallamilli Bamireddy on 20 November 1956) is a Telugu Indian film director, screenwriter and music director known for his works in Telugu cinema. In 1985 he received the National Film Award for Sitaara.

Early life[edit]

Vamsy was born and brought up at the village of Pasalapudi, near Ramachandrapuram of East Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh on 20 November 1956. His birth name is Nallamilli Bavireddy. Vamsy is his screen name.


Vamsy worked as an assistant director to K Viswanath on Sankarabharanam before making his first film Manchupallaki with Chiranjeevi, Suhasini,Tripuraneni Sai Chand and Rajendra Prasad in 1982. This movie was a remake of the Tamil film Palaivana Solai directed by Robert-Rajasekaran.[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. 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 video for a song ("Ekkada Ekkada") before the song was recorded.[3] This is against the norm as usually the songs are recorded first and the videos are made later in most movies.

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 18 years old. His major works include Manchupallaki, Aa Naati Vaana Chinukulu, Venditera Kathalu (original scripts of Sankarabharanam and Anveshana), Vennela Bomma, Gokulam lo Radha. He has penned around 150 short stories published in swathi weekly under title "Maa Diguwa Godavari Kathalu".[citation needed] For his contributions to the art of story telling 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 on every Thursday in 1995–96.[citation needed]


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 Godavari and surrounding regions, the element of characterisation is the highlight in his films.[citation needed] He is inspired by cinematography in movies such as The Color of Pomegranates.

Personal life[edit]

Vamsy never wanted to become a film director. He considered himself as a better writer. It is rumoured that Vamsy fell in love with the famous south Indian actress Bhanupriya while working with her in Anveshana, Sitara and Preminchu Pelladu. However, it was not successful; during this time he was making Mohan Babu-starrer Detective Narada. The unsuccessful affair was traumatic to Vamsy, and his films were never the same. Many of his failures at the box office were attributed to this.[citation needed]



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

Music director[4][edit]

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


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