All Time Best 50 Telugu Movie Directors

by SrinivasAgnes | created - 26 Jul 2014 | updated - 10 Mar 2015 | Public

This list describes about all time best 50 telugu movie directors, from the first telugu talkie film 'baktha prahlada' to present.

3. B.N. Reddi

Director | Swargaseema

Was awarded the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke award by the Government of India for his life-time contribution to Indian cinema in 1975.

4. Kadiri Venkata Reddy

Director | Shri Krishna Satya

Joined the film industry when his friend/producer Narayana Swamy Moola offered him the job of cashier for the movie Gruhalakshmi (1938).

5. L.V. Prasad

Director | Jai-Vijay

L.V. Prasad was born on January 17, 1908 in Eluru, Andhra Pradesh, India as Akkineni Lakshmi Vara Prasad Rao. He was a director and producer, known for Jai-Vijay (1977), Bidaai (1974) and Jeene Ki Raah (1969). He was married to Soundarya Manoharamma. He died on June 22, 1994.

6. Subba Rao B.A.

Director | Palletoori Pilla

Was awarded the prestigious Raghupathy Venkaiah award by the State Government of Andhra Pradesh for his outstanding contribution to telugu cinema in 1982.

7. Vedantam Raghavaiah

Director | Suvarna Sundari

Vedantam Raghavaiah was born in 1919 in Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh, India. He is known for his work on Suvarna Sundari (1957), Devadasu (1953) and Aadabrathuku (1965). He died in 1971.

10. K.B. Tilak

Director | Atha Okinti Kodale

K.B. Tilak was born in 1926 in Denduluru, West Godavari, Hyderabad State, British India as Kollipara Balagangadhara Tilak. He was a director and producer, known for Atha Okinti Kodale (1958), Muddu Bidda (1956) and M.L.A. (1957). He died on September 23, 2010 in Trivandrum, Kerala, India.

12. Ramineedu Gutha

Director | Bangaru Sankellu

Ramineedu Gutha was born on October 1, 1927 in Chataparru, Andhra Pradesh, India. He was a director and actor, known for Bangaru Sankellu (1968), Mooga Prema (1971) and Bhakta Potana (1966). He died on April 29, 2009 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

13. Adurthi Subba Rao

Director | Milan

Adurthi Subba Rao (16 December 1912 - 1 October 1975) was an Indian film director, cinematographer, screenwriter, editor and producer known for his works predominantly in Telugu cinema, Bollywood, and Tamil cinema. Rao is widely regarded as the intellectual fountainhead of Indian drama films. He ...

14. Rao C.S.R.

Director | Lava Kusa

Rao C.S.R. was born in 1924 in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, India. He was a director and actor, known for Lava Kusa (1963), Manchi Manasuku Manchi Rojulu (1958) and Niluvu Dopidi (1968). He was married to Rajasulochana. He died on December 8, 2004 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

15. V. Madhusudan Rao

Director | Superman

Was awarded the prestigious Raghupathy Venkaiah award by the State Government of Andhra Pradesh for his outstanding contribution to Telugu cinema in 1997.

16. Tapi Chanakya

Director | Adugu Jaadalu

Son of the famous writer Dharma Rao Tapi

Worked as Radio Telegraphist for Indian Army before joining movie industry in 1947.

18. Kamalakara Kameshwara Rao

Director | Shobha

Kamalakara Kameswara Rao (4 October 1911 - 29 June 1998) was an Indian film director known for his works predominantly in Telugu cinema, and few Tamil and Hindi films. Widely known as Pouraanika Chitra Brahma, Rao has directed fifty feature films in a variety of genres. In 1960 he directed the ...

19. K.S. Prakash Rao

Director | Prem Nagar

K.S. Prakash Rao was born in 1914 in Kolavennu, Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh, India as Surya Prakash Rao Kovelamudi. He was a director and producer, known for Prem Nagar (1974), Drohi (1948) and Modati Rathri (1950). He was married to Varalakshmi G.. He died in 1996.

20. B. Vittalacharya

Director | Chikkadu Dorakadu

B. Vithalacharya or B. Vittalacharya (18 January 1920 - 28 May 1999) was an Indian film director and producer known for his works in Telugu cinema and Kannada cinema. He was known as Jaanapada Brahma in the Telugu film arena. Vittalacharya formed his film production company Vittal Productions, ...

21. N.T. Rama Rao

Actor | Daana Veera Soora Karna

Born into a farmer's family, Rama Rao Taraka Nandamuri got his bachelors of arts degree and took a job with the government. Married to Nandamuri Basavatarakam, he began acting in films, his first being Mana Desam (1949), in which he played a police officer. His first movie as a hero was Palletoori ...

22. K. Viswanath

Director | Sruthilayalu

K. Viswanath was born on February 19, 1930 in Peddapulivarru, Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh, India as Kaasinathuni Viswanath. He is a director and writer, known for Sruthilayalu (1987), Sagara Sangamam (1983) and Sankarabharanam (1980).

23. Bapu

Director | Seeta Kalyanam

Popularly known as Bapu was born on 15th December,1933 in Narsapur, Andhrapradesh. Before this Bapu met Ramana in Taylor high school in Narasapur where they studied as classmates for three years until second world war ended. Later when their families moved to Madras where they continued their ...

24. Dasari Narayana Rao

Director | Meghasandesam

Dasari Narayana Rao was born on May 4, 1947 in Palakol, West Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh, India. He was a director and writer, known for Meghasandesam (1983), Gorintaku (1979) and Surigadu (1992). He was married to Dasari Padma. He died on May 30, 2017 in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.

25. Singeetam Srinivasa Rao

Director | Pushpaka Vimana

Singeetam Srinivasa Rao was born on September 21, 1931 in Udayagiri, Nellore District, Andhra Pradesh, India. He is a director and writer, known for Pushpaka Vimana (1987), Mayuri (1984) and Dikkatra Parvathi (1973).

27. Jandhyala

Writer | Amarajeevi

Jandhyala was born on January 14, 1951 in Narsapur, Andhra Pradesh, India as Veera Venkata Durga Siva Subrahmanya Sastri Jandhyala. He was a writer and director, known for Amarajeevi (1983), Vivaha Bhojanambu (1988) and Aha Naa Pellanta (1987). He died on June 19, 2001 in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.

28. Kodi Ramakrishna

Director | Arundhati

Kodi Ramakrishna was born on July 23, 1949 in Palakollu, Andhra Pradesh, India. He was a director and writer, known for Arundhati (2009), Gudachari No.1 (1983) and Devi Putrudu (2001). He died on February 22, 2019 in Hyderabad, India.

30. Kranthi Kumar

Director | Seetharamaiah Gari Manavaralu

Was a junior to actors Ghattamaneni, Krishna and Murali Mohan in C.R. Reddy College, Eluru.

31. Vamsy

Director | Sri Kanaka Mahalakshmi Recording Dance Troupe

Vamsy started writing stories from the age of 15, his first story is "Satya Sundari Navvindi" was read in All India Radio in 1975., and 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 ...

33. Mohan Gandhi

Director | Karthavyam

Mohan Gandhi is a director and writer, known for Karthavyam (1990), Police Brothers (1994) and Muddula Manavadu (1987).

34. Raghu M.V.

Cinematographer | Kallu

35. B. Narsing Rao

Director | Daasi

B. Narsing Rao was born in 1946 in Pragnapur, Medak District, Andhra Pradesh, India as Bongu Narasinga Rao. He is a director and writer, known for Daasi (1988), Matti Manushulu (1991) and Harivillu (2003).

36. A. Kodandarami Reddy

Director | Veta

A. Kodandarami Reddy was born on July 1, 1950 in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India. He is a director and writer, known for Veta (1986), Pasivadi Pranam (1987) and Jebu Donga (1987).

37. Ram Gopal Varma

Director | Rangeela

Ram Gopal Varma was born in Hyderabad, the capital city of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. He initially was a video store owner before eventually becoming one of India's leading film directors. A film buff during his youth, Varma would watch both American and Indian cinema regularly. As a young...

39. Muthyala Subbaiah

Director | Soggadi Pellam

Muthyala Subbaiah is a Telugu film director. He has directed 51 films. Known for his movies with a heavy dose of human emotions, he is sometimes referred to as Sentiment Subbaiah. When he was working with T. Krishna he was approached by some producers with a novel Vennela Metlu written by Mynampati...

40. E.V.V. Satyanarayana

Writer | Fitting Master

E.V.V. Satyanarayana was born on June 10, 1956 in Dommeru, Andhra Pradesh, India. He was a writer and director, known for Fitting Master (2009), Hello Brother (1994) and Chala Bagundi (2000). He died on January 21, 2011 in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.

41. Krishna Vamsi

Writer | Khadgam

Krishna Vamsi was born on July 28, 1962 in Tadepalligudem, Andhra Pradesh, India as Pasupuleti Venkata Bangarraju. He is a writer and director, known for Khadgam (2002), Govindudu Andari Vaadele (2014) and Sindhooram (1997). He has been married to Ramya Krishnan since June 12, 2003. They have one ...

42. Puri Jagannadh

Writer | Pokiri

Best known for his commercially storytelling abilities acclaimed writer-director Puri Jagannadh was born September 1, 1966 in Kothapalli, Andhra Pradesh, India. Over the course of 20 years of filmmaking, Puri Jagannadh has gone from small budget independent films to working on some of the biggest ...

43. Gunasekhar

Writer | Okkadu

Gunasekhar is a Telugu Film Director and Screenwriter. Born on the 2nd of June,1964 in the coastal village of Narsipatnam in the Vizag district of Andhra Pradesh in India, he pursued his Bachelors in Commerce at Vishakhapatnam.

Gunasekhar, being an avid reader and movie buff right from when he was ...

44. S.S. Rajamouli

Writer | Bãhubali: The Beginning

S.S. Rajamouli was born on October 10, 1973 in Manvi, Karnataka, India as Koduri Srisaila Sri Rajamouli. He is a writer and producer, known for Baahubali: The Beginning (2015), Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017) and Eega (2012).

45. Sekhar Kammula

Writer | Anand

Sekhar Kammula is a writer and director, known for Anand (2004), Godavari (2006) and Fidaa (2017).

46. Sukumar

Writer | Rangasthalam

Sukumar was born as Sukumar Bandreddi. He is a writer and director, known for Rangasthalam 1985 (2018), Arya (2004) and Nannaku Prematho (2016).

47. Trivikram Srinivas

Writer | Atharintiki Daaredi

Trivikram Srinivas is an Indian screenwriter and director famous for his works in Telugu Cinema. Hailed by his admirers as "Guruji" and "Maatala Maanthrikudu" or the "Wizard of Words", he is famous for his witty and thought provoking dialogues. Born as Akella Naga Srinivasa Sarma, he started his ...

48. Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi

Writer | Kanche

Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi is a writer and director, known for Kanche (2015), Vedam (2010) and Gamyam (2008).

49. Chandra Sekhar Yeleti

Writer | Manamantha

Chandrasekhar Yeleti is a film maker working prominently in Telugu film industry. He is well-known for his original and highly creative concepts contrary to his peers. He started his career shooting 'Janmabhoomi' ads for the state government of Andhra Pradesh in collaboration with K. Raghavendra ...



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