Gangaraju Gunnam is a producer, director and writer in Telugu industry (Tollywood). He was born and brought up in Kakinada, which is a city located in Andhra Pradesh. He is wedded to Urmila and is blessed with two children Sandeep and Vihang. He encountered a lot of difficulties to get where he is right now.
He started his education at a convent school in which he studied until the end of the 6th grade. Then he further continued his studies at Hyderabad Public School on a scholarship. He was an excellent learner and was good at academics too. He was very passionate about medicine. After his school life, he wanted to pursue medicine as he always aspired to become a doctor but he couldn't get through with it. He waited for a year to get into a medical school, and when everything seemed futile, he decided not to squander much time. He got admitted into Andhra Loyola College in Vijayawada where he pursued his Bachelor of Arts in English. There he was expelled from college as all the English medium students went for strikes and rallies. Before making his way into the film industry, Gunnam tried his hands on many jobs. After his dismissal from the college, he used to work as a sales representative for a tobacco company, Navabharat cigarettes. He sold cigarettes from door to door. He had sheer determination towards education. So he got himself into a price college and completed his BA in English from there.
Later, he also accomplished his Masters of Arts in English. While he was at it, he also wrote the entrance exam for probationary officers in State Bank of India and cracked it. He got posted in Dibrugarh for six months. After that, he was transferred to a branch at Shillong. He worked for six months and quit his post as he found the job very tedious. After this, he decided to go to Hyderabad where he worked in one of his friend's Advertising Agency, which he eventually got bored with too.
After five years of working in an advertising agency, he decided to establish a designer studio, Fountain Head of his own which was named after Fountain Head, which was named after his favorite book. After no prospective customers, he had to close his studio and opened a Vadilal ice cream parlor. After losing a lot of money in it too, he decided to set up a business of greeting cards with Rs.1500 that he borrowed from one of his friends which turned out to be a great success. While he was doing the greeting cards business, Gangaraju was asked to direct a film by the
Ram Gopal Varma
himself. It was a remake of the film Shiva, which was released in 1990.
Though he agreed to do it, he had no enthusiasm in remakes. As he was working on this, the project turned out to be way more expensive and way out of the budget. After seven days of the start of shooting, the producers abandoned the movie. And later when the greeting cards business was performing well, he decided to direct a film of his own. His first film, the "Little Soldiers", faced a few hurdles right after few days into the inception of shooting. The producer wasn't sure about the movie and threw in the towel. But Gangaraju's appetite for taking the risk and his never giving attitude came into play, and he decided to produce the film on his own.
After facing few troubles, the film, "Little Soldiers" was finally made and released on 2nd February 1996. This film was a great success and bagged many awards. After this, he had the opportunity to write for many movies too. He wrote stories and dialogues for movies such as "Aithe", "Anukokunda Oka Roju", "Amma Cheppindi". He also wrote stories for few TV serials such as "
" and "
." And also, the one of the most funniest Telugu sitcom "
" was created by him.