Raj Madiraju is a Telugu movie director and script writer. He has directed three films till date: Uncle, Rushi, and Andhra Podi. He is a talented man himself, having dabbled in singing at stage shows over the years before breaking into the world of films. Raj Madiraju was brought up in Kothagudem in Andhra Pradesh. His father was an engineer and worked in the Kothagudem Thermal Power Station.

Since an early age, Raj had a fascination for the world of movies. However, he didn’t jump at the chance to join the Indian cinema at first, instead choosing to pursue an MBA degree which he successfully completed. Besides all this, he would frequently perform as a singer; by his account, he has sung and worked in more than 600 staged shows. Aside from directing three films, he has also been an assistant director. He worked as an assistant to Osey Ramulamma in seven different films. He also worked as the second assistant director on the Hollywood project of noted actor Chiranjeevi that was titled “Thief of Baghdad.’’

The making of the movie stalled after a while; however, Chiranjeevi that was titled “Thief of Baghdad.’’ The making of the movie stalled after a while; however, Madiraju considers this a valuable experience in his development as a filmmaker since he was able to work with many technicians that have been a part of Academy Award-winning films. His full directorial debut came in the year 2001 when he directed the AVS produced film Uncle.

After this, he would have to wait a full eleven years to get his next shot at direction. In 2012, he directed Rushi, a film bankrolled by Prasad Productions. The movie centers on the lives of a group of medical students with noble intentions. It also details their college and romantic lives. The film was something of a mixed bag for Madiraju; it didn’t do great business at the box office, and so it wasn’t considered a “hit” film by many.

However, the movie was liked in critical terms and even went on to win two Nandi Awards for Best Story Writer and a Special Jury Award. It also won him the Best Debut Director award at the Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival. His next directorial venture saw him at the helm of Andhra Podi, a film that is itself a remake of a successful Marathi movie titled Timepass. The movie was once again produced by Prasad Productions and revolves around the life of a young boy who struggles academically while also falling in love with a girl.

R. Samala Telugu Actor

R. Samala

R. Samala is an Indian Producer, Director and Screen Writer. His full name is Ramesh Samala. He is a resident of Hyderabad and works in the Telugu Film Industry, also called Tollywood. He has completed his Masterin Arts in Theater Arts from Sri Saraswathi Sishu Mandir at the Central University of Hyderabad. He was a gold medallist in college. He has worked with AKS Entertainment in the past but currently works with R. Samala Productions Pvt. Ltd. which is his own production company. He has been working as an autonomous producer under his banner for four years now. He is mostly known for his work as a Director and Writer of the movie Columbus which was released in 2015. He is considered as one of the most capable young and new age talents in the Telugu Industry bringing stories to life on screen. Not only is he talented but he also has an optimal experience in the field. He is also the founder of Yavanika Theater Group which brought theater back to life in a city called Nawabs. He was considered to be a bag full of energy onstage as well as behind the scenes. He finally took the leap and moved to films in 2001. He started as an Assistant Director in a movie called Ishtam. He is one of the few lucky debutants who got an opportunity to work with big names early on in his career. Some of the stars he has worked with are Surender Reddy, Trivikram, YVS Chowdary and K Raghavendra Rao. He has also worked in the Nithya Menon starrer Ishq which was directed by Vikram K Kumar and the cinematographer was PC Sriram. Columbus is the movie which made Samala famous. It is a romantic comedy in Telugu language, released in 2015. The movie was produced by Ashwani Kumar Sahdev and cast Seerat Kapoor, Sumanth Ashwin, and Mishti Chakraborty as lead actors. The movie revolves around the female protagonist who is loved dearly by the male lead but he, unfortunately, gets caught in a murder mystery while following her as she had left to another city ignoring him. Another female character, played by Seerat, helps the lead to find his love interest. However, the character portrayed by Seerat begins to get close with that of the male protagonist. He is also known for his institutional involvement with various charity causes. He has significant volunteer experience from his college days. He actively works on and contributes to improving the condition of multiple fields of work like Arts and Culture, Education and Science & Technology. He is also an active member of Telugu Film Directors Associations since March 2002.


Srinivas Gavireddy

Scriptwriter and director Srinivas Gavireddy will remain in the forefront of Telugu film industry for directing the newly released film 'Seethamma Andalu Ramayya Sitralu' which is produced by S Sailendra Babu, Sridhar Reddy, and Harish Duggishetti. The film features Raj Tarun and Arthana Binu in lead roles. It is a love story where the actor wants to impress the girl and the heroine rejects him till the first half of the movie, later the hero succeeds in winning the heart of the heroine. Such story has been told umpteen times. But the writer has stretched the story unnecessarily so long with some twist that the hero has to face some challenges to overcome his love barrier. This angle of narrative concept should have been focused earlier in the plot of the movie so that the director did not end the film hurriedly. It was a flaw in the film and viewers felt there was no logic to throw those challenges faced by the hero at the last moment. Otherwise, the acting concept in the film was okay. Actor Tarun is impressive throughout the movie although such characters are typecast images of our Tollywood or Kollywood heroes. But Tarun’s clear understanding with the character and smooth mannerisms helped to retain the interest of viewers by and large. As a debutant director, Srinivas Gavireddy had shown the technical concepts of the movie very well. The camera work, locales, music were really pleasing for the viewers. The drawback was the concept of the movie which was bit old-fashioned as the director has written the story in a very simple manner. It is believed that Srinivas Gavireddy has worked as a script writer in Telugu movies earlier and one of his films was ‘Garam’ which was directed by ‘Madan’ and released in February 2016. It was a story of a youth who faces criticism from his father for being poor in studies and remaining jobless. This role was performed by the lead actor. At the end as the hero challenges his father in seeking a job in order to prove his dad that he is not an under-performer, he falls for the heroine. Srinivas Gavireddy knows the pulse of the viewers of Tollywood. He knows that viewers will always like a simple love story told in a routine manner. In addition, good music, colorful locations and good chemistry of hero-heroine is always an easy task for the director to woo the audiences’ heart. Hence Srinivas Govireddy had been visualizing about the movie 'Seethamma Andalu Ramayya Sitralu' while the film ‘Graam’ was in process and kept updating Tarun about it. Srinivas has worked as an associate director with writer-director Madan when films like 'Pravarakhyudu', 'Nagaram' etc were being made. He had learnt the art of scriptwriting from Madan and later, he wrote the dialogues and script for ‘Garam’ which was directed by Madan. It is said that the director was inspired to move into the film industry after he watched Puri Jagannadh’s ‘Badri’ and ‘Idiot’. After 12-years of long struggle in the industry, he finally met with his success, by becoming a director and a writer with Tarun’s newly released film.

Srinivas Gavireddy Telugu Actor