Sukumar Bandreddi is an Indian film producer, director, and screenwriter. Most of his work is in Telugu cinema. He is known for the films like Jagadan, Arya 2, 1: Nenokkadine, 100% Love and NannakuPrematho. He was born on 11 January 1970 to Tirupati Naidu and VeeraVeni in Mattaparru, East Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh. His father was a rice trader and mother was a homemaker. He did his schooling from ZilaParishad High School, Razole. He took graduation and Master’s degree in Mathematics. He worked as a Physics and Mathematics lecturer for six years at Aditya Junior College, Kakinada.

He and his colleague,PrakashToleti, at the college decided to do something different and hence they chose to leave the job as a lecturer to pursue film-making. He and Toleti worked as a writer for a few films in Telugu cinema. After some time they were asked by the college to return and help in the recruitment of students. They went back to the job as they didn’t have enough to pay the bills. He taught students for some time and earned money only to return to the industry. This time, he started working as an assistant to Mohan, father of Jayam Raja, for the films Kshemanga VelliLabanga Randi and Hanuman Junction. He also worked as an assistant director for V.V. Vinayak for “Dil.” He debuted in 2004 with the film “Arya” on which he had started working before assisting V.V. Vinayak. DilRaju said that he wouldcertainly produce the film if “Dil” becomes a success.

He later asked Sukumar to narrate the story. It was a tale of a guy who fell in love, but he confessed it at the beginning of it which is quite different from the concept in movies like Darr and KabhiHaanKabhiNaa. Raju heard the story and agreed to produce it. It became a commercial success. It scored 160 million rupees at the expense of 40 million. He earned Filmfare Award for the best director category and Nandi Award for Best Screenplay Writer. After the debut movie, he started working on the film named Jagadam. The film received a mixed response. It was a commercial failure. Then he directed the sequel of Arya named “Arya 2.” It became a commercial success but was not much appreciated by critics. He received nomination under Best Director for Filmfare Awards- Telugu.

After two years, he directed 100% Love which was commercially successful. He had thought of the plot fifteen years ago. It received Annual Nandi Award under the “Best Home-viewing Feature Film.” He also received nominations for Filmfare Awards. He directed a movie named 1: Nenokkadine starring Mahesh Babu. It grossed only 289 million rupees though made on a budget of 700 million. Sukumar directed and wrote a short film “ I Am That Change.” He also wrote the story and screenplay of Kumari21F. He did Nannaku Prematho after the demise of Naidu. It received positive reviews from critics but did above an average business on Box Office. He gets inspiration from the works of YandamuriVeerendranath, GudipatiVenkatachalam, and YaddanapudiSulochana Rani. He is an intelligent screenwriter because of the complexity that he brings to the screenplay.

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Bapu

Bapu, a film director, screenwriter and illustrator, was born on 15 December 1933. With the birth name of Sattiraju Lakshmi Narayana, he is well-known around the industry as Bapu. He was born and raised in Narsapur, Andhra Pradesh. His father Sattiraju Venugopala Rao and mother, Suryakantham, moved from Chennai during the Japanese bombing and settled in Narsapur for three years. In Narsapur, Bapu went to Taylor High School, it was here he met Mullapudi Venkataramana and continued schooling at Kesari High School, Chennai. He holds a B.Com degree and graduated from the University of Madras with a BL degree in the year 1955. Bapu is also a painter, cartoonist, music artist and designer. Bapu endeavored as a political cartoonist for the newspaper, ‘Andhra Patrika’ in 1945. His artwork influenced the people of Telugu culture so much that a pretty Indian lady is referred to as ‘Bapu Gari Bomma’. Later on in his life, Bapu drew and painted various illustrations for numerous magazines in India and abroad. His work mainly revolves around mythological stories of Hinduism. He painted a pictorial story of the Hindu epic ‘Ramayana’. During the year  1945, Mullapudi Venkataramana submitted a story called as ‘Amma Maata Vinakapothe’ to a children’s magazine called Bala. To the story, Bapu offered illustrations and thus the two began their journey as a writer-illustrator duo. The duo offered rich cultural nativity with capturing storyline on-screen.  Bapu debuted as a director with the film, Sakshi, in the year 1967. The film was the first made by the writer-director duo of Ramana and Bapu. The movie starred Krishna, Vijaya Nirmala and Sakshi Ranga Rao. The combination of the two later went on to make films that stood out in the history of Telugu cinema. Movies like Sampoorna Ramayanam, Ramanjaneya Yuddam, Seetha Kalyanam, and Bhakta Kannappa bewitched the viewers and remained one of the best till date. Bapu’s films revolve around relationship issues and contain a pinch of fantasy with mythological characters assisting the narration in the background. The films revolve around female leads breaking away from the traditional approach of sustaining the female character to song or skin show. Bapu also worked with Satyam Sankaramanchi, for whom he drew 101 pictures for every story in Amaravati Kathalu.  For his enriching contribution to the Indian culture, Bapu was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in the year 2013. He received Lifetime Achievement Award from the Indian Institute of Cartoonists in 2001 and President of India Rashtrapati Award from the Academy of Fine Arts in Tirupati. He won six Nandi Awards for Best Feature Film for Director, the latest being, ‘Sri Rama Rajyam’ in the year 2011. The movie starred Nandamuri Bala Krishna and Nayanatara. Bapu received the Raghupathi Venkaiah Award for Lifetime Achievement in Telugu Cinema in 1986. Bapu won two National Film Awards for Best Feature Film in Telugu for ‘Mutyala Muggu’ and ‘Mister Pellam’. He received various other honours including the Asthana Vidwan by Andhra Pradesh Academy of Arts, “Shiromani” award from American Telugu Association in the year 1992 and the Honorary Doctorate “Kala Prapoorna” from Andhra University in the year 1991. Bapu - Ramana combination left a signature impression on the Telugu film industry. To Ramana’s script and dialogue, Bapu would come up with suitable illustrations and vice versa. The duo received a Filmfare Award for Best Film - Telugu for the movie Mana Voori Pandavulu in 1978. Bapu directed well over 50 films including a few in Hindi and Tamil. Bapu died of a cardiac arrest on 31 August 2014 and was given a state funeral by the Government of Andhra Pradesh.   

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