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,
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
. 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
. 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.