Vikram Sirikonda is a Tollywood screenwriter-turned director, known predominantly for his works in the Telugu movie industry. Born and brought up in Warangal, Telangana, he moved to Hyderabad with his family in the year 1993. Vikram's father Madhava Rao was a popular theatre artist, and he always used to accompany him to the shootings, and probably this is how child Vikram developed a penchant for acting and story-writing and scripted many stage dramas.
He completed his Mechanical Engineering degree from BMS College, Bangalore. But he left engineering to pursue his dream goal in filmmaking. He took a diploma in filmmaking from Asian Academy of Film and Television,
New Delhi. In the year 2003, Vikram began his filmy graph by joining as an assistant director under V V Vinayak for Tagore. It is under the tutelage of Vinayak that Vikram learned the nuances of commercial movie-making.
A year later, in 2004, he continued to learn and work with Vinayak as an associate director for the movie Samba and in 2005 for Bunny. In 2006, Vikram was promoted to the position of first associate director, while working with Raghavendra Lawrence for the blockbuster movie Style. However, Vikram’s fortune took a turn along with a shift in his role from being an associate director to a screenplay writer. In 2009, Vikram was the writer-wizard behind the mega-blockbuster Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam starring Siddharth and Tamannah Bhatia. The movie became a grand commercial success and shot Vikram to the peak of his fame.
He received the prestigious awards – Nandi Film Awards for Best Screenplay Writer, 2009 and Akkineni family film award, Best Screenplay Writer, 2009 -for Konchem Istam Konchem Kastam. In 2011, Vikram wrote the screenplay for the
Ravi Teja movie, Mirapakay and in 2014, the super hit movie
Race Gurram starring
Allu Arjun and Shruti Hassan. Flying high with the success of Race Gurram, he along with co-writer Deepak were featured in the Deccan Chronicle as the ‘screenplay geniuses.’ Vikram shared his rare insights into the process of screenplay writing. Drawing a parallel to that of cooking, the writer explained that for a dish to be palatable, a cook has to mix all the ingredients in apt proportions.
The position of a director is something similar. He has to pick each ingredient for a movie – the characters, the setting, the stage, the backdrop – only then can the story be effective. In 2018, versatile Vikram made his debut as a director in the mass entertainer Touch Chesu Chudu starring Ravi Teja as a fierce cop, and
Raashi Khanna as the lead actress. Vikram revealed to telanganatoday.com that it was Ravi who offered him to work as a director in this movie while shooting Mirapakay. It took Vikram considerable time to accept this position. The screenplay is written by
Vakkantham Vamsi who is another good friend of Vikram and was absolutely fine with the directorial changes suggested by Vikram.
Musical scores have been given by Jam 8, a conglomeration of artists put together and mentored by Bollywood’s prominent music director Pritam.
Touch Chesi Chudu is the third project (first two were Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam and Race Gurram as screenplay writer) of Vikram with the successful producer Nallamalupu Srinivas (fondly called Bujji), and his production banner Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Productions. Vikram has openly confessed that Bujji is like a family to him since they share a good past. The movie was released worldwide on February 2nd, 2018 and has garnered much debate on media channels and in the Telugu movie fraternity.
Vikram had always wanted to be a director in the first place because he opines that in the real world out there, writers aren’t recognized for their contributions, only the actors, and directors. If a film gets successful, it is the actor and director whose net worth starts increasing while the writer remains overshadowed. But fate had other plans for him, and he had to start as a screenplay writer. But Vikram learned valuable lessons from his journey as a writer which not only broadened his sensibility but also gave him the vision to develop an organic story with in-depth, strong characters as seen in Touch Chesi Chudu. Vikram has carved his niche in the Telugu movie industry and is riding forwards with a progressive speed and a starry future. He has promised to the Indian mass that he will be coming with more gripping stories and full-on entertainment films.