Krishna Vamsi belongs to that rare pedigree of directors who deliver hard hitting films full of emotions and social consciousness. He always strikes balance between commercialism and righteous content and that makes him unique.
Born as Venkata Bangarraju, Pasupuleti Krishna Vamsi hails from Tadepalligudem, West Godavari. He hails from a middle class family. He completed his B.Sc degree in Tadepalligudem and later pursued his M.A. in Agricultural Economics from Agra University. Famous lyricist Siri Vennela Sita Rama Sastry adopted Krishna Vamsi according to Hindu rituals.
Krishna Vamsi married his costar Ramya Krishna in 2003. They have settled down in Chennai after their marriage and the couple has a son, Rithwik.
After completing his MA, he entered the film industry as a camera assistant. He later worked as assistant editor and assistant director with Ram Gopal Varma. Krishna Vamsi first wielded megaphone for Gulabhi movie starring JD Chakravarthy. The movie became a big hit back then. His second movie is Ninne Pelladutha starring Nagarjuna and Tabu was a blockbuster. He got his first Filmfare award for this movie.
Buoyed with success, Krishna Vamsi did not take the conventional route; he directed a hard hitting film, Sindooram based on Naxalism. The movie had won lot of laurels for Krishna Vamsi. He got both Nandi and Filmfare awards for his direction of the movie. In 1998, Krishna Vamsi directed Nagarjuna once again in Chandra Lekha movie. The expectations are sky high on the movie but the film failed to garner them and ended up as a flop.
In 1998, he directed one more film ‘Anthapuram’ on Factionism with Prakash Raj, Sai Kumar and Soundarya playing lead roles. The movie was a big hit back then. He once again won him Filmfare Best director award. The next year he directed Samudram with Jagapathi Babu in the lead role but that film did not work commercially. In 2001, Krishna Vamsi attempted a socio fantasy subject Murari with Mahesh Babu. The movie is a big hit back then and a game changer for Mahesh Babu.
Krishna Vamsi made his Hindi debut the next year with ‘Shakti-The Power’ starring Shah Rukh Khan, Nana Patekar and Karishma Kapoor but the movie did not do well at the box office. He quickly made a comeback to Tollywood and made a film ‘Khadgam’ on National integration. The movie was a big hit and it won him both the Nandi and Filmfare awards for his excellent direction.
Things started backfiring in Krishna Vamsi’s career post Khadgam. Between 2002 and 2007, he directed four movies – Sri Anjaneyam with Nithin, Chakram with Prabhas, Danger with Sai Ram Shankar and Rakhi with Junior NTR. All the four movies did not do well at the box office and also destroyed his hard earned market in Tollywood. The extreme vulgarity in a socio-fantasy movie like Sri Anjaneyam also got him very severe criticism.
Krishna Vamsi was finally relieved in 2007 after he bagged the commercial success with Navadeep’s Chandamama. However the success short-lived with his next movies – Sasi Rekha Parinayam, Mahatma and Mogudu and Paisa failed to attract the audience. When everyone started writing off Krishna Vamsi, he bounced back big time with Govindhudu Andari Vaadele starring Ram Charan.
National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu
Nandi Award for Best Director
Filmfare Best Director Award
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