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  • Birth Name Sekhar Kammula
  • Date of birth 1974-02-04
  • birth place Hyderabad, AP
  • spouse(s) Sri Vidya
  • children -
  • debut year 2000
  • debut movie Dollar Dreams

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Overview

Sekhar Kammula belongs to that rare crop of current generation directors who make films with subtle human emotions and family values. He is an undisputed favourite director of A class and Overseas audience.

  • Personal Life

    Sekhar Kammula completed his schooling in St.Patrick’s High School, Secunderabad. He completed his Intermediate in St.Alphonsa and completed his graduation from Osmania University, Hyderabad in Mechanical stream. Later he flew to the United States to do MS in Computer Science at University of New Jersey. He also pursued a career in IT industry there.

  • Career

    After his MS in US, Sekhar Kammula joined the prestigious film school at Howard University. He learnt techniques of lighting, cinematography, editing and direction.In 1999, His love for cinema drew him back to Hyderabad after a brief stint in IT industry in US. He joined Citicorp made a feature film, Dollar Dreams with a budget of 20 Lakhs under his own Amigos Creations banner. The film has famous director Raghavender Rao’s son, Prakash Kovelamudi in the lead role. The film won so much of critical acclaim and also got him the National Award for the Best debut director for the film.

    His second film, Anand has Raja and Kamalini Mukherjee in the lead roles. The movie was a blockbuster and brought first commercial success to Sekhar Kammula. 50% of the movie budget was funded from National Film Development Counsel.His second film, Godavari starring Sumanth and Kamalini Mukherjee was also appreciated for its content but is a moderate success commercially. After a brief break, Sekhar Kammula made a film ‘Happy Days’ with all new comers. Initially the film has no takers and Sekhar Kammula had to sell it for a very less amount to Dil Raju. The film was distributed across the world by Dil Raju and after its release, the film became a rage for College students across the state. The film went on to become one of the biggest hits that year.

    Sekhar Kammula with his next film, Leader introduced Daggubati scion Rana to Tollywood. Unlike Sekhar Kammula’s previous films, Leader has a political backdrop. The film became decent launch pad for Rana and was an average grosser.  After ‘Leader’, Kammula took a gap of two years before coming up with his next film – ‘Life is beautiful’.But unfortunately he delivered a dud. Later he attempted his first ever remake with Anaamika starring Nayantara. The movie is the remake of Bollywood blockbuster,Kahaani but it could not change the fortunes of Kammula. Anaamika is also the first ever remake in Sekhar Kammula’s career.

  • Trivia

    • There were lots of rumours that Sekhar Kammula and Kamalini Mukherjee are having an affair after the later became a common face in Kammula’s films. But both of them rubbished those rumours.
    • In the days of Leader, media predicted that Sekhar Kammula is making a film against the then Chief Minister of AP, YS Raja Sekhar Reddy. But they are all proved wrong after the movie release.
    • Sekhar Kammula for some reason has this strange habit of giving break to forgotten heroines like Kamalini Mukherjee, AnjalaZaveri, Amala etc.
    • Sekhar Kammula extensively partners with commercial brands like Vodafone (since Leader) to promote his films. With this tactics he gets millions of worth publicity free.

  • Upcoming Movies

    • Yet to be announced.

CAREER STATISTICS

Filmography
No.of Movies
Director
7
Producer
5

awards

awards

2000: Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director for Dollar Dreams

2004: Nandi Award for Second Best Feature Film for Anand

2004: Nandi Award for Best Director for Anand
 
2006: Nandi Award for Second Best Feature Film for Godavari
 
2006: Nandi Award for Best Director for Godavari

2007: Nandi Award for Second Best Feature Film for Happy Days
 
2007: Filmfare Best Telugu Film Award for Happy Days

2007: Filmfare Best Director Award for Happy Days

2007: Dasari Best Film Director Award for Happy Days

2011: Nandi Award for Best Story for Leader

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