Sekhar Kammula

Sekhar Kammula
Born (1972-02-04) 4 February 1972
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
(now in Telangana, India)
Residence Secunderabad
Alma mater Rutgers University
Howard University
Occupation Film director, producer, screenwriter
Years active 1999–present
Title M.F.A.
Spouse(s) Sree Vidya
Children 1 Son, 1 Daughter
Awards National Film Award

Kumar Sekhar Kammula (Telugu: కుమార్ శేఖర్ కమ్ముల) is an Indian film director, screenwriter and producer, known for his works exclusively in Telugu cinema.[1][2] A Master of Fine Arts Holder from Howard University, he made his directorial debut with the independent film Dollar Dreams (2000), which was a critical success, and won him the National Film Award for Best First film of a director. The film was screened at the International Film Festival of India.[3] Sekhar has garnered two filmfare Awards South, and six state Nandi Awards for his works.[4] Sekhar was among the director's delegation to represent Indian Cinema at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.[5]

His second film, Anand, was a blockbuster in 2004. His next film, Godavari, was praised by critics and was a hit. Happy Days, which was released on 28 September 2007, was declared a smash hit. It was remade in Tamil and Kannada. He was a writer for Tamil version which was released in 2010. He then directed Leader released on 19 February 2010 to positive reviews. In 2016, Sekhar Kammula announced his Bollywood debut with a film starring Salman Khan.[6]

Early life

Sekhar's family hails from Eluru, Andhra Pradesh. Sekhar was schooled at St. Patrick's High School, Secunderabad. He completed his intermediate studies from St. Alphonsa's and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Chaitanya Bharathi Institute of Technology. He later went to the Rutgers University, and pursued a Master's degree in Computer Sciences. After a brief career in the IT industry at CITI-CORP, He graduated with a Master of Fine Arts program from Howard University, Washington, D.C.[7]


His then directed Life is Beautiful, and the Telugu remake of 2012 Bollywood hit Kahaani in which Nayantara played Vidya Balan's character. Sekhar Kammula is going to direct his first Hindi film which is a remake of Happy Days. The Hindi version will be produced by renowned film maker Shekhar Kapoor. The film will feature several new faces and Sekhar Kammula will start scouting for new faces in Mumbai and Pune, through the same process which he employed for the Telugu film. The screenplay for the film is being written by Mumbai-based writer Nikhil Mahajan.[8] Shekhar Kammula is currently filming for Fidaa starring Varun Tej and Sai Pallavi. It is produced by Dil Raju[9]


National Film Award

Nandi Awards

Filmfare Awards South

Other awards


Year Film Language Technical roles Awards & Notes
2000 Dollar Dreams English, Telugu Writer, director, producer Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director – Golden Lotus Award
2004 Anand Telugu Writer, director, producer, Choreography Nandi Award for Second Best Feature Film
Nandi Award for Best Director
2006 Godavari Telugu Writer, director Nandi Award for Second Best Feature Film
Nandi Award for Best Director
2007 Happy Days Telugu Writer, director, producer, Choreography Nandi Award for Second Best Feature Film
Filmfare Award for Best Film – Telugu
Filmfare Award for Best Director – Telugu
Dasari Best Film Director Award
2008 Avakai Biryani Telugu Producer
2010 Leader Telugu Writer, director Nandi Award for Best Story Writer
2012 Life Is Beautiful Telugu Writer, Director, producer
2014 Mukunda Telugu Cameo Appearance
2014 Anaamika Telugu,
Director, Screenplay
2016 Fidha Telugu Writer, Director


  1. Sangeetha Devi Dundoo (12 August 2012). "Life & Style : Return to innocence". The Hindu. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
  3. "47th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  4. "Kammula". Retrieved 18 September 2012.
  5. Prashanth Bhat (12 May 2011). "Sekhar Kammula at Cannes – Times of India". Retrieved 18 September 2012.
  6. "Sekhar Kammula made BollyWood Entry with Salman Khan.". Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  7. "Sekhar Kammula – Telugu Cinema interview – Telugu film director". 26 September 2007. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
  8. Sarah Salvadore (22 May 2011). "Shekar calling Sekhar – Times of India". Retrieved 18 September 2012.
  9. "Varun Tej and Sai Pallavi's next film is titled 'Fidaa' - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2016-10-23.
  10. "Happy Days". Retrieved 18 September 2012.
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