Prasanth Varma is an Indian film director and screenwriter who works primarily in Telugu cinema. He is best known for directing Awe (2018), Zombie Reddy (2021) and Hanu-Man (2024). His debut film Awe won at the National film awards for Best Special Effects, and Best Make-up.[1]

Prasanth Varma
Born (1989-05-29) 29 May 1989 (age 34)
Occupations
  • Film director
  • screenwriter
Years active2011–present
SpouseSukanya raju

Personal life edit

Prasanth Varma was born on 29 May 1989 in Palakollu, Andhra Pradesh. His parents are Narayana Raju, a civil contractor, and Kanaka Durga, a government school teacher. He has a younger sister, Sneha Sameera.[2][3][4] He married Sukanyaraju in 2020. He completed his graduation at CVR College of Engineering in 2010.[5][citation needed]

Career edit

2011–2017: Initial career edit

Prasanth Varma began his career in 2011 by directing a short film Deenamma Jeevitham.[6] He then directed advertisement films and a few short films, including A Silent Melody (2014) and Dialogue in the Dark (2017). In 2015, he directed a five-episode web series, Not Out, starring Brian Lara, which premiered on YuppTV.[7][8] In an interview to Idlebrain.com, he acknowledged that Singeetam Srinivasa Rao, Christopher Nolan, K. Viswanath and Mani Ratnam are his major influences.[9]

2018–present: Debut in feature films, breakthrough and critical acclaim edit

In 2017, Prashanth Varma presented the storyline of Awe to actor Nani, securing its production through Wall Poster Cinema alongside Prashanti Tipirneni. Released in 2018, the film marked his directorial debut and garnered acclaim for its subversive depiction of psychological and social issues, including child abuse, sexual abuse, and drug abuse. Critics, including Baradwaj Rangan, praised his narrative and direction, with special emphasis on the portrayal of lesbian characters in the movie.[10] His next release was Kalki (2019), starring Rajasekhar and produced by C. Kalyan. The original story, written by Saitej Desharaj, was initially crafted as a web series. Prasanth adapted the screenplay into a feature film format, a process that took eight months.[11]

Prasanth Varma's third release was Zombie Reddy (2021),[12] originally scheduled for 2020 but delayed due to the COVID-19 lockdown in India. Marketed as the first zombie film in Telugu,[13] it received positive reviews and performed well at the box office. Sangeetha Devi Dundoo of The Hindu wrote that "In one stroke, director Prasanth Varma juxtaposes different worlds — a pandemic looming large, zombies, Rayalaseema faction rivalry — to hilarious effect"[14] On 29 May 2021, he announced his next film Hanu-Man.[15] The film is marketed as the first Telugu Superhero film.[16][17] Starring Teja Sajja as Hanumanthu and Amritha Aiyer as Meenakshi, the film was released on 12 January 2024, coinciding with Sankranti. It served as the first installment of the Prasanth Varma Cinematic Universe (PVCU), inspired by Indian mythology. The film received positive reviews for its direction, screenwriting, performances, visualization, background score, VFX, production design and action sequences. With a global box office gross of over ₹250 crore, it became the highest-grossing Telugu film of 2024 and the top-grossing Telugu film of the same year.[18][19]

Filmography edit

Feature films edit

  • All films are in Telugu
Key
Denotes films that have not yet been released
List of feature film credits
Year Title Director Screenplay Story Notes Ref.
2018 Awe Yes Yes Yes Feature film debut
2019 Kalki Yes Yes No
2021 Zombie Reddy Yes Yes Yes
Adbhutham No No Yes [20]
2024 Hanu-Man Yes Yes Yes Part of PVCU
TBA That Is Mahalakshmi Yes No No Unreleased

Other works edit

List of other film credits
Year Title Notes Ref.
2011 Deenamma Jeevitham directorial debut [citation needed]
2014 A Silent Melody [citation needed]
2015 Not Out YuppTV series [21]
2017 Dialogue in the Dark [citation needed]

References edit

  1. ^ Dundoo, Sangeetha Devi, ed. (11 May 2023). "Prasanth Varma: I sought Rajamouli's advice for 'Hanu-Man'". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 14 January 2024. Retrieved 15 January 2024.
  2. ^ "On his birthday, filmmaker Prasanth Varma announces Hanu Man, first Telugu superhero movie". 29 May 2021. Archived from the original on 6 October 2021. Retrieved 22 June 2021.
  3. ^ Hanuman Director About His Family (motion picture) (in Telugu). India: iDream Filmnagar. 13 January 2024. Archived from the original on 26 January 2024. Retrieved 26 January 2024.
  4. ^ Director Prashanth Varma LifeStyle & Biography 2024 (motion picture) (in Telugu). India: The Celebritie's LifeStyle. 17 January 2024. Archived from the original on 26 January 2024. Retrieved 26 January 2024.
  5. ^ Director Prashanth Varma Wife Sukanyaraju Visuals (motion picture) (in Telugu). India: TV5 Tollywood. 27 January 2024. Event occurs at 00:02:10. Archived from the original on 28 January 2024. Retrieved 28 January 2024.
  6. ^ Dundoo, Sangeetha Devi (6 February 2018). "'Awe' is an experiment that got bigger and bigger". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Archived from the original on 29 May 2021. Retrieved 22 June 2021.
  7. ^ "YuppTV Launches Its First Original Content with a Web Series Starring Cricket Legend - Brian Lara is NOT OUT!". businesswire.com. 5 November 2015. Archived from the original on 24 June 2021. Retrieved 22 June 2021.
  8. ^ "Yupp TV launches first web series with Brian Lara". Indian Television Dot Com. 5 November 2015. Archived from the original on 24 June 2021. Retrieved 22 June 2021.
  9. ^ "Interview with Prasanth Varma about Awe - Telugu cinema director". idlebrain.com. Archived from the original on 22 July 2021. Retrieved 22 June 2021.
  10. ^ "Awe Movie Review by Baradwaj Rangan - Filmcompanion". Film Companion. 1 March 2018. Archived from the original on 24 June 2021. Retrieved 22 June 2021.
  11. ^ "Interview with Prasanth Varma about Kalki by Maya Nelluri - Telugu cinema director". idlebrain.com. Archived from the original on 6 April 2022. Retrieved 22 June 2021.
  12. ^ "Zombie Reddy Movie Review: A desi zombie film complete with factionism and lots of drama", The Times of India, archived from the original on 29 September 2022, retrieved 22 June 2021
  13. ^ FC, Team (5 December 2020). "Teaser of Prasanth Varma's Zombie Reddy: The First Bite Is Pretty Cool, And Has Corona References Too". Film Companion. Archived from the original on 5 December 2020. Retrieved 6 December 2020.
  14. ^ Dundoo, Sangeetha Devi (5 February 2021). "'Zombie Reddy' movie review: When the zombies attack Seema". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Archived from the original on 7 February 2021. Retrieved 8 February 2021.
  15. ^ "Hanu-Man: Awe director Prasanth Varma announces Telugu cinema's first superhero film". Hindustan Times. 29 May 2021. Archived from the original on 6 October 2021. Retrieved 22 June 2021.
  16. ^ "Director Prasanth Varma announces next Telugu film, 'Hanu-Man'". The News Minute. 29 May 2021. Archived from the original on 24 June 2021. Retrieved 22 June 2021.
  17. ^ Janani K. (29 May 2021). "Director Prasanth Varma announces Telugu's first superhero film Hanu-Man. Watch". India Today. Archived from the original on 6 October 2021. Retrieved 22 June 2021.
  18. ^ "Prasanth Varma Next Movie: ప్రశాంత్ వర్మ తర్వాతి చిత్రం ఏదో తెలుసా! 'జై హనుమాన్' కంటే ముందే మరో సూపర్ హీరో మూవీ". Hindustan Times Telugu (in Telugu). Archived from the original on 23 January 2024. Retrieved 28 January 2024. ఈ మూవీని ప్రశాంత్ వర్మ తెరకెక్కించిన విధానం, నరేషన్, పీఎఫ్‍ఎక్స్, ఎలివేషన్లు, హనుమంతుడిని చూపించిన విధానం, నటీనటుల పర్ఫార్మెన్స్, బ్యాక్‍గ్రౌండ్ మ్యూజిక్ ఇలా అన్ని విషయాల్లో హనుమాన్‍కు మంచి టాక్ వస్తోంది.
  19. ^ "HanuMan director Prasanth Varma says he 'wasted a lot of time' waiting for stars like Ram Charan, Allu Arjun and Jr NTR: 'Even if Tom Cruise comes to me…'". The Indian Express. 27 January 2024. Archived from the original on 27 January 2024. Retrieved 27 January 2024.
  20. ^ Desk, klapboard (18 July 2020). "Adbutham is a 'scriptsville' story: Mallik Ram | klapboardpost". Archived from the original on 9 July 2021. Retrieved 1 July 2021.
  21. ^ "YuppTV to launch its first web series on Brian Lara". Business Standard India. Press Trust of India. 4 November 2015. Archived from the original on 25 June 2021. Retrieved 22 June 2021.

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