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Sudheer Varma Kucharlapati is a popular Indian film director and writer predominant in the Telugu cinema industry. He stepped into the spotlight with his debut film Swamy Ra Ra which became a box-office sensation. The film is credited as paving the way for smaller budget films to enter the big leagues. He then worked with the heir of the illustrious Akkineni family - Naga Chaitanya, in Dochay. Although the film did not reach expectations, Sudheer proved himself again with his next film Keshava, once again starring Nikhil Siddhartha. Currently he is shooting for an upcoming gangster themed film starring Sharwanand.

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Other namesSudheer Varma
OccupationFilm Director
Years active2011-present
ChildrenSahasra Varma, Saket Varma
Parent(s)Kucharlapati Rama Raju, Padmavathi


Sudheer Varma released his debut directorial venture Swamy Ra Ra on 23 March 2013. It was declared a hit at the box office. Swamy Ra Ra is a Telugu crime comedy produced by Chakri Chirugupati under Lakshmi Narasimha Entertainments. It stars Nikhil Siddharth and Swathi Reddy in the lead roles. Nara Rohit gave the voice over in the beginning of the film. The movie received positive reviews from critics. Jeevi of rated the movie 3.25/5 stated that Swamy Ra Ra is a class crime comedy that you can watch. gave a review of rating 3/5 stating Swamy Ra Ra has many positives to talk about: stylized narration, some interesting sequences and the superb music. The stated that "the film will pick-pocket your brain and you'll most probably end up feeling richer, if not a millionaire." The film was remade in Kannada as Jamboo Savari in 2014 starring Prajwal Devaraj and Nikki Galrani. It was dubbed in Hindi too. Go behind the scenes of the film with this exclusive footage.

His second film Dohchay released on 24 April 2015. It was a Telugu action crime film produced by B. V. S. N. Prasad under the Sri Venkateswara Cine Chitra banner. The movie features Naga Chaitanya and Kriti Sanon in the lead roles with Brahmanandam, Ravi Babu, Pooja Ramachandran and Posani Krishna Murali in important roles. The film was also dubbed in Hindi as Vidroh - Let's fight back.

On 19 May 2017 Sudheer's third film Keshava hit the big screens. It is a Telugu crime action thriller produced by Abhishek Nama. It features Nikhil Siddharth, Ritu Varma, and Isha Kopikar in the lead roles. The film received rave reviews from many audiences and critics. Jeevi of rated it 3/5 and called Keshava "a stylish revenge drama that appeals to a set of audiences." The team of gave it a 3.25/5 stating that the film had a "stylish narration by Sudheer Varma, an engaging first half and arresting visuals are basic assets of the film."

Sudheer is now set to start filming for his fourth film starring Sharwanand.

Kirrak Party, a Telugu Telugu remake of the Kannada film Kirik Party, is also currently under filming. Sudheer has donned the hat of Screenplay Writer for this project.

Early lifeEdit

Being an Electronics and Communication Engineer by profession, Sudheer Varma spent all his spare time watching thousands of films. He moved to Hyderabad in 2002 to follow his dream of becoming a director but it wasn't until 2005 that he got his first chance to become an AD. He started by assisting for Angrez, Hyderabad Nawabs, Ninna Nedu Repu, Yuvatha, Anjaneyulu, and then Veedu Theda. The last film made all the difference as the producers of the same went on to offer a project with Nikhil Siddhartha to him.

Style & InfluencesEdit

Talking about his style Sudheer shared, "I’m influenced largely by foreign films. I am a huge fan of Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, Steven Spielberg, and Martin Scorsese so their work has been very important in my learning. As for my style, whenever I do a film I watch a lot of films from the same genre. If I see anything interesting, I adapt it. The story structure is mine and in place even before I’ve thought of inspiration. After that I might adapt some scenes in my films from others. Still, I do the screenplay to suit our audience. I don’t want the audience to disconnect from the film so I make sure our audience relates to it."[citation needed]

In another interview he said,[1] "According to me, inspiration or copy, both are same. That's why I give credit to the directors from whom I steal the scenes. Keshava too inspired from several films but not any one particular film. So, in the special thanks card, I mentioned each director from whose films I took inspiration for Keshava. This is my way of paying tribute to the scenes that left a great impact on me. My favourite Indian directors are Mani Ratnam, RGV, Rajkumar Santoshi, Rajkumar Hirani and more."


  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Credited as Ref.
Director Writer Screenplay
2013 Swamy Ra Ra Yes Yes Yes [2]
2015 Dohchay Yes Yes Yes [3]
2017 Keshava Yes Yes Yes
2018 Kirrak Party No No Yes
2019 Ranarangam Yes Yes Yes [4]


  1. ^ "Inspiration Or Copy, Both Are Same: Sudheer Varma". Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Nikhil Siddhartha: Swamy Ra Ra made me an established actor".
  3. ^ "Naga Chaitanya's First Look 'Dohchay' Poster Goes Viral".
  4. ^ "Sudheer varma special set for his next movie".

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