Neelakanta (director)

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Neelakanta in Cinivaram
Neelakanta Reddy [1]

Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh, India
  • Vijayawada
  • Hyderabad
Alma mater
  • Loyola Public School
  • Loyola College, Vijayawada
OccupationDirector, Screen Writer

G. Neelakanta Reddy, mononymously credited as Neelakanta[2] is a Telugu film director and screenwriter. He has received the National Award in the screen writing for the feature Show.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Neelakanta is a native of Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh.[1] He studied at Loyola Public School and Loyola College in Vijayawada. Since his school days, Neelakanta has had a deep love for film direction and film making which is what drove him to Chennai after his graduation.


Neelakanta always wanted to make films which eloquently depicted the psychological study of characters for the off-beat[4] his passion materialised with Show[5] followed by Missamma. He received two national awards, one for Best Screenplay and the other for the Best Feature Film in Telugu for Show while state Nandi Award in the screenplay department for the latter.

He then made Sada Mee Sevalo, with Shriya and Venu in lead roles,[6] and later made a psychological thriller, Nandanavanam 120km. Both these films did not do well at the box office. Despite of its commercial failure, Nanadanavanam got him huge critical acclaim.[7] These were followed by Mr.Medhavi. with Genelia and Raja in the lead roles. This film, produced by RamaRao Bodduluri, proved to be an above-average grosser. He also wrote dialogues for a Telugu remake of the Hindi hit A Wednesday!, entitled Eeenadu. In 2011, Neelakanta directed Virodhi, featuring Meka Srikanth and Kamalinee Mukherjee. Neelakanta secured the best dialogue writer award in the year 2011 for this film. In 2013 he directed Chammak Challo, which gathered bad reviews for both the director and the film.[8][9]

In 2018, he directed the Malayalam film Zam Zam starring Manjima Mohan. The film is an official remake of the Hindi film Queen.


Year Film Role Language Notes
1994 Priyanka Direction Tamil Remake of Hindi film Damini – Lightning
2002 Show Screenplay, direction Telugu Received two National Film Awards
2003 Missamma Screenplay, direction Telugu Received Four Nandi Awards
2005 Sadaa Mee Sevalo Screenplay, direction Telugu
2006 Nandanavanam 120km Screenplay, direction, Telugu
2008 Mr. Medhavi Direction Telugu
2009 Eeenadu Dialogues Telugu
2011 Virodhi Screenplay, direction Telugu Screened at International Film Festival of India – 2011

Received Two Nandi Awards 2011

Screened at Melbourne International Film Festival-2011[10]

2013 Chammak Challo Direction Telugu
2014 Maaya[11] Screenplay, direction Telugu [12]
2018 Zam Zam Direction Malayalam Remake of Hindi film Queen


National Film Awards
Nandi Awards


  1. ^ a b "Interview with Neelakanta". Idle Brain.
  2. ^ "Biography". friday moviez.
  3. ^ "Awards of Neelakanta". Cine Radham. Archived from the original on 2 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Directors show all the way". Idle brain.
  5. ^ "Review". Fully hyderabad.
  6. ^ "Sada mee sevalo is a dud". Rediff.
  7. ^ "120 km away from routine flicks". cinegoer.
  8. ^ "writer sleeping under tree". tupaki.
  9. ^ "Nothing flashy about this". 123 telugu.
  10. ^ "IFFM neglected Telugu films". sisi enterprises. Archived from the original on 21 February 2015.
  11. ^ "For 'Maaya', Harshvardhan Rane follows caveman's diet". CNN-IBN. 17 January 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  12. ^ "Maaya is Neelakanta's new film". action cut.

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