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Birthday Special: SS Rajamouli's journey to stardom

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Updated: Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 15:36 [IST]

SS Rajamouli is one of the most successful directors and screenwriters of Telugu film industry. Besides being commercially hit at the Box Office, some of his movies have also been critically acclaimed. The Eega helmer has given a big break to several young actors like Ram Charan Teja, Junior NTR, Prabhas, Nitin Reddy and Sunil.

SS Rajamouli, who debuted as the director with Junior NTR's Student No. 1 in 2001, has so far directed nine blockbuster hit Telugu movies like Student No. 1, Simhadri, Sye, Chatrapathi, Vikramarkudu, Yamadonga, Magadheera, Maryada Ramanna and Eega. Recently, he also turned a producer with the movie Andala Rakshasi.

SS Rajamouli's written and directed movie Eega is a graphical action extravaganza starring Sudeep, Samantha and Nani in leads. It was simultaneously released in Tamil as Naan Ee and Malayalam as Eecha. Besides getting lots of accolades, the film has become one of the all time highest grosser films. It was also screened and received critical acclaim at L'Étrange Festival and Sundance Film Festival.

Maryada Ramanna is a comedy thriller film starring Sunil and Saloni Aswani in leads. It was the Telugu adaptation of the 1923 American silent movie Our Hospitality. The film received rave reviews from critics and turned out to become a super hit. It is remade in Kannada as Maryade Ramanna in Bengali as Faande Poriya Boga Kaande Re and in Hindi as Son Of Sardaar.

Magadheera is a historical romance drama featuring Ram Charan Teja and Kajal Aggarwal in leads. The film has been both critically and commercially successful. It was dubbed in Malayalam as Dheera - The Warrior and in Tamil as Maveeran. It has been the big blockbuster in the career of Rajamouli and the all time highest-grosser film in Tollywood.

Yamadonga is a socio-fantasy film starring Junior NTR, Mohan Babu, Priyamani and Mamta Mohandas in leads. The film was critically acclaimed and commercially successful at the Box Office. It has also been dubbed in Hindi as Lok Parlok, in Oriya and Tamil as Yamraja.

Vikramarkudu is a Telugu action thriller film featuring Ravi Teja and Anushka Shetty in the main roles. Despite getting an 'A' certificate from the Censor Board, the movie became a blockbuster success. It has been remade in Tamil as Siruthai, in Kannada as Veera Madakari, in Hindi as Rowdy Rathore and in Bengali as Bikram Singha.

Chatrapati is an action entertainer featuring Prabhas, Shriya Saran, Bhanupriya and Pradeep Rawat in the lead roles. The film has become the blockbuster success. It was dubbed into Malayalam with the same title, into Hindi as Hukumat Ki Jung and into Tamil as Chandramouli. It is currently being remade in Kannada as Chatrapathi.

Sye is the first film in India to be based on rugby game. It starred Nitin Kumar Reddy and Genelia D'Souza in leads. The movie has become critically acclaimed and commercially hit at the Box Office. It has been dubbed into Malayalam as Challenge.

Simhadri is an action drama with sister sentiment as backdrop. The movie featured Junior NTR, Bhoomika, Ankitha and Nassar in lead roles. It is the biggest hit in Jr NTR's career. It was dubbed into Hindi as Yamraaj Ek Faulaad and remade in Tamil as Gajendra and in Kannada as Kanteerava.

Rajamouli's debut directorial venture Student No. 1 is a romantic action entertainer starring Junior NTR and Gajala in leads. The film become a big hit and catapulted Jr NTR in to stardom. It was dubbed into Hindi as Aaj Ka Mujrim and also remade in Tamil as Student No. 1.


SS Rajamouli is the only director in Tollywood, who has not had single flops in his 12 years career. Almost all his films have either dubbed or remade in Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi. Besides youngsters, he has also worked with popular actors like Akkineni Nagarjuna, Ravi Teja and Sudeep.

However, the director is currently busy working on Prabhas' next movie. We wish this untitled project would be another blockbuster in his career.

SS Rajamouli, who was born to Telugu film writer and director V Vijayendra Prasad on 10 October 1973, is turning 39 today. We, at Oneindia, wish him a very happy birthday.

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Story first published:  Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 14:28 [IST]
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