SS Rajamouli

Known for his epic vision, Indian filmmaker SS Rajamouli began his career in television, directing dramas. He debuted with Student No 1 (2001), starring Junior NTR that was a big box office hit. Simhadri (2003), featuring the same actor, took him into blockbuster territory and he has stayed there ever since. Highlights of his highly successful career include Sye (2004), Vikramarkudu (2006), Yamadonga (2007), Magadheera (2009) and Maryada Ramanna (2010). With Eega (2012) Rajamouli became an internationally recognised filmmaker. The innovative fantasy film swept the awards board at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival, screened at the Shanghai International Film Festival, the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival and won nominations at the the Fantaspoa film festival of Brazil and the Madrid International Film Festival. The mega-budget Baahubali: The Beginning (2015), starring Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty and Tamannaah Bhatia, was a massive Indian and international success, including sold-out screenings at the Busan International Film Festival, Korea, the Sitges Film Festival, Spain, the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia, amongst others. Its sequel Baahubali: The Conclusion (2017) is the biggest domestic hit in the history of Indian cinema and premiered at the British Film Institute in the UK and opened the Moscow International Film Festival.