S. S. Rajamouli (born Koduri Srisaila Sri Rajamouli) is an Indian film director, screenwriter, and action choreographer who works primarily in Telugu cinema. Rajamouli was born into Telugu family to Telugu Screen writer, and director, K. V. Vijayendra Prasad. Rajamouli is the nephew of M. M. Keeravani and Kalyani Malik. Rajamouli started directing telugu soap opera's in Eenadu Television, under the guidance of K. Raghavendra Rao.
His first shot, at Telugu films was Student No.1 which was a big hit in 2001. It took two long years for Rajamouli to come up with his second blockbuster flick Simhadri. His next movie was Sye, the film had a rugby match at the climax which includes many artists. It was a first-of-its-kind movie in Tollywood based, in that it was based on a game. The overall plot was inspired by the 1999 American drama movie Any Given Sunday.
This movie was also the first instance where Rajamouli collaborated with Senthil Kumar. With his next flick Chatrapathi, Rajamouli was again at his best, evoking emotions with this attempt. The music of M. M. Keeravani and cinematography by Senthil Kumar added to the films success. In his next stint Vikramarkudu, Rajamouli worked with Raviteja, who essays a dual role of an honest cop as well as a small-time-crook-turned-vigilante.
The movie was a big success and was remade into Hindi as Rowdy Rathore by Prabhu Deva with Akshay kumar in the lead. Vikramarkudu was remade into Tamil as Siruthai, and in Kannada as Veera Madakari. He then directed Yamadonga, a socio-fantasy film praised by critics. What was coming next was the biggest film in Telugu Cinema of the time, Magadheera starring Ram charan teja, which stood as one of the biggest commercial successes of the time in Telugu Cinema.
He has won the Nandi Award for Best Director and Filmfare Award for Best Director – Telugu for the film. This film also won the National Film Award for Best Choreography. His comedy thriller film titled Maryada Ramanna (2010) has actor Sunil as male lead. This was the biggest hit of that year. Coincidentally, this movie is remade in Hindi as "Son of Sardar" and collected 100 crores at the box office.
His next film Eega which was released in Telugu and Tamil (Naan Ee) on July 6, 2012 is a fictional film, with having spent a major part for Visual effects (VFX), received positive reviews from audience and critics as well.