The Best Telugu directors of 2010
The best directors of Telugu movies, 2010, have not only made substantial movies but also understood their subject well in order to craft the screenplay so well.
Here's a look at the best Telugu directors of 2010:
Radhakrishna (Krish) Jagarlamudi
With his first film, Gamyam Krish showed his creativity and sensitivity to make sensible cinema.
Stringing together five disparate stories, which meet at the climax, may not have been an easy task especially since they had to sustain the interest of the audience as well. But Krish did it skillfully in Vedam.
Vedam was largely a slice of life -- the stories were of ordinary people like a cable mechanic, a budding rockstar, a person hoping to settle abroad, a prostitute and a poor weaver whose lives get intertwined on the fateful day at the climax.
Krish wrote an excellent script, had an ensemble multi-star cast, added some commercial ingredients (which did not jar), had the best technical team and pulled off an outstanding film in the end.
Image: A poster of Vedam
Devakatta started off on a promising note with a love story Vennela shot in the United States. It was a runaway hit.
He came back after four years with his second film, the more powerful and absorbing Prasthanam.
This riveting human drama was well scripted by Devakatta and ably aided by cinematographer Shamdat.
An intense and emotional human drama, Devakatta managed to layer it with subtle nuances. With such a well-crafted script, Devakatta could direct such a dense drama well barring the inordinate length of the film and the insertion of a few songs. He had a good editor in Marthand K Venkatesh as well.
Image: A scene from Prasthanam
Gautham Vasudev Menon
Film: Ye Maaya Chesaave
Gautham Vaudev Menon's writing and directorial skills are well known and span all genres of cinema in Tamil.
He developed a wafer thin premise of a love between boy and girl into a wonderful love story in YMC. His screenplay and A R Rahman's music made the film lyrical.
The climax of the Telugu version, of course, was different from the Tamil one. Aided by a great technical crew -- Manoj Paramahansa (cinematography), Rajeevan (art) and Anthony (editing) -- Gautham ensured a hit to Naga Chaitanya and Samantha.
Image: A scene from Ye Maaya Chesaave
It is needless to say that Sekhar Kammula's films are keenly awaited. Sekhar has carved a niche for himself with his brand of content-driven cinema. Leader came at the right time after the death of the ex-chief minister of Andhra Pradesh and addressed the need for a good leader to rule a State and do away with corruption.
Sekhar wrote some punchy lines which actor Rana Daggubati mouthed well.
Sekhar gave the audience something to look forward to and the politicians/leaders something to learn from.
Image: A scene from Leader
This budding writer made his directorial debut with Manoj Manchu-Sheena Shahabadi starrer Bindaas.
Though Potla had the usual story of faction families and killings, he was able to weave in humour and entertainment which enlivened the film.
The characterisation of Manoj Manchu's character was fun and lively, enhanced by his sprightly performance.
Newcomer Sheena made a pretty picture.
Even with a cliched and predictable storyline, Veeru Potla was able to pull of Bindaas.
Image: A scene from Bindaas