|Sukumar Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 10 in|
|Date of Birth||January 11, 1970|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Sukumar is an Indian film director, screenwriter, producer, narrator, and actor who has mainly worked in Telugu cinema. One of the highest-paid directors in South Indian cinema, he has worked on a number of projects including Arya, Jagadam, Arya 2, 100% Love, 1: Nenokkadine, Nannaku Prematho, Rangasthalam, Pushpa: The Rise, 18 Pages, I Am That Change Gaddalakonda Ganesh, Kumari 21F, Darsakudu, Nani’s Gang Leader, 100% Kadhal, Aadavallu Meeku Johaarlu, and Uppena. Moreover, he has been a recipient of various accolades and received the K. V. Reddy Memorial Award for his contributions to Telugu cinema in 2014.
Sukumar, Sukku, Sukumar B
Mattaparru, Andhra Pradesh, India
Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Sukumar studied at Zilla Parishad High School (ZPHS) in Razole and graduated with a master’s degree in Mathematics.
Film Director, Screenwriter, Producer, Narrator, Actor
- Father – Tirupathi Rao Naidu (Rice Trader)
- Mother – Veera Veni (Homemaker)
- Siblings – He has 5 older siblings.
5 ft 10 in or 178 cm
76 kg or 167.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Sukumar has dated –
- Thabitha Hamsini (2009-Present) – Sukumar met Thabitha Hamsini at the screening of the Telugu-language romantic action film Arya (2004), in the Sudarshan Theatre, RTC X Roads, in Hyderabad. They eventually started dating and got married in the presence of his parents and sister in 2009, after a courtship period of 4 years. Thabitha’s parents initially did not approve of the wedding because Sukumar was a film director but they later accepted their marriage. Sukumar and Thabitha have been blessed with 2 children – a daughter named Sukriti and a son named Sukranth.
Race / Ethnicity
Salt and Pepper
- Protagonist with some gray shades
- Complex, crisp, and multi-layered screenplays
- Usually sports a beard
- When he was 6 years old, he practiced vegetarianism for a long time after a rooster he loved was slaughtered.
- After graduating, he was employed as a Mathematics and Physics lecturer at Aditya Junior College, Kakinada. However, after around 7 years, Sukumar and his junior Prakash Toleti decided to do something creative as they felt like their lives had become very mundane as lecturers.
- Sukumar’s career in the entertainment industry started with him working as a writer in Telugu cinema.
- He served as an assistant director for the 1998 Telugu-language romantic drama film Manasichi Choodu.
- In 2004, Sukumar made his directorial debut with the Telugu-language romantic action film Arya. For this, he bagged the Nandi Award for “Best Screenplay Writer” and CineMAA Awards for “Best Director (Jury)” and “Best Screenplay Writer”.
- He has stated that emotions play a major role in his work and in an interview with The Times of India in January 2014, Sukumar said that a film “may have multiple subplots, but in the end, it’s the emotional curve that connects with the audience”.
- He founded the production company named Sukumar Writings or SW.
- As a film producer, he debuted under the banner Sukumar Writings with the 2015 Telugu-language romantic drama film Kumari 21F. The film stars Raj Tarun and Hebah Patel.
- He served as the writer and director of the 2018 Telugu-language period action drama film Rangasthalam, starring Ram Charan, Samantha Akkineni, and Aadhi Pinisetty. Considered one of the “25 Greatest Telugu Films Of The Decade” by Film Companion, Rangasthalam won Sukumar the South Indian International Movie Award for “Best Director – Telugu” and Santosham Film Award for “Best Director”.
- Sukumar wrote and directed the 2021 Telugu-language action drama film Pushpa: The Rise – Part 01 (simply known as Pushpa: The Rise), starring Allu Arjun, Fahadh Faasil, and Rashmika Mandanna. The film became one of the highest-grossing Telugu films of all time and Sukumar won the Filmfare Award South and South Indian International Movie Award for “Best Director – Telugu”.
- Some of his influences as a writer include Gudipati Venkatachalam, Yandamuri Veerendranath, and Yaddanapudi Sulochana Rani.
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