Well-known in the industry circles, Sudhakar Reddy is currently basking in the adulation coming his way for his debut directorial Naal in Marathi. He recently received the National Award for the film which is a story of a mischievous eight-year-old boy.
“I’m grateful for the award. I’m also very happy to see that the main lead Srinivas Pokhale’s work was also recognised with the Best Child Actor award. He is a genius kid. I had a such a wonderful time working with him,” adds Sudhakar.After making waves in Telugu film industry, Sudhakar is now busy juggling Telugu, Hindi and Marathi projects.
For the uninitiated, Sudhakar Reddy hails from Guntur district, and is one of the most sought-after director of photography in Telugu film industry and Bollywood. Picky with his projects, he is attracted to stories which are steeped in reality.
“Language was never a barrier for me. I worked hard and trained in various aspects of filmmaking which grounded me in the techniques later on,” says Sudhakar Reddy who holds a Post-Graduate Diploma from Film And Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune. Despite a bumpy start, his hard work eventually bore fruit.
His cinematography seen in Sairat also won him and the film accolades, with the film walking away with the National Award in 2016 and garnering a revenue of Rs 100 cores. Quiz him on what he is doing next? He cites a great number of films, reflecting a very a busy schedule.
His three upcoming projects are based on real-life characters, Saand Ki Aankh starring Taapsee Pannu, Bhumi Pednekar, Jhund starring Amitabh Bachchan based on the life of Vijay Barse, the founder of NGO Slum Soccer, George Reddy, a Telugu biopic on the life of a student leader who fought for the rights of Osmania University students during early 1960-70s.