S. S. Rajamouli (born Koduri Srisaila Sri Rajamouli) is an Indian film director, and screenwriter known for his works exclusively in Telugu cinema. He is known for directing blockbuster films such as Magadheera (2009), Eega (2012) and Baahubali: The Beginning (2015). Baahubali: The Beginning, was screened at the Open Cinema Strand of Busan International Film Festival, Indian Film Festival The Hague, Sitges Film Festival in Spain, Utopiales Film Festival in France, Golden Horse Film Festival in Taipei, Taiwan, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia, L'Etrange International Film Festival in Paris, Five Flavours Film Festival in Poland, Hawaii International Film Festival in Honolulu, Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival in Brussels, Belgium, and the Cannes Film Festival. The film has garnered the Best Feature Film, and the Best Special Effects at the 63rd National Film Awards. The film was also nominated for five categories at the 42nd Saturn Awards.
His other notable works include the sports drama film Sye, the social problem film Vikramarkudu, which was screened at the International Film Festival of India in the mainstream section. The melodrama films Maryada Ramanna, Vikramarkudu and Chhatrapati were remade in various Indian languages, with successful reviews. He has garnered the Star World India, "Entertainer of The Year" in 2012. He has garnered several awards including two National Film Awards, three Filmfare Awards, one state Nandi Awards, and one IIFA Utsavam Awards.
In 2015, The first part of the epic historical fiction, Baahubali: The Beginning became the highest grossing Indian film within India, and became the third highest grossing Indian film globally. It became the first South Indian film to gross over ₹600 crore (US$89 million) worldwide and the first non-Hindi film to gross over ₹100 crore (US$15 million) in the dubbed Hindi version. It is also the highest grossing Telugu film of all time. In 2016, He was honored with the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honor for his contributions towards the field of Art.