Sudha Kongara Prasad is a director of the Indian Film Industry, and writer who is well-renowned for her works in Tamil, Telegu and now recently in Bollywood Cinema. She was born and raised in Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh and has a degree in History and Mass Communication from Women’s Christian College, Chennai. She hails from the
Mani Ratnam school of Direction and hails as his long-time protégé working with for over seven years. She worked with him as an associate director in the blockbuster hit Guru as well. Sudha has not however restricted herself to the realm of direction only; she has also ventured into screenwriting. Her first venture into writing was with the film, Mitr, My Friend, which won the Best English Movie Award at the 49th National Film Awards.
Sudha received praise for her direction of the 2010 Tamil action-drama, Drohi. The film released to mostly positive reviews and was given 6 out of 10 in IMDb ratings. Before Drohi, Sudha had also directed a Telegu comedy Andhra Andagadu. During the production of Drohi in 2010, Sudha also started writing the script for a boxing movie after reading about North Chennai’s boxing culture. After much research and five years, this idea turned into a full mainstream film which released on 29th January 2016 as a Tamil-Hindi bilingual Sports Drama,
Irrudhi Suttru, or
Saala Khadoos in Hindi. It is her first exploration into Bollywood, and the movie stars R. Madhavan as a boxing coach. The movie hit screens with positive reviews and was rated 8 out of 10 in IMDb ratings.
R. Madhavan in an interview commented that “the amount of research and interviews she (Sudha) had done and the visuals she had included in the presentation to substantiate the story was astounding. That I didn’t expect from a female director or any director for that matter. There was no way I was going to let something like this go”