Nag Ashwin


Ashwin in 2014


Nag Ashwin Reddy[1]

Hyderabad, India

OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, Producer.
Years active2008–present
Spouse(s)Priyanka Dutt

Nag Ashwin Reddy is an Indian film director and screenwriter known for his works in Telugu cinema. He made his directorial debut in 2015 with the coming-of-age philosophical drama film Yevade Subramanyam.

In 2018, he directed the biographical film Mahanati, starring Keerthy Suresh as yesteryear actress Savitri.[2] At the 66th National Film Awards 2019, the film won accolades including the Best Feature Film in Telugu.[3][4] Nag Ashwin received the Filmfare Award for Best Director – Telugu at the 66th Filmfare Awards South.[5]

Mahanati was showcased in the Indian Panorama Mainstream section at the 49th International Film Festival of India,[6] and has also garnered the Equality in Cinema Award at the 2018 Indian Film Festival of Melbourne.[7]

Early life[edit]

Nag Ashwin was born in Hyderabad to Jayaram and Jayanthi Reddy, both of whom are doctors.[8] He studied in Hyderabad Public School and received bachelors degree in Mass Communication from MIC, Manipal.[9] He then did a Film Direction course at the New York Film Academy.[10]



Nag Ashwin began his film industry career as an assistant director for the film Nenu Meeku Telusa...?.[11] He has then worked as an assistant director with Sekhar Kammula for the films Leader and Life Is Beautiful.[12][13]

For his third film, Ashwin is teaming up with the actors, Prabhas and Deepika Padukone.[14]

Personal life[edit]

In December 2015, Ashwin married Priyanka Dutt, daughter of producer C. Ashwini Dutt of Vyjayanthi Movies.[8] The couple has a son.[15]


Films Denotes films that have not yet been released
  • All films are in Telugu, unless noted otherwise.
Year Film Director Writer Producer Notes Ref.
2015 Yevade Subramanyam Yes Yes No
2018 Mahanati Yes Yes No
2021 Pitta Kathalu Yes Yes No Netflix anthology film; Segement: xLife [16][17]
2021 Jathi Ratnalu No No Yes [18]
TBA Project K dagger Yes Yes No Filming [19]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Film Awards Category Result Ref.
Yevade Subramanyam Nandi Awards Best Debut Director Won [20]
5th SIIMA Award Best Director Nominated [21]
Mahanati 66th Filmfare Awards South Best Director Won [22]
66th National Film Awards Best Feature Film - Telugu Won [4]
8th SIIMA Award Best Director Nominated [23]
Zee Cine Awards Telugu Best Director Won [24]
Ramineni Foundation Awards Best Director Won [25]


  1. ^ Vice Prez presents Ramineni foundation awards. Business Standard. 7 October 2018. Retrieved 22 February 2021.
  2. ^ Nag Ashwins next a biopic on legendary actress Savitri. The Indian Express. 27 May 2016. Retrieved 23 October 2016.Dulquer surrenders to his role: Nag Ashwin - Times of India. The Times of India. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  3. ^ 66th National Film Awards winners list: Andhadhun, KGF, Padmaavat win the prestigious award - Times of India. The Times of India.
  4. ^ a b 66th National Film Awards: Full winners list. India Today. Ist.
  5. ^ Winners of the 66th Filmfare Awards (South) 2019. Filmfare. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  6. ^ IFFI 2018 Announces Official Selection for Indian Panorama Film Section. 31 October 2018.
  7. ^ Mahanati: 100 glorious days of an undisputed classic! - Archived from the original on 8 November 2018.
  8. ^ a b PIX: Venkatesh, Mahesh Babu at Nag Ashwin-Priyankas wedding reception. Rediff. Retrieved 14 March 2021.
  9. ^ Chowdhary, Y. Sunita (9 February 2015). An eye for story. The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  10. ^ Nag Ashwin to Tharun Bhascker, 7 Telugu directors who studied abroad. The News Minute. 25 December 2020. Retrieved 4 January 2021.
  11. ^ Nenu Meeku Telusa - Full Cast & Crew. IMDB.[unreliable source?]
  12. ^ An eye for story. The Hindu. 9 February 2015.
  13. ^ This film came at the right time. The Hindu. 17 February 2015.
  14. ^ Prabhas and Deepika Padukone to star in Nag Ashwins film. The Indian Express. 19 July 2020. Retrieved 26 August 2020.
  15. ^ Its a boy for Nag Ashwin & Priyanka! - Times of India. The Times of India. Retrieved 14 March 2021.
  16. ^ Pitta Kathalu teaser: Netflixs first Telugu film looks intriguing. The Indian Express. 20 January 2021. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  17. ^ NetFilx Pitta Kathalu : తెలుగులో మొదటిసారిగా నలుగురు హీరోయిన్స్‌తో నెట్‌ఫ్లిక్స్ అలాంటీ వెబ్ సిరీస్.. టీజర్ విడుదల. News18 Telugu. 20 January 2021. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  18. ^ Mahanati director Nah Ashwin turns producer. The Hindu. 24 October 2019. Retrieved 24 October 2019.
  19. ^ K, Janani (24 July 2021). Prabhas gives first clap for Amitabh Bachchan as Nag Ashwins sci-fi film goes on floors. India Today. Retrieved 24 July 2021.
  20. ^ 2015 Nandi Awards. The Hans India. Retrieved 25 June 2020.
  21. ^ SIIMA 2016 Telugu movie nominations revealed; Baahubali, Srimanthudu lead the list5. Archived from the original on 26 May 2016.
  22. ^ Winners of the 66th Filmfare Awards (South) 2019. Filmfare. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  23. ^ SIIMA 2019 winners full list: Dhanush, Trisha, Prithviraj win big. Indian Express. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  24. ^ Tollywoods first and biggest Awards event of the Year on Zee Telugu. Zee News. 25 January 2019. Retrieved 26 November 2019.
  25. ^ Tollywoods first and biggest Awards event of the Year on Zee Telugu. Zee News. 25 January 2019. Retrieved 26 November 2019.

External links[edit]

Tell us about you

Find us at the office

Kajioka- Constanza street no. 39, 50889 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Give us a ring

Deunte Staunton
+59 850 269 756
Mon - Fri, 10:00-14:00

Reach out