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Trivikram Srinivas Biography

Trivikram Srinivas is a dialogue writer-turned-director in the Telugu film industry. He did his schooling and Intermediate in Bhimavaram. Trivikram married the iconic Sirivennala Seetha Rama Sastry's niece. Trivikram and comedian Sunil graduated from the same college (DNR COllege) in Bhimavaram.

Trivikram was a BSC student, while Sunil was a BA Fine Arts student. He and comedian Sunil happen to be close friends, they even got married on the same day and the latter considers Trivikram the most influential figure in his life. Interestingly, Trivikram is a gold medalist from Andhra University in Nuclear Physics.


Trivikram never had plans of entering into the entertainment industry but had a keen interest in Telugu literature. Trivikram, Sunil, R. P. Patnaik, Chandra Siddartha (Appudappudu, Aa naluguru, Madhumasam…fame), Dasaradh (Santosham, Swagatham), Gopi Mohan (Famous Screenplay writer), Venu (hero) were good friends.

He came to Hyderabad only for that purpose. He joined Trivikram, Sunil’s room and stayed there for many days. Gopi Mohan also stayed with them in their room for some days before he moved to a separate room with Veeru Potla (writer of Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana).

Sunil introduced Trivikram to T.D.V. Prasad, who was making a film and said that Trivikram was a bloody good writer and was looking for a break. He asked Trivikram to write the climax scene, but after he saw his work, Prasad was so impressed that he asked him to work as an assistant to Athadu - one of the most critically acclaimed movies in the industry.

It is rated high for its technical standards. It collected a distributors' share of Rs. 220 million in its total run, thus becoming the sensational hit of 2005 in Tollywood. Its satellite rights were sold for a whopping Rs. 18 million. After its stupendous response, it has also been dubbed into Tamil, Malayalam, and Hindi.

Athadu was even dubbed into polish Language in Poland as Poszukiwany. It became a decent hit in Poland too. It was the first Telugu film released in Poland.

Jalsa was the most awaited film of the year 2008. The film released amidst high expectations with 320 prints in 1000 theaters. The audio rights were sold to Aditya Music for 90 lakhs, the highest for a Telugu film ever in the recent times. It became a major hit at the box office by grossing a whopping 42 crores in 50 days.

Dialogue Writer

After Late Jandhyala perhaps, he is the only writer in Telugu films who is so versatile. He brought in a sea of changes in the Telugu film dialogues. He did face many problems in entering the industry, but when he finally made it, the whole industry took notice. It is truly an astonishing feat that he won the Nandi Award for best dialogue writer for 4 times in a span of 5 years.

Trivikram is best known for the dialogues written for Telugu movies like Nuvve Kavali, Chirunavvutho, Nuvvu Naaku Nachav and Manmadhudu. His dialogues are primarily one-lined and witty, although they can at times deal with more serious issues like life and relationships very effectively. Trivikram took nine months for writing Chirunavvutho script, for which he got the Nandi Award.

Trivikram was the highest paid writer before he became a director himself. Abburi Ravi, dialogue writer of movies like Bommarillu, is also a close associate of Trivikram. It was Trivikram who probed Ravi to enter as a dialogue writer. Initially, Abburi Ravi was scared of the film industry on seeing the hard work that Trivikram used to put for films.

He used to go in the early mornings and return in at late nights. Trivikram had no personal life at all. But Trivikram convinced Ravi and took him as assistant for his maiden directorial film Nuvve Nuvve. He works alone, never discusses his work with the others. He is also known for his spontaneity.

He completed 48 scenes in three hours for his close friend Sunil starrer movie Andala Ramudu. Many people don't know that Trivikram also penned dialogues for the Venkatesh, Bhumika starrer Vasu which is directed by Karunakaran.


He is well known as a dialogue writer but he also penned lyrics for Oka Raju Oka Rani movie, sang the song "Computersu Artsu Scienceu" in Nuvve Nuvve movie and now is the most sought-after director in the industry. He ventured into direction with the movie Nuvve Nuvve, winning critical acclaim and came into limelight with Athadu.

While almost all technicians and actors are trying hard to be focused in the various Telugu channels to promote their films, giving their experiences, interviews...all round the clock, Trivikram stays away from all of it. He is keen on speaking through his work alone. He rarely interacts with the media and in one of his interviews, he quoted as “Your work should speak...not you”.

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