S. S. Rajamouli is an Indian film director and screenwriter, known for his works primarily in Telugu cinema. Although working in the mainstream medium, his films are noted for their technical finesse, and craft. He is known for directing fantasy works such as Magadheera (2009), Eega (2012) and Baahubali: The Beginning (2015) which became the highest grossing Indian film within India, the 2nd highest grossing Indian film globally, the first South Indian film to gross over ₹650 crore (US$100 million) worldwide, the first non-Hindi film to gross over ₹100 crore (US$15 million) in the dubbed Hindi version, and the highest grossing Telugu film of all time. The film has received the National Film Award for Best Feature Film, and got nominated for Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Film by the American Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films.
His other 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. Rajamouli has garnered several awards including two National Film Awards, three Filmfare Awards, three state Nandi Awards, the IIFA Award, and the Star World India, "Entertainer of The Year" in 2012. In 2016, He was honored with the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honor for his contributions towards the field of Art.