Regional Directors of Andhra Pradesh
Some of the famous Telugu film directors include Gudavalli Ramabrahmam who directed 'Mala Pilla', Y.V. Rao who made 'Vishwa Mohini', Bhaskar, Siva, D. Yoganand, Tammreddy Bharadwaja who made films like 'Swarna Mukhi', 'Rowdy Annayya', 'Urmila', S.V. Krishnareddy who made movies like 'Bahumati', 'Ooyala', 'Maayajaalam' and others, Akkineni Lakshmi Vara Prasada Rao who made 'Manadesam', 'Samsaram' etc., Kommineni Seshagiri Rao who directed 'Pellila Peraya', 'Tayaramma Bangarayya', 'Devathalara Deevinchandi' and several others.
Regional Directors of Tamil Nadu
The Tamil film industry comprises movie directors like Agathiyan, Bharat Bala, Mani Ratnam, K.Balachander, Bharathi Rajaa, Balu Mahendra, J.Mahendran, C.V. Sridhar, Kamal Hassan, Mysskin, Gautham Menon, Vetri Maaran, Susindran, Selva, Ameer, Jeeva, K. Hariharan, V.K. Ramaswamy and numerous others. Films like 'Muthal Mariyathai' directed by Bharathi Rajaa, 'Sadma' directed by Balu Mahendra, 'Dil Ek Mandir' directed by C.V. Sridhar, 'One Man in a Thousand' made by Selva, 'Aakhree Rasta' directed by Bhagyaraj, etc., are amongst the vast number of films made by the regional directors of Tamil Nadu.
Regional Directors of Karnataka
Karnataka has given birth to some important regional film directors who have made brilliant films. The local film industry of Karnataka is referred to as 'Sandalwood' or 'Chandanavana' in Kannada language. Ku Ra Seetharama Sastry, G.V. Iyer, Narasimharaju, B.V. Karanth, Girish Karnad, Prema Karnath and several other talented Sandalwood film directors have made beautiful films in this state.
Regional Directors of Kerala
The cinema of Kerala, known as Malayalam cinema has been enriched with excellent films, directed by veteran directors like J.C. Daniel who made the very first Malayalam movie 'Vigathakumaran', Ramu Karyat who directed the film 'Neelakkuyil', Adoor Gopalakrishna who made some well-known films like 'Kodiyettam', 'Vidheyan', 'Katha Purushan', etc., Aravindan who made 'Kanjana Seetha', 'Pokku Veyil', 'Chidambaram', Vasudevan Nair who directed 'Nirmalyam' and others, Balachandra Menon who directed 'Kelkatha Shabdam', 'Krishna Gopalakrishna', etc., Rafi Mecartin, Anwar Rasheed, Lal Jose, Priyadarshan and many others.
Such regional directors of the various Southern Indian states have enabled the production of interesting movies which have earned national praise.