Koduri Srisaila Sri Rajamouli (born 10 October 1973), professionally known as S. S. Rajamouli, is an Indian film director and screenwriter, known for his works in the Telugu cinema. He is best known for directing fantasy action films, such as Magadheera (2009) featured at the American Fantastic Fest, Eega (2012) winning Most Original Film at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival, Baahubali: The Beginning (2015) nominated for American Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Film, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017) winning the American Saturn Award for Best International Film, and the Australian Telstra People's Choice Award. The Baahubali franchise became the highest-grossing Indian film series of all time, with a gross of approximately ₹1,810 crore (US$250 million).
His other works include the action films Sye and Vikramarkudu featured at the 37th International Film Festival of India in the mainstream section. Maryada Ramanna, Vikramarkudu and Chatrapathi were remade in various Indian languages, with successful reviews. Rajamouli has garnered various honours including three National Film Awards, four Filmfare Awards South, five state Nandi Awards, the IIFA Award, two SIIMA Awards, the Star World India, "Entertainer of The Year" in 2012, and the "CNN-News18 Indian of the Year in Entertainment" for 2015. In 2016, he was honoured with the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honour for his contributions towards the field of Art.