Sandeep Reddy Vanga Age, Wife, Family, Biography & More

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Age: 42 Years
Wife: Manisha Reddy
Hometown: Warangal, Telangana

Sandeep Vanga

Profession(s)Film Director, Writer, Editor
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 172 cm
in meters- 1.72 m
in feet inches- 5’ 8”
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
DebutFilm (Telugu): Arjun Reddy (2017)
Arjun Reddy was directed by Sandeep Vanga
Film (Hindi): Kabir Singh (2019)
Kabir Singh was directed by Sandeep Vanga
Awards• 7th South Indian International Movie Award for Best Debut Director (Telugu) for the film Arjun Reddy (2018)

• 49th Cinegoers Award for Best Debut Director for the film Arjun Reddy (2018)

• Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival Award for Best Director for the film ‘Animal’ (2024)
20 February 2024: Sandeep Reddy Vanga after receiving the award at the Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival Awards, held in Mumbai
Personal Life
Date of Birth25 December 1981 (Friday)
Age (as of 2023)42 Years
BirthplaceWarangal, Telangana, India
Zodiac signCapricorn
HometownWarangal, Telangana, India
School• Platinum Jubilee High School, Warangal, Telangana, India (studied upto class 8)
• Siddartha High school, Hyderabad, India (class 9 to class 12)
College/University• SDM College of Medical Sciences, Dharwad, Karnataka, India
• International Film School, Sydney, Australia (now known as AFTT – Academy of Film, Theatre & Television)
Educational Qualification(s)• A bachelor's degree in Physiotherapy
• A degree in Film-making
Food HabitNon-Vegetarian
HobbiesWatching Films, Flying Kites, Listening to Music, Doing Photography
ControversyCriticised For His Comments: In 2019, after the release of the Bollywood film Kabir Singh, Sandeep Reddy Vanga was severely criticised for his controversial statement on love. In an interview, he said,

"When you are deeply in love and deeply connected to a woman (and vice versa), if you don’t have the liberty of slapping each other, then I don’t see anything there. She slapped him without a reason, at least Kabir had a reason to slap her. If you can’t slap, if you can’t touch your woman wherever you want, if you can’t kiss, I don’t see emotion there.”

Later, in another interview, he clearified that people misjudged his statement. [1]Hindustan Times He said,

"What I meant was that there should be no barrier between two people in love. I never used the word abuse, which is being wrongly attributed to me. If you’re not brutally honest with each other, what’s the point of a relationship?”
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Marriage DateYear, 2014
Wife/SpouseManeesha Reddy (Marriage- 2014)
ChildrenHe has a son named Arjun Reddy and a daughter.

Note: Sandeep named his son Arjun Reddy after his directorial debut film Arjun Reddy. [2]Mumbai Mirror
ParentsFather- Prabhakar Reddy
Mother- Sujatha
SiblingsBrother- Pranay Reddy Vanga (Software Engineer at FannieMae in the United States)
Sandeep Reddy Vanga's brother Pranay Reddy Vanga
Sister- N/A
Favourite Things
Favourite Filmmaker(s)David Fincher, Martin Scorsese
Favourite Actor(s)Chiranjeevi, Amitabh Bachchan, Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth
Favourite Film(s)7G Brindavan Colony (2004), Tamasha (2015), A Requiem For A Dream (2000), Goodfellas (1990)
Favourite Musician(s)Ilaiyaraaja, Lucky Ali, Bob Marley

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Some Lesser Known Facts About Sandeep Reddy Vanga

  • Sandeep Reddy Vanga is an Indian film director, screenwriter, and editor. He mainly works in the Telugu and Hindi films. He came into the limelight for his directorial debut film Arjun Reddy (2017). Later, he renamed the film in Hindi-language with the title Kabir Singh (2019). The film was one the highest-grossing Hindi films of all time and entered the Rs. 200 crore club.
  • He grew up in a middle-class family in Warangal, Telangana.

    Childhood photo of Sandeep Vanga and his brother

    Childhood photo of Sandeep Reddy Vanga (left) and his brother (right)

  • In childhood, he was passionate about watching films. He often used to watch first-day first-show of Chiranjeevi’s movies in theatres with his brother. In an interview, while sharing his love for films, he said,

    The fans used to make such a noise that it was hard to hear the dialogue. You just went for the experience.”

  • Sandeep was good at academics in childhood and his parents wanted him to pursue medicine or engineering in college. Sandeep preferred physiotherapy over engineering.
  • While he was pursuing a degree in physiotherapy, he realised that he didn’t want to make a career in the medical line, instead wanted to work in the entertainment industry.

    Sandeep Reddy Vanga with his friends in his college days

    Sandeep Reddy Vanga with his friends in his college days

  • In 2005, he worked as an apprentice for 25 days for the Telugu film Manasu Maata Vinadhu at Rushikonda Beach, Vizag.
  • Sandeep then moved to Australia to study cinema. Meanwhile, he also worked part-time at Subway near his college.
  • After completing his course, Sandeep returned to India and worked as an assistant director under Kiran Kumar for the Telugu-language action film Kedi (2010).
  • A few years later, he worked as an associate director with Kranthi Madhav for the Telugu film ‘Malli Malli Idi Rani Roju.’
  • His directorial debut film Arjun Reddy was filmed on a budget of 4 crores and grossed more than Rs. 50 crores at the box office. Despite of performing well at the box office, the film was criticised by the audience and critics for the depiction of smoking, drug use, and its kissing scenes.
  • In 2018, Sandeep played a cameo as Vedantam Raghavayya in the Telugu-language biographical film Mahanati.
  • In 2019, Sandeep remade the film Arjun Reddy in Hindi under the Title Kabir Singh, which was a blockbuster hit. The film starred Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani in the lead roles. The film entered Rs. 200 crore club, earning around Rs 379 crores Worldwide and around Rs 278 crores in India.
  • Sandeep announced that he would make a Telugu film titled Spirit starring Prabhas in October 2021.
  • In 2023, he worked as a director, writer, and editor for the Bollywood film Animal. The film starred Ranbir Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Anil Kapoor, and Rashmika Mandanna in the lead roles.
  • Sandeep loves riding vintage bikes.
  • In an interview, Sandeep Reddy Vanga revealed that he wanted to direct a film starring the Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan.
  • In an interview, he revealed that his directorial debut was supposed to be the Telugu film titled Sugar Factory. However, he left writing the script mid-way and went on to write the script of the film Arjun Reddy first. He further revealed that he took 2 years to complete writing the script of Arjun Reddy.
  • Sandeep Reddy Vanga often smokes cigarettes on the sets of his films.

    Sandeep Vanga smokes

    Sandeep Reddy Vanga smoking cigarettes

  • He is often spotted consuming alcohol at parties and events.

    Sandeep Vanga drinks alcohol

    Sandeep Reddy Vanga consuming alcohol

  • In an interview, Sandeep disclosed that after he finished writing the script of the Telugu film Arjun Reddy, many producers promised to work on the script initially, but they all backed off. Later, his father and brother launched the production banner Bhadrakali Pictures, under which the film Arjun Reddy was produced.