Deva Katta

Deva Katta
Born Deva Kaushik Katta
Andhra Pradesh, India
Alma mater Wayne State University
Occupation Film director, producer and writer
  • Niranjan Naidu Katta (father)

Deva Kaushik Katta is an Indian American filmmaker, known for his works exclusively in Telugu cinema. In 2010, he directed Prasthanam, showcased in the Indian Panorama section at International Film Festival of India.[1] The film also won the Filmfare South Critics Award for Best film and Nandi Award for Best Feature Film (Bronze) in 2010.[2]


Katta holds a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. He worked as a vehicle crashworthiness expert in General Motors. He graduated from film school before making a digital documentary film about Indian students in USA, which was titled Valasa. He then debuted as a successful writer and director with the romantic comedy flick Vennela, set against Indian students in America.[3][4][5]

Early life

Deva Katta was born in Jettivaripalli, Kadapa district, Andhra Pradesh. His family moved to Chennai and Katta was brought up there. He studied in Chennai and did his mechanical engineering degree from Satyabhama Engineering College. He later moved to the United States for higher studies. Katta progressed into film making while working as a full-time engineer in the automobile industry in the US.

Katta is a naturalized American citizen.[2]

Filmography and awards

Year Film Director Producer Screenwriter Actor Honors
2017 UntitledYes Yes Untitled Hindi Project
2017 Untitled Yes Yes Untitled Tamil Project
2015 Dynamite Yes Yes
2015 Dying To Be Me Yes Yes Short Film
2014 Autonagar Surya Yes Yes
2013 D for Dopidi Yes A.C.P. Krishnamachari
2010 Prasthanam Yes Yes International Film Festival of India
Nandi Award for Best Feature Film (Bronze)
Filmfare South Critics Award for Best film
2005 Vennela Yes Yes
2003 Valasa Yes Yes Yes Yes Documentary Film
2002 The People Mover Yes Yes Yes Short Film


  1. Suresh Krishnamoorthy (2010-10-22). "NATIONAL / ANDHRA PRADESH : 'Prasthanam' gets a place in Indian Panorama". The Hindu. Retrieved 2012-08-04.
  2. 1 2 "News Archives: The Hindu". Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  3. Dying to be Me - A Short Film by Deva Katta. YouTube. 14 August 2015.
  4. Subuhi Parvez (19 August 2015). "Why Every Indian Woman, and Man, Should Watch This Short Film".
  5. "Dying to be Me - An awesome short film by Deva Katta.". South Report.

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