Not many know that director Srikanth Odela, who is basking in the glory of 'Dasara', is formerly an assistant of director Sukumar. He was thoroughly influenced by 'Rangasthalam'. The influences are apparent in how Nani's film unfolds in terms of its ambience, the get-ups of its main actors, sensibilities, etc.
Odela is not the only young director whose rooted creativity has been honed by director Sukumar. 'Uppena' director Buchi Babu Sana has said more than a few times that he owes his craft and writing prowess to the tutelage of the 'Pushpa' director.
'Kumari 21F' director Palnati Surya Pratap may have found some years to find his feet in the film industry, but he owes a lot to the creative discussions he has had with Sukumar. His recent '18 Pages' had the story by Sukumar and was produced by Sukumar Writings along with GA2 Pictures.
'Ravanasura', 'MCA' writer Srikanth Vissa wrote the dialogues for 'Pushpa: The Rise'. He is also working on 'Pushpa 2'. Vissa is undoubtedly one of the most sought-after writers in Tollywood. He has learned a great deal by working under Sukumar.
Jakka Hari Prasad, after the success of 'Playback' (2021), must be planning to make another high-concept thriller. Vemareddy is another of Sukumar's students who wants to carve a niche for himself as a filmmaker.