Art Director – Ashok Koralath also known as Ashok Kumar, is one of the top art directors of the Indian film Industry. A large portion of his works originate from the steadily booming Telugu film industry. But, he worked for the Hindi, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam film industries as well.

He brought fame to Art Directors by turning into a star figure by creating a replica of the 400 year old heritage monument – Charminar and the Old Hyderabad City neighborhood in the Telugu motion picture “Okkadu”.He has also created fantasy sets for the astounding thriller film “Arundhathi”. As of late his Art Direction for the film Dhamarukam was positively criticized as adding value to the film. From among 148 movies he had worked upon, more than 155 are from Telugu film industry. A lot of them have won numerous national and state awards. He worked for 8 Tamil, 7 Malayalam and 5 Kannada movies also. He helped design the sets of 8 Hindi films as well.


First Name: Ashok Kumar
Middle Name: Nair
Last Name: Koralath

Date of birth: 20th August

Educational Qualification:
B.sc- Visual communication from Madras college of Arts (Faculty of engineering ) Madras University in the year of 1981 to 1986.

Worked as a free lance art designer for different AD agencies for two years:
– AD Design campaigns for Chandrika Soap
– Publicity designs for films in the period of 1987 to 1989.


1. Bobbili Raja
2. Prema Khaidi
3. Sarpa Yagam
4. Coolie Number 1
5. Rowdy Gari Pellam
6. Allari Mogudu
7. Allari Priyudu
8. Varasudu
9. Hello Brother
10. Prema Vijetha
11. Kalisundam Ra
12. Gharana Bullodu
13. Sahasa Veerudu Sagara Kanyaka
14. Mugguru Monagallu
15. Raja Simham
16. Master
17. Intlo Illalu – Vontintlo Priyuralu
18. Iddaru Mithrulu
19. Annaya
20. Maa Annayya
21. Yama Donga
22. Chilakkottudu

23. Dongata
24. Pavithra Bandham
25. Paruvu Pratista
26. Vamsaniki Okkadu
27. Ramudu Occhadu
28. Nippu Ravva
29. Autodriver
30. Suryagadu
31. Priyuralu
32. Preminchu
33. Santosham
34. Takkari Donga
35. Daddy
36. Bale Vadu Vasu
37. Jayam Manade Ra
38. Gangothri
39. Mruga Raju
40. Surya Puthrudu
41. Okkadu
42. Indra
43. Ashok
44. Aapthudu

45. Sakhiya
46. Bunny
47. Andhari Vadu
48. Shankar Dada MBBS
49. Shankar Dada Zindabad
50. Naa Autograph
51. Pournami
52. Varsham
53. Aata
54. Raju Bhai
55. Style
56. Viyyala Vari Kayyalu
57. Anji
58. Allari Bullodu
59. Don (Telugu, Nagarjuna 2007)
60. Arundhati
61. Varudu
62. Darling
63. Mee Sreyobhilashi
64. Manorama
65. Akkada Ammai Ikkada Abbai
66. Govindhudu Andarivadele

SETS FOR SONGS - Only Songs (Telugu)

1. Govindha Govindha
2. Gayam
3. Rangeela
4. Prema Katha
5. Indrudu Chandrudu
6. Athadu


He won the Nandi award for:
– Daddy (2002), Okkadu (2004), Pournami (2006), Arundhati (2008) and Varudu (2010).

He bagged numerous Santosham awards for:
Okkadu (2004, Subhash Chandra Bose (2004), Arundhati (2012) and for Dhamarukam (2013).

He also won the Gemini TV Award and V. Santharam Awards for Okkadu (2004).

The Tamil Nadu Telugu Academy presented him with their prestigious Annual Award in the year 2003 for the movie Indra.

He won the Maa TV Annual Movie Awards in the Art directory category multiple times for the movies:
– Tkkari Donga (2001), Okkadu (2002), Dhamarukam (2013)



“An art director can give every movie a certain feel just like the background music. ‘A good cinematographer – Art director’ team can take a movie look from ‘amazing’ to ‘that’s just beyond belief’ if they work well together”, he says when he spoke with his digital media management team. He also said “Thota Tharani had Maniratnam and Sabu Cyril had Priyadarshan. Maybe it was my formal training in painting that had made the use of colors as my trademark. To be a good art director, you need engineering, technical and artisitic skills and above all, the skill to expand upon even a minute idea”.


What art director – ashok has got to say about his grandfather?
I grew up as a child hearing about my grandfather’s movies. At that age, I did not know I was going to get into the movie industry. But I always wanted to do something as big as my grandfather did.

What art director – ashok has got to say about his uncle?
When I was a child, he used to look at my drawings and admire them. Whenever he came to my house, he used to give me color pencils, brushes, etc to encourage me in arts. I grew up looking at him as my role-model, friend, philosopher and guide.


You can visit him at:

501, Tredset park view,
60, Shanthi Nagar,
Masab Tank, Hyderabad
– 500028

You can also call him on:
(+91) 98480 50900