Neelakanta is native of Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh. He studied in Loyola Public School and Loyola College in Vijayawada. While he was doing his schooling, he had the interest in movies. After his graduation, he had lost the interest in studies and moved to Chennai to join film direction.
Neelakanta always wanted to make films which have a striking a balance between Art and Commerce. It materialized with Show followed by Missamma. He received two national awards for Show, one for Best Screenplay and the other for the Best Feature Film in Telugu.
He then made Sada Mee Sevalo, with Shriya and Venu in lead roles, and later made a psychological thriller, Nandanavanam 120km. Both flopped at the box office but the latter got huge critical acclaim. These were followed by Mr Medhavi. with Genelia and Raja in the lead roles: it proved to be an above-average grosser. He also wrote dialogues for a Telugu remake of the Hindi hit A Wednesday, entitled Eeenadu.
National Film Awards
National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu - 2002 - Show
National Film Award for Best Screenplay - 2002 - Show
Nandi Award for Best Screenplay Writer - Missamma (2003)
Nandi Award for Best Dialogue Writer - Virodhi (2011)