Merlapaka Gandhi is an Indian film tollywood director and screenwriter who works primarily in Telugu cinema. In 2013, he made his directorial debut with Venkatadri Express. In 2016, he directed Express Raja which opened to positive critical reception and was a commercial success. His latest release is Krishnarjuna Yudham starring Nani.
He was born in the village of Vedulla Cheruvu in the Telugu-speaking Rayalaseema region of South India. His father Merlapaka Murali was a prominent Telugu language novelist and a contemporary of author Yandamuri Veerendranath. Merlapaka was initially given the name ‘Che Guevara’ because his father was fond of Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara. Murali then changed his son’s legal given name to ‘Gandhi’ in honor of independence activist Mahatma Gandhi when he was five years old, as the fellow townspeople found it difficult to pronounce his birth name. He studied in Tirupati till his tenth standard. Merlapaka then moved to Allagadda to complete his B. Tech. degree.