When an IAS Quit His Job to Make a Film: Lakhs of youth in the country dream of becoming an IAS and for this reason they leave their homes and stay away from their parents and prepare for civil services. Some of them accepted defeat and turned their attention to the other side and some after achieving success became government officials. But there are some people who want to enter the film industry more than the IAS job. In this article, we tell you about a person who was once posted as an Indian Administrative Service officer but later left the job to make films and joined the industry.
The job and status of an Indian Administrative Service officer is one of the most prestigious in India. An IAS officer is considered to be one of the most respected people in the social circle. Naturally, thousands of people are struggling to crack the UPSC exam. But it seems very rare when an IAS officer decides to leave government service for some other job. It will be more shocking if an IAS officer leaves his good job for making a film. A few days ago, we told you about South actress HS Keerthana, who was an actress in her childhood but when she grew up, she became an IS. But here we are telling you about a person who was in the civil service who left the government job and joined the industry. Actually, here we are talking about former IAS Papa Rao Biyala.
Papa Rao Biala is a former member of Indian Administrative Service of 1982 batch. Biala, who was known as BVP Rao during his service days, holds a law degree from Osmania University. Biyala worked as an IAS officer in various parts of India and was the Home Secretary of Assam from 1994–1997. Later, he was sent on deputation to the United Nations, where he worked as a Civil Affairs Officer in the United Nations Mission in Kosovo in 1999. After this, he also remained the Policy Advisor to the Government of Telangana from 2014-19, holding the position which is equivalent to a Cabinet Minister. But he left everything to become a filmmaker.
Papa Rao Biyala’s interest in filmmaking began in the 90s, when his friend and actor Tom Alter introduced him to National Award-winning filmmaker Jahnu Barua. Biyala took training from Barua and learned filmmaking from him. He later went to America and obtained a Diploma in Film Making from the New York Film Academy in 1996.
Biala started making films in the 90s with a documentary short film Willing to Sacrifice. His first film won the National Award for Best Non-Feature Environment/Conservation Film. After this effort, Biala returned to his civil service, but a few years later he decided to continue making films. In 2020, he resigned from the Sports Authority of India, where he was a member of the governing body, ending his career in administrative services.
Biala later made her Bollywood debut in the feature film ‘Music School’. Shriya Saran and Sharman Joshi starrer film was released in theaters on May 12 this year, however, due to lack of big stars and audience discussion, the film failed to perform well at the box office even more than good reviews. The film was made on a meager budget of Rs 8 crore but it was miserable. It is also heard that he is planning to return to the big screen soon with another film but there is no word yet on when his film will release.