Birthday: 1960

Chandra Prakash Dwivedi is an Indian film script writer and director with films like “Pinjar”, “ Zed Plus” and “ Mohalla Assi” to his credit. In spite of venturing both into cinema and television, he is best known for directing the famous TV serial “ Chanakya” which was an epic success. Dwivedi also essayed the title role of Chanakya, one of the most influential political diplomat and strategist ever known. In 2009, Dwivedi was honored with the Cultural Catalyst Award by the South Asian Cinema Foundation “in recognition of his commitment to exploring India’s ancient culture and history in television and cinema”. Dwivedi started his career as a medical professional but developed interest towards Indian literature which made him give up his profession. Thus, he began working in theatre and was also the programming division head at ZEE TV. He was born in Sirohi district of Rajasthan in the year 1960. He has one daughter Nayanika Dwivedi with his ex-wife Mandira Dwivedi.

His achievements include winning the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration as well as the Guild Award for Best Debut Director for his film “Pinjar”- a tragic love story set during the Partition of India. He has also won the Indian Telly Jury Award for Best Dialogue for his serial “ Upanishad Ganga”. He draws inspiration from maestros like Shyam Benegal and Govind Nihalani. His interest and knowledge of Indian literature and history are something to be acknowledged and appreciated. He very well fits the description of “a director with a difference”.