Devashish Makhija is a Bollywood filmmaker, graphic artist, poet, screenwriter, and a fiction writer. He is known for the film Oonga, which he wrote and directed. He has published more than forty-nine short stories and worked as the chief assistant on the YRF movie
Bunty Aur Babli. Devashish was born and grew up in Kolkata. He lived in Park Circus around the fringes for 24 years. He studied at Kolkata’s Don Bosco High School. He completed his graduation at St. Xavier's College, Kolkata in Economics. He wasn't much into movies and spent more time reading and listening to music or practicing Art. He couldn't let his imagination flow free while watching a movie.
Reading a book gave his imagination a flight. But he soon realized that working for films would mean a package of choreography, writing, music creation, visualization, basically everything he wanted to do. Movies were the only medium that could allow a simultaneous use of all his hobbies. On 6 December 1992, around the Babri Masjid Incident, he was living in a Hindu Building. Their entire slum had mostly Muslims. That night, the Muslims attacked his family, and he almost got killed. Armed men climbed his building on ladders. He and his mother were alone at home. In the end, an Air Force monitoring Vehicle on the rounds saw the commotion and saved their lives.
Most of his early life he spent writing and static visual. When he took to movies, his writing became based on visuals rather than dialogues. He could express more through Silent Action. He advertised with Mudra Kolkata and McCann Erickson after completing his graduation. Soon, he left for Mumbai to fulfill his dream. In Mumbai, he was in a tiny place in an urban area behind Film city. He used to design houses and make contacts. He somehow got a book that had the contacts of almost all filmmakers and producers. He started calling them daily and begged them to meet him.
Soon he got his break as an assistant director and researcher on Black Friday. It was Anurag Kashyap's directional debut and released in 2004. The movie got critical acclaim, and his career got the start he needed. He roughly earned Rs 6000 a month. He feels his work was quite satisfying. It was like his film school as he learned a lot from the experience. He went on to work for
Shaad Ali in Bunty Aur Babli. He was the chief assistant director of the blockbuster and continued the job in Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na. The movie's first schedule in 2005 got shelved.
Pretty soon, Aditya Chopra and Jaideep Sahni asked him to direct and write an animation movie. Yash Raj was tying up with Disney and Aditya felt that he would be ideal for the job. The opening movie on the project was Roadside Romeo, which flopped. Devashish was not a part of the plan. Devashish was working on their second project, which got canceled just one year before its release, due to Roadside Romeo's failure. He wrote Doga for Anurag, which again, didn't happen. In 2008, he directed as well as wrote two short films called Rahim Murge Pe Mat Ro and El'ayichi.
The first one released in 2008, starring
Piyush Mishra and the second one in 2015 where
Divyendu Sharma and
Nimrat Kaur played lead roles. Both got acclaimed, and El'ayichi got selected among the five short films to be screened at the first edition of terribly tiny talkies. Devashish's first film as a director was Oonga in 2013. Its cast consisted of
Raju Singh and
Seema Biswas. In 2013, the movie premiered at New York Indian Film Festival. At the 5th Mumbai Festiva, it got screened in the India Gold competition section.
In 2014, it went on to create records by getting a screening at Florence Indian Film Festival and participating in the International Film Festival organized in Kerala. Devashish ‘s first project as a graphical poet is Occupying Silence in 2008. He authored Children's books for Tulika Publishers which became a bestseller. These included Why Paploo Was Perplexed and When Ali Became Bajrangbali. In 2015, his collection of fort- nine short stories got published by Harper Collins. He was finally getting what he wanted. He feels he is fortunate, even though his other creatives didn't work out. He has two bestselling books, one solo art show and a compilation of poetry. His short films Taandav and Absent are set to release in 2016.