Devayush Chowdhary is an independent filmmaker, who is best known for writing and directing his debut feature Adda (2019). He is an Indian-American filmmaker, who is closely associated with the new wave of independent cinema rising in the Indian cinema industry within a few years.
He was born on December 5th, 1989. He grew up in Kolkata, India, then moved to Danville, Illinois, and is living in
, New York City.
He has completed his studies at Don Bosco School, Kolkata, in 2004 and completed his Danville High School in 2007. He is a graduate of the prestigious New York University's Tisch School of Arts in 2010. He has received his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in Film and Television.
He began with a TV studio Associate in New York in 2008. He worked as Behind the Scenes Director for Just Another Love Story, which was directed by , Rituporno Ghosh, in 2009-2010. Then, he worked as the Chief Assistant Director for Agniputra Films from Dec 2011 – May 2012 and worked on M Cream, which was directed by
. He has also assisted renowned filmmakers like
, Rituporno Ghosh and Kaushik Ganguly.
He went on to explore his fascination with the Bollywood industry, India. In 2014, he shifted towards screenwriting for Contiloe Entertainment Pvt Ltd, and wrote popular shows, including Emotional Attyachaar and
, which were aired on UTV. He also worked as screenwriter and Script Supervisor and 3rd AD for Endemol Shine India. He wrote scripts for shows such as Pyar Ka the End (UTV) and MTV Kaisi Yeh Yaariyan (MTV) and Yudh, which was directed by Anurag Kashyap and Ribhu Dasgupta.
His debut 'Adda' (2019) had received favourable reviews but did not have such responses at the home box office. The film had been directed starring
and Sabyasachi Chakraborty. The film was released in theatres in the fall of 2019 and had streamed on Amazon Prime Video. The film had caught on through word of mouth, and thus, it managed to carve out a niche for itself in the audience’s minds.
He also made the Hindi feature film Phobia (2016), starring
. His short film, titled The Others, has won awards at many film festivals such as New York New Filmmakers Anthology and the International Film Festival of South Asia, Toronto, since its premiere as the inaugural film of the 19th Kolkata Film Festival in the Short Films section.
His works often deal with issues of women's safety issues such as sexual assault and domestic violence is recurring themes. His work reflects the kind of unrestrictive style of filmmaking as was present in French New Wave and American independent cinema of the 70s and 80s.
He is also known for fiddling in film criticism and journalism from time to time. He has also contributed by writing for prestigious publications such as thecitizen.in, highonfilms.com, and The Telegraph (Kolkata), which is among India’s largest English dailies with a readership of over millions. He also does freelance work and is presently with Maxim Pictures as a producer.