Born on 19 August 1940, Govind Nihalani hails from Karachi. He is a multi-faceted personality; he is a director, producer, screenwriter and cinematographer and works for Hindi cinema. He is the proud winner of six National Awards and five awards at Filmfare. He had penned the script for a Hindi film Drohkaal in 1996, which was later modified by
Kamal Haasan for a Tamil film Kurithipunal. This film went on to become the official entry of India for the Academy Awards. Nihalani cultivated interest in Hindi films since his school days. Aakrosh is the directorial debut film of Nihalani. This film revolves around a real happening.
Om Puri, Smita Patel, Naseerudin Shah and
Amrish Puri are the star cast of the film. This film gained recognition at the International Film Festival. Through this film Nihalani was considered to be a serious filmmaker. Later he directed Ardh Satya which was critically acclaimed for its hard-hitting theme. Nihalani not only directed but also cinematography some good films including Kalyug, Ardh Satya and Vijeta. With such films to his credit Nihalani’s career skyrocketed. Nihalani started his career as a cinematographer. In fact, he holds a graduation in cinematography. Om Puri and
Naseeruddin Shah are seen in most of his films. The characters in his films are disturbed. Cinematography in his films is handled by himself. He had a stint with the television medium and also worked in advertisements and documentaries. Human emotions are expertly captured by Nihalani. Party, Aghaat, Droh Kaal , Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa and Dev(2004 film) are some of the outstanding films that Nihalani worked in. Thakshak, Nihalani’s trial at commercial cinema, didn’t live up to the standards that he already set. Nihalani is reputed for hitting the bull’s eyes through his social films. Hindi films require more professionals like Nihalani.