Kunal Deshmukh is a renowned Indian film director. He was born on March 4, 1982, in Mumbai, Maharashtra in India. His father works in the merchant navy, while his mother is a theatre and TV actress. He studied at Arya Vidya Mandir in Bandra, Mumbai and later attended Jai Hind, Church Gate. Kunal also attended H.R. College, where he took an advertising course. Later, he went to the US and had a diploma on filmmaking. While in the US, he toured the dining scene in NY and eventually led him to enter the hospitality industry. Subsequently, he met film director,
Mohit Suri, who suggested working with him in his next film. He started out as an assistant director to Mohit in the Bollywood suspense thriller film, Zeher and the action thriller film, Kalyug, in 2005.
The two also worked together in Who Lamhe in 2006. After this, he quit his job and focused on writing scripts. In 2008, he was debuted as a director in the crime romance film, Jannat, which was produced by
Mukesh Bhatt. The film earned worldwide success and was received well by the critics and audience. In 2012, Kunal directed its sequel entitled Jannat 2, which received mixed reviews from the critics and turned semi-hit at the box office. In the same year, it was reported that he would be working on the third instalment of Jannat, but nothing has been confirmed so far. In 2009, Kunal helmed the Bollywood disaster film,
Tum Mile, which was based on the infamous Mumbai Floods that happened in July 2005. However, the film flopped at the box office.
He is also the director of the Hindi crime film,
Raja Natwarlal, which was released on August 29, 2014. This film also flops at the box office. Besides working in the glamour world, he is also a restaurateur and owned a restaurant called Trikaya in Bavdhan, Pune. On December 7, 2015, he got married to his long-time partner, Sonali Rattan, who worked as his assistant director in Jannat 2. They have been living together for over a year before they finally settled down.