Sudhir Mishra is a Bollywood director and screenwriter best known for critically acclaimed films like Yeh Woh Manzil Nahi and Hazaro Khwahishein Aisi, Dharavi, Chameli. A three-time national award winner, he is known to be very vocal about his personal opinions and comments on extreme censorship in India. He is also one of the very few pioneers of independent cinema, and recipient to the Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government.

Yeh Woh Manzil Nahin was his directorial debut, for which he won the National Film Award for Best First Film of a Director, in 1987. His film Chameli (2003), capturing the story of a prostitute, marked a turning point in the career of Kareena Kapoor, garnering wide praise from critics and the public alike. Born on 22nd January 1959, he is the grandson of former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Dwarka Prasad Mishra and son of DN Mishra, the founding member of Lucknow Film Society.

His acquaintance with Badal Sircar, while pursuing his M.Phil in Psychology at Delhi University, led them to perform several plays, after having formed a theater group called Workshop Theatre. After graduation, Sudhir Mishra left for Pune where he spent time at FTII, (Film and Television Institute of India), Pune, where his younger brother, Sudhanshu was a student.

In 1980, he started his career as an assistant director and scriptwriter, after having moved to Mumbai, contributing to Kundan Shah's cult classic Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron (1983) and later worked in the 1984 comic satire Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho! , with Saeed Akhtar Mirza, which parodied the inefficiency of the Indian judicial system, and with Vidhu Vinod Chopra in Khamosh (1985). He has donned the hat of a producer with the movies Sikandar, Tera Kya Hoga Johnny and Kal: Yesterday and Tomorrow and has appeared in a cameo role in Madhur Bhandarkar’s Traffic Signal (2007).

‘Dasdev’ is Sudhir’s most recent, upcoming film, a political thriller loosely based on the iconic story of Devdas, and it is slated for release in March 2016.

Kunal Deshmukh

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.

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