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.