Born in North Karnataka, Sunil Kumar Desai is a well-established Kannada Film Director. He took his primary education in Karnataka and for higher studies, he went to Pune. His cinematic career started as an assistant director. He assisted Kashinath, who was a renowned writer, director, and actor of the Kannada film industry. He learned a lot from him and then assisted
, who was a director as well as an environmentalist.
His debut was in the year 1989 with the movie Tarka. It was a stupendous murder mystery and was a superhit in the Kannada industry. The play The Unexpected Guest inspired it which was written by
and it starred
, and Devaraj. It won various State Film Awards. Sunil has mostly written and directed thrillers, murder mysteries, and love stories. The very next year came his movie Utkarsha.
It featured a psycho- killer and yet it was another hit. His movies Sangharsha, Nishkarsha, were action thrillers which swirled everyone’s mind. Dr. Vishnuvardhana played the lead role in it. Nishkarsha even won the Best Screenplay Karnataka State Award. It was inspired by the American action plus thriller movie Die Hard. Both the audience and the critics loved the Kannada adaptation of the film.
In the year 1995, he tried his hand with a love story titled Beladingala Baale, which starred
in the major roles. The movie was a blockbuster. It won several prestigious awards like The Filmfare Award for Best Director, The Best Screenplay Karnataka State Award, etc. The picture featured on a novel of Telugu origin named Vennelalo Aadapilla, which was written by
. Sunil gained confidence as whatever he tried thriller or love story; the audience and the critics both appreciated it. He has been one of the leading directors of Kannada Cinema as he has won four Filmfare Awards and four Karnataka State Awards.
These awards have been for Best Screenplay, Best Dialogues, Best Director, etc. Not just this, he has worked with the leading actors and singers of Kannada Cinema. Eminent personalities like Ilaiyaraaja, Gunasingh, Hamsalekha, praise his talent and work. After 1995, he started making love stories one after another.
In 1996, he made Nammora Mandara Hoove, which was another blockbuster and featured
, Shivrajkumar, Prema, Suman Nagarkar, etc. The movie was so well written that the Tamil cinema made its remake. Its title was Kangalin Vaarthaigal. Since then, movies like Parva, Marma, Sparta, adorned his name.