2015/ India/ 106 minutes /Hindi with English subtitles
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A chemical engineer by profession, Nagesh Kukunoor gave up his lucrative career as an environmental consultant in Atlanta and using his personal savings wrote, produced, acted in and directed his immensely successful debut film. Hyderabad Blues (1998) went on to become the largest grossing low-budget Indian film in English, and heralded a new era for Indian independent cinema. His cinematic journey has now spanned over a decade with awardwinning films such as Rockford, Iqbal, Dor, Lakshmi and Aashayein. Dhanak (Rainbow), his latest feature, has received rave reviews across the globe.
“I WANTED TO WRITE A FILM ABOUT THE INDIA I GREW UP IN. A WORLD WITH GOODNESS WHERE PEOPLE KNEW THE MEANING OF TRUST. A WORLD WHERE MAGIC STILL EXISTS. A WORLD THROUGH A CHILD’S EYES. OUT OF THIS DESIRE EMERGED THE MAGICAL JOURNEY OF DHANAK.”
- NAGESH KUKUNOOR
Manish Mundra is a producer and the founder of Drishyam Films.
With the vision to create content - driven cinema, he set up Drishyam Films, a global motion-picture studio that has produced festival favourites and award-winning films such as Masaan (Cannes 2015), Umrika (Sundance 2015) and Dhanak (Berlinale 2015). His firm belief in creating an ecosystem that strongly focuses on content, led him to partner with Sundance Institute, USA for setting up the Drishyam-Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab. A renowned supporter of Indian independent cinema, Manish is also one of the patrons of Mumbai International Film Festival.
Elahe Hiptoola, a lawyer by training, ran a successful designer store before working with Nagesh Kukunoor as an actress and assistant director on the groundbreaking Hyderabad Blues. She became his producing partner and started SIC Productions in 1998, working as a Producer-Director duo on 12 feature films and several ad films. Elahe doubles up as Nagesh’s Assistant Director as well and has also overseen the costumes for several of their films