Sudhir Mishra is an Indian film director and screenwriter known for directing critically acclaimed films like Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, Dharavi and Chameli.
Mishra has had a 30-year career with his work recognised by the Government of India by him receiving three National Awards from the President of India, as well as Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government (equivalent to knighthood). He was one of the pioneers of the alternative independent cinema movement in India in the 1980s and he is one of the few directors from that era who has still managed to remain contemporary.
Early life and background
Sudhir Mishra was born and brought up in Lucknow. He is the grandson of former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Dwarka Prasad Mishra. His father, Devendra Nath Mishra, was a founding member of the Lucknow Film Society. He graduated from Delhi University, where he met Badal Sircar and formed a theatre group called Workshop Theatre and worked on several plays with him.
After a year and a half with Badal Sircar, Sudhir Mishra left for Pune. In Pune, he spent time at FTII(Film and Television Institute of India) where his younger brother, Sudhanshu Mishra (to whom he credits to have learnt much of his cinema) was a student. Sudhir never studied at the institute himself.
He moved to Mumbai in 1980, and started his career as assistant director and scriptwriter in Kundan Shah's comedy classic Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron (1983) and later worked with Saeed Akhtar Mirza in Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho! (1984) and with Vidhu Vinod Chopra in Khamosh (1985).
He made his directorial debut with the film, Yeh Woh Manzil To Nahin in 1987 which won the National Film Award for Best First Film of a Director.
He went on to make acclaimed films like Dharavi (1991), Main Zinda Hoon (1988), Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin (1996) and Chameli (2003), and his most acclaimed film to date, the 2005 movie on the Naxalite movement, Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi. This was followed by Khoya Khoya Chand in December 2007 and Yeh Saali Zindagi in 2011. His latest film was Inkaar in 2013. The movie starred Arjun Rampal and Chitrangada Singh.
Currently, he is in pre-production on Mehrunissa, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor and Chitrangada Singh. In August 2013, Mishra announced reworking of the script to turn it into a romantic comedy, and a new title, Pehle Aap Janab. In the reworked script, he also started looking for younger versions of the characters played by Bachchan and Kapoor, which were now set to have more prominent roles in the revised film. Vipin Sharma, of Taare Zameen Par fame, is also playing a prominent role in the movie.
- 1987 Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director: Yeh Woh Manzil To Nahin (1987)
- 1989 National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues: Main Zinda Hoon (1988)
- 1992 National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi: Dharavi (1991)
- 2006 Filmfare Best Story Award: Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi (2005)
- 2010 Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (French government) France's knighthood – equivalent to the "Sir" title of the British
2015-2016 Prestigious "Yash Bharti" award by the Government of Uttar Pradesh.
- Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron (1983) – Screenwriter
- Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho! (1984) – Screenwriter
- Khamosh (1985) – Screenwriter, actor
- Yeh Woh Manzil To Nahin (1987) – Director, screenwriter
- Main Zinda Hoon (1988) – Director, screenwriter
- Dharavi (1991) – Director, screenwriter
- Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin (1996) – Director, screenwriter
- Arjun Pandit (1999 film) - Co-Writer
- Nyaay (TV series) - Series Director
- Calcutta Mail (2003) – Director, screenwriter
- Chameli (2003) – Director, screenwriter
- Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi (2005) – Director, screenwriter
- Traffic Signal (2007) – Actor
- Khoya Khoya Chand (2007) -Director, screenwriter
- Tera Kya Hoga Johnny (Dec 2010) – Director, screenwriter
- Raat Gayi Baat Gayi (2010) – Actor
- Yeh Saali Zindagi (2011) – Director, screenwriter
- Mumbai Cutting (2011) – Writer and Director of the segment "The Ball"
- Inkaar (2013) – Director, writer
- Kirchiyaan (2013) - Director, co-writer (short film)