Sudhir Mishra

Sudhir Mishra
Occupation Film Director, Screenwriter
Spouse(s) Renu Saluja
Sushmita Mukherjee (19782000-divorced)[1]

Sudhir Mishra is an Indian film director and screenwriter known for directing critically acclaimed films like Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, Dharavi and Chameli.[2][3]

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.[4] 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.[5]


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.[6] 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.[7]


2015-2016 Prestigious "Yash Bharti" award by the Government of Uttar Pradesh.



  1. "Sudhir Mishra still enamoured by ex-wife's humour". 16 December 2007.
  2. INTERVIEW: Search for understanding The Hindu, 8 May 2005.
  3. 'Cinema should excite minds' SHAMBHU SAHU, TNN, The Times of India, 22 April 2006.
  4. Straight Answers: Sudhir Mishra, Filmmaker on Indian cinema TNN, The Times of India, 24 April 2006. "My late wife Renu Saluja, a prominent film editor herself, taught me cinema to a large extent. "
  5. Passion for Cinema
  6. "Chitrangada in Sudhir Mishra's 'Mehrunissa'". The Times of India. 24 May 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  7. "'Mehrunissa' now named 'Pehle Aap Janab'". The Times of India. 19 August 2013. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
  8. "Sudhir Mishra, Ketan Mehta felicitated by French government". 16 July 2010.
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