M. S. Sathyu

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Mysore Srinivas Sathyu
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M. S. Sathyu in 2010
Native nameಮೈಸೂರು ಶ್ರೀನಿವಾಸ ಸತ್ಯು
Born (1930-07-06) 6 July 1930 (age 88)
Mysore, Kingdom of Mysore
OccupationFilm director
Stage Designer
Art Director
Known forGaram Hawa

Mysore Shrinivas Sathyu (born in Mysore, Karnataka) is a leading film director, stage designer and art director from India. He is best known for his directorial film Garam Hawa (1973) is based on the partition of India.[1] He was awarded Padma Shri in 1975.[2]

Early life[edit]

Sathyu conducted his schooling and higher education at Mysore and Bangalore. In 1952, he quit college while working on his Bachelor of Science degree and instead plunged into the uncertain world of films in Bombay.

He freelanced as an animator in 1952–53. After being unemployed for nearly four years, he got his first salaried job as assistant director to filmmaker Chetan Anand.

His wife is Shama Zaidi.


His first assignment as an independent Art director was for Haqeeqat, a film by Chetan Anand, which got him the Filmfare Award in 1964 and along with that came recognition. He also did work in theatre as a designer and director, including designing sets and lights for productions of Hindustani Theatre, Okhla Theatre of Habib Tanvir, Kannada Bharati and other groups of Delhi. In films, he has worked as an art director, camera-man, screenwriter, producer and director. His filmography includes over 15 documentaries and 8 feature films in Hindi, Urdu and Kannada.[2]

His best known work, Garam Hawa (Scorching Winds, 1973), is one of the last cinema productions featuring 1950s Marxist cultural activists including Balraj Sahni and Kaifi Azmi. Garam Hawa won several Indian national awards in 1974, including a National Integration Award.[3] It was invited for the competitive section at Cannes and also the Indian entry at the Oscars, and achieved a Filmfare award for best screenplay.[4]

M. S. Sathyu currently is associated mainly with television and stage. In 2013, Sathyu featured in the popular Google Reunion ad, where he played the role of Yusuf, an elderly Pakistani man who is reunited with his childhood pre-partition friend from India, Baldev (Vishwa Mohan Badola).[5]

Mr. Sathyu is one of the patrons of Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA).

His Play 'Dara Shikoh' is considered a modern classic which was staged by Impresario Asia in Delhi in 2003-4. In the words of noted critic Ramesh Chand Charlie the Stage Play 'Dara Shikoh' is a turning point of traditional theatrical sensibilities. Use of Wali Deccani's period poetry provides this Play with a very rare artistic and historical context. Dazzling use of Kathak choreography by Rani Khanum and her Troupe, and authentic costumes including head gear, swords and period art work was a treat for the eyes. Exemplary use of Sufi music, context and ambiance was very alluring and mesmerising. This Play had a good run at cities like Delhi, Gurgaon and Banglore. There are reports that this Play is also being converted into a Feature Film under the Direction of Sathyu. It goes to his credit that this Play revived interest in the life and ideals of Dara Shukoh and later Gopal Gandhi's Dara Shikoh and Pakistan's Ajoka Group also brought Dara Shukoh to the stage.

Amrita: A sublime Love Story is another innovative Play which is based upon the life and writings of famous Punjabi writer Amrita Preetam. Written by Danish Iqbal this play brings into focus the perpetual mystic love of Amrita Preetam. This Play reciprocate his earlier Play 'Sahir' on Sahir Ludhiyanvi which was directed by Pramila Le Hunt.

In 2013, he also appeared in the Reunion television commercial as a Pakistani old man, reunited with his childhood friend from India. The commercial went viral on social media.[6][7][8] In 2014, his debut film, Garam Hawa was re-released after restoration.



Theatre plays[edit]

  • Dara Shikoh written by Danish Iqbal
  • Mudrarkshas
  • Aakhri Shama
  • Rashmon
  • Bakri ("Kuri" in Kannada)
  • Girija Ke sapne
  • Mote Ram Ke Sathyagrah
  • Emil's Enemies
  • Amrita : A sublime Love Story written by Danish Iqbal


Feature films

  • Ek Tha Chotu Ek Tha Motu
  • Garam Hawa (Hot Wind) 1973
  • Chithegu Chinthe 1978 - Screened at 7th IFFI.
  • Kanneshwara Rama (The Legendary Outlaw)
  • Kahan Kahan Se Guzar Gaya - 1981
  • Bara (Famine), based on a short story by U.R. Anantha Murthy, 1982
  • Sookha (1983)
  • Ghalige (Kannada)
  • Kotta (1999)
  • Ijjodu ( Kannada). 2009

Short films and documentaries

  • Irshad
  • Black Mountain
  • Ghalib
  • Islam in India


TV serials

  • Pratidhwani 1985
  • Choli Daaman 1987–88
  • Kayar (Coir) 1992
  • Antim Raja (The Last Raja of Coorg) 1986


  • Aangan
  • Ek Hadsa Char Pehlu
  • Thangam

Television and YouTube Advertisements


  1. ^ "Back Story: Separate lives". Mint. 27 July 2012.
  2. ^ a b Barnouw, Erik, and S. Krishnaswamy, Indian Film, New York and London, 1963.
  3. ^ Chakravarty, Sumita S., National Identity in Indian Popular Cinema, 1947–1987, Austin, Texas, 1993
  4. ^ Azmi, Kafi and Shama Zaidi, Three Hindi Film Scripts, 1974.
  5. ^ "Searching for Memories". The Indian Express. 15 November 2013.
  6. ^ "Back with the wind". The Hindu. 14 November 2014. Retrieved 2014-11-14.
  7. ^ "Google Search: emotional Google India reunion advert goes viral". The Telegraph. The Telegraph. 19 November 2013. Retrieved 2014-11-14.
  8. ^ "Google India-Pakistan Search Ad". TIME. 14 November 2013. Retrieved 2014-11-14.
  9. ^ "21st National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 29 September 2011.
  10. ^ "Padma Awards Directory (1954–2013)" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2014.
  11. ^ "31st National Film Awards". India International Film Festival. Retrieved 9 December 2011.
  12. ^ "31st National Film Awards (PDF)" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 9 December 2011.
  13. ^ Awards Internet Movie Database.
  14. ^ "Critics Award for Best Film". Filmfare Awards Official listing, Indiatimes. Retrieved 2014-05-20.
  15. ^ "SNA: List of Akademi Awardees". Sangeet Natak Akademi Official website. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012.
  16. ^ "Declaration of Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships (Akademi Ratna) and Akademi Awards (Akademi Puraskar) for the Year 2014" (PDF). http://www.sangeetnatak.gov.in. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 June 2015. Retrieved 13 June 2015. External link in |publisher= (help)

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