Sudhir Mishra

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Sudhir Mishra
Sudhir Mishra 2010.jpg
Spouse(s)Renu Saluja
Sushmita Mukherjee (1978–2000-divorced)[1]

Sudhir Mishra is an Indian film director and screenwriter known for directing films including Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi,[2] Dharavi and Chameli.[3][4]

Mishra has had a 30-year career with his work recognised by the Government of India with three National Awards from the President of India, as well as Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French government.

Early life and background[edit]

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.[5]

After a year and a half with Badal Sircar, Sudhir Mishra left for Pune. In Pune, he spent time at the 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.[6] He gained a Master of Philosophy degree in Delhi.[7]


He moved to Mumbai in 1980, and started his career as assistant director and scriptwriter in Kundan Shah's comedy 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.[8]

He went on to make films including Dharavi (1991), Main Zinda Hoon (1988), Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin (1996) and Chameli (2003), and 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.[9] His latest film was Inkaar in 2013. The movie starred Arjun Rampal and Chitrangada Singh.[citation needed]

Currently, he is in pre-production on Mehrunissa, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor and Chitrangada Singh.[10] 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.[11]






  1. ^ "Sudhir Mishra still enamoured by ex-wife's humour". 16 December 2007.
  2. ^ Parasuraman, Prathyush (14 April 2020). "Sudhir Mishra On 15 Years Of Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi: Where Is The Promised Revolution?". Film Companion. Retrieved 28 July 2020.
  3. ^ INTERVIEW: Search for understanding The Hindu, 8 May 2005.
  4. ^ 'Cinema should excite minds' SHAMBHU SAHU, TNN, The Times of India, 22 April 2006.
  5. ^ 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. "
  6. ^ Passion for Cinema Archived 14 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Delhi rocks for Sudhir - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 21 July 2020.
  8. ^ "Sudhir Mishra to remake Yeh Woh Manzil To Nahin". The Indian Express. 1 January 2020. Retrieved 8 April 2021.
  9. ^ "Streaming Guide: Sudhir Mishra movies". The Indian Express. 5 October 2020. Retrieved 8 April 2021.
  10. ^ "Chitrangada in Sudhir Mishra's 'Mehrunissa'". The Times of India. 24 May 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  11. ^ "'Mehrunissa' now named 'Pehle Aap Janab'". The Times of India. 19 August 2013. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
  12. ^ 34th National Film Awards
  13. ^ 36th National Film Awards
  14. ^ 39th National Film Awards
  15. ^ "Filmfare Award Winners from 1953 to 2018".
  16. ^ "Sudhir Mishra, Ketan Mehta felicitated by French government". 16 July 2010.
  17. ^ Yash Bharti Award 2016 Awards - Sudhir Mishra: film direction
  18. ^ Bhatia, Uday (27 September 2020). "'Serious Men': Sudhir Mishra and Nawazuddin Siddiqui on their new film". mint. Retrieved 8 April 2021.

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