Sunil Kumar Desai

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Sunil Kumar Desai
ಸುನಿಲ್ ಕುಮಾರ್ ದೇಸಾಯಿ
Born (1955-11-22) November 22, 1955 (age 61)
Bijapur, Karnataka, India
Occupation Film director, producer and writer
Years active 1989-2007

Sunil Kumar Desai (Kannada: ಸುನೀಲ್ ಕುಮಾರ್ ದೇಸಾಯಿ) is a Kannada film director. In most of his movies, Desai blends art and commercial cinema. He has written and directed suspense/thrillers and love stories. He has won the Karnataka state awards (4 times) in the Best Screenplay & Best Dialogues categories. He has also won the Filmfare awards 4 times. Desai worked with South Indian musicians like Illayaraja, Hamsalekha & Gunasingh.

Sunil Kumar Desai was born in 1955 in Bijapur, North Karnataka. He had his primary education in Bijapur and higher education in Pune. He started his film-career as an assistant to Kashinath, and later Suresh Heblikar.


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Year Film Title Genre Performance Cast Notes
1989 Tarka A murder mystery - Super Hit in Kannada Shankar Nag, Devaraj Karnataka State Film Award for Best Screenplay
Filmfare Award for Best Director – Kannada
Based on Agatha Christie's The Unexpected Guest
Remade in Tamil as Puriyaadha Pudhir
Also remade in Malayalam
1990 Utkarsha Psyco-Thriller Super Hit in Kannada Dr.Ambareesh, Devaraj Based on Jack the Ripper
1993 Sangharsha Action Thriller Hit in Kannada Dr.Vishnuvardhan, Geetha
1994 Nishkarsha Real time thriller Super Hit in Kannada Dr.Vishnuvardhan, Ananth Nag, Suman Nagarkar Karnataka State Film Award for Best Film
Karnataka State Film Award for Best Screenplay
Inspired by Die Hard
1995 Beladingala Baale Love story Super Hit in Kannada Ananth Nag, Suman Nagarkar Filmfare Award for Best Director – Kannada
Karnataka State Film Award for Best Dialogue
Based on Yandamuri Veerendranath's Telugu novel Vennelalo Aadapilla's Kannada translation by Vamsy
1996 Nammoora Mandara Hoove Love story Blockbuster Hit in Kannada Ramesh Aravind, Shivrajkumar, Prema, Suman Nagarkar Remade in Tamil as Kangalin Vaarthaigal
1998 Prema Raga Haadu Gelathi Love story Hit in Kannada Shivrajkumar, Ramesh Aravind, Nivedita Jain, Srinath
1999 Prathyartha Real time thriller Average in Kannada Ramesh Aravind, Raghuvaran, Sudeep Karnataka State Film Award for Best Screenplay
Based on Nick of Time
2000 Sparsha Love story Super hit in Kannada Sudeep, Sudha Rani,Rekha Filmfare Award for Best Director – Kannada
2002 Parva A musical love Story Average in Kannada Dr.Vishnuvardhan, Prema
2002 Marma Suspense thriller Hit in Kannada Prema
2006 Ramya Chaitrakaala A village love story Below Average in Kannada Sandeep, Nanditha, Manasi
2007 Kshana Kshana A suspense thriller Average in Kannada Dr.Vishnuvardhan, Aditya, Prema Inspired by Sidney Sheldon's first novel The Naked Face
2011 Sarigama Romance Shelved
2015 Thandana Thandanana Romance Renamed this movie as ...Re[1]
2016 ...Re Comedy Below Average in Kannada Ramesh Aravind, Harshika Poonacha, Ananth Nag Reported to be thematically similar to Badal Sircar's play Ballabpurer Roopkatha[2]
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