A chemical engineer by profession, Nagesh Kukunoor gave up his lucrative career as an environmental consultant in Atlanta and used his personal savings to write, produce, act and direct his immensely successful debut film Hyderabad Blues, which went on to become the largest grossing low budget Indian film in English.
Rockford, a coming of age story of any boarding school going kid, his second film was also written and directed by him. Bollywood Calling, his third film, stars Om Puri and Naveen Nischol in the lead.
He has produced several other successful films; such as – 3 Deewarein, Hyderabad Blues-2: Rearranged Marriage, Iqbal, Dor, Dhanak, Bombay to Bangkok, Aashayein and Lakshmi.
His latest film Dhanak (Rainbow) is the story of an eight-year old blind boy and his sister, and the magical journey they take across the desert state of Rajasthan to get his eyesight back. This very film was audio described and then screened at IFFI 2016, in an effort to make films more accessible for the blind. This was possible due to the efforts of Saksham in collaboration with UNESCO.
Nagesh Kukunoor was also part of the International Jury of The International Film Festival of India, 2016.
Below we have a short byte from Nagesh Kukunoor, talking about IFFI and why the 47th Edition of the festival is so special to him.