The ace screenwriter-director turns 47 today. Here’s wishing him a very happy birthday. May he continue to entertain us by making many more films
Nagesh Kukunoor has been one of the prominent Indian film directors and screenwriters since a long time. He is known for his works predominantly in Bollywood and parallel cinema. He has garnered the National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues in 2006. On his birthday, let us have a look at some of his most prominent works.
Hyderabad Blues: Released in 1998 this film was about a NRI vacationing back home in Hyderabad, India and finding himself a foreigner in his own land. Apart from being featured in ten international film festivals, it had theatrical performances that ran for more than six months in Hyderabad, Mumbai, and Bangalore. The film also had a sequel, which released in 2004, and took forward the same story after 6 years.
Rockford: Released in 1999, this film was a coming-of-age film. The film made you take a trip down memory lane and allowed you to relive your youthful school days. The movie had some of the most iconic songs like Aasman Ke Paar, sung by Shankar Mahadevan, and Yaaron, sung by KK, which are famous even today and bring back those memories of youth and friendship.
3 Deewarein: Released in 2003, this film had established actors like Juhi Chawla, Jackie Shroff, Naseeruddin Shah and Gulshan Grover. The film narrates the story of three prisoners and a documentary filmmaker who, while filming their reformation story in the prison, finds redemption with her own troubled marriage.
Iqbal: Released in 2005, this film was written by Vipul K Rawal and directed by Nagesh and it got released under Subhash Ghai’s new banner, Mukta Searchlight Films. The story follows a cricket-obsessed boy from a remote Indian village as he aims to overcome his difficulties and become a cricketer and fulfil his dream of playing for the Indian national cricket team. He won the National Award for this film.
Dor: Released in 2006 this film was a remake of the Malayalam film, Perumazhakkalam (2004). The film was about how two women, from different backgrounds, come together because of fate. The companionship that develops between the two leading ladies results in a redemption for both.
His latest release Lakshmi deals with the harsh realities of human trafficking and child prostitution, which continue behind closed curtains in rural areas of India. The film got delayed a lot due to censorship issues but finally it got release a couple of weeks back. It has been garnering superb reviews and we hope it will move on to become one of the top films of Nagesh Kukunoor‘s filmy career.
Here’s wishing him many many happy returns of the day. Happy birthday Nagesh Kukunoor!