Drishyam Films aims to build a platform for unique voices of Indian independent cinema and create global content with rich Indian flavours. Their filmmaking journey started with the award-winning film Ankhon Dekhi directed by Rajat Kapoor. Its success was followed by Umrika directed by Prashant Nair, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2015 and bagged the Audience Choice Award. Soon after, Dhanak directed by Nagesh Kukunoor won the Grand Jury prize at Berlinale 2015, and Masaan directed by Neeraj Ghaywan picked up two big awards at Cannes 2015. Waiting directed by Anu Menon, premiered at the prestigious Dubai International Film Festival 2015. Newton directed by Amit V Masurkar’s, was announced as India’s official entry to Oscars – 2018. Atanu Mukerjee’s Rukh is a part of the inaugural Drishyam-Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab. Nila Madhab Panda’s Kadvi Hawa has received Special Mentioned at the 64th National Film Awards. Their latest film Kaamyaab directed by National Award winning filmmaker Hardik Mehta recently made its world premiere at Busan International Film Festival 2018. Their upcoming features include Prashant Nair’s next Tryst with Destiny, an Indo-French coproduction with Backup Studios, as well as Pind Daan, a co-production with Jio Studios which will be veteran actor Seema Pahwa’s directorial debut.
Drishyam Films has been formed keeping in mind the changing trends of the independent cinema industry. We envision nurturing fresh content and quality driven films that are not only culturally rooted but have an international appeal. The idea is to create a pool of fresh and talented filmmakers who have unique Indian stories to share with the world. Our inspiration comes from the fact that the Indian film industry is changing and exploring new forms of storytelling, paving the way for us to back strong content driven films that will not only work at premiere film festivals worldwide but also win hearts and the box office back home.
Manish Mundra is a producer and the founder of Drishyam Films. After a chance interaction with Rajat Kapoor on Twitter in 2013, Manish turned his lifelong passion for films into reality by coming on board to produce Ankhon Dekhi. The film went on to win three Filmfare Awards and three Screen Awards, and there has no looking back for the corporate leader-turned- film producer. He has set up Drishyam Films, a global motion-picture studio that has produced international award-winning films such as Masaan, Umrika, Waiting, Dhanak and Newton. Apart from establishing the Drishyam–Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab (2015-2016) for aspiring Indian screenwriters, Manish is also known for being the only Indian producer to be named among Variety’s list of Top Ten Producers to Watch Out for in 2017.