Drishyam Films is a platform for unique Indian Independent cinema. It creates global content with rich Indian flavours. Our filmmaking journey started with the award-winning film Ankhon Dekhi directed by Rajat Kapoor. Umrika directed by Prashant Nair, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2015 and bagged the Audience Choice Award, followed the films success. 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. That year also saw the release of Atanu Mukerjee’s Rukh , which was part of the inaugural Drishyam-Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab. In 2017 Nila Madhab Panda’s Kadvi Hawa received a Special Mention at the 64th National Film Awards.
Newton directed by Amit V Masurkar, was India’s official entry as Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards in 2018. Newton had its world premiere in the Forum section of the 67th Berlin International Film Festival. The film received universal acclaim and secured eight nominations at the 63rd Filmfare Awards.
Our latest film Kaamyaab directed by National Award winning filmmaker Hardik Mehta recently made its world premiere at Busan International Film Festival 2018. Next for the production house are a host of upcoming features that include Prashant Nair’s Tryst with Destiny, an Indo-French coproduction with Backup Studios, 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.