Drishyam Films aims to build a platform for unique voices of Indian independent cinema and create global content with rich Indian flavours. Our 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. Drishyam’s next film Waiting directed by Anu Menon, premiered at the prestigious Dubai International Film Festival 2015. All our films have been released theatrically across India, and appreciated by audiences and critics alike. Our upcoming films include Nila Madhab Panda’s Kadvi Hawa which recently received a Special Mention at the 64th National Film Awards and Amit V Masurkar’s Newton which made its world premiere at Berlinale 2017 and picked up the CICAE Art Cinema Award, as well as Atanu Mukerjee’s Rukh starring Manoj Bajpayee which was a part of the inaugural Drishyam-Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab.
Drishyam Films has been formed keeping in mind the changing trends of the independent cinema industry. We envision nurturing content and quality driven films that are not only culturally rooted but have an international appeal. The idea is to create a pool of new and young talented filmmakers who have unique stories to share with the world. Our inspiration comes from the fact that the Indian film industry is changing and exploring new forms of content, paving the way for us to back strong content driven films that will not only work at premier 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 agreed to finance 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. Since that fateful year, Manish has pursued his passion for content-driven cinema with a single-minded dedication. 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. Manish is also known for establishing the Drishyam–Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab (2015-2016) for aspiring Indian screenwriters.