About Nagesh Kukunoor
Nagesh Kukunoor (born 30 March 1967) is an Indian filmmaker and screenwriter. He is known for movies such as Rockford(1999), Hyderabad Blues(1998), 3 Deewarein(2003) and Iqbal(2005).
Nagesh Kukunoor was born to Kusuma Sudershan and KS Naidu in Hyderabad. As a kid he loved watching Telugu, Hindi, and English films in the theatres of his neighbourhood, Narayanguda. He was schooled at Montfort Anglo-Indian School in Tamil Nadu, where he became an avid fan of Hollywood films. He then did his intermediate from Little Flower Junior College, Hyderabad and went ahead to do Chemical Engineering at Osmania University in Hyderabad, and graduated with a Bachelor's degree. He moved to Atlanta, Georgia in the United States in 1988, and completed his Master's degree in Chemical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology.He studied Acting & direction at the Warehouse Actor's Theater in Atlanta.
He invested the money he made from his engineering career in USA in producing the movie Hyderabad Blues. It is based on a script that he wrote in Atlanta dealing with Indians returning home from the United States of America. He directed and acted in the movie. It was a budget of Rs. 17 lakhs (1.7 million, roughly equivalent to U.S. $ 40,000/-) and shot in 17 days. It was perceived by Sanjay Arora, an independent film maker, to be realistic and among one of the first movies to use Hyderabadi Urdu correctly.It became the most successful independent film in India.The film was featured at Peachtree International Film Festival in Atlanta and Rhode Island International Film Festival.
3 Deewarein which was based on Shawshank Redemption(2003) was premiered at the Kolkata Film Festival.In contrast to his earlier work, it had a budget of Indian Rupee symbol.svg2.1 crore (US$468,300) and featured established actors including Naseeruddin Shah, Juhi Chawla and Jackie Shroff.
His film Iqbal(2005) which was brilliantly written by Vipul K Rawal featuring Shreyas Talpade and Naseeruddin Shahwon a lot of critical acclaim for both for the simple yet heart rendering script and the acting by all actors.
8x10 Tasveer(2009), features Akshay Kumar in the lead role and Ayesha Takia as the female lead was a disaster at the box office which soured his relations with the actor. It is a thriller with a touch of Hollywood style cinematography, but fared poorly at the box office. It is considered to be Nagesh's most self reflective work to date. "I like to cast characters who are close to me. And this one gets as close to me as possible. I was once an environmental consultant. Akshay plays the part of an environment protection officer," Kukunoor said in an April 2009 interview.
His latest movie, Aashayein, was released in 2010 but sank without a trace at the box office mainly due to the lack of a good story. It has received mixed reviews. His current project Mod too is in trouble because it is a straight remake of a taiwanese film and has no good story worth telling.