Magazine article Variety

Nagesh Kukunoor

Magazine article Variety

Nagesh Kukunoor

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BERLIN BREAK

Nagesh Kukunoor got his start making low-budget Indian movies, but this year's "Dhanak," about a blind boy whose sister is determined to help him get a cornea transplant, won a grand jury prize in the Generation Kplus section at Berlin, and has helped the 48-year-old writer-director realize his goal of connecting with international audiences.

LIFE IMITATES ART

Kukunoor got a degree in chemical engineering, and worked for a number of years in the U.S. In 1998, he made the English-Tel ugu "Hyderabad Blues," in which he also starred, about the culture shock an Indian man experiences upon returning home after a decade of living in the United States. He subsequently moved back to India to become a filmmaker.

CHANGING COURSE

Gaining a local following for movies like the cricket-themed "Iqbal" and the bigger-budget mystery "8 x 10 Tasveer," Kukunoor was troubled that distributors were marketing his films only on the subcontinent. …

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