Govind Nihalani

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Date of Birth : 19 August 1940
Birthname : NA

Mini Biography :
Govind Nihalani (born 19 August 1940) is one of Indian cinema’s foremost directors. He has been directing Hindi films since the late seventies. He was born in Karachi (now in Pakistan) and his family migrated to India during the partition of 1947. He started out as a cinematographer, graduating in cinematography from the Shree Jaya Chamrajendra polytechnic in Bangalore in 1962. He was associated with all the earlier films of Shyam Benegal and with the cinematography of Richard Attenborough’s Oscar-winning epic Gandhi. Nihalanti and Benegal are well known for the socially relevant films they have directed.

His first directorial venture was Aakrosh starring Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah, the late Smita Patil and the late Amrish Puri. This was based on a real story which was converted into a filmscript by the eminent Marathi playwright Vijay Tendulkar and it made a huge impact on audiences all over India. It shared the Golden Peacock for best film at the International Film Festival of India held in New Delhi in 1981. His film Ardh Satya, based on a story by Dilip Chitre, is still remembered by film lovers


Filmography :

As Director :

  1. Dev (2004)
  2. Deham (2001)
  3. Thakshak (1999)
  4. Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa (1998)
  5. Sanshodhan (1996)
  6. Droh Kaal (1994)
  7. Karm Yodha (1992)
  8. Jazeere (1991) (TV)
  9. Pita (1991)
  10. Rukmavati Ki Haveli (1991)
  11. Drishti (1990/I)
  12. “Tamas” (1986) (mini) TV Series
  13. Aghaat (1985)
  14. Party (1984)
  15. Ardh Satya (1983)
  16. Vijeta (1982)
  17. Aakrosh (1980)

As Producer :

  1. Dev (2004) (producer)
  2. Deham (2001) (producer)
  3. Thakshak (1999) (producer)
  4. Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa (1998) (producer)
  5. Droh Kaal (1994) (producer)
  6. Drishti (1990/I) (producer)
  7. “Tamas” (1986) (mini) TV Series (producer)
  8. Shantata! Court Chalu Aahe (1971) (co-producer)

As writer :

  1. Dev (2004) (dialogue)
  2. Deham (2001) (screenplay)
  3. Thakshak (1999) (screenplay) (story)
  4. Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa (1998) (script)
  5. Kuruthipunal (1996) (story)
  6. Droh Kaal (1994) (additional dialogue) (script) (story)
  7. Jazeere (1991) (TV) (screenplay)
  8. Pita (1991) (screenplay)
  9. Rukmavati Ki Haveli (1991) (screenplay)
  10. Drishti (1990/I)

As Cinematographer :

  1. Dev (2004)
  2. Deham (2001)
  3. Thakshak (1999)
  4. Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa (1998)
  5. Droh Kaal (1994) (director of photography)
  6. Jazeere (1991) (TV)
  7. Pita (1991)
  8. Rukmavati Ki Haveli (1991)
  9. Drishti (1990/I)
  10. “Tamas” (1986) (mini) TV Series
  11. Aghaat (1985)
  12. Ardh Satya (1983)
  13. Arohan (1982)
  14. Vijeta (1982)
  15. Kalyug (1981) (director of photography)
  16. Aakrosh (1980)
  17. Anugraham (1978)
  18. Junoon (1978)
  19. Kondura (1978)
  20. Bhumika: The Role (1977)
  21. Manthan (1976)
  22. Nishaant (1975)
  23. Ankur (1974)
  24. Kaadu (1973/I)
Nomination And Awards
Filmfare Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1986 Won Filmfare Award Best Film – Critics
for: Aghaat (1985)

1984 Won Filmfare Award Best Cinematography
for: Vijeta (1982)

Best Director
for: Ardh Satya (1983)

1981 Won Filmfare Award Best Director
for: Aakrosh (1980)

1980 Won Filmfare Award Best Cinematography
for: Junoon (1978)

Screen Weekly Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2005 Nominated Screen Best Dialogue
for: Dev (2004)
Shared with:
Meenakshi Sharma

Zee Cine Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2005 Nominated Technical Award Best Dialogue
for: Dev (2004)
Shared with:
Meenakshi Sharma

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