Theme: Shaping a story on screen – Demystifying the role of a Director

Speaker: Kunal Kohli, Film Director

  • Started as a TV critique. Film Journalist. Wanted to eat, breathe, talk Cinema.
  • Directed music videos
  • Directed TV series
  • Directed big budget films

An Indian film director, producer, screenwriter and actor best known for his creative skills as director predominantly in Bollywood. He started his career making TV shows for ZeeTV, followed by many successful music videos before making his first film. He has made four movies for Yash Raj Films, owned by the late Yash Chopra. His directorial debut film under their banner was Mujhse Dosti Karoge! (2002) starring Hrithik Roshan, Rani Mukerji and Kareena Kapoor. His second venture Hum Tum (2004) was one of the biggest hits of 2004, winning five Filmfare awards including Best Director for Kunal Kohli. He then directed Fanaa (2006) starring Aamir Khan and Kajol, who earned herself a Filmfare Best Actress award. He also wrote, directed and co-produced the Yash Raj film Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic (2008), starring Saif Ali Khan, Rani Mukerji, Rishi Kapoor and Amisha Patel. He then produced the romantic comedy Break Ke Baad (2010), which was directed by Danish Aslam and starred Imran Khan and Deepika Padukone in the lead roles. He also directed Teri Meri Kahaani (2012), starring Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra. He made his acting debut in Phir Se…, released on Netflix in 2018.

Moderator: Taran Adarsh

Ramayana film being shot in Mauritius directed by Kunal Kohli.

Whilst making a film, get this shot correct. One step at a time.

Filmmaking is only about this mad thing about you, that you want to tell a story.

A film is first made at script level. then on set (shooting). then on editing table. then when we add background music. there are changes that we feel.

Kunal Kohli loves being on set. He is absolutely charged on set. Making sure things are happening. A director has to keep inspiring his crew members. it is not a one-man team. if anything goes wrong, all will be upset. One has to know to handle egos.

I take credit for “Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic” going totally wrong.

I make films for “immortaility of work”. i want my work to survive you. Films made 50 years ago, one still watches and enjoy. One wants to create moments in films, that one wants to view.

We are here finding a place in the history book. To me personally, i love the songs from the film of ‘fanaa’- chand sifaarish.