Chaitanya Tamhane

Chaitanya Tamhane

The protégé

Published in 2016

Indian film-maker Chaitanya Tamhane, aged 29, has already begun establishing himself as a significant figure in international cinema. His debut feature film, Court, premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2014 where it was awarded Best Film in the Horizon category, and has since gone on to win over 30 awards at film festivals worldwide. Remarkably for the self-trained director, the film was India’s submission for the 2016 Best Foreign Film Oscar. To the international critics, it seemed as if Tamhane had suddenly appeared with his masterly satire, but, after taking his bachelor’s degree in English literature from Mithibai College, Mumbai, he began writing and directing his own films and theatre. Notable among his achievements are Grey Elephants in Denmark, a play he wrote and directed in 2009, and the short film Six Strands, which he wrote, directed and produced. Tamhane, chosen as a 2016 Forbes “30 Under 30 Asia” and by The Hollywood Reporter in 2014 as one of the world's most promising film-makers under 30, is writing his second feature film, hoping to complete the script by late 2016. Of his forthcoming year with Alfonso Cuarón, Tamhane says: “A mentor figure is someone I have always craved. This programme could facilitate a dialogue, a creative collaboration and an insight that I have so far not had access to.”