SUNIL SUKTHANKAR after graduating from FTII, started making films with Sumitra Bhave in 1985 and has directed 17 feature films, 50 short films, 5 telefilms and 2 TV serials in Marathi and Hindi so far. With 3 International, 8 National and 45 plus State awards, Sumitra Bhave - Sunil Sukthankar are considered as a trend setting filmmakers of Marathi cinema. The duo’s feature film Kaasav won President’s Golden Lotus in 2016. Some of the feature films directed by him are Doghi, Zindagi Zindabaad, Dahavi F (10th F), Vastupurush , Devrai, Badha, Nital, Gho Mala asala Hawa, Bewaqt Barish, Ek Cup Chya, Mor Dekhane Jungle Mein, Ha Bharat Maza, Samhita, Astu, Phir Zindagi, Kaasav and Welcome Home. Sunil Sukthankar is also a well-known film lyricist, who writes in Marathi and Hindi. He has written more than 80 songs for various feature and documentary films and has received a number of awards for them.
“I am happy to be on the jury panel of KASHISH Film Festival. In my youth, feminism helped me to break my rigid, ‘objective’ and so called ‘mainstream’ understanding of the world and introduced me to a subjective and comprehensive world view. Now, watching LGBTQ+ films is helping me to go beyond binaries of gender biases. Thank you KASHISH.” - Sunil Sukthankar, Filmmaker