Director's Profile


Piyush Thakur studied Film Editing from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. He has involved in writing and exploring stories of human endurance by observing interactions between various cultures. His keen interests lies in narratives which are empowering and endearing.

His earlier short film, The Real Millionaire, travelled across the globe and dealt with a theme involving similar emotions. It was nominated for Grand Prix, at the 34th Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. He won The Indian Express Award and Indian Documentary Producers Association’s 'Gold Award' for the same film, which traveled to more than 28 international film festivals.

In 2012, he got selected for the International Student Film Camp, Serbia, where he worked on a short documentary with fellow students of the camp.

In 2014, he worked as an assistant director to Sanjay Leela Bhansali on the film Bajirao Mastani.

In 2016, he was selected for Kyoto Filmmakers Lab, Japan, where he worked on a Japanese Samurai Short Film.

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The Real Millionaire

Short | Fiction | 20mins
as Director | Editor | Co-screenwriter

Official Selection

  • Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival - France
  • Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, Hollywood - USA
  • Indian Film Festival of Houston - USA
  • Indian Film festival of Stuttgart - Germany
  • FILMETS Badalona Film Festival - Spain
  • International Student Film Festival Pisek - Czech Republic
  • Nepal Cine Symposium - Nepal
  • International Short Film Fest, Bhubneshwar
  • Kala Ghoda Art Festival - Mumbai
  • Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF)


  • NUFF Best International Youth Film 2012, Norway
  • 2nd Prize for Best Student Film, Kuala Lumpur International Short Film Festival 2012, Malaysia
  • IDPA Excellence Gold Award for Best Student Fiction.
  • Best Film by Audience Choice, Best Director at MSFF
  • Special Jury Award at International Cultural Exchange Short Film Festival


Short | Experimental Documentary | 11 mins
as Editor

Official Selection

  • 60th Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival 2013 - Serbia
  • 6th International Documentary and Short
    Film Festival ‘Prvi Kadar’, Sarajevo - Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Montenegro Film Festival - Herceg Novi


Music Video |  6 mins | 2013
as Editor | Associate Director

Other Projects

Bajirao Mastani

Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Feature Film | 2015
as Assistant Director

June Ek

Directed by Anadi Athaley
Short Film | 2012
as Editor

Sadabahar Brass Band

Directed by Tushar More
Short Film | 2014
as Editor | Co-writer | Associate Director


Directed by Sujata Chowdhary
Short Film | 2012
as Editor

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