Sudhir Mishra is an Indian film director and screenwriter most renowned for directing critically acclaimed films like Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, Dharavi and Chameli.
He was born and brought up in Lucknow. His father, D N Mishra, was the founder member of Lucknow Film Society. He graduated from the Delhi University, where, he met Badal Sircar and formed a theatre group called Workshop Theatre, and worked on several plays with him. After one and half year with Badal Sarkar, Sudhir Mishra left for Pune. In Pune, he spent time at FTII, (Film and Television Institute of India), where his younger brother, Sudhanshu Mishra (to whom he credits to have learnt much of his cinema) was a student. Sudhir never studied at the institute himself.
He moved to Mumbai in 1980, and started his career as assistant director and scriptwriter in Kundan Shah's comedy classic Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron (1983) and later worked with Saeed Akhtar Mirza in Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho! (1984) and with Vidhu Vinod Chopra in Khamosh (1985).
He made his directorial debut with the film, Yeh Woh Manzil To Nahin in 1987 which won the National Film Award for Best First Film of a Director. He went on to make acclaimed films like Dharavi(1991), Main Zinda Hoon (1988), Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin (1996) and Chameli (2003), and his most accalimed film to date, the 2005 film, Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi.
He later made films like Yeh Saali Zindagi, Cutting Mumbai, Inkaar and many more.