Devashish Makhija has written and directed the full length feature films ‘Ajji’ (aka Granny) and ‘Bhonsle’ – both Busan BIFF and Rotterdam IFFR favourites and the multiple award winning short films ‘Taandav’, ‘Cycle’, ‘Cheepatakadumpa’, ‘El’ayichi’, ‘Agli Baar’ (aka And then they came for me), ‘Rahim Murge pe mat ro’ (aka Don’t cry for Rahim LeCock), ‘Absent’, and ‘Happy’. He began his journey as a researcher & assistant on the iconic Black Friday directed by Anurag Kashyap. His short and feature films have competed and won awards at the international film festivals of Rotterdam, Gothenberg, Beaune, Black Nights, Busan, Glasgow, Tampere, MOMA, APSA, Barcelona, Singapore, amongst many others. Makhija has had his own solo art show ‘Occupying Silence’. And written the bestselling children’s books ‘When Ali became Bajrangbali’ and ‘Why Paploo was perplexed’, a Harper-Collins collection of short stories ‘Forgetting’, and the multiple award winning novel ‘Oonga’. His anthology of poems ‘Bewilderness’ is out next year.