Nagraj Manjule

Nagraj Popatrao Manjule is an Indian film director, actor, producer, scriptwriter, poet, screenwriter, filmmaker and he works in the Marathi Cinema, best known for his Marathi film Sairat, short-film Pistulya [1] for which he received National Film Award in Non-Feature Film category.

Nagraj Manjule
The Director Nagraj Manjule along with cast and crew of the film ‘Sairat’ at the presentation, during the 47th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2016), in Panaji, Goa on November 22, 2016.jpg
Nagraj Manjule (centre), IFFI (2016)
Nagraj Popatrao Manjule

(1977-08-24) 24 August 1977 (age 42)
OccupationActor, director, producer, scriptwriter, poet

Manjule published a book of poetry in Marathi titled Unhachya Katavirudhha which won the Bhairuratan Damani Sahitya Puraskar.[2]

At the 61st National Film Awards, Fandry won the Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director.[3] Nagraj owns a Wrestling team called 'Veer Marathwada' in Zee Maharashtra Kusti Dangal. [4]

Early life and backgroundEdit

Manjule grew up in Jeur village in the Solapur district of Maharashtra.[5][6] He belongs to the traditionally-nomadic Waddar community, a Dravidian tribe considered Dalit by caste Hindus.[7]

He earned his M.A. in Marathi literature from University of Pune, followed by a master's in communication studies from New Arts, Science and Commerce College, Ahmednagar.[1][8]

Nagraj Manjule strongly inspired by Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, the emancipator of downtrodden and the father of the Indian constitution.[9][10][11]


Nagraj's films are deeply rooted in his own experience growing up as a dalit in rural Maharashtra.[12][need quotation to verify][13][need quotation to verify]

His films have focused on the plights faced by members of these communities, including social discrimination at the hands of high-caste communities as well as the resulting economic hardships.[14]

His first National Award-winning short film Pistulya is a reflection of his 'felt experience'.[15] The film focuses on the desire of a dalit boy to attend school, and his inability to do so because of his family's poverty and a deep seated disdain for formal education within his community.

His debut feature film, Fandry, was released in February 2014; the word means "pig" in the Kaikadi language.[1][8] The film focuses on the hardships faced by a Kaikadi family living in poverty on the outskirts of a village whose social and economic structure is dominated by members of savarna communities. Fandry garnered critical acclaim.[16]

Manjule's second film, Sairat, premiered at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival. Like Fandry and Pistulya, it deals with caste discrimination and honour killing, a practice still widespread in parts of India. Sairat also seeks to address the role of women in society, with the character of Archie (Archana Patil), the female protagonist of Sairat, garnering both popular and critical acclaim. Sairat is currently the highest grossing Marathi film of all time.[17] Manjule is making his directorial debut in hindi films with Jhund starring Amitabh Bachchan.[18]

Nagraj Manjule to step into Amitabh Bachchan’s shoes, to host Marathi Kaun Banega Crorepati.[19]


Year Film Language Director Writer Actor Notes Ref.
2010 Pistulya Marathi Yes Yes Yes National Film Award for Best First Non-Feature Film of a Director [20]
2013 Fandry Marathi Yes Yes Yes Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director [21]
2015 Baji Marathi No No Yes
2015 Highway Marathi No No Yes
2016 Sairat Marathi Yes Yes Yes Selected For 66th Berlin International Film Festival [22]
2016 The Silence Marathi, Hindi No No Yes
2018 Naal Marathi No Yes Yes debut as a producer
2018 Pawsacha Nibandh Marathi (Short Film)
2020 Jhund Hindi Yes Yes [23]


  • Unhachya Kataviruddha - poetry

Awards and recognitionEdit


Festival / awards Category Result
National Film Award Best First Non-Feature Film of a Director, special mention for the child actor (Suraj Pawar) Won
Ma Ta Samman 2010 Best short film Won
Aarohi Film Festival Mumbai 2009 Best short film and Best Actor Won
Hyderabad International Film Festival 2010 Best short film Won
20th IDPA Film Festival Mumbai 2009 Certificate of Merit Won
Pratibimb Short Film Festival, Ahmednagar 2009 Second Best Short Film Won
Children Film Festival Lucknow-2010 officially selected N/A
Asian Film Festival-2010 officially selected N/A
ICE Short Film Festival Pune- 2009 officially selected N/A
Tathya Film Festival Hyderabad- 2010 officially selected N/A
Kolkata International Film Festival 2010 officially selected N/A
Mumbai International Film Festival 2010 officially selected N/A
Asiatica Film Mediate Film Festival officially selected N/A


Festival / awards Category Result
Mumbai International Film Festival Jury Grand Prize Won
BFI London Film Festival Best Film N/A
Abu Dhabi Film Festival Best Film N/A
International Children's Film Festival of India Best Film N/A
International Film Festival of India Best Film N/A
Göteborg International Film Festival Best Film N/A
Pune International Film Festival Best Film, Best Film(Audience), Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Actor Won
International Federation of Film Critics Best Film of the year 2013 Won
Dharamshala International Film Festival Best Film N/A
International Film Festival of Kerala Best Film N/A
Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles[24] Best Indian feature film Won
Mata Sanman Best Film, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Child Artist, Best Script, Best Editor Won
New York Indian Film Festival Best Director Won
Reel Asian Film Festival 2014[25] National Bank Best First Feature Film Award Won
Seattle South Asian Film Festival Outstanding Film in Social Category 2014 Won
National Award[26] Best Debut Film of a Director – Indira Gandhi Award (Golden Lotus) National Film Festival

Best Child Artist- National Film Festival

Maharashtra State award Best Director Won
ZEE Awards Kishor Kadam – Best Supporting Actor Won
Prabhat Puraskar Special award, Best Background Music Won
The FIPRESCI India- Film Critics Award 6th BENGALURU INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL The Best Indian Film 2013 Won
Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival 2014 Best First Feature Film Won
Oscar 2014 Best International Feature Film N/A
Jammu and Kashmir International Film Selection N/A
Goettingen,Germany ( Centre for Modern Indian Studies) Invited by Dr Sumeet Mhaskar et al. Screened N/A
Columbia university (Special Invitee by Prof Anupama Rao, Coordinated by Lalit Khandare) Screened N/A
Gothenburg International Film Festival Screened N/A
Rotterdam International Film Festival Screened N/A
FILCA, a Trivandrum-based Film Society Screened N/A
SOAS, University of London (the School of Oriental and African Studies) Screened (Special Invitee by Dr Suhas Bhasme) N/A
Hounslow,London. Screened N/A
4th edition Indian Film Festival The Hague Screened N/A
Stanford University Screened (Dr Suryakant Waghmore/Lalit Khandare and South Asia Studies) N/A
First Marathi Filmfare Award 2014 Best Director, Best Child Artist (Somnath Awaghade), Best Supporting Actor (Kishor Kadam), Best Cinematography (Vikram Almadi) Won

Pavsacha Nibandh National award for the Best Short film of the year

Poetry collectionEdit

Festival / awards Category Result
Bhairuratan Damani Sahitya Puraskar N/A Won
Yashwantrao Chavan sahitya Puraskar 2014 N/A Won
Dr. Anil Awachat Smruti Sangharsh Sanman N/A Won
Prakash Dhere Jeevan Gaurav Puraskar N/A Won
Daya Pawar Smruti Puraskar N/A Won
Narayan Surve Kavya Pratibha Puraskar N/A Won


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  14. ^ Maharashtra1 Tv (11 March 2016). "Nagraj Manjule Celebrity Director Part 2". YouTube.
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  17. ^ Verma, Smitha (22 April 2018). "Made in Marathi". The Financial Express. Archived from the original on 22 April 2018. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  18. ^ "Sairat Director Returns with film starring Amitabh Bachchan to release on Sep 20, 2019". News 18. 19 February 2019.
  19. ^ "Sairat fame Nagraj Manjule to step into Amitabh Bachchan's shoes, to host Marathi KBC". Bollywood Hungama. 5 March 2019. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  20. ^ "58th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 29 March 2012.
  21. ^ "National Film Awards: List of winners".
  22. ^ "Programme: Generation 14plus: Sairat [Wild]". Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  23. ^ Taran Adarsh [@taran_adarsh] (19 February 2019). "Release date finalised... #Jhund, starring Amitabh Bachchan and directed by #Sairat director Nagraj Manjule, to release on 20 Sept 2019... Produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Raaj Hiremath, Savita Raj Hiremath and Nagraj Manjule." (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  24. ^ "Fandry the official selection at Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles". The Times of India.
  25. ^ "Reel Asian Film Festival 2014 Awards Announced!".
  26. ^ "National Film Awards: List of winners".

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