Sushil Rajpal is an Indian producer and a director. The Film and Television Institute of India alumnus has directed some Bollywood movies. He also won a National Award in 2009 for his direction in the film Antardwand. He took birth in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, India on 9th August 1963.
His other works include Old Monk, Laga Chunri Me Daag, Dikhsha, etc. The cinematographer has also directed a TV series of the name, Lootera: Bandits of British India. He took birth in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, India on 9th August 1963.
Sushil grew up in his hometown and studied at Saraswati Shishu Mandir, Pakki Bagh in Gorakhpur. He went to Ranchi to complete his high school from Vikas Vidyalaya, Ranchi. Later, he went to Delhi University and graduated from Hansraj College.
As a teenager, he shot on a black-n-white roll of his Agfa camera. At DU while pursuing cinematography, his batchmates motivated him to make movies on social issues. After graduation, he went to Pune and took a diploma course from the FTII (Film and Television Institute of India). In his initial days of the career, he worked in some advertising agencies in Mumbai as a cameraman.
He worked as an assistant cinematographer in Diksha in the year 1991. In 2007, he became a part Laaga Chunari Mein Daag (2007). It featured Abhisekh Bachchan, Rani Mukherjee,
Kunal Kapoor and Konkona Sen in lead roles. The movie revolved around a women’s journey. Laaga Chunari Mein Daag two Filmfare Awards. Sushil got his breakthrough in 2010 with Antardwand.
He directed the film, and it got critically acclaimed. Antardwand gave Sushil his first National Award for Best Film on Social Issue in 2009. It featured
Swati Sen and
Raj Singh Chaudhary in lead roles; the movie talked about the issue of groom kidnapping in Bihar.
In 2012, director
Imtiaz Ali acted in Sushil Rajpal’s directorial Old Monk. Three years later in 2015, Sushil moved on to his next venture, Lootera: Bandits of British India. It became the director’s first TV series based on a historical conflict between the Indians and the British during times of Independence.
Starting his journey in filmmaking with a black-n-white reel camera to winning a National Award, Sushil has come far as a lensman. Today, he is well known among the directors in Bollywood and has carved out an identity for himself. He continues to aspire other budding directors as well.