Discipline: Film/Video – feature

Kanu Behl

Discipline: Film/Video – feature
Region: Mumbai, Maharashtra, INDIA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2018

After dabbling in radio, copywriting, acting, and theatre, Kanu finally landed at the Satyajit Ray Film and TV Institute, Kolkata in 2003, majoring in film direction. He discovered documentary at film school and got completely taken in. His first doc landed in competition at Cinema du Reel. Next, he directed and produced three more docs for international channels like NHK Japan, ZDF. and ARTE.

In 2010, he co-wrote director Dibakar Banerjee’s break out, Love, Sex aur Dhokha. In 2014, his debut feature Titli premiered at UnCertain Regard, Cannes and went on to win eight major awards and play at over 22 festivals across the world including AFI, Rotterdam, and Goteborg Filmfest, including a Best First Feature Film Award from the French Syndicate of Cinema Critics in 2015.

At MacDowell, Behl completed early development work for a 10-part series titled “Sard” based on the true events of the Nithari killings in India. He also completed a late polish draft for a feature screenplay titled Agra.

Made at MacDowell

Fellow Works Supported by MacDowell

Agra (Feature Film)



Kanu Behl worked in the Sorosis studio.

Sorosis Studio was funded by the New York Carol Club of Sorosis. The small, masonry studio was designed by F. Winsor, Jr., the architect who also designed Savidge Library (1926) and Mixter Studio (1927). At the time of construction, the large porch on the southeast façade offered a spectacular mountain view that has since been obscured…

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