Chaitanya Tamhane is an independent filmmaker based in Mumbai. His debut feature film, Court, premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2014, where it was awarded the Best Film - Orizzonti and the Lion of the Future award. It also won the national award for Best Feature Film. His second feature film, The Disciple, was awarded the Sundance Institute Open Borders Fellowship presented by Netflix. It also won the Best Screenplay Award at the Venice Film Festival and the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize and the Amplify Voices Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.