Tushar Tyagi



Tushar Tyagi is an award-winning director, producer, and writer from India whose professional repertoire speaks for itself. He made his directorial debut in 2013 with Didn’t Learn a Lesson, a short film for which he also wrote the screenplay. Tyagi then directed the short film The Betrayal that same year, along with his feature film debut, An Absent Dream. He quickly followed up those films by executive producing, writing, and directing Lying is done with words, and also with silence. Tyagi then served in all three capacities on Inception of a Lost Art and Behind a Woman’s Eyes

Meanwhile, Tyagi attended NYFA New York, graduating from our 1-Year Filmmaking Conservatory program in 2014. He subsequently wrote and produced the short film Gulabee and also co-wrote the short Ana. Gulabee earned Tyagi the Award of Excellence for Best Screenplay at the 2014 Indian Cine Film Festival, his first career award. He also co-produced the short film Midnight (2014). In 2015, Tyagi wrote the short film Hari, which he also produced and directed. The following year, Tyagi won four awards for his work on Hari, including the Award of Recognition for Best Drama at the Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival.

Tyagi continued directing, producing, and writing films including A Broken Egg (2017), Rose (2017), Kaashi (2018), and Lappad (2021). Furthermore, Tyagi won two Awards of Merit at the 2017 Accolade Competition for his work on Rose. Rose also won Tyagi and co-producer Sonia Bajaj the April 2017 Los Angeles International Film Festival Award for Best Drama.

In 2022, he directed, produced, and wrote the short film Saving Chintu. The 25-minute film, starring Life of Pi actor Adil Hussain, explores LGBQTIA+ themes in India. Remarkably, Saving Chintu earned ten award nominations, including the 2020 Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival Award for Best International Short and Best North American Short Film at the Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival. The film also qualified for the 2021 Academy Awards in the Best Narrative Short category.

Most recently, Tyagi executive produced the short films A Lullaby for Yellow Roses and Father’s Footsteps, both released in 2023. 

In addition to his work as a director, producer, and writer, Tyagi founded the Yellowstone International Film Festival. The 2023 edition, held in New Delhi, India from October 22-26, featured 146 films in its official lineup.

Program Studied at NYFA: Filmmaking
Program Type: 1-Year Filmmaking Program
Year Graduated: 2014
Location: New York

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