Starting in 1978 with his Oscar-nominated short film, An Encounter with Faces, Vidhu Vinod Chopra has won countless awards over the years for his path-breaking work as director, screenwriter and producer. His unique approach to filmmaking is evident in films such as Parinda, Khamosh, 1942: A Love Story and in the films that can today be defined as the modern classics of our era, Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. and 3 Idiots. In 1992, Abhijat Joshi wrote a critically acclaimed play, A Shaft of Sunlight, that Chopra happened to see in Birmingham. Their subsequent encounter was the start of an enduring and fruitful collaboration resulting in films like Mission Kashmir, Eklavya, and most recently, Shikara. The team of director Rajkumar Hirani, writer Joshi and producer Chopra has also helmed major blockbusters in recent years like Lage Raho Munna Bhai, 3 Idiots, PK and Sanju.