Devashish Makhija has researched and assisted on the movies Black Friday and Bunty aur Babli. He has written numerous screenplays, notably Anurag Kashyap's yet-to-be-made superhero saga Doga, has had a solo art show Occupying Silence, written a collection of short stories Forgetting, the forthcoming book of poems Disengaged, the bestselling children's books When Ali became Bajrangbali and Why Paploo was perplexed, and been featured in numerous anthologies including Mumbai Noir, Penguin First Proof and the Sahitya Akademi's Modern English Poetry.
He has also written and directed the multiple award winning short films Taandav, El'ayichi, Agli Baar, Rahim Murge pe mat ro (Don't cry for Rahim LeCock), Absent, Happy, and the critically acclaimed full length feature films Ajji (Granny) and Bhonsle. His films have competed and won awards at the international film festivals of Rotterdam, Gothenberg, Beaune, Black Nights, Busan, Glasgow, Tampere, MOMA, APSA, Barcelona, Singapore, amongst many others. Oonga, a feature film he wrote and directed in 2013 never released in Indian theatres despite a critically acclaimed film festival run so he reverse-adapted it into a gripping novel.