Vishal Bhardwaj is a film director, writer, composer and producer. His directorial work includes Makdee, The Blue Umbrella, Kaminey, 7 Khoon Maaf, Matru Ki Bijli Ka Mandola, Rangoon, Pataakha as well as the internationally acclaimed Shakespeare Trilogy of Maqbool, Omkara and Haider (adapted from Macbeth, Othello and Hamlet). He has received seven National Awards for his work and the Kerala State Award for Best Music Direction for the film Carbon. He also composed the music for the Broadway musical Monsoon Wedding, based on the feature film by Mira Nair. In 2018, Bhardwaj published his first book of poems titled Nude.