Puneetsira 48cfb2b051c65eb53a9dd08d0b6d126a377987dcca5cb811f56a042b04c62fa3

Puneet Sira - Film Maker

Puneet Sira (born 3 December 1967) is a British and Bollywood film director, producer, screenwriter and actor. Sira's directorial career consists of several feature films. Two feature films released in 2009: Kisaan (2009) for Sohail Khan Production, starring Jackie Shroff, Sohail Khan, Arbaaz Khan and Dia Mirza and Jai Veeru (2009), starring Fardeen Khan and Kunal Khemu and Dia Mirza.
A vast body of work is credited to Sira during his tenure as an assistant director at the BBC Drama Films Department.

Puneet Sira (born 3 December 1967) is a British and Bollywood film director, producer, screenwriter and actor. Sira's directorial career consists of several feature films. Two feature films released in 2009: Kisaan (2009) for Sohail Khan Production, starring Jackie Shroff, Sohail Khan, Arbaaz Khan and Dia Mirza and Jai Veeru (2009), starring Fardeen Khan and Kunal Khemu and Dia Mirza. A vast body of work is credited to Sira during his tenure as an assistant director at the BBC Drama Films Department. Sira became an assistant director on films such as Hallelujah Anyhow (1991) (Screen Two) starring Keith David, Sweet Nothing(1990) (Screen One) and Can You Hear Me Thinking? (1991) starring Judi Dench. He freelanced on Flying Colors (1993), Memsahib Rita (1994), Blue Baby (1994) before venturing into directing his own films like Strings (1996) which he also wrote and produced. Sira was the director of the London Academy of Acting (a school founded by his father, Gurdial Sira in 1970), where he would teach acting for film. He set up an actors' agency, Talent Introduction Centre (T.I.C.), where he provided work for Asian actors in the UK. Casting director was another title to Sira's credit: films such as Jinnah (1998) starring Christoper Lee, Flight (1992) (BBC Screen One), directed by Alex Pillai, Immaculate Conception (1992) directed by Jamil Dehlavi, Memsahib Rita (1994) and Frantz Fanon – Black Skin, White Mask (1996) directed by Isaac Julien. On the American feature film Passion in the Desert (1997) Sira worked on production. Sira lectured on basic film making at Middlesex University and Italia Conti Acting Academy as a visiting lecturer. In 1998, Sira became the executive producer for Rupert Murdoch's Channel V, (STAR TV), producing more than 22 television shows for the channel in Mumbai. He went on to produce and direct drama for television The Steal (2000) STAR TV, followed by Sanatta (2001) and Jataka Tales (2002) for Japanese television, which Sira directed and produced with his partner Vikram Dhillon. Sira went on to direct the feature films I - Proud To Be An Indian (2004), Jai Veeru (2009) and Kisaan (2009). As a screenwriter Sira wrote “I - Proud To Be An Indian” with Vekeana Dhillon. Together they have written the screenplay for the feature film Kurbani for Feroz Khan (FK International) and Spiceboy for Miracle Films. Sira had written The Steal and Sanatta. Sira and Vikram Dhillon are partners in Eyeline Entertainment, a production company which has several feature films in development and pre-production slated for 2013 and 2014, starting with Ji Karda which begins principal photography in March 2013