Mysore Shrinivas Sathyu, popularly known as M.S.Sathyu, was born on 6th July, 1930 in Mysore, Karnataka. He conducted his schooling and higher education at Mysore and Bangalore. In 1952, he quit college and started his struggle in the film industry in Mumbai. After being unemployed for nearly four years, he got his first break as assistant to film-maker Chetan Anand.
After being unemployed for nearly four years, Sathyu got his first break as assistant to film-maker Chetan Anand in the film Kinare Kinare (1963) starring Dev Anand and Meena Kumari. An year later he got a break as an independent art director for the movie Haqeeqat(1964) which won him the Filmfare Award and instant recognition.
In films, Sathyu worked as an art director, camera-man, script writer, producer and director. His filmography includes over 15 documentaries and 8 feature films in Hindi, Urdu and Kannada. He also did work in theatre as a designer and director, including designing sets and lights for productions of Hindustani Theatre, Okhla Theatre, Kannada Bharati and other groups of Delhi.
Sathyu’s best work Garam Hawa (1973) about the plight of a North Indian Muslim family during the partition of India, is credited with pioneering the art cinema movement in India. The movie which launched the career of Farooq Shaikh, was nominated for the prestigious Golden Palm at The Cannes Film Festival in 1974 and has been ranked amongst the Top 25 Must See Bollywood Films by Indiatimes Movies. Sathyu’s Kahan Kahan Se Guzar Gaya (1981) was one of the first movies with Anil Kapoor in the lead role. The advent of serials on Doordarshan made Sathyu to move to television with Pratidhwani(1985), His notable work in television includes Choli Daaman (1987) and Kayar (1992). In 1998, Sathyu acted in Pamela Rooks’ adaptation of Khushwant Singh’s book Train To Pakistan.
Sathyu won the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Film on National Integration for Garam Hawa at the National Film Awards. Garam Hawa also swept three Filmfare Awards for Best Story, Best Screenplay and Best Dialogues in 1975. Sathyu, a Padma Shri recipient, also won the Filmfare Critics Award for the Best Film for Sookha (1983).