Sunil Kumar Desai is a Kannada film director. In most of his movies, Desai blends art and commercial cinema. He has written and directed suspense/thrillers and love stories. He has won the Karnataka state awards in the Best Screenplay & Best Dialogs categories. He has also won the Filmfare awards 4 times. Desai worked with South Indian musicians like Illayaraja, Hamsalekha & Gunasingh.
Sunil Kumar Desai was born in 1955 in Bijapur, North Karnataka. He had his primary education in Bijapur and higher education in Pune. He started his film-career as an assistant to Kashinath, a renowned writer, actor, director and producer of many Kannada films. Desai continued to work as an assistant to Suresh Heblikar, an actor, director and environmentalist. He was also involved in a couple of controversies with actor Vishnuvadhan as the latter did not like the way Desai explained the scenes and the pace with which the movies were going.