Amit Kumar graduated in film direction from the Indian National Film School in Pune. His student film, Judgement Day, a single shot short feature about a custodial death and its shocking cover-up, brought him a grant for Artist Residency from the Chicago Artists International Program. His short The Bypass, produced under UK Film Council and Film Four’s Cinema Extreme series, premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. It won the Kodak BAFTA showcase and was the UK entry for the Kodak showcase at Cannes 2004. The film also won 2nd prize at the Turner Classic Movies Shorts Awards at the London Film Festival and was selected as the Best Short Film at the Indian Film Festival in Los Angeles. Monsoon Shootout is his first long feature.