Sunil Sukthankar is an Indian filmmaker who works predominantly in Marathi cinema and Marathi theatre. Sukthankar along with Bhave have made fourteen feature films, more than fifty short films, and four TV serials; all of which have been written by Bhave. The duo have won various national and international accolades. He completed his graduation in Commerce from Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce, Pune and joined the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune to pursue a course in film direction. His diploma film was titled Anuttar. As a theatre activist, Sukthankar wrote and directed several plays and street plays. After a career as a theatre activist, Sukthankar was introduced to Bhave through her daughter while she was making her debut short film Bai (1985). After completing his graduation and film direction course from the Film and Television Institute of India, he joined Bhave again as an assistant and worked on three short films. In 1995, Bhave collaborated with Sukthankar as a director and made their film debut with a Marathi film Doghi The film received wide critical acclaim and won several awards including the Best Film at the 32nd Maharashtra State Film Awards and the Best Film on Other Social Issues at the 43rd National Film Awards. In 2010, the duo made the Hindi language feature-cum-documentary film Mor Dekhne Jungle Mein, the film was awarded the Best Marathi Film at the 10th Pune International Film Festival.