He began his career in his native India, collaborating with the Merchant Ivory group on films such as Heat & Dust and The Deceivers before moving to Los Angeles, to carve out his place in the competitive world of Hollywood. The first Features from his US-based company Kintop Pictures were David Lynch's critically acclaimed Lost Highway and Wim Wender's award winning The End Of Violence. It was his continued work with Wenders that led him to a "Best Documentary" Academy Award nomination for The Buena Vista Social Club. Nayar also produced Wender's Million Dollar Hotel, which premiered at the 2000 Berlin Film Festival and won the Silver Bear award.

Nayar has a particular ability for nurturing new talent and has been behind the directorial debuts of a number successful directors including William Jennings, Mahesh Mathai, and Matt Dillon. In 2001 he produced the Golden Globe and Bafta nominated Bend It Like Beckham, and quickly followed this success with Bride & Prejudice, a cross cultural box office hit. 2005-2007 saw him produce, Paul Berges' The Mistress of Spices, Mahesh Mathai's supernatural thriller Broken Threads and Paul Schrader's The Walker. Current projects include the comedies Tucker & Dale vs Evil and Swinging With the Finkels.

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You Are No Longer You
Directed By: Sahra Girshick
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Directed By: Fili Seifert
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Like Me
Directed By: Lars p Arendt
Jury Level Submission
Alice Nervosa
Directed By: Kristijan Kauric
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Annas Small World
Directed By: Markus Berera and Heike Frei
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