Elahe Hiptoola is a lawyer by education. In 1993, she set up ‘Elahe’, the first fashion store in Hyderabad. In 2010, she founded ‘Lamakaan’, an inclusive cultural space. Nagesh Kukunoor and she are a Director–Producer team, starting their partnership with the cult film, Hyderabad Blues (1998). Their other films include Rockford, 3 Deewarein, Iqbal, Dor and Lakshmi. Lakshmi won the Best Feature at Palm Springs and was also screened at the White House. Iqbal won the National Award (2006). Her latest film Dhanak has won 18 awards at international film festivals and also won the National Award for Best Children’s Film of 2016.