Vishram Shivram Sawant is an Indian auteur noted for his realistic portrayal of the criminal underworld. Heavily influenced by Ram Gopal Varma, he made his directorial debut with D, which is about the meteroic rise of a fictional underworld don, Deshu ( played by Randeep Hooda). His next film was Risk in which the same actor plays an errant police inspector with Vinod Khanna as villain.
Sawant was a photographer by profession before he joined films and designed Ram Gopal Varma's office at his company The Factory. He also did publicity work for Varma's horror film Bhoot.