Amar Kaushik is an Indian director and actor best known for directing the 2018 film Stree.
|Years active||2008 – present|
|Spouse(s)||Nalini Neha (2008 – present)|
Amar Kaushik grew up in Medo, Arunachal Pradesh where his father was a forest ranger who worked for the Indian Forest Service and his mother Shashi was a school teacher. When he was 10 years old, the family moved to Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. He later studied mass communications in Delhi and moved to Mumbai in 2006. In 2009, Kaushik was attacked on a bus by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena members who mistakenly believed he was director Anurag Kashyap. MNS leader Raj Thackeray had criticised Kashyap for calling his film Bombay Velvet and had unsuccessfully demanded that he change the name to Mumbai Velvet.
Kaushik began his film career in 2008, working as Raj Kumar Gupta's assistant director on Aamir. He teamed up with Gupta again to serve as associate director for No One Killed Jessica and Ghanchakkar. In addition to crew duties, Kaushik had small acting roles in each of the three films. After working as an associate director on the Onir films Sorry Bhai!, I Am and Shab, Kaushik ventured into solo directing with his short film "Aaaba". The script was written by Kauhsik and based on a story by his mother. It was funded with loans from his friends, including Raj Kumar Gupta. Shot entirely in Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh, "Aaba" was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and won the Special Jury Prize for Best Short Film at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival. "Aaba"'s screenplay also won an Honorable Jury Mention at the Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival and the film was awarded the Best Short Film award at the New York Indian Film Festival.
Kaushik began shooting his feature film Stree in January 2018. Starring Rajkummar Rao and Shraddha Kapoor, the horror film released on 31 August 2018. Stree became a surprise hit, earning ₹125.57 crore by 1 October. Kaushik's upcoming projects include an untitled film on the subject of surrogacy and the sequel to Stree, Stree 2.
|2008||Sorry Bhai!||Second assistant director|
|2010||I Am||First assistant director|
|2011||No One Killed Jessica||Associate director|
|2013||Go Goa Gone||First assistant director|
|2013||Fukrey||Second unit director|
|2015||Dry Dreams||Yes||Short film|
|2015||Fuddu Boys||Yes||Short film|
|2017||Beyond the Clouds||First assistant director|
|2018||Table No.5||Yes||Webseries on ZEE5|
|2019||Malgook Bidro||Yes||Short Film on Zee5|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2018||Stree||Star Screen Awards||Best Director||Nominated|
|2019||Filmfare Awards||Best Director|
|Best Debutant Director||Won|
- Patwardhan, Aditi (25 February 2017). "Meet the Director of Aaba, the Only Award-Winning Indian Short Film at Berlin International Festival". The Better India.
- Malik, Ektaa (18 September 2017). "Inheritance of Loss". Indian Express.
- Subhash K. Jha (25 November 2009). "Anurag Kashyap look a like beaten". Times of India.
- Anahita Panicker (29 August 2018). "Supernatural, spooky and strange". The Hindu.
- "Did you know Stree director Amar Kaushik took money from Raj Kumar Gupta to make his first short film?". India TV. 10 August 2018.
- "Short Film Aaba Bags International Jury Award at Berlinale". News 18. IANS. 20 February 2017.
- "17th Annual NEW YORK INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL April 30-May 7, 2017". Indo-American Arts Council. 10 May 2017.
- Roychoudhury, Shibaji (1 October 2018). "Stree box-office collection week 5: The Shraddha Kapoor film beats Alia Bhatt's Raazi; makes Rs 125.57 crore". Times Now.
- Dedhia, Sonil (4 September 2018). "Stree Box Office Collections: Success That's Driven By Fear". Mid-Day.
- Sanjeev Kumar Verma (21 October 2018). "Bihar's son-in-law promises sequel to Stree". The Telegraph.