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Apoorva Lakhia is an Indian film director.

Apoorva Lakhia
Apoorva Lakhia at CCL match, 2011.jpg
Apoorva Lakhia at CCL match, 2011
Known forFilm director

Early lifeEdit

Lakhia was born and brought up in Ahmedabad, India.[1] He was educated at the Lawrence School, Sanawar.[2] He dropped out of a filmmaking course in New York University to assist Mira Nair on The Perez Family.[3] He had been an assistant on American films such as The Ice Storm, A Perfect Murder and Addicted to Love.[3]


Before becoming a film director, Apoorva was an assistant director for Ashutosh Gowariker's period epic film Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India. As Aamir Khan was looking for someone with Hollywood experience for Lagaan, Farhan Akhtar [4] recommended Apoorva, who had worked with casts and crews in Hollywood. He also worked as the second assistant director for the film Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996).[3]

He made his debut as a film director with the 2002 film Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost. His second film Ek Ajnabee released in 2005 which starred Amitabh Bachchan and Arjun Rampal in the leading role was a remake of the 2004 American film Man on Fire. His third film Shootout at Lokhandwala which has a multi-star cast released on 25 May 2007 and was based on real-life events involving the underworld gangsters Maya Dolas and Dilip Buwa. In late 2007 he directed a short story titled Sex on the Beach for the anthology film Dus Kahaniyaan. His next film was Mission Istanbul starring Vivek Oberoi, Sunil Shetty, Shriya Saran and Zayed Khan which released in 2008.[5] North American producer Vikas Kohli of Fatlabs studio collaborated with Mika Singh for the first time on the Mission Istaanbul soundtrack.[6]

He has written the story of Hide & Seek (2009), which is directed Shawn Aranha. Lakhia wrote and directed all the movies from his debut to Mission Istanbul. He made his acting debut with a negative role in the 2010 film Knock Out starring Sanjay Dutt and Irrfan Khan.

In 2013, he directed re-make of the breakthrough film, Zanjeer with Telugu actor Ram Charan. In 2017, he directed the film Haseena Parkar, based on the life of Dawood Ibrahim's sister with Shraddha Kapoor and his real life brother Siddhant Kapoor in the lead roles.


Year Title Language Director Assistant Director Producer Writer
2001 Lagaan Hindi Yes
2003 Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost Hindi Yes Yes
2005 Ek Ajnabee Hindi Yes Yes
2007 Shootout at Lokhandwala Hindi Yes Yes
Dus Kahaniyaan Hindi Yes Yes
2008 Mission Istaanbul Hindi Yes
2013 Zanjeer / Thoofan Hindi / Telugu Yes
2017 Haseena Parkar Hindi Yes


  1. ^ "Sanju sir was larger than life even in school: Apoorva Lakhia". The Times of India. 3 September 2013. Retrieved 4 March 2014.
  2. ^ "Lawrence School founder's day from Oct 2 - The Times of India". The Times Of India.
  3. ^ a b c "Apoorva Lakhia biography". Retrieved 12 April 2012.[dead link]
  4. ^ "10 years of Lagaan: 10 things you didn't know".
  5. ^ "Mission Istaanbul: Darr Ke Aagey Jeet Hai! (2008)".
  6. ^ "Mission Istaanbul: Darr Ke Aagey Jeet Hai! (2008) - Full cast and crew".

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