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Ayan Mukerji (born 15 August 1983) is an Indian film director from the cinema prominent Mukherjee-Samarth family. Mukerji made his directorial debut at the age of 26 with the coming-of-age comedy Wake Up Sid (2009), produced by Karan Johar. The film opened to strong reviews and box office returns.[1][2] His next release, the 2013 romantic comedy, Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, ranks among one of the Highest-grossing Hindi films of that year. He is often referred to as Ranbir Kapoor's best friend and he also stated in an interview that Kapoor has become "something of a muse" to him.[3]

Ayan Mukerji
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At the premiere of Moonlight at the Jio MAMI Film Club, 2017
Ayan Mukherjee

(1983-08-15) 15 August 1983 (age 36)
Years active2005–present
Parent(s)Amrit and Deb Mukherjee
RelativesAshutosh Gowariker (brother-in-law) Kajol (cousin)
FamilyMukherjee-Samarth family

Early life and backgroundEdit

Mukerji was born in a Bengali family in Kolkata, West Bengal. He is the son of Bengali film actor Deb Mukherjee. His grandfather, Sashadhar Mukherjee, was a film producer who was one of the founding partners of Filmistan Studio. Later, Sashadhar Mukherjee established Filmalaya Studios in Mumbai, and produced films like Dil Deke Dekho (1959), Love in Simla (1960), Ek Musafir Ek Hasina (1962) and Leader (1964). The studio is still run by his extended family.[4][5] He is also the nephew of Joy Mukherjee, first cousin of Kajol and Tanisha Mukherjee and second cousin of Rani Mukerji and part of the larger Mukherjee-Samarth family.[6][7]

Mukerji studied at Jamnabai Narsee School. He later attended Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology but dropped out after the first year to become an assistant director on Swades.[8]


Mukherji started his career as an assistant to Ashutosh Gowariker, his brother-in-law, on the 2004 film, Swades, and later to Johar on Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna. After taking a short break from filmmaking, Mukerji wrote the screenplay for Wake Up Sid and gave it to Johar who decided it should become a film.[5] The film starred Konkona Sen Sharma and Ranbir Kapoor in lead roles and went on to become a commercial and critical success.[9]

Mukerji's next film, also under Karan Johar's banner Dharma Productions, was Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, with Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor in lead roles. It was a huge commercial success. The movie grossed Rs. 1 billion at the box office in just 7 days. It became the fourth highest grossing Indian movie of all time.[10][11]

Currently, Mukerji is involved in his next film, a superhero trilogy titled Brahmastra, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Mouni Roy, and Akkineni Nagarjuna.[12]

Although Mukerji belongs to a Bengali family, he said he will never make a Bengali film because it would not reach many people.[13]


  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Director Writer Notes
2009 Wake Up Sid Yes Yes Filmfare Award for Best Debut Director (Shared with Zoya Akhtar)

Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Director

2013 Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani Yes Yes Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Director
2020 Brahmastra   Yes Yes Filming[14]



2010: Filmfare Awards


  1. ^ "Wake Up Sid wows critics and masses alike!". Hindustan Times.
  2. ^ Taran Adarsh (3 October 2009). "B.O. update: 'Wake Up Sid', 'Do Knot Disturb' bring cheer". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 3 October 2009.
  3. ^ Ruhani, Faheem. "Ranbir has become my muse, says Ayan Mukerji". India Today. India Today. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Ayan Mukherjee wants to remake grandpa's 'Love in Simla'". The Times of India. 17 May 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Waking up Ayan". MiD DAY. 12 August 2009. Retrieved 16 June 2013.
  6. ^ "In pics: Bollywood's Mukherjee-Samarth family tree". CNN-IBN. Retrieved 16 June 2013.
  7. ^ "Forever young". Time Out Mumbai. 15 June 2010. Archived from the original on 15 June 2010.
  8. ^ "The Pulp Prodigy".
  9. ^ "Trade Report Wake Up Sid wows critics and masses alike!". Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 28 September 2011.
  10. ^ Iyer, Meena (21 September 2011). "Deepika, Ranbir together again". The Times of India. Retrieved 28 September 2011.[dead link]
  11. ^ "Ranbir, Deepika share amicable equation: Ayan Mukerji". Archived from the original on 26 September 2011. Retrieved 28 September 2011.
  12. ^ "Ranbir Kapoor To Play A Superhero In Ayan Mukerji's Next".
  13. ^ "Ayan Mukerji: Would love to make a Superman film".
  14. ^ "Brahmastra: Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, 150 drones reveal first logo of Ayan Mukerji's ambitious film at Kumbh 2019". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  15. ^ "3 Idiots shines at Filmfare Awards". The Times of India.

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