Deepa Bhatia is a Bollywood film editor, producer and director based in Mumbai. She is known for editing commercially successful films like Tare Zameen Par, My Name is Khan, Rock On, Kai Po Che, Student of the Year and Raees.[1] She has recently edited films like Kedarnath, Drive and the much talked about biopic on Sachin Tendulkar.[2]

Deepa Bhatia
OccupationEditor, Director
Spouse(s)Amole Gupte
ChildrenPartho Gupte

Deepa believes that editing is making something the best it can be.[3] In her own words, "A movie is written thrice. Once, when it is written, the second, when it is directed, and the third, when it is edited. It is unfortunate that editors don't get their due. It frustrates me when people think cutting is editing."[4]

In 2010, UTV World Movies chose her as the personality of the month to pick four movies of her choice from the channel's collection. Interestingly, the movies she picked were Machuca, Cousin Cousine, Twin Sisters and 8 Women.[4]


Deepa started her career by assisting directors before venturing into full-time into post-production. She has over 20 years of experience as an editor and has worked with directors like Govind Nihalani (Dev, Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa, Deham) and Jahnu Barua (Maine Gandhi Ko Nahi Mara, Har Pall).[5] Her editing work on films like Kai Po Che and Rock On has been one of her most noteworthy projects and has bagged her awards like the Star Screen Awards.[6]

Apart from her career as a film editor in Bollywood, she has also directed and produced a critically acclaimed documentary titled Nero’s Guests: The Age of Inequality about farmer suicides in Maharashtra.[7] The documentary won two awards at Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF).[8] It took Deepa 5 years to direct and an year to edit this challenging documentary.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Deepa is married to screenwriter, Amole Gupte and they have a son Partho Gupte.[10] She is an alumna of Sophia Polytechnic.[11][11][12]

Selected filmography as editorEdit

Year Movie Notes
1998 Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa
1999 Thakshak
2004 Dev
2005 Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara
The Hangman
2007 Taare Zameen Par (Like Stars on Earth)
2008 Rock On!!
2010 My Name Is Khan
2011 Stanley Ka Dabba Producer
2012 Ferrari Ki Sawaari
Student of the Year
2013 Kai Po Che!
Bombay Talkies (film)
2014 Hawaa Hawaai
Placebo (Documentary)[13] Consulting Editor
2016 Zubaan[14]
2017 Raees
Sachin: A Billion Dreams
2018 Kedarnath
2019 Drive
2020 Desert Dolphin

Filmography as directorEdit

  • Nero's Guests: The Age of Inequality (Documentary)[8]


Star Screen Awards


  1. ^ "Deepa Bhatia - JNAF". Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  2. ^ "Deepa Bhatia on her cutting (edge) career (and how it came together)". Times of India Blog. 7 June 2011. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  3. ^ Inside an Editor's Studio | Deepa Bhatia | Cheat Sheet, retrieved 23 November 2019
  4. ^ a b Kumar, Anuj (15 April 2010). "A cut above". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Magic Lantern Movies LLP". Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  6. ^ Jani, Shruti (23 March 2018). "5 Women Editors In Indian Cinema We Should Know About". Feminism In India. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  7. ^, Oberon Amsterdam, Nero's Guests | IDFA, retrieved 23 November 2019
  8. ^ a b "EDITOR'S CUT". Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Deepa Bhatia on her cutting (edge) career (and how it came together)". Times of India Blog. 7 June 2011. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  10. ^ "Roast of Patriarchy | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis". dna. 19 November 2016. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  11. ^ a b "Film editor Deepa Bhatia to turn director". The Indian Express. 22 August 2014. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  12. ^ "'Sachin: A Billion Dreams': You don't have to be a cricket fan to love the biopic". The News Minute. 26 May 2017. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  13. ^ Ramnath, Nandini. "Documentary 'Placebo' offers a dose of student life, and it isn't easy to swallow". Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  14. ^ "'Zubaan': Busan Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 26 September 2017.

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