Kanika Dhillon

Kanika Dhillon is an Indian author and screenwriter.

Kanika Dhillon
Born (1982-08-24) 24 August 1982 (age 38)
NationalityIndian
Alma materSt. Stephen's College
London School of Economics
Occupation
  • Author
  • screenwriter

As an author, she has released three novels, Bombay Duck is a Fish (2011), a satire on the Indian film industry, the young adult superhero novel Shiva and the Rise of the Shadows (2013), and the drama The Dance of Durga (2016). Dhillon has written the screenplay for the Bollywood superhero film Ra.One (2011), the TeluguTamil bilingual comedy Size Zero (2015), and the romantic drama Manmarziyaan (2018)

Life and careerEdit

Kanika Dhillon was born in Amritsar, and after completing her undergraduate education from St. Stephen's College, Delhi, she pursued a master's degree at the London School of Economics. Soon after graduating, she relocated to Mumbai and worked as a script supervisor for Shah Rukh Khan's production company Red Chillies Entertainment.[1] She went on to serve as an assistant director for the company's 2007 film Om Shanti Om.[2][3] After working as a script supervisor for another one of the company's production, the comedy-drama Billu (2009), Dhillon went on to write for two television series, the NDTV Imagine sitcom Ghar Ki Baat Hai (2009) and the Disney India children's show Ishaan: Sapno Ko Awaaz De (2010–2011).[4][5]

In 2011, Dhillon published her first novel, the satire Bombay Duck is a Fish, about Neki Brar, a girl aspiring for a career in Hindi films. The book was launched by Shah Rukh Khan.[6] Reviewing the book for Daily News and Analysis, Rupa Gulab found it to be "a racy and witty lowdown on peer politics, star egos, sleaze, love rats, spot boys, junior artistes, ‘gora’ extras, etc."[7] Rashi Tiwari of News18 commented that the book "is written with a light touch but nevertheless strikes a chord with not just Bollywood aspirants but also those looking for a fantastical getaway."[8] Also that year, she served as a screenwriter for the superhero film Ra.One, directed by Anubhav Sinha and starring Khan.[2][9]

For her prime accomplishments, Hindustan Times honoured Dhillon in 2012 at their annual youth summit "Top 30 Under 30".[10] Following Ra.One, Dhillon was keen to write a superhero novel aimed at teenagers. Inspired by the doomsday theories of 2012, she released her next book, Shiva & The Rise of The Shadows in 2013.[11] In 2015, she served as the writer for the TeluguTamil bilingual comedy Size Zero, which starred Anushka Shetty as an overweight woman who admits herself to a weight loss clinic. Initially written for Hindi film, it was eventually made in South India after Dhillon's husband, the filmmaker Prakash Kovelamudi, liked the script and directed it himself.[5]

Dhillon's third novel, The Dance of Durga, was released in 2016. It tells the story of Rajjo, a naive young woman who transforms into a Godwoman.[12] In a review for Hindustan Times, Khushboo Shukla labelled the book "gripping" and commended Dhillon for successfully exploring faith and culture of rural India.[13] Deepa Suryanarayan of Femina praised the complex character of Rajjo and wrote that despite the character's misdeeds, she had empathised with Rajjo.[14]

Dhillon has written the scripts for the 2018 Hindi films —Anurag Kashyap's drama Manmarziyaan, starring Abhishek Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu, and Vicky Kaushal; and Abhishek Kapoor's romance Kedarnath, starring Sushant Singh Rajput and Sara Ali Khan.[12][15][16]

She has also written the script of her husband's satire on mental illness, Judgemental Hai Kya, starring Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao [17]

During promotion of judgemental hai kya, director Prakash Kovelamudi and Kanika announced their separation and said they were already separated two years earlier.

BibliographyEdit

  • Bombay Duck is a Fish (2011)
  • Shiva and the Rise of the Shadows (2013)
  • The Dance of Durga (2016)

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Film Credit Notes
2007 Om Shanti Om Assistant director
2009 Billu Script supervisor
2011 Always Kabhi Kabhi Additional screenplay
Ra.One Screenplay and dialogues
2015 Size Zero Screenplay TeluguTamil bilingual film
2018 Manmarziyaan Story, screenplay and dialogues
Kedarnath
2019 Judgementall Hai Kya
2020 Guilty Netflix film
2020 Haseen Dillruba

TelevisionEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sharma, Sanjukta (9 June 2011). "The inconvenient surname". Mint. Retrieved 20 June 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b "SRK is selfless: Kanika Dhillon". The Times of India. 19 June 2011. Retrieved 20 June 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Khurana, Manpriya (12 July 2010). "Something fishy!". The Tribune. Retrieved 20 June 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Kapoor, Jasikaran (8 May 2011). "In the Kings Company". The Indian Express. Retrieved 20 June 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ a b Chowdhary, Y. Sunita (11 May 2015). "On a creative high". The Hindu. Retrieved 20 June 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "'Bombay Duck is a Fish' novel brought to mind my own journey, says Shah Rukh Khan". Daily News and Analysis. 7 June 2011. Retrieved 20 June 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Gulab, Rupa (26 June 2011). "Book review: Kanika Dhillon's 'Bombay Duck Is A Fish'". Daily News and Analysis. Retrieved 20 June 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Tiwary, Rashi (20 June 2011). "'Bombay Duck is a Fish' strikes a chord". News18. Retrieved 20 June 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ Parkar, Shaheen (3 July 2010). "'I wear a heart': Shah Rukh's favourite line in Ra.One has been penned by Kanika Dhillon, one of the screenplay and dialogue writers of his superhero film". Mid Day. Retrieved 19 December 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ Sandhu, Rameshinder Singh (18 September 2013). "'Writing defines me'". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 20 June 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ Luis, Vanessa (28 October 2013). "Best-Selling Author Kanika Dhillon on Her New Book and Life as a Writer". iDiva. Retrieved 20 June 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ a b Dundoo, Sangeetha Devi (25 April 2016). "Kanika Dhillon: Writing is my creative expression". The Hindu. Retrieved 20 June 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "The Dance of Durga: A tale of faith, desire and passion". Hindustan Times. 31 May 2016. Retrieved 20 June 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ Suryanarayan, Deepa (8 June 2016). "Book review:The Dance Of Durga". Femina. Retrieved 20 June 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ Bhowal, Tiasa (20 June 2018). "Mental Hai Kya: Kangana Ranaut Is Having A Gala Time In London". NDTV. Retrieved 20 June 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. ^ Kazi, Pinaz (18 July 2017). "Top 7 facts about Sara Ali Khan-Sushant Singh Rajput starrer Kedarnath". International Business Times. Retrieved 20 June 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  17. ^ ""Judgemental Hai Kya is quirky!" – Kanika Dhillon". Kovid Gupta Films. 2019. Retrieved 25 June 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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