Kunal Kohli is an Indian film director, producer, actor and writer known for his works predominantly in Bollywood. He is best known as the director of Hum Tum (2004) and Fanaa (2006). He also owns the production house Kunal Kohli Productions, and produced Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic (2008) which he also directed.[1][2]

Kunal Kohli
Kunal Kohli at India International Film Tourism Conclave 2018.jpg
Kohli at India International Film Tourism Conclave 2018
Born (1970-10-28) 28 October 1970 (age 51)[citation needed]
OccupationDirector, screenwriter, producer, actor
Spouse(s)Ravina Kohli
Children1 (daughter)


Kohli started out as a film critic in the late 1990s and hosted the show Chalo Cinema on Zee TV. He also directed some music videos: Bally Sagoo's "Mera Laung Gawacha", Kamaal Khan's "Jaana", Bali Brahmbhatt's "Tere Bin Jeena Nahin", Shiamak Davar's "Jaane Kisne", Hema Sardesai's "Bole Humse Kuch Na Gori" and Rajshri Music's "Yeh Hai Prem", a song for Alisha Chinoy with Milind Soman. He directed about 24 music videos before moving to TV and films.

He made his directorial debut with the television series Trikon. He has made four movies for Yash Raj Films, owned by the late Yash Chopra. His first film under their banner was Mujhse Dosti Karoge! (2002) which did not fare well at the box office. It starred Hrithik Roshan, Rani Mukerji and Kareena Kapoor.

His second venture Hum Tum, was one of the biggest hits of 2004 and established him as a director. Hum Tum won five Filmfare awards including Best Director for Kohli. He won against his mentor Yash Chopra who was nominated for Veer-Zaara.[3][4]

He then directed Fanaa, starring Aamir Khan and Kajol, who made her comeback after a four-year break from the industry and earned herself a Filmfare Best Actress award. The film was released in May 2006. Fanaa became one of the biggest hits of 2006. This film was found to be controversial and was banned in the state of Gujarat due to protests against the lead actor Aamir Khan.[5]

Kohli wrote, directed and co-produced the Yash Raj film Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic (2008), starring Saif Ali Khan, Rani Mukerji, Amisha Patel and Rishi Kapoor. He then produced the romantic comedy Break Ke Baad, which was directed by Danish Aslam and starred Imran Khan and Deepika Padukone in the lead roles. The film was released in the later half of 2010.

One of his projects Phir Se... was stuck in controversies involving allegations of plagiarism, however, the Supreme court later on allowed the release of the film upon settlement between the parties, while making him pay Rs. 25 lakhs to Jyoti Kapoor, the plaintiff. It was released on Netflix on 15 January 2018. Kohli has a three film contract with Reliance Big Pictures involving financing, distribution and marketing. This contract is estimated to be worth Rs 1.50 billion.[6]


Kohli judged the popular reality dance TV show Nach Baliye's second season for Star Plus in 2005. He also judged the children's reality show on Sony TV, Chota Packet Bada Dhamaka in 2005. In April 2014, it was reported that he would be the judge on NDTV's talent hunt show Ticket to Bollywood.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Kohli is married to Ravina Kohli, who was the director of Koffee with Karan, and headed Yash Raj TV. They have a daughter, Radha who they adopted.[8] His maternal aunt died of the coronavirus in May 2020.[9]

Music videosEdit

Year Album Music Video
1998 Yeh Hai Prem "Yeh Hai Prem Trilogy"


Year Film Director Writer Producer Notes
2002 Mujhse Dosti Karoge! Yes Yes No Directorial debut
2004 Hum Tum Yes Yes No Won Best Director at Filmfare Awards, Won Best Director at 2005 Screen Awards
2006 Fanaa Yes Yes No
2008 Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic Yes Yes Yes
2010 Break Ke Baad No No Yes
2012 Teri Meri Kahaani Yes Yes Yes
2018 Phir Se... Yes No No Debut as actor
2018 Next Enti? Yes Yes No Telugu Film
2021 Lahore Confidential Yes No No

TV showsEdit


  1. ^ Kunal Kohli is ready to act in movies – The Times of India. Timesofindia.indiatimes.com (13 April 2014). Retrieved on 2015-10-29.
  2. ^ Kunal Kohli slams Ayushmann Khurana – Rediff.com Movies. Rediff.com (9 November 2012). Retrieved on 2015-10-29.
  3. ^ Kunal Kohli – Kunal Kohli Biography. Koimoi.com. Retrieved on 29 October 2015.
  4. ^ Kunal Kohli supports Salman's stand on 'Bigg Boss' – IBNLive. Ibnlive.in.com (29 October 2013). Retrieved on 2015-10-29.
  5. ^ "Gujarat ban on Aamir's Fanaa unlawful: NBA". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 30 May 2006. Archived from the original on 20 July 2011.
  6. ^ "kunal kohli production". Archived from the original on 3 October 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2011.
  7. ^ "Kunal Kohli to judge the Talent show, Ticket to Bollywood". IANS. news.biharprabha.com. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  8. ^ Olivera, Roshni K (10 May 2011). "Kunal Kohli adopts a baby girl". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 4 April 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2011.
  9. ^ "Kunal Kohli loses aunt to coronavirus: 'Covid has been harsh to our family, won't break our love and memories'". www.msn.com. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  10. ^ "kunal kohli productions". Retrieved 16 October 2011.
  11. ^ "kunal kohli production". Retrieved 16 October 2011.
  12. ^ Back to roots: Kunal Kohli to judge another show on TV. India Today (29 April 2014). Retrieved on 29 October 2015.

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