Laxman Utekar

Laxman Utekar is an Indian filmmaker, cinematographer and director known for his work in Hindi and Marathi films.

Laxman Utekar
Indian Panorama Directors Ram, Indranil Roychowdury and Laxman Utekar briefing the Media, at the 44th India International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2013), in Panaji, Goa on November 27, 2013..jpg
Utekar (left) at IFFI 2013
NationalityIndian
Occupation
  • Director
  • Cinematographer
Years active2007–present

Utekar started his career as a director of photography in Hindi cinema with films such as English Vinglish and Dear Zindagi. He made his directorial debut in 2013 with Tapaal.[1] He went on to direct the romantic comedy Luka Chuppi (2019) and the drama Mimi (2021).

CareerEdit

Utekar started his career as a director of photography in Hindi cinema in 2007 with Khanna & Iyer. He then went on to work on English Vinglish, Dear Zindagi, Hindi Medium and 102 Not Out. He made his directorial debut in 2013 with Marathi film Tapaal. He then directed Lalbaugchi Rani (2016), a slice of life drama about a mentally challenged girl who gets lost in Mumbai.

Utekar first Hindi film as director was the romantic comedy Luka Chuppi (2019) which starred Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon as a couple in a live in relationship and the chaos ensues when their traditional families assume them to be married to each other.[2] The film received generally positive reviews and emerged as commercial success at the box office, with a total gross collection of 128.86 crore (US$16 million).[3][4]

In 2021, Utekar directed and co-wrote with Rohan Shankar the drama Mimi. A remake of the Marathi film Mala Aai Vhhaychy! (2011). the film reunited him with Sanon, in the titular role of a young woman who opts to be a surrogate mother for a foreign couple. Following the non-existent theatrical releases due to COVID-19 pandemic, the film was released through the streaming services Netflix and JioCinema.[5] The film received positive reviews from critics, with Renuka Vyahare of The Times of India nothing that "it picks a relevant topic and turns it into an engaging, empowering and compassionate tale on humanity and motherhood".[6] Taran Adarsh wrote, “Mimi is a heartwarming saga, aimed at families and it will keep the audience thoroughly entertained.”[7]

FilmographyEdit

Year Movie Director Cinematographer Language Ref.
2007 Khanna & Iyer Yes Hindi [8]
2012 English Vinglish Yes Hindi [8]
2013 Tapaal Yes Marathi [9]
2016 Dear Zindagi Yes Hindi [8]
2016 Lalbaugchi Rani Yes Marathi [10]
2017 Hindi Medium Yes Hindi [8]
2018 102 Not Out Yes Hindi [8]
2019 Luka Chuppi Yes Hindi [8]
2021 Mimi Yes Hindi [11]
TBA Untitled film with Vicky Kaushal and Sara Ali Khan Yes Hindi [12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Luka Chuppi director Laxman Utekar: Wanted to tell a story which reflects Indian colours". The Indian Express. 28 February 2019. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  2. ^ Roshmila Bhattacharya (2 July 2018). "Kriti Sanon, Kartik Aaryan in a romcom based in Mathura". Mumbai Mirror. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  3. ^ Taran Adarsh [@taran_adarsh] (28 February 2019). "A situational comedy with a message... Relatable premise, clean humour, foot tapping music, loads of entertainment... Superb climax... Kartik Aaryan top notch, Kriti Sanon damn good. Recommended!" (Tweet). Retrieved 17 April 2019 – via Twitter.
  4. ^ "Worldwide Highest Grossing Bollywood Movies on 2019". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Mimi: Kriti Sanon's film releases four days early after online leak". Hindustan Times. 26 July 2021. Retrieved 27 July 2021.
  6. ^ Mimi Review: A moving take on motherhood and a sense of belonging, retrieved 27 July 2021
  7. ^ "Mimi Movie Review: Kriti Sanon starrer MIMI is a heartwarming saga, aimed at families and it will keep the audience thoroughly entertained. Strongly recommended". Bollywood Hungama.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ a b c d e f "Luka Chuppi director Laxman Utekar: Wanted to tell a story which reflects Indian colours". The Indian Express. 28 February 2019. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  9. ^ Hungama, Bollywood (15 September 2014). "Tingya director Mangesh Hadawale turns Creative Producer for Laxman Utekar's Tapaal | Bollywood News - Bollywood Hungama". Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  10. ^ "Director Laxman Utekar Found 'Lalbaugchi Rani' during SRK's Don-2 Shoot - MarathiCineyug.com | Marathi Movie News | TV Serials | Theatre". marathicineyug.com. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  11. ^ "Laxman Utekar: Feel hurt because we worked hard on film". www.mid-day.com. 28 July 2021. Retrieved 30 July 2021.
  12. ^ "Vicky Kaushal and Sara Ali Khan come together for Laxman Utekar's romantic comedy".

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He started life selling vada pao in mumbai. His cart was confiscated by BMC and then he got a job as a peon in an editing studio.