Maneesh Sharma is an Indian film director, producer and screenwriter who works in Hindi cinema.

Maneesh Sharma
Delhi, India
EducationCalifornia Institute of the Arts (MFA)
  • Film director
  • film producer
  • screenwriter
Years active2004–present

Early life and education edit

Born and raised in Delhi, where he lived in various parts of the city, including Pitam Pura, Maneesh did his schooling at Delhi Public School, R K Puram. Then he received a degree in English literature from Hans Raj College, Delhi University. At college, he was involved in the theatre society and shot his debut film in 2010 there. After his graduation he moved to California to study filmmaking at CalArts.[1][2] Before moving to Mumbai, he was also involved in theatre in Delhi and was a dancer in a local musical troupe.[3]

Career edit

While studying filmmaking at CalArts, Maneesh worked as an associate director on Trona (2004), an English-German student film shot in Los Angeles.[3]

Two months after his return from the US, he got a break and started his Bollywood career as an associate director and an assistant director on a number of Yash Raj Films (YRF) productions such as Fanaa, Aaja Nachle and Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, before making his feature directing debut with Band Baaja Baaraat (English title: Bands Horns and Revelry), based on a story written by himself, which was released on 10 December 2010.[4][5][6] The film starred newcomer Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma in the lead roles, and was produced by Aditya Chopra under the Yash Raj Films banner. Sharma's first outing as a director garnered him a Filmfare Award in the Best Debut Director category.

His next film, Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, was produced by Aditya Chopra and released on 9 December 2011. The critically acclaimed film starred Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma, who were also in Sharma's first film.[7] Sharma's third film, Shuddh Desi Romance (English title: A Purely Desi Romance), released on 6 September 2013, and starred Sushant Singh Rajput, Parineeti Chopra, and newcomer Vaani Kapoor in the lead roles. The film was screened in the Gala Presentation section of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.[8][9][7]

Maneesh Sharma's fourth film is Dum Laga Ke Haisha under YRF. Yash Raj Films has always had either Yash Chopra or Aditya Chopra produce films under the production company, but Sharma became the company's first independent producer. It was directed by Sharat Katariya, and starred Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar, in her debut.[7] His next directorial was Fan (2016), with Shah Rukh Khan.[7] Sharma's second production is Akshay Roy's debut film, Meri Pyaari Bindu (2017), starring Parineeti Chopra and Ayushmann Khurrana. In 2023, Sharma directed Tiger 3 starring Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif and Emraan Hashmi.

Filmography edit

Year Title Director Writer Producer
2010 Band Baaja Baaraat Yes Story No
2011 Ladies vs Ricky Bahl Yes No No
2013 Shuddh Desi Romance Yes No No
2015 Dum Laga Ke Haisha No No Yes
2016 Fan Yes Story No
2017 Meri Pyaari Bindu No No Yes
2018 Hichki No No Yes
Sui Dhaaga No No Yes
2022 Jayeshbhai Jordaar No No Yes
2023 Tiger 3 Yes No No
2024 Vijay 69[10] No No Yes

Other credits

Year Title Credit
2004 Trona Assistant director;
also portrayed thief
2006 Fanaa Assistant director
2007 Aaja Nachle Associate director
2008 Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
2023 The Romantics Himself;
Documentry series

Awards and nominations edit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2011 Filmfare Awards Best Director Band Baaja Baaraat Nominated [11]
Best Debut Director Won
2011 IIFA Awards Best Director Nominated [12]
Best Story Nominated
2016 National Film Awards Best Feature Film in Hindi Dum Laga Ke Haisha Won [13]

References edit

  1. ^ "I can make 15 films on Delhi: Maneesh". The Times of India. 19 December 2010. Archived from the original on 4 November 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2011.
  2. ^ The campus crew in Bollywood The Times of India, 10 December 2010
  3. ^ a b Maneesh Sharma : The wedding planner Filmfare, 16 February 2011.
  4. ^ "YRF launches new face with Anushka Sharma". NDTV Movies. 4 February 2010. Archived from the original on 14 July 2011. Retrieved 22 February 2011.
  5. ^ "These wedding planners know their binness". The Indian Express. 17 December 2010.
  6. ^ "YRF Movies - Latest and Upcoming Hindi Movies Yash Raj Films".
  7. ^ a b c d "Yash Raj Films - Movies". Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  8. ^ "Bring out the Band". The Indian Express. 15 February 2011.
  9. ^ "Priyanka's cousin to romance Ranveer!". The Times of India. 16 February 2011. Archived from the original on 4 November 2012.
  10. ^ Naman Ramachandran (3 May 2023). "Anupam Kher to Headline YRF Entertainment's Streaming Film 'Vijay 69' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety.
  11. ^ "56th Idea Filmfare Awards 2011". Daily Times. 31 January 2011.
  12. ^ "The 12th IIFA Awards (2011) Nominees and Winners". Archived from the original on 14 January 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
  13. ^ "Call for entries; 63rd National Film Awards for 2015" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Archived (PDF) from the original on 15 March 2016. Retrieved 17 March 2016.

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