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Meghna Gulzar (born 13 December 1973) is an Indian writer, director and producer. She is the daughter of the lyricist and poet Gulzar and his wife actress Raakhee.[3] Having written a book about her father, titled Because He Is...,[4] Gulzar received wider recognisation for directing the 2018 spy thriller Raazi, one of the highest-grossing Indian films of 2018. She received the Best Director and Best Film awards at Filmfare for the film.

Meghna Gulzar
Gulzar with daughter Meghna Gulzar (cropped).jpg
Meghna in 2018
Born (1973-12-13) 13 December 1973 (age 45)[1]
OccupationWriter, film director, producer
Years active2001–present
Spouse(s)Govind Sandhu
ChildrenSamay[2]
Parent(s)Gulzar (father)
Raakhee (mother)

CareerEdit

 
Meghna in January 2010

Meghna began her writing career as a freelance writer for The Times of India and the NFDC publication Cinema in India. Her poetry was published in anthologies of the Poetry Society of India. After completing her graduation in Sociology, she worked with noted filmmaker Saeed Akhtar Mirza as an assistant director. In 1995, she completed a short course in filmmaking from the Tisch School of Arts, New York University, New York. Upon her return, she joined her father, writer-director Gulzar, as an assistant on his films Maachis and Hu Tu Tu. Meghna simultaneously began scripting her own film along with directing documentaries for Doordarshan and music videos for several music albums.

Meghna directed her first film, Filhaal, in 2002,[5] starring former Miss Universe-turned-actress Sushmita Sen and Tabu. Her second directorial movie was Just Married in 2007.[6] She also directed a short film Pooranmasi for Sanjay Gupta's anthology Dus Kahaniyaan, starring Amrita Singh. In 2015, Meghna directed Talvar,[7] written by Vishal Bharadwaj and based on the 2008 Noida double murder case.[8]

Meghna's latest directorial venture is the 2018 thriller Raazi.[9] Produced by Junglee Pictures and Dharma Productions, it stars Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal.[10] The film is based on Harinder Sikka’s novel Calling Sehmat.[11] Both Talvar and Raazi received Filmfare Award for Best Film nominations and Meghna garnered two nominations in the Best Director category for her work. Raazi managed to win Best Film and Meghna won the Best Director award for it as well.

Meghna will next direct the biopic Chhapaak, a film based on the life of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal, which is produced by her and Deepika Padukone, and is also Padukone's production debut. It features Padukone and Vikrant Massey in leading roles. Principal photography of the film concluded in June 2019. It is slated to be released in Indian theatres on 10 January 2020. In June 2019, she also confirmed her second upcoming project, Nails, based on the life of army officer Sam Manekshaw and produced by Ronnie Screwvala, which will mark her second film with Kaushal and release in 2021.

FilmographyEdit

Year Film Director Story Screenplay Notes
1999 Hu Tu Tu Yes
2002 Filhaal... Yes Yes
2007 Just Married Yes
2007 Dus Kahaniyaan Yes
2015 Talvar Yes Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Director
2018 Raazi Yes Yes Filmfare Award for Best Director Filmfare Award for Best Film Nominated—Filmfare Critics Award for Best Film
2020 Chhapaak Yes

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Raghavendra, Nandini (14 December 2003). "Meghna Gulzar: Papa's girl". The Economic Times. Archived from the original on 26 April 2013. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  2. ^ "{title}". Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Life beyond Filhaal". The Times of India. 6 September 2006. Archived from the original on 28 October 2013. Retrieved 3 March 2011.
  4. ^ "Creative child of celebrities". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 23 September 2009. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  5. ^ Encyclopaedia of Hindi cinema. Encyclopædia Britannica (India). 2003. p. 244. ISBN 978-81-7991-066-5.
  6. ^ "Just Married". The Indian Express. 16 March 2007. Archived from the original on 11 October 2012. Retrieved 3 March 2011.
  7. ^ "Meghna Gulzar: I will celebrate Talvar's success NOW". Archived from the original on 15 October 2017. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Aarushi murder: How Meghna Gulzar's Talvar presented a bang-on prediction of what was to come". Archived from the original on 14 October 2017. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  9. ^ "Alia Bhatt a spy, Vicky Kaushal a Pak army man in Meghna Gulzar's Raazi". Deccan Chronicle. 23 June 2017. Archived from the original on 23 June 2017. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
  10. ^ "ALIA BHATT KICKS OFF MEGHNA GULZAR'S UPCOMING ESPIONAGE THRILLER, RAAZI, IN JULY". MumbaiMirror. 23 June 2017. Archived from the original on 25 June 2017. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
  11. ^ "Alia Bhatt a spy, Vicky Kaushal a Pak army man in Meghna Gulzar's Raazi". DeccanChronicle. 23 June 2017. Archived from the original on 23 June 2017. Retrieved 24 June 2017.

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