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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 all time. She received the Best Director and Best Film awards at Filmfare for the film.

Meghna Gulzar
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Gulzar in 2002
Born (1973-12-13) 13 December 1973 (age 45)[1]
OccupationWriter, film director, producer
Years active2001–present
Spouse(s)Govind Sandhu
Parent(s)Gulzar (father)
Raakhee (mother)



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

She directed her first film, Filhaal, in 2002,[5] starring former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen and Tabu. Her second movie was Just Married in 2007.[6] She directed a short film Pooranmasi for Sanjay Gupta's anthology Dus Kahaniyaan, starring Amrita Singh. Meghna then directed Talvar,[7] written by Vishal Bharadwaj and based on the 2008 Noida double murder case.[8] The film received a Gulzar Best Director nomination at the 61st Filmfare Awards

Meghna's latest directorial venture is titled 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] The film won the award for Best Film and earned Gulzar the award for Best Director at the 64th Filmfare Awards

She is currently working on a film based on Neelesh Misra's book about the Indian Airlines Flight 814 hijack with Vishal Bhardwaj.[12]

She has announced her next directorial project to be Deepika Padukone's debut project as a producer based on an acid attack survivor, Laxmi Agarwal, called Chhapaak.[13]


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


  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.
  12. ^ "Vishal Bharadwaj gifts Meghna Gulzar a script". The Times Of India. 22 December 2015. Archived from the original on 30 December 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2016.
  13. ^ "Deepika Padukone to Play Acid Attack Survivor Laxmi in Meghna Gulzar's Next". News18. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
    - Bhattacharya, Roshmila BhattacharyaRoshmila. "Deepika Padukone to portray acid attack survivor and Stop Acid Attacks activist Laxmi Agarwal in Raazi, Talvar director Meghna Gulzar's next". Mumbai Mirror. Retrieved 16 April 2019.

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