Punit Malhotra (born 13 May 1982) is an Indian film director who works in Hindi cinema.[1] His first film, I Hate Luv Storys,[2] released on 2 July 2010.

Punit Malhotra
Born (1982-05-13) 13 May 1982 (age 37)
Occupationdirector, writer, model
Years active2001–present

Early life and familyEdit

Punit Malhotra was born on 13 May 1982, in Mumbai, Maharashtra, and brought up in its Bandra coastal suburb, in a Punjabi family. His maternal grandfather Ram Dayal Sabarwal was a producer who launched Rekha, and who's own first cousins are filmmakers Suneel and Dharmesh Darshan, well-known director David Dhawan is his dad's first cousin, while the famous designer Manish Malhotra, who was also the costume designer for his first movie I Hate Luv Storys (2010), is his paternal uncle.[3]


Malhotra worked as an assistant director on Karan Johar's Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001), Nikhil Advani's Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003), Amol Palekar's Paheli (2005) and Tarun Mansukhani's Dostana (2008). Finally he made his debut as a director with I Hate Luv Storys (2010), which he also wrote.

Malhotra's last movie was Gori Tere Pyaar Mein, produced under Karan Johar's Dharma Productions, starring Kareena Kapoor and Imran Khan who were earlier paired in Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu.[4] In 2019 he directed the song Biba starring American Dj Marshmello and indian music Director Pritam Chakraborty.



Year Film Producer
2010 I Hate Luv Storys Karan Johar
Ronnie Screwvala
2013 Gori Tere Pyaar Mein Karan Johar
2019 Student of the Year 2 Karan Johar


Year Film Notes
2010 I Hate Luv Storys Directorial debut
2013 Gori Tere Pyaar Mein

Assistant DirectorEdit

Year Film Director Notes
2001 Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham Karan Johar
2003 Kal Ho Naa Ho Nikhil Advani
2005 Paheli Amol Palekar
2008 Dostana Tarun Mansukhani


  1. ^ Punit Malhotra on IMDb
  2. ^ "I Hate Love Storys: Punit Malhotra debuts as director". Merinews.com. Retrieved 25 July 2012.
  3. ^ Priya Gupta (15 November 2013), "I hate God and the fact that people believe in God: Punit Malhotra", The Times of India. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  4. ^ Kotwani, Hiren (2 October 2012). "Kareena's on a month long shaadi break". The Times of India. Retrieved 25 January 2013.

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