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Rahul Dholakia is an Indian film director-producer-screenwriter, most known for his National Film Award-winning film, Parzania (Heaven & Hell On Earth) (2005),[1][2] prior to which he also made documentaries like Teenage Parents and New York Taxi Drivers.

Rahul Dholakia
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Dholakia in 2012.
OccupationFilm director, producer, screenwriter
Years active2003 - Present
WebsiteRahul Dholakia

Early life and educationEdit

Born in Mumbai, to Raksha and Parry Dholakia, an advertising professional, Rahul also has an elder sister Moha. After completing his schooling from Campion School, Mumbai and Jamnabai Narsee School in Mumbai, he went on to do his Bachelors in Science from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai. He is an Indian.[3]


While still in college he started working in his father's advertising agency, Mora Ava. He also worked with producer Babla Sen, for project for Channel 4, London, as production assistant and 10 documentaries later became a producer himself. Later, he started working with Everest Advertising in Mumbai as an assistant, growing up to become a producer.

Thereafter, he moved to New York City in 1990, where, he did his Masters in filmmaking from the New York Institute of Technology, and has been in India and Corona, California, United States ever since.[4][5] After making a couple of documentaries and commercials, and even running TV station, called 'TV Asia' for a while,[6] he made his feature film debut with the Hindi-English bilingual, Kehtaa Hai Dil Baar Baar (2002), starring Paresh Rawal and Jimmy Shergill, it was also the first Hindi film shot entirely in America. His next film based on a real-life story of 10-year-old Parsi boy, Azhar Mody, known as Parzaan, who disappeared during the 28 February 2002 Gulbarg Society massacre, which took place during communal riots in Gujarat in 2002, Parzania won him the National Film Award for 2006.[2]

After shooting in Kashmir, his next film Lamhaa, where Sanjay Dutt and Bipasha Basu played the leads, in a story based in Kashmir was released to good reviews.[7][8] he has directed the film Raees, which was released in 25 January 2017 and received positive reviews and is one of the Highest-grossing films of all time.


Film Year Director Producer Writer Notes
Kehtaa Hai Dil Baar Baar 2002 Yes
Parzania[9] 2007 Yes Yes Yes National Film Award for Best Direction
Mumbai Cutting 2008 Yes Yes segment "Bombay Mumbai Same Shit"
Lamhaa 2010 Yes Yes
Raees 2017 Yes Yes



  1. ^ And the award goes to... The Times of India, 9 August 2007
  2. ^ a b In India, Showing Sectarian Pain to Eyes That Are Closed The New York Times, 20 February 2007.
  3. ^ Jhunjhunwala, Jhunjhunwala (16 January 2017). "Actors want to play gangsters because of the characters' sex appeal: Rahul Dholakia". Mint. Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  4. ^ "About IMI - Faculty". Institute of Moving Images. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  5. ^ director-turned-distributor Rahul Dholakia[permanent dead link] The Indian Express.
  6. ^ Parzania director: 2006's National award winner, 30 August 2006.
  7. ^ 'Lamha' Interview
  8. ^ Kazmi, Nikhat (15 July 2010). "Lamhaa: Movie Review". Times of India.
  9. ^ Rahul Dholakia The New York Times.
  10. ^ Awards Internet Movie Database.

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