Rohit Shetty

Rohit Shetty (born 14 March 1974) is an Indian film director, stuntman, writer, producer and television host who works in Hindi cinema.[1][2] He is one of the most recognised film director of Hindi Cinema.[3] His movies are often mix genres of action, comedy and masala films.

Rohit Shetty
Rohit Shetty snapped during Simmba interviews at JW Marriott in Juhu.jpg
Shetty at JW Marriott, Juhu in 2019
Born (1974-03-14) 14 March 1974 (age 48)
  • Film director
  • producer
  • stuntman
  • writer
  • host[1]
Years active1991–present
Notable workGolmaal Series
Cop Universe
Maya Shetty
(m. 2005)
ParentM. B. Shetty (father)
RelativesHriday Shetty (half-brother)

His breakthrough came with the first installment of comedy film franchise Golmaal, Golmaal (2006) starring Ajay Devgn and Arshad Warsi, which became sleeper hit. Further subsequent other successful films in franchise included Golmaal Returns (2008) and Golmaal 3 (2010), which became one of the highest-grossing film of the year.

Shetty returned in action genre with Singham (2011) after eight years of his debut action thriller Zameen. It also starred Ajay Devgn in lead, the film turned out one of the highest grosser of the year. Later on, it expanded in Cop Universe franchise with other successful films such as Singham Returns (2014), Simmba (2018), Sooryavanshi (2021). His other notable success includes Bol Bachchan (2012), Chennai Express (2013) starring Shah Rukh Khan, which became the highest grossing Hindi film surpassing 3 Idiots at that time and Dilwale (2015).

Apart from film directing, he has also hosts the stunt-based adventure show Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi since 2014.

Early lifeEdit

Shetty was born to M. B. Shetty and Ratna, a Bollywood junior artist,[4] who has acted in Hindi and Kannada films.[5] He has four siblings.[6]


1991–2002: Early workEdit

Shetty began his career at the age of 17 as an assistant director in Ajay Devgn's first film Phool Aur Kaante.[7] He then worked with Devgn in Suhaag (where he was a body double for Akshay Kumar who was its second main hero) and Haqeeqat, and with Kumar in Zulmi. He then joined the Devgn starrers Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha, Hindustan Ki Kasam and Raju Chacha.[8]

2003–2009: Directorial debut and breakthroughEdit

Shetty debuted as an independent director in 2003 with the Devgn starrer Zameen, an average grosser, before he rose to fame in 2006 when he directed the first part of Devgn's cult comedy series Golmaal that became his first hit.[9] His next two directorials—the comic thriller Sunday and the successful sequel of Golmaal named Golmaal Returns (both featuring Devgn)–were released theatrically in 2008 followed by All the Best: Fun Begins in 2009.[10]

2010–present: Commercial successEdit

Shetty (left) and Ajay Devgn in 2010. They have worked together in 10 films since 2003

The third part of Golmaal series titled Golmaal 3 (again starring Devgn) that opened theatrically in 2010 ended up as Shetty's first and an surprising blockbuster that entered 100 Crore Club domestically.[11] Continuing his collaborations with Devgn, Shetty begun his Cop Universe in 2011 through his action film Singham (that saw Devgn portray a police inspector fighting against corruption) and directed the comedy Bol Bachchan (also featuring Abhishek Bachchan) in 2012; both films were super hits and crossed 100 Crore Club domestically.[12]

Shetty's Chennai Express, starring Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone, was released on 9 August 2013.[13][14] Chennai Express became the highest-grossing Bollywood film in the domestic market.[15][16] The film earned over US$17.4 million to become the third-highest-grossing Bollywood film overseas.[17] The film also set a number of box office records, for the highest opening-day gross, highest paid preview, highest single-day gross, biggest opening weekend, highest opening week and the fastest film to reach 100 crore and 2 billion in the domestic market.[18]

Shetty has played the judge of the television show Comedy Circus.[19]

In 2014, Shetty directed Singham Returns with Ajay Devgn, a sequel to his 2011 film Singham.[20] He was also a part of the fifth season of television stunt game show Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi in 2014 as the host taking over from the previous host Akshay Kumar.[21] In 2014, he turned into a producer with Singham Returns, co-producing the film under his banner Rohit Shetty Productions. He directed Dilwale (2015 film) with Sharukh Khan and Kajol which is a box office success. He reprised his role as host in season 6 and 8–11 of Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi.

Shetty directed Golmaal Again, the fourth film of the Golmaal series. The film, starring Ajay Devgn and Parineeti Chopra as lead, was released in October 2017, and received mixed reviews. It became the highest grossing Hindi film in 2017, the first Hindi blockbuster of 2017,[22][23] as well as the highest grossing Diwali release of all time. He directed the 2018 action comedy Simmba starring Ranveer Singh, Sara Ali Khan and Sonu Sood in lead roles, with Ajay Devgn in a guest appearance as Bajirao Singham.

Shetty directed another feature in Cop Universe, Sooryavanshi starring Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif and Jackie Shroff, which was released during Diwali in 2021. It was the first major release from Hindi Cinema after lockdown due to COVID-19, the film became highest grossing Hindi film of the year. Shetty will be making his OTT debut with Indian Police Force starring Sidharth Malhotra for Amazon Prime Video[24]


  Denotes films that have not been released yet


Year Title Director Producer Notes
2003 Zameen  Y
2006 Golmaal  Y
2008 Sunday  Y Remake of Anukokunda Oka Roju
Golmaal Returns  Y Based on Aaj Ki Taaza Khabar
2009 All The Best  Y Based on Marathi drama 'Pati Sagle Uchapati'
2010 Golmaal 3  Y
2011 Singham  Y Remake of Singam
2012 Bol Bachchan  Y Based on Gol Maal
2013 Chennai Express  Y
2014 Singham Returns  Y  Y Inspired by Ekalavyan
2015 Dilwale  Y  Y
2016 Ranveer Ching Returns  Y  Y Short film
2017 Golmaal Again  Y  Y
2018 Simmba  Y  Y Remake of Temper
2021 Sooryavanshi  Y  Y
2022 Made In India  Y  Y Short film
Cirkus  Y  Y [25]
2024 Singham Again  Y  Y

Web seriesEdit

Year Title Director Producer Platform
2023 Indian Police Force   Yes Yes Amazon Prime Video


Year Title Role Ref.
2009–2011 Comedy Circus Judge [26]
2012 Big Switch Godfather [27]
2012 Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah Promotion of film Bol Bachchan [27]
2014 Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 5 Host [28]
2015 Bigg Boss Halla Bol Guest
2015 Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 6 Host [29]
2017 Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 8 [30]
2018 India's Next Superstars Judge [31]
2018–present Little Singham Producer [32]
2019 Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 9 Host [33]
2019–present Golmaal Jr. Producer [34]
2019 Bigg Boss 13 Guest [35]
2020 Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 10 Host [36]
Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi – Made in India [37]
2021 Dance Deewane 3 Guest
Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 11 Host [38]
2021 Bigg Boss 15 Guest
2022 Hunarbaaz: Desh Ki Shaan [39]
India's Got Talent (season 9)
Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 12 Host [40]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Filmfare Awards
Year Category Film Result Ref.
2014 Best Director Chennai Express Nominated [41]
Producers Guild Film Awards
Year Category Film Result Ref.
2014 Best Director Chennai Express Nominated [42]
BIG Star Entertainment Awards
Year Category Film Result Ref.
2013 Most Entertaining Director Chennai Express Nominated [44]
Bollywood Hungama Surfers' Choice Movie Awards
Year Category Film Result Ref.
2014 Best Director Chennai Express Nominated [46]
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards India
Year Category Film Result Ref.
2013 Best Film Chennai Express Won [47]
Star Box Office India Awards
Year Category Film Result Ref.
2014 Mr Box Office India Blockbuster Singham Returns Won [49]
Zee Cine Awards
Year Category Film Result Ref.
2013 Power Club – Box Office Award Bol Bachchan Won [50]
2014 Best Action Film Chennai Express Nominated [51]
Best Director [51]
2018 Golmaal Again [52]
Best Film (Viewers' Choice Award) [53]
Best Film (Jury's Choice Award) Won [53]
IIFA Awards
Year Category Film Result Ref.
2014 Best Director Chennai Express Nominated [54]


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