Siddharth Anand

Siddharth Anand is an Indian film writer and director. He started his career as an assistant director on the 2001 film Kuch Khatti Kuch Meethi and then wrote Hum Tum (2004) before making his directorial debut with the romantic comedy Salaam Namaste (2005), the highest earning film of the year abroad, in which he also had a special role. After directing Ta Ra Rum Pum (2007), Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008) and Anjaana Anjaani (2010), he gained recognition helming the action films Bang Bang! (2014) and War (2019), both of which rank among the highest-grossing Indian films. His work in the latter resulted in him being nominated for a Filmfare Award for Best Director.[1]

Siddharth Anand
Siddharth Anand at the special screening of ‘Chaar Sahibzaade – Rise of Banda Singh Bahadur’.jpg
OccupationDirector, writer
Years active2004–present
Spouse(s)Mamta Bhatia Anand
RelativesTinnu Anand (uncle)
Inder Raj Anand (grandfather)

CareerEdit

Initial days (2001–2010)Edit

After assisting Rahul Rawail on his 2001 directorial Kuch Khatti Kuch Meethi, Anand co-wrote the 2004 hit Hum Tum where he also worked as executive producer and associate director.

His first directorial was the 2005 romantic comedy Salaam Namaste featuring Saif Ali Khan & Preity Zinta, that was the year's biggest hit internationally. Anand's next two ventures Ta Ra Rum Pum and Bachna Ae Haseeno were also commercially successful. These three films were part of his contract with Yash Raj Films.

This was followed by his first directorial produced by Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment, the Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra 2010 starrer Anjaana Anjaani which was an average grosser.[2]

Comeback and establishment (2014–present)Edit

Anand came back to direction in 2014 after a gap of 4 years with Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif starrer Bang Bang!, an official adaptation of a Hollywood film Knight and Day, that was highly successful at the box office and became Anand's first film to enter 100 Crore Club.[3]

In 2017, Anand announced that he will direct and co-produce (with Yash Raj Films) the remakes of the five films of Sylvester Stallone's Hollywood film franchise Rambo, that will star Tiger Shroff but it was getting delayed again & again due to major multiple reasons. And after three years, in 2020, he stepped down from direction whose command was finally given to director Rohit Dhawan, who is also his friend, but still he is co-producer.[4]

First reason for delaying Rambo remake was Anand's fifth film with Yash Raj Films, the 2019 action thriller War starring Roshan and Shroff, which banged at the box office and surpassed many records upon its release, entering the 300 Crore Club and establishing Anand as a major film director.[5]

Since November 2020, Anand is the director for his currently shot film Pathan, produced again by YRF and starring Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and John Abraham as prominent characters.[6] Once he wraps up Pathan, he will begin work on FIGHTER. In January 2021, Siddharth Anand started his own production house named MARFLIX, a production house dedicated to action film making in India.

On January 10, 2021 on Hrithik Roshan's Birthday, Hrithik Roshan and Deepika Padukone announced that they will be working in Siddharth Anand's directorial FIGHTER under his newly started production house named MARFLIX also his and his wife Mamta's first outing as a producer, which is to be released on Sept 30, 2022.[7] Then Anand will begin to work on the sequel of War titled War 2 in which he will again reunite with Roshan.

Personal lifeEdit

Anand's father, Bittu, is an Indian producer who is known for producing Amitabh Bachchan-starrer action drama Shahenshah. His uncle, Tinnu Anand, is a prominent Hindi film actor who has appeared in films such as Anjaam, Dabangg, Hasee Toh Phasee and Saaho. Anand is the grandson of screenwriter Inder Raj Anand, writer of more than 120 films including Safar and Ek Duuje Ke Liye.

Anand is married to Mamta Bhatia-Anand and they have a son named Ranveer (RV), whose name was the basis of Saif Ali Khan's character in Ta Ra Rum Pum.

FilmographyEdit

Key
  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Name Director Screenplay Story Notes
2004 Hum Tum  
2005 Salaam Namaste     Cameo - Taxi Driver
2007 Ta Ra Rum Pum    
2008 Bachna Ae Haseeno  
2010 Anjaana Anjaani    
2014 Bang Bang!  
2019 War       Nominated—Filmfare Award For Best Director[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Siddharth Anand- Best Director Nominee | Filmfare Awards". filmfare.com. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  2. ^ "Crook Opens Below The Mark". Archived from the original on 14 March 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2011.
  3. ^ "Hrithik Roshan vs Tiger Shroff in Yash Raj Films' next actioner". 27 September 2017.
  4. ^ Winfrey, Graham (20 May 2017). "First Look at 'Rambo' Poster: Indian Remake Coming in 2018".
  5. ^ "Tiger Shroff puts Sylvester Stallone on hold for Hrithik Roshan". mid-day. 12 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Shah Rukh Khan to Announce His Next Movie with War Director Siddharth Anand on Yash Raj Films' 50th Anniversary? | 🎥 LatestLY". LatestLY. 17 January 2020.
  7. ^ "Hrithik Roshan, Deepika Padukone to star in Siddharth Anand's Fighter". indianexpress.

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