Sriram Raghavan

Sriram Raghavan (born 22 June 1963) is an Indian film director and screenwriter who works in Hindi cinema.[1] Known for making some of the most path-breaking and successful thrillers, he is notable for producing a 45-minute docufiction on Indian serial killer Raman Raghav and 2004 Hindi feature film Ek Hasina Thi produced by Ram Gopal Varma. His second feature film was 2007's Johnny Gaddar.[2] His latest film Andhadhun (2018) which won him the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Film received positive reviews and was commercially successful and is considered one of the most successful films of 2018.[3] He is presently a member of the Advisory Board of the Kautik International Student Film Festival.[4]

Sriram Raghavan
Sriram Raghavan at News 18 Reel Movie Awards 2019.jpg
Raghavan at News 18 Reel Movie Awards in 2019
Born (1963-06-22) 22 June 1963 (age 58)[1]
OccupationFilm director
Years active2004-present

Early life and educationEdit

Raghavan was born in Bombay (Mumbai), Maharashtra to a botanist father and a movie-loving mother. He grew up in Pune, where he did his schooling at the St. Vincent's High School. He also studied economics at Fergusson College in Pune.

He is a graduate of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune.[5] Rajkumar Hirani, one of his batch-mates, edited his diploma film, The Eight Column Affair, which went on win the National Film Award in 1987.[1] He is the brother of Sridhar Raghavan, a writer known for the television series C.I.D. and the 2019 action thriller War.[6]


Raghavan started his career before joining the FTII for Stardust, but left since he wasn't interested in it. Post his FTII studies, he made a documentary Raman Raghav, with Raghuvir Yadav. Later he worked as a writer for television soaps, writing many episodes of CID and Aahat, and also directed one episode of the Star bestseller called 'First Kill' Later, he met Ram Gopal Varma, who liked his work in Raman Raghav, and signed him up for the film Ek Hasina Thi, a dark thriller starring Saif Ali Khan and Urmila Matondkar.[7]

Raghavan later went on to direct another thriller, Johnny Gaddaar, which marked the debut of Neil Nitin Mukesh. The film garnered an overwhelming response from the critics, though it didn't fare well at the box office; it has since been considered a cult classic.[8] His third film, Agent Vinod a spy thriller, starring Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor, was produced by Khan himself.

Raghavan then directed a crime thriller named Badlapur starring Varun Dhawan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Huma Qureshi, Yami Gautam which was released on 20 February 2015. He is also signed for making a film based on a book by Vikas Swarup.[9] His latest film is Andhadhun, starring Ayushmann Khurana, Tabu, and Radhika Apte, which released on 5 October 2018 to critical acclaim.[10] For the second time, he would be seen directing Varun Dhawan in a biopic on Second Lieutenant Arun Khetarpal, who was martyred during Indo-Pak war in 1971. [11]



Year Film Director Writer Notes
2004 Ek Hasina Thi Yes Yes
2007 Johnny Gaddaar Yes Yes
2012 Agent Vinod Yes Yes
2015 Badlapur Yes Yes Based on Death's Dark Abyss by Massimo Carlotto
2018 Andhadhun Yes Yes


Film Award Category Result Ref(s)
Johnny Gaddaar 53rd Filmfare Awards Best Screenplay Nominated [12]
Badlapur 61st Filmfare Awards Best Film Nominated [13]
Best Director Nominated
Andhadhun 66th National Film Awards Best Adapted Screenplay Won [14]
Best Feature Film in Hindi Won
64th Filmfare Awards Best Film Nominated [15][16]
Best Director Nominated
Critics Best Film Won
Best Screenplay Won
24th Star Screen Awards Best Director Won [17][18]
Best Screenplay Won
Zee Cine Awards Best Film Writing Won [19]
20th IIFA Awards Best Film Nominated [20][21][22]
Best Director Won
Best Story Won
Best Screenplay Won
2019 Bandung Film Festival Honorable Imported Films Won [23]
Asian Summer Film Festival (Festival Nits de cinema oriental de Vic) Best Movie Won [24]
Special Jury Prize Won
1st Diorama International Film Festival & Market Golden Sparrow for Best Indian Feature Film Won [25]


  1. ^ a b c "Profile: Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, But Slowly". Tehelka Magazine, Vol 5, Issue 22. 7 June 2008.
  2. ^ "Thanking the Stars". Indian Express. 26 May 2008. Archived from the original on 22 January 2013.
  3. ^ Sen, Raja (20 February 2015). "Review: Badlapur is a dark, unflinching, fantastic film". Rediff. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Festival People – Kautik International Student Film Festival".
  5. ^ "Urmila is not emotionally disturbed". Rediff.
  6. ^ "BONUS: Q&A with Sriram and Sridhar Raghavan".
  7. ^ February 2, Anupama Chopra; February 2, 2004 ISSUE DATE; May 21, 2004UPDATED; Ist, 2012 13:02. "Film review: 'Ek Hasina Thi' starring Urmila Matondkar, Saif Ali Khan". India Today. Retrieved 16 October 2019.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  8. ^ "Johnny Gaddaar - Movie - Box Office India". Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  9. ^ IANS. "Varun Dhawan: Playing an old man will be my toughest role". NDTV. Retrieved 10 April 2014.
  10. ^ "Andhadhun box office collection Day 1: Ayushmann Khurrana film riding on positive reviews". The Indian Express. 6 October 2018. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Varun Dhawan CONFIRMS playing Arun Khetarpal in his biopic; Calls it the most important film of his career". PINKVILLA. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  12. ^ "Filmfare Awards Winners From 1953 to 2019". Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  13. ^ "Nominations for the 61st Britannia Filmfare Awards". 11 January 2016. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  14. ^ "66th National Film Awards" (PDF) (Press release). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  15. ^ "Nominations for the 64th Vimal Filmfare Awards 2019". 12 March 2019.
  16. ^ "Winners of the 64th Vimal Filmfare Awards 2019". Filmfare. 23 March 2019. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  17. ^ "Star Screen Awards 2018 complete winners list". Hindustan Times.
  18. ^ "Winners of Star Screen Awards 2018". Bollywood Hungama.
  19. ^ "Zee Cinema To Air Zee Cine Awards 2019 In March". Zee Cine Awards. 13 March 2019. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  20. ^ "IIFA Awards 2019: Book Your Tickets Now". IIFA. Wizcraft International Entertainment. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
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  22. ^ "IIFA 2019 full winners list: Alia Bhatt's Raazi wins big".
  23. ^ "Ridwan Kamil Hopes Bandung Film Festival to Become a World Class Event". 23 November 2019.
  25. ^ "The Awards Of The 1st Diorama International Film Festival" Check |url= value (help). Diorama. Retrieved 25 February 2019.[dead link]

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