Vikas Bahl is an Indian film director, producer and screenwriter, best known for directing and scripting comedy drama film Queen (2014).[1]

Vikas Bahl
Vikas Bahl at the ‘Khidkiyaan’ movie festival launch.jpg
Bahl in 2017
Born1971 (age 50–51)
New Delhi, India
Occupation
  • Director
  • producer
  • screenwriter
Years active2005–present
Spouse(s)Richa Dubey (divorced)

Early life and educationEdit

Bahl was born and brought up in Lajpat Nagar in Delhi, and his father worked with the Indian Oil Corporation. After his schooling from Sardar Patel Vidyalaya and graduation from Ramjas College, Delhi, he moved to Mumbai to pursue an MBA degree from SVKM's NMIMS.[2]

CareerEdit

Bahl started his career with advertising, working for several years in client servicing, before joining UTV Spotboy. In 2011, he started Phantom Films, along with Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane and Madhu Mantena. Over the years as a director he has worked with film directors such as Vishal Bhardwaj, Anurag Kashyap, Rajkumar Gupta and Vikramaditya Motwane.[3]

In 2011, Bahl made his directorial debut under UTV Spotboy alongside co-director Nitesh Tiwari with Chillar Party and won the National Film Award for Best Screenplay, with Vijay Maurya. The film also garnered the National Film Award for Best Children's Film.[4] In 2014 came his independent directorial venture Queen, starring Kangana Ranaut, which received critical and popular acclaim.[2][5]

Bahl's 2015 film Shaandar, a destination wedding film, was a flop and received neutral to negative responses.[5][6] In October 2014, he directed a short film Going Home, featuring Alia Bhatt, on women's safety, which went viral on social media.[7][8][9] Bahl next directed a biopic on mathematician and IIT-JEE coach Anand Kumar called Super 30,[10] which featured Hrithik Roshan as Kumar.[11][12]

Bahl is now reported to helm the first instalment of Tiger Shroff's recently announced action franchise, titled Ganapath - Part 1, which is scheduled to release in January 2022 and will be produced by Jackky Bhagnani under Pooja Entertainment, as well as Bahl's new production house, Good Co.[13]

Allegations of sexual harassmentEdit

In October 2018, in an interview with Huffington Post India, a former employee of Phantom Films accused Bahl of sexually harassing her on the set of the 2014 film Queen.[14] Later, the film's lead actress Kangana Ranaut, in support of the former employee, also accused Bahl of sexual misconduct.[15][16] Following this, Nayani Dixit, Ranaut's co-star in the movie, levelled similar accusations against Bahl.[17] As a result, Phantom Films announced its dissolution on 5 October 2018,[18] largely in response to the sexual assault allegation against Bahl by another former Phantom employee, which was reported in 2015.[19] The other three founders, Kashyap, Motwane, and Mantena, all issued statements on Twitter confirming the company's disbanding and moving on to independent projects.[20] After, Phantom Films subsequently disbanded, and founders Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane made formal statements against Bahl and his sexual misdemeanors. Bahl, in turn, sent them legal notices, citing defamation of character.[21]

FilmographyEdit

FilmsEdit

Key
  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Functioned as Notes
Director Producer Writer
2008 Aamir No Yes No
Welcome to Sajjanpur No Yes No
2009 Dev.D No Associate No
Ex Terminators No Associate No
2010 Udaan No Associate No
2011 No One Killed Jessica No Creative No
Thank You No Creative No
Chillar Party Yes No Yes Co-directed with Nitesh Tiwari
2013 Lootera No Yes No
Hasee Toh Phasee No Yes No
2014 Queen Yes No Yes
Ugly No Yes No
Going Home Yes No Yes Short film
2015 NH10 No Yes No
Hunterrr No Yes No
Masaan No Yes No
Shaandaar Yes No Yes
2016 Raman Raghav 2.0 No Yes No
Wrong Side Raju No Yes No Gujarati film
Udta Punjab No Yes No
2017 Trapped No Yes No
2018 Mukkabaaz No Yes No
High Jack No Yes No
Manmarziyaan No Yes No
2019 Super 30 Yes No No
2020 Ghoomketu No Yes No
2022 Goodbye   Yes No No Post production
Ganapath   Yes Yes No Filming

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Functioned as Notes
Director Producer Writer Creator
2021-present Sunflower Yes Yes Yes Yes Zee5 series
Co-directed with Rahul Sengupta

AwardsEdit

Award Year Category Nominated work Result
BIG Star Entertainment Awards 2014 Most Entertaining Film Director Queen Won
2015 Most Entertaining Film NH10 Won
Bollywood Hungama Surfers' Choice Movie Awards 2015 Best Director Queen Nominated
Filmfare Awards 2015 Best Director Queen Won
Best Screenplay (Shared with Chaitally Parmar and Parveez Sheikh) Nominated
2017 Best Film Udta Punjab Nominated
2018 Best Film - Critics Trapped Nominated
FOI Online Awards 2017 Best Feature Film Trapped Nominated
Ghanta Awards 2016 Worst Director Shaandaar Won
IBNLive Movie Awards 2015 Best Director Queen Won
2016 Best Action Film NH10 Nominated
IIFA Awards 2015 Best Director Queen Nominated
Best Screenplay (Shared with Chaitally Parmar and Parveez Sheikh) Won
Best Story Won
2017 Best Film Udta Punjab Nominated
National Film Awards 2011 Best Screenplay (Shared with Nitesh Tiwari and Vijay Maurya) Chillar Party Won
Best Children's Film Won
2014 Best Features Film in Hindi Queen Won
2017 Best Feature Film in Gujarati Wrong Side Raju Won
Screen Awards 2015 Best Director Queen Won
Best Screenplay (Shared with Chaitally Parmar and Parveez Sheikh) Nominated
2015 Best Film Ugly Nominated
2017 Udta Punjab Nominated
Stardust Awards 2014 Best Director Queen Won
Star Guild Awards 2015 Best Director Queen Won
Best Story Won
Best Screenplay (Shared with Chaitally Parmar and Parveez Sheikh) Won

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bollywood loves Vikas Bahl’s Queen - The Times of India
  2. ^ a b Gupta, Priya (28 February 2014). "Politics excites me as much as movies do: Vikas Bahl". Times of India. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Vikas Bahl's Queen is about a naïve Delhi girl". The Times of India. 27 February 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
  4. ^ "59th National Film Awards for the Year 2011 Announced". Press Information Bureau (PIB), India. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Wouldn't have made the film had Kangana not agreed: Vikas Bahl". The Times of India. 21 March 2014. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  6. ^ Ankur Pathak (21 March 2014). "Queen and I". Mumbai Mirror. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  7. ^ "Going Home: Vikas Bahl visualises a utopia for women with Alia Bhatt". India Today. 18 October 2014. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  8. ^ "Watch: Alia Bhatt's spine-chilling short film with Vikas Bahl". Deccan Chronicle. 22 October 2014. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Alia Bhatt shows Utopian world in short film 'Going Home'". The Indian Express. 22 October 2014. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  10. ^ "Soon, a biopic on Super 30 founder Anand Kumar". Hindustan Times. 10 May 2016.
  11. ^ "Confirmed! Hrithik Roshan to play math genius Anand Kumar in Super 30". hindustantimes.com/. 25 September 2017. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  12. ^ "Hrithik Roshan's Super 30 gets a new release date". The Indian Express. 25 January 2018. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  13. ^ "Tiger Shroff announces his next action franchise Ganapath; Vikas Bahl to helm first instalment". firstpost.com. Retrieved 7 November 2020.
  14. ^ "'Queen' Director Vikas Bahl Sexually Assaulted Me, Phantom Films Did Nothing: Survivor Speaks Out". HuffPost India. 6 October 2018. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  15. ^ "Vikas Bahl Would Hold me Tight, Smell My Hair, Says Kangana After Woman Accuses Him of Molestation". News18. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  16. ^ "Kangana Ranaut Accuses Vikas Bahl Of Harassment: Is #MeToo Gaining Pace In India?". headlinestoday.org. 7 October 2018. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  17. ^ "Kangana Ranaut's Queen Co-Star Nayani Dixit Accuses Vikas Bahl Of Sexual Misconduct". headlinestoday.org. Headlines Today. 8 October 2018. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  18. ^ Shaikh, Samina (6 October 2018). "EXCLUSIVE! Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane, Vikas Bahl and Madhu Mantena dissolve their production company". The Times of India. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  19. ^ Pathak, Ankur (6 October 2018). "'Queen' Director Vikas Bahl Sexually Assaulted Me, Phantom Films Did Nothing: Survivor Speaks Out". HuffPost. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  20. ^ "Phantom Films Dissolved; Anurag Kashyap Says, 'All Dreams Come To An End'!". Filmibeat.com. 6 October 2018. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  21. ^ "Vikas Bahl accuses Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane of defaming him in legal notice". Hindustan Times. 10 October 2018. Retrieved 15 October 2018.

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