Vikramaditya Motwane (born 6 December 1976) is an Indian film director, producer and screenwriter who works in Hindi cinema. He is known for films like Udaan (2010), Lootera (2013), Trapped (2017), Bhavesh Joshi Superhero (2018) and "Indi(r)a's Emergency" (2023).

Vikramaditya Motwane
Motwane in 2020
Born (1976-12-06) 6 December 1976 (age 47)
  • Director
  • producer
  • screenwriter
Years active1999–present
Ishika Mohan Motwane
(m. 2005)

His directorial debut Udaan (2010) was selected to compete in the Un Certain Regard category at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival and also won seven Filmfare awards.[1][2] His second film was Lootera, a big-budget Bollywood period romance, released on 5 July 2013. His third film was Trapped, a survival drama starring Rajkummar Rao, released theatrically on 17 March 2017. His fourth film was Bhavesh Joshi Superhero, released theatrically on 1 June 2018. Motwane is the creator of Netflix's first Indian series Sacred Games. In 2020, his film AK vs AK was released.

Mr Motwane is the board member of Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image.[3]

Early and personal life edit

His father is Sindhi while his mother is Bengali.[4] He is married to photographer Ishika Mohan, who appeared in his debut, Udaan, as Rohan's mother.

Career edit

Motwane was a long-time assistant of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, and collaborated with Bhansali on the films Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999) and Devdas (2002). He directed the song sequences in Anurag Kashyap's unreleased film Paanch (2003)[5] and was Choreographer on Deepa Mehta's Academy Award-nominated film Water (2005).[6]

Motwane released his debut feature film, entitled Udaan (2010), for Anurag Kashyap's production house, Anurag Kashyap Films, on 16 July 2010.,[7] which won seven Filmfare awards including Filmfare critics award for best movie and also won him the Best Director Award at the 2011 Star Screen Awards.[1][8][9]

Motwane's second film, a period romance called Lootera, was released on 5 July 2013.

Motwane's third film was a survival drama called Trapped. The film had its world premiere at the Mumbai Film Festival on 26 October 2016, where it was praised and received a Standing ovation. The film was released theatrically on 17 March 2017 to universal critical acclaim. The movie also won the award for 'Best Asian Film' by Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival in 2017.

Motwane created American streaming company Netflix's first Indian series 'Sacred Games', based on the novel of the same name by Vikram Chandra and directed it along with Anurag Kashyap.[10] The series was met with critical acclaim and Netflix then commissioned a second season for it later.

Motwane was co-owner of Phantom Films, a film production company, with Vikas Bahl, Anurag Kashyap, and Madhu Mantena that dissolved in 2018.

In June 2020, it was announced that Motwane will be adapting the 2019 non-fiction book Black Warrant into a web series.[11] The rights are jointly acquired by his production company Andolan Films and writer-journalist Josy Joseph's Confluence Media.[12]

Filmography edit

Film edit

Year Title Director Producer Writer Notes
2006 Undisputed Yes Short film
2007 Goal Yes
2009 Dev.D Yes
2010 Udaan Yes Yes
2013 Lootera Yes Yes Yes
2014 Hasee Toh Phasee Yes
Queen Yes
Ugly Yes
2015 NH10 Yes
Masaan Yes
Hunterrr Yes
Bombay Velvet Yes
Shaandaar Yes
2016 Wrong Side Raju Yes
Udta Punjab Yes
Raman Raghav 2.0 Yes
2017 Trapped Yes Yes
2018 Mukkabaaz Yes
High Jack Yes
Bhavesh Joshi Superhero Yes Yes Yes
Manmarziyaan Yes
2019 The Booth Yes Short film
2020 Awake Yes Short film
Cargo Yes Executive producer
AK vs AK Yes Yes Yes
2021 2024 Yes
2023 Indi(r)a's Emergency Yes Documentary

Television edit

Year Title Functioned as Notes
Creator Executive producer Director Writer
2018–2019 Sacred Games Yes Yes Yes No Co-directed season 1 with Anurag Kashyap
2018 Ghoul No Yes No No
2021 Decoupled No Yes No No
2023 Jubilee Yes Yes Yes No Co-created with Soumik Sen

Awards edit

Year Award Category Film
2014 National Film Awards Best Feature Film in Hindi Queen
2011 Filmfare Awards Best Film (Critics) Udaan
Best Story
Best Screenplay
2015 Best Film Queen
2003 IIFA Awards Best Sound Recording Dev.D
2015 Best Picture Queen
2011 Star Screen Awards Best Director Udaan
2015 Best Film Queen
2011 Zee Cine Awards Best Director (Critics) Udaan
2014 Stardust Awards Best Film Queen
2023 2023 Filmfare OTT Awards Best Director Drama Sereis Jubilee

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Udaan, Dabangg top winners at Fimfare Awards". The Times of India. 29 January 2011. Archived from the original on 4 November 2012. Retrieved 30 January 2011.
  2. ^ Festival 2010: Official Selection:Udaan Cannes Film Festival website.
  3. ^ "Mumbai Academy of Moving Image - Trustees Site".
  4. ^ Priya Gupta (6 July 2013), "My parents' divorce helped me become a filmmaker: Vikramaditya", The Times of India. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  5. ^ 15 Apr One Liners Rajeev Masand, CNN-IBN, 15 April 2010.
  6. ^ ‘Don’t Lie To Audiences’ Tehelka Magazine, Vol 7, Issue 19, Dated 15 May 2010.
  7. ^ ‘I feel very pressurized right now’: Vikramaditya Motwane Mint (newspaper), 20 April 2010.
  8. ^ Winners of 17th Annual Star Screen Awards 2011 Archived 9 January 2011 at the Wayback Machine Bollywood Hungama, 6 January 2011
  9. ^ "Star Screen Awards 2011: Salman Khan, Vidya Balan win top honours". Economic Times. 7 January 2011. Archived from the original on 10 January 2011.
  10. ^ "Sacred Games: How India's first Netflix original came together". Hindustan Times. 6 July 2018. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Vikramaditya Motwane to adapt Black Warrant into series, to bring unheard Tihar Jail stories on screen". India Today. 5 June 2020. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  12. ^ "Vikramaditya Motwane to adapt 'Black Warrant' into series". The Week. 5 June 2020. Retrieved 6 June 2020.

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