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Vivek Agnihotri is an Indian Bollywood film director, producer and screenwriter.[1] Agnihotri made his directorial debut with Chocolate: Deep Dark Secrets (2005) and is a current member on the panel of Central Board of Film Certification.[2][3] He had served on the jury of National Film Awards.[4]

Vivek Agnihotri
Man, in white shirt, sitting
Agnihotri, c. 2018
Gwalior, MP, India
ResidenceMumbai, Maharashtra, India
EducationOrganization & Management
OccupationDirector, script writer, producer and activist
Spouse(s)Pallavi Joshi
Parent(s)Prabhu Dayal Agnihotri and Sharda Agnihotri

A right-wing activist and author,[5][6] he was responsible for promulgating the term Urban Naxals, in reference to individuals in the academia and media who Agnihotri claimed were colluding with Naxalites in a bid to overthrow the Indian government.[7][8] Critics argue that the term was coined to discredit any intellectual who was critical of the establishments or political right, and to instigate violence against dissenters.[7][9][10][11][12][13]



Agnihotri studied at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication and at the school of social sciences.[14]



Vivek Agnihotri has been called out three times in 2018-19 for sharing content on twitter that turned out to be unreliable or outright incorrect.[23][24][25] His twitter account was locked after abusing Swara Bhaskar in relation to the Me Too movement in India.[26][27][28] Vivek remained unapologetic though and claimed that he was persecuted because of being a Hindu.[29]

Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta had accused him of inappropriate behavior during the filming of Chocolate.[30][31] Agnihotri allegedly asked her to strip and dance for giving cues to her male co-actor Irfaan and retreated only after Irfaan as well as Suniel Shetty rebuffed him.[32] He had rejected the allegations as frivolous and served her with a legal notice.[33][34]

Designations / positionsEdit

  • Served as Chairman of the international Jury of IFFI.
  • Served as the Secretary of Indian Film Director’s association.


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  4. ^ "Steering Committee convener Vivek Agnihotri".
  5. ^ "Who We Are - #IAmBuddha Foundation". #IAmBuddha. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
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  7. ^ a b "He's making a list of 'Urban Naxals', but who is Vivek Agnihotri?". ThePrint. 29 August 2018. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Interview| Vivek Agnihotri on Urban Naxals, JNU, Fake news and Twitter trolls". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  9. ^ DelhiSeptember 2, India Today Web Desk New; September 2, 2018UPDATED:; Ist, 2018 18:24. "Swara Bhasker on Urban Naxals: You cannot punish people for thinking". India Today. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  10. ^ "From Anti-National to Urban Naxal: The Trajectory of Dissent in India". NewsClick. 18 September 2018. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  11. ^ "Conversations with". Firstpost. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Why India activist arrests sparked outrage". 31 August 2018. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  13. ^ Newslaundry. "Newslaundry | Sabki Dhulai". Newslaundry. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  14. ^ Nationalist Ravi (16 June 2016). "Risk it with Ravijot - Talk 01, Vivek Agnihotri" – via YouTube.
  15. ^ "'Chocolate is the revival of suspense drama'". Rediff. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  16. ^ "They call it show-biz, Entertainment – Bollywood". Mumbai Mirror. 18 February 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  17. ^ "Buddha in a Traffic Jam – Times of India". 2 April 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  18. ^ Deccanchronicle Team. "Teaser of Buddha In A Traffic Jam". Deccanchronicle. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  19. ^ timesofindia Team. "Buddha In A Traffic Jam - An apt depiction of corrupt corporate system". TimesofIndia. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  20. ^ KoiMoi Team. "Buddha In an entrepreneurial Jam". KoiMoi. Retrieved 17 March 2016.
  21. ^ IANS (15 June 2018). "Not easy to attract eyeballs from government: Vivek Agnihotri". Business Standard India. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  22. ^ Mastakar, Manasi (2 September 2018). "Vivek Agnihotri: I have mentally resigned from Bollywood". Free Press Journal. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  23. ^ Rampal, Nikhil (25 December 2018). "2018's top 10 fake news: From 'Pak zindabad' to post claiming Congress most 'corrupt party'". The Print. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  24. ^ Sidharth, Arjun (11 March 2019). "Vivek Agnihotri makes false claim of Nehru responsible for outcome of 1965 Indo-Pak war". Alt News. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  25. ^ Team, BOOM FACT Check (12 November 2018). "Vivek Agnihotri Tweets Misleading Video Of Kanhaiya Kumar Speaking About Islam | BOOM". Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  26. ^ "Vivek Agnihotri calls Swara Bhasker a 'prostitute', she single-handedly gets his Twitter account locked". DNA India. 11 September 2018. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  27. ^ "Vivek Agnihotri forced to delete abusive tweet against Swara Bhasker - Times of India ►". The Times of India. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  28. ^ "After Deletion Of His Tweet, Vivek 'Thanks' Swara Bhasker For Curbing His Freedom Of Expression". 12 September 2018. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  29. ^ Srivastava, Namrata (12 September 2018). "Standing up against abuse". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  30. ^ DelhiSeptember 28, India Today Web Desk New; September 28, 2018UPDATED:; Ist, 2018 15:37. "Tanushree Dutta alleges Vivek Agnihotri had told her 'kapde utaar ke naacho'". India Today. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  31. ^ "Vivek Agnihotri told me to remove clothes and dance, says Tanushree, lauds her heroes". Deccan Chronicle. 28 September 2018. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  32. ^ "Tanushree Dutta accuses Vivek Agnihotri of harassment, says Irrfan, Suniel Shetty stood up for her". 28 September 2018. Retrieved 11 March 2019. External link in |website= (help)
  33. ^ "Vivek Agnihotri refutes Tanushree Dutta's allegations: Lawyer". The Indian Express. 4 October 2018. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  34. ^ "Vivek Agnihotri calls Tanushree Dutta's allegations "false, frivolous" - Times of India ►". The Times of India. Retrieved 11 March 2019.