Ayan Mukerji

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Ayan Mukerji
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Born (1983-08-15) 15 August 1983 (age 31)
Occupation director
Years active 2005–present
Relatives See Mukherjee-Samarth family

Ayan Mukerji (or Mukherjee) (Bengali: অয়ন মুখার্জি) born in Kolkata, West Bengal is an Indian film director who made his directorial debut at the age of 26 with Karan Johar's Wake Up Sid, a 2009 Bollywood film which opened to strong reviews and box office returns.[1][2]

Early life and background[edit]

Mukerji was born on 15 August 1983 in a Bengali Brahmin family. He is the son of Bengali film actor Deb Mukherjee. His grandfather Sashadhar Mukherjee, was a film producer, who established Filmalaya Studios in Mumbai, and produced films like Dil Deke Dekho (1959), Love in Simla (1960), Ek Musafir Ek Hasina (1962) and Leader (1964). The studio is still run by his extended family.[3][4] He is also the nephew of Joy Mukherjee and the first cousin of Kajol Mukherjee, Tanisha Mukherjee and Rani Mukherjee and part of the larger Mukherjee-Samarth family.[5][6]

Mukerji studied at Jamnabai Narsee School. He later attended Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology but dropped out after the first year to become an assistant director on Swades.[7]


Mukherjee started his career as an assistant to Ashutosh Gowariker, who is his brother in law, on the 2004 film, Swades, and later to Johar on Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna. After taking a short break from filmmaking, Mukerji wrote the screenplay for Wake Up Sid and gave it to Johar who decided it should become a film.[4] The film starred Konkona Sen Sharma and Ranbir Kapoor in lead roles and went on to become a commercial and critical success.[8]

Mukerji's next film, which is also under Karan Johar's banner Dharma Productions, was Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, and stars Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor in lead roles. It is a huge commercial success. The movie has crossed 1 billion in the box office in just 7 days. It became the fourth highest grossing Indian movie of all time.[9][10]

As of October 2013, Mukerji's next project is scheduled to be direction of a superhero film starring Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt.[11]

On several occasions, Mukerji has confessed his obsession with Ranbir Kapoor saying he cannot think beyond Ranbir. He also added that his relationship with Ranbir Kapoor is like an "old marriage".

Although Mukerji belongs from a Bengali background, he said he will never make a Bengali film because the film won't reach many people for the language.[citation needed]



Year Film Notes
2009 Wake Up Sid Filmfare Award for Best Debut Director
2013 Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Director
2017 Untitled Superhero film starring Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt




2010: Filmfare Awards


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