|Born||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
|Occupation||director and screenwriter|
|Years active||2005 – present|
Manish Gupta is an Indian writer and director in Bollywood. Manish started his career as a scriptwriter. His first film as a writer was Sarkar, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan and Katrina Kaif.
Manish soon graduated to film direction and made his debut as director with Darna Zaroori Hai in which he directed one story amongst the six stories each directed by a separate director.
His next movie as director was "Hostel" that explored the psychology of ‘Ragging’ (Hazing/Initiation). The President of India, Mrs. Pratibha Patil felicitated Manish Gupta at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi for addressing a national issue through cinema.
Manish graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Agnel Technical College (Bandra, Mumbai) in 1994 and worked in an equipment manufacturing company as a shop floor engineer. After working for six years in this field, he decided to pursue his creative instincts. Manish switched professions by joining an ad agency as a copywriter and began writing TV and radio commercials.
It was during this short stint in advertising that Gupta saw Ram Gopal Varma’s film Company based on the Mumbai underworld. The film influenced Gupta to give up his lucrative career in advertising and approach Varma with his scripts. Varma took him under his wing. Impressed with his work in Sarkar, Varma asked Manish to script three other films, D (2005), James (2005), and Darna Zaroori Hai (2006).
Manish’s first job as a director was one story of Darna Zaroori Hai, which had six separate stories and six separate directors for each story. When Varma turned down one of Manish’s scripts, Manish moved on to become an independent director with The Stoneman Murders. The film released on 13 February 2009.
Manish protested against the evil practice of ragging in Indian hostels, through his movie Hostel that released in Jan 2011.
- Manish Gupta interview, 3 February 2009
- Times of India Movie Reviews
- Murder they wrote
- Murders continue to fascinate filmmakers
- Tisca to play Nupur Talwar
- Sakshi sem as aarushi in Rahasya
- manish gupta finds his aarushi
- A sad ending?
- Bollywood script matches Aarushi verdict
- Can Bollywood handle the Truth
- Bombay Times Dec 3rd Page 1
- The big question: Truth or Fiction
- Rahasya is not a portrayal of authentic events