N. Chandra or Chandrashekhar Narvekar (born 4 April 1952), is an Indian producer, writer and director, known for gritty realism in his early dark and loud films such as Ankush, Pratighaat, Tezaab and Narsimha (1991). Chandra also made the successful but critically scorned Style and its sequel Xcuse Me.
After his schooling, he started his career as a film editor at Film Centre in Tardeo, Mumbai, where his father worked. His received break in film industry came in 1971, as a clapper boy in Gulzar's Parichay (1972). Gradually moving up as film editor and assistant director.
He worked as associate director and editor in Anil Kapoor starrer Woh 7 Din (1983). Eventually, with Ankush, his directorial debut, in 1986, Chandra began his projection of the angry young man. Influenced by Gulzar's Mere Apne, he wrote, directed, produced and edited the film about four frustrated unemployed men who roam the streets of Bombay, which also starred Nana Patekar. Made at a budget of Rs 12 lakh, the film and grossed Rs 95 lakh to become surprise hit of 1986, the year when many blockbusters failed.
The following year he remade Telugu film, Pratighatana (1986) as Pratighaat (The Revenge, 1987), starring Sujata Mehta and Nana Patekar, a film on the gruesome reality of politics in India. It also brought the strong mental make-up of the Indian woman to the thoughts of the Indian youth. In 1988 he made Tezaab, the film that effectively launched Madhuri Dixit's career. It was the beginning of the Bollywood diva's long and successful pairing with Anil Kapoor, and her mastery of dancing through the song Ek do Teen. With Tezaab, N Chandra scored a box office hat-trick at his previous hits, Ankush (1986) and Pratighaat (1987).
In early 2014, reports of a sequel of hit film Tezaab with a new cast made news.
- Tezaab 2 (2014): Director,(filming)
- Y.M.I : Yeh Mera India (2009): Director
- Kagaar: Life on the Edge (2003): Director
- Xcuse Me (2003): Director, producer
- Style (2001): Director, writer, producer
- Shikari (2000): Director
- Wajood (1998): Director, writer, producer
- Beqabu (1996): Director, writer, producer
- Tejasvini (1994): Director
- Yugandhar (1993): Director, writer
- Humlaa (1992): Director, writer
- Narsimha (1991): Director, writer, producer
- Tezaab (1988): Director, writer, producer, editor
- Pratighaat (1987): Director, writer, editor
- Ankush (1986): Director, writer, producer, editor
Apart from writing Two Town Rowdy (1989), he was the associate producer for Anbu Vazhi (1968), and edited Mera Dharam (1986), Mohabbat (1985), Dharam Aur Kanoon (1984), Woh Saat Din (1983) and Bezubaan (1981).
- Style Ziya us Salam for The Hindu, 2002-01-04. Retrieved on 2007-08-10
- Madhu Jain (February 28, 1989). "Mean street Moghul: Hit director N. Chandra brings realism to films". India Today. Retrieved 2014-09-24.
- Avijit Ghosh (Sep 1, 2014). "Director Bapu helped shape careers of Mithun, Anil Kapoor". The Times of India. Retrieved 2014-09-25.
- The highs and lows - a recollection Bhawana Somaaya for The Hindu, 2000-11-24. Retrieved on 2007-08-10
- "I sold my house for 'Ankush': N Chandra". The Times of India. Oct 16, 2012. Retrieved 2014-09-25.
- Bollywood’s evergreen diva Shubhra Gupta for The Hindu Business Line, 2007-06-29. Retrieved on 2007-08-10
- Hiren Kotwani (Mar 24, 2014). "Director N Chandra to start 'Tezaab' sequel soon". The Times of India. Retrieved 2014-09-25.