Nikhil Advani

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Nikhil Advani
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Born Nikhil Rajai Nahum Advani
(1971-04-28) 28 April 1971 (age 43)
Mumbai, India
Occupation Film director, screenwriter

Nikhil Advani (Sindhi: نکل آڏواڻي) (born 28 April 1971) is an Indian director and screenwriter in the Bollywood industry.

Early life and background[edit]

Advani was born in Mumbai. His father has a Pharmaceutical business and his mother is an advertising professional. His father is Sindhi and mother Maharashtrian.

He studied at Green Lawns High School, Breach Candy,[1] and later did his Masters in chemistry at St. Xavier's College, Mumbai.[2]


Advani started his career as an Assistant director, with Sudhir Mishra's Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin (1996), for which he also co-wrote the screenplay.[3] Subsequently, he worked under Dharma Productions, the production house of the late Yash Johar, father of Karan Johar. He was an assistant director, and assisted Karan Johar in his first two directorial projects, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) and Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham. Advani also had an acting guest appearance in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, along with Farah Khan during the Neelam Show sequence.

He went on to direct his first film under Dharma Productions, titled Kal Ho Naa Ho starring Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Saif Ali Khan and Jaya Bachchan. The film was one of the biggest hits of 2003 and firmly established him as a director. The film won six Filmfare awards, but lost out on the best director award.

Nikhil decided to make his next film without Dharma Productions. His script was ready but the film was delayed due to many of the actors dropping out the film. In October, he announced that the title of the film would be Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute To Love. The film has a huge star cast: Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Sohail Khan, Vidya Balan, John Abraham, Akshaye Khanna, Govinda, Juhi Chawla, Anil Kapoor, Ayesha Takia, Shannon Esra and Anjana Sukhani. The film was produced by Sunil Manchanda, Mukesh Talreja and Chetan Motiwalla and released on 25 January 2007 to mixed reviews.

His next film Chandni Chowk To China, starring Akshay Kumar was released on January 2009, but was a major disappointment. Even though Chandni Chowk To China has disappointed, Nikhil has announced that he will again work with the film's lead star Akshay Kumar. Patiala House is the title of this film, and it also stars actress Anushka Sharma as the female lead. Shooting began in December 2009,[4] and it was released in 2011. The movie also opened commercially in New York

He has directed India's first stereoscopic 3D animation film, Delhi Safari, which he also wrote the original story. The film was released in October 2012.[dated info]

Post the release of Patiala House in 2011, Nikhil Advani has partnered with Monisha Advani and Madhu Bhojwani to form Emmay Entertainment a motion picture production company. Emmay Entertainment is currently in production for D-Day (2013 movie), a film being directed by Nikhil and in association with DAR Motion Pictures, which is slated to release in mid-2013.[5]

Nikhil was one of the jury member for India Film Project in 2013.



Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Director Associate Director Writer Producer
1996 Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin Yes Yes
1998 Kuch Kuch Hota Hai Yes
2000 Mohabbatein Yes
2001 Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham Yes
2003 Kal Ho Naa Ho Yes
2007 Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute To Love Yes Yes
2008 Chandni Chowk To China Yes
2010 Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai Yes
2011 Patiala House Yes Yes
2012 Delhi Safari Yes Yes
2013 D-Day Yes Yes
2015 HeroFilms that have not yet been released Yes Yes
2015 Katti BattiFilms that have not yet been released Yes


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