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|Born||1963 (age 51–52)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Sriram Raghavan (born 1963) is an Indian film director and screen writer. He is notable for producing a 45-minute documentary on Indian serial killer Raman Raghav and 2004 Hindi feature film Ek Hasina Thi produced by Ram Gopal Varma, starring Urmila Matondkar and Saif Ali Khan. His second feature film was 2007's Johnny Gaddar. His latest film Badlapur (2015) was released on February 20 and received positive reviews from critics.
Early life and education
He studied at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune. Rajkumar Hirani, one of his batchmates, edited his diploma film, The Eight Column Affair, which went on win National Film Award in 1987.
He started his career before joining the FTII for Stardust, but left since he wasn't interested in it. Post his FTII studies, he made a documentary Raman Raghav, with Raghuvir Yadav. Later, he met Ram Gopal Varma, who liked his work in Raman Raghav, and signed him up for the film Ek Hasina Thi, a dark thriller starring Saif Ali Khan and Urmila Matondkar.
He later went on to direct another thriller, Johnny Gaddaar, which marked the debut of Neil Nitin Mukesh. The movie garnered overwhelming response from the critics, though it didn't fare well at the box office.
His third film, Agent Vinod was an original spy thriller and not a remake of the 1977 film, starring Saif Ali Khan-Kareena Kapoor duo, produced by Khan himself. Sriram has recently directed a crime thriller named 'Badlapur' starring Varun Dhawan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Huma Qureshi, Yami Gautam which started shoot from May 2014. This is with Illuminati films, the producers of "Agent Vinod". He is also signed for making a film based on a book by Vikas Swarup.
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- IANS. "Varun Dhawan: Playing an old man will be my toughest role". NDTV. Retrieved 10 April 2014.
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