Tigmanshu Dhulia

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Tigmanshu Dhulia
Photo Of Tigmanshu Dhulia From The DVD launch of 'Paan Singh Tomar'.jpg
Dhulia at DVD launch of Paan Singh Tomar, 2012
Born (1967-07-03) 3 July 1967 (age 47)
Occupation Film director, film producer, screenwriter, actor
Years active 1993–present

Tigmanshu Dhulia (born 3 July 1967) is an Indian film director, actor, screenwriter, and casting director.[1] Dil Se.., for which he wrote the screenplay, was the first Hindi movie to chart in the UK top ten.[2] He is well known for his role as Ramadhir Singh in Anurag Kashyap's acclaimed modern cult film Gangs of Wasseypur. His directing career has also garnered him accolades with films like Paan Singh Tomar[3] and Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster.[4] Paan Singh Tomar eventually went on to win the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in 2012.[5] Similarly, his sequel film Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns had gained critical acclaim.[6][7][8]

Early life and education[edit]

Dhulia, who has his roots in the hills of Uttarakhand[9] was born and raised in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India,[10] where his father was a judge at the Allahabad High Court and a secretary of the Students' Federation of India, student wing of the CPM, while his mother was a professor of Sanskrit. He was the youngest of three brothers, one later joined the Navy, while the other became a judge at the Uttarakhand High Court . He attended St. Joseph's College and Anglo Bengali Intermediate College, then Allahabad University where he majored in English, Economics and Modern History. During his studies here, he joined and became a member of the pro-Left Progressive Students' Organisation. After graduating in 1986 he took a Master's Degree in Theatre at the National School of Drama in New Delhi, completing the course in 1989.[11]


In 1990 he moved to Mumbai where he worked as casting director on the film Bandit Queen, a biopic of Phoolan Devi. He was casting director for 1995's Stiff Upper Lips, in which he also had a cameo role as a stallholder,[12] and 2000's The Warrior, directed by Asif Kapadia. Dhulia started his direction career, by assisting Pradip Krishen in Electric Moon (1992) and Ketan Mehta in Sardar (1993).[11] Thereafter he turned to television, thus during the 90s Dhulia directed and produced several television programs, including the six-part Krishna's Dream for UK Channel Four.[13] Kahani Ek Kanya Ki (1991) was written for Doordarshan, and Hum Bambai Nahin Jayenge (1993), for BI Television, was set in an acting school. 1996's Just Mohabbat was the story of a boy's coming-of-age, and Naya Daur (1995) adapted a classic Hindi novel by Bhagwati Charan Verma for Zee TV.[citation needed]

Dhulia's 1999 series Star Bestsellers, a sequence of six 45-minute short stories ("Ek Sham Ki Mulaqat", "Fursat Main", "Hum Saath Saath Hain Kya", "Anekon Hitler", "Musafir", and "Bhawaron Ne Khilaya Phool"), won him popular recognition. His 2005 comedyWho Dus Din, for Star TV, satirised the Indian film industry, while Ek Duje Ke Liye, produced the same year and also for Star TV, was an adaptation of Neil Simon's play The Odd Couple. He also directed the TV serial 'Rajdhaani' for Starplus featuring Neha Dhupia.

He directed his first feature film, Haasil in 2003, a love story set among politicised students in northern India. The film was critically well received and has gained a cult following. Haasil was nominated for six awards (including best directorial debut) at the Zee Cine Awards, where it won for best screenplay.[14] His second film Charas: A Joint Operation was a thriller concerning drug cartels, shot in marijuana-growing regions of Himachal Pradesh. In 2011, Tigmanshu has come up with two films – the first one being Shagird which released on 13 May and the second one was Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster[15]

Dhulia's film Paan Singh Tomar released on 2 March 2012 and won him wide critical acclaim including National Film Award for Best Feature Film. He has announced four other upcoming projects, Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns (2013), Milan Talkies, Jai Ramji and Bullet Raja, Begum Samru.[16]

Recently he has been honoured with the life membership of International Film And Television Club of Asian Academy of Film & Television by Sandeep Marwah President Marwah Films & Video Studios.

In Spring 2013, Dhulia announced plans to produce a female oriented action film to be called Revolver Rani and to star Kangana Ranaut and Vir Das.[17] According to Dhulia, it is a B grade entertainment movie and everybody will like it.[18]


National Film Awards
Filmfare Awards
Stardust Awards (Stardust Searchlight Awards)
SAARC Film Festival

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


As an Actor
As director
As Writer
As casting director

Feature films[edit]

Year Film Credited as Studio Worldwide Gross
director Producer screenWriter
2005 Family: Ties of Blood Yes Amitabh Bachchan Corporation
2011 Shagird Yes Yes
2011 Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Yes Yes
2012 Paan Singh Tomar Yes Yes
2013 Bullett Raja Yes Yes

Television Series[edit]

As Writer and director
  • Kahani Ek Kanya Ki – (1991) – Doordarshan
  • Krishna's Dream – (1993) – Channel Four
  • Hum Bambai Nahin Jayenge – (1993) – BI Television
  • Naya Daur – (1995) – Zee TV
  • Ek Shaam Ki Mulakaat – Star Bestsellers – Star Plus
  • Bhoron Ne Khilaya Phool – Star Bestsellers – Star Plus
  • Anekoe Hitlers – Star Bestsellers – Star Plus
  • Fursat Mein – Star Bestsellers – Star Plus
  • Hum Saath Saath Hain Kya? – Star Bestsellers – Star Plus
  • Musafir – Star Bestsellers – Star Plus
  • Yudh -(2014)- Sony TV


  1. ^ http://entertainment.in.msn.com/bollywood/article.aspx?cp-documentid=250544455
  2. ^ Channel 4 Film
  3. ^ http://www.hindustantimes.com/Entertainment/Bollywood/Paan-Singh-gets-thumbs-up-from-critics/Article1-819771.aspx
  4. ^ http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/moviemicro/criticreview/id/542453
  5. ^ http://pib.nic.in/archieve/others/2013/mar/d2013031801.pdf
  6. ^ http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/moviemicro/criticreview/id/550332
  7. ^ http://www.rediff.com/movies/review/review-saheb-biwi-aur-gangster-returns-in-style/20130308.htm
  8. ^ http://www.hindustantimes.com/Entertainment/Bollywood/Critics-review-Saheb-Biwi-Aur-Gangster-Returns-will-overwhelm-you/Article1-1023103.aspx
  9. ^ Tigmanshu Dhulia profile
  10. ^ "Irrfan is intense, irritating and never satisfied: Tigmanshu Dhulia". The Times of India. 28 November 2013. Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "They Called Him Renegade". Tehelka Magazine,. Vol 9, Issue 12, Dated 24 March 2012.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  12. ^ Stiff Upper Lips full cast and crew at IMDB
  13. ^ "Nobody is a star today", interview with Tigmanshu Dhulia,Rediff, 16 May 2003
  14. ^ Awards for Haasil at IMDB
  15. ^ http://www.sahibbiwiaurgangster.com/
  16. ^ "Tigmanshu Dhulia moves on from Paan Singh Tomaar". Sify. 7 July 2010. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  17. ^ Mangaokar, Shalvi (14 September 2013). "Kangana Ranaut prepares to become Revolver Rani". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  18. ^ "Revolver Rani is B grade entertainment: Tigmanshu Dhulia". IANS. news.biharprabha.com. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  19. ^ "60th National Film Awards Announced" (PDF) (Press release). Press Information Bureau (PIB), India. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 

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