Aanand L. Rai

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Aanand L. Rai
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Rai at a screening for Tumbbad in 2018
Born (1971-06-28) 28 June 1971 (age 51)
Occupation(s)Film director, film producer
Years active2007–present

Aanand L. Rai (born 28 June 1971)[1] is a Hindi film director and producer known for romantic-comedy movies Tanu Weds Manu (2011), Raanjhanaa (2013), Tanu Weds Manu: Returns (2015), Zero (2018), Atrangi Re (2021) and Raksha Bandhan (2022).

Early life and background

Rai was born and brought up in Delhi. After his schooling in Delhi, he did his computer engineering from Aurangabad, Maharashtra.[2]

His family's original surname was Raisinghani, and had shifted to Dehradun from Sindh, after partition of India in 1947.[2]


Rai started his career as an engineer, but soon left it and moved to Mumbai where he started assisting his elder brother television director Ravi Rai in television series. Later he started directing his own shows.[2][3]

Eventually he made his directorial debut with the psychological thriller Strangers, starring Jimmy Shergill, based on the 1951 Hitchcock film Strangers on a Train. This was followed by Thodi Life Thoda Magic (2008) starring Parmeet Sethi. He achieved success with the 2011 romantic hit film Tanu Weds Manu starring Madhavan and Kangana Ranaut.[4] In 2013, he directed Raanjhanaa which featured actor Dhanush in his Bollywood debut, Sonam Kapoor and Abhay Deol.[5] His 2015 movie Tanu Weds Manu: Returns received critical acclaim as well as box office success. His next film was Zero, a romantic drama starring Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif. The story revolves around a dwarf man. The film, though, described as ambitious in nature, received mixed reviews from critics and audiences.

He produces films under his banner Colour Yellow Productions.[6]


Year Title Director Producer
2007 Strangers Yes
2008 Thodi Life Thoda Magic Yes
2011 Tanu Weds Manu Yes
2013 Raanjhanaa Yes
2015 Tanu Weds Manu: Returns Yes
2016 Nil Battey Sannata Yes
2016 Happy Bhag Jayegi Yes
2017 Shubh Mangal Saavdhan Yes
2018 Mukkabaaz Yes
2018 Meri Nimmo Yes
2018 Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi Yes
2018 Manmarziyaan Yes
2018 Tumbbad Yes
2018 Zero Yes Yes
2019 Laal Kaptaan Yes
2020 Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan Yes
2021 Haseen Dillruba Yes
2021 Atrangi Re Yes Yes
2022 Good Luck Jerry Yes
2022 Raksha Bandhan Yes Yes


  1. ^ "Dhanush wishes Anand L Rai happy birthday". twitter.com. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "I can exploit people emotionally: Aanand L Rai". The Times of India. 24 June 2013. Archived from the original on 27 June 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Wanted to celebrate pain and love with Raanjhanaa: Anand L Rai". Hindustan Times. 11 June 2013. Archived from the original on 12 June 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  4. ^ Komal Nahta (24 February 2011). "Tanu Weds Manu: Profit All The Way". koimoi. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Dhanush signs first Hindi film". The Times of India. 24 January 2012. Archived from the original on 24 June 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  6. ^ "Akshay Kumar announces new film Raksha Bandhan, dedicates it to sister Alka: 'Quickest I've signed a film in my career'". Hindustan Times. 3 August 2020. Retrieved 3 August 2020.

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