Amar Kaushik

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Amar Kaushik
Born (1981-08-04) 4 August 1981 (age 38)
OccupationDirector, actor
Years active2008 – present
Notable work
Spouse(s)Nalini Neha (2008 – present)

Amar Kaushik is an Indian director and actor best known for directing the 2018 film Stree.

Early life[edit]

Amar Kaushik was born on 4 August 1983 in Uttar Pradesh. He grew up in Medo, Arunachal Pradesh where his father was a forest ranger who worked for the Indian Forest Service and his mother Shashi was a school teacher. When he was 10 years old, he shifted to Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh.[1] He later studied mass communications in Delhi and shifted to Mumbai in 2006.[2] In 2009, Kaushik was attacked on a bus by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena members who mistakenly believed he was director Anurag Kashyap. MNS leader Raj Thackeray had criticised Kashyap for calling his film Bombay Velvet and had unsuccessfully demanded that he change the name to Mumbai Velvet.[3]


Kaushik began his film career in 2008, working as Raj Kumar Gupta's assistant director on Aamir. He teamed up with Gupta again to serve as associate director for No One Killed Jessica and Ghanchakkar. In addition to crew duties, Kaushik had small acting roles in each of the three films.[4] After working as an associate director on the Onir films Sorry Bhai!, I Am and Shab, Kaushik ventured into solo directing with his short film "Aaaba". The script was written by Kauhsik and based on a story by his mother.[1] It was funded with loans from his friends, including Raj Kumar Gupta.[5] Shot entirely in Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh, "Aaba" was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and won the Special Jury Prize for Best Short Film at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival.[6] "Aaba"'s screenplay also won an Honorable Jury Mention at the Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival and the film was awarded the Best Short Film award at the New York Indian Film Festival.[7]

Kaushik began shooting his feature film Stree in January 2018. Starring Rajkummar Rao and Shraddha Kapoor, the horror film released on 31 August 2018. Stree became a surprise hit, earning 125.57 crore by 1 October.[8][9][10] Kaushik's upcoming projects include an untitled film on the subject of surrogacy and the sequel to Stree, Stree 2.[10]


Year Film Director Producer Writer Notes
2008 Aamir Assistant director
2008 Sorry Bhai! Second assistant director
2010 I Am First assistant director
2011 No One Killed Jessica Associate director
2013 Go Goa Gone First assistant director
2013 Fukrey Second unit director
2013 Ghanchakkar Associate director
2015 "Dry Dreams" Yes Short film
2015 "Fuddu Boys" Yes Short film
2017 Shab Associate director
2017 Beyond the Clouds First assistant director
2017 "Aaba" Yes Yes Short film
2018 Table No.5 Yes Webseries on ZEE5
2018 Stree Yes
2019 Bala Yes No

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Film Ceremony Category Result
2018 Stree Star Screen Awards Best Director Nominated
2019 Filmfare Awards Best Director
Best Debutant Director Won


  1. ^ a b Patwardhan, Aditi (25 February 2017). "Meet the Director of Aaba, the Only Award-Winning Indian Short Film at Berlin International Festival". The Better India.
  2. ^ Malik, Ektaa (18 September 2017). "Inheritance of Loss". Indian Express.
  3. ^ Subhash K. Jha (25 November 2009). "Anurag Kashyap look a like beaten". Times of India.
  4. ^ Anahita Panicker (29 August 2018). "Supernatural, spooky and strange". The Hindu.
  5. ^ "Did you know Stree director Amar Kaushik took money from Raj Kumar Gupta to make his first short film?". India TV. 10 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Short Film Aaba Bags International Jury Award at Berlinale". News 18. IANS. 20 February 2017.
  7. ^ "17th Annual NEW YORK INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL April 30-May 7, 2017". Indo-American Arts Council. 10 May 2017.
  8. ^ Roychoudhury, Shibaji (1 October 2018). "Stree box-office collection week 5: The Shraddha Kapoor film beats Alia Bhatt's Raazi; makes Rs 125.57 crore". Times Now.
  9. ^ Dedhia, Sonil (4 September 2018). "Stree Box Office Collections: Success That's Driven By Fear". Mid-Day.
  10. ^ a b Sanjeev Kumar Verma (21 October 2018). "Bihar's son-in-law promises sequel to Stree". The Telegraph.