Anil Sharma

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Shri Anil Sharma
Born Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, India
Occupation Director
Years active 1981–present
Known for Gadar
Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyo

Anil Sharma is an Indian film director and producer.

Early life and career[edit]

Sharma was born in Mokama, Bihar, India.[1] While growing up, he heard mythological stories from his grandfather, which left a deep impact on him. Sharma pursued his B.Sc. at Khalsa College, Mumbai, when he became interested in cinematography, taking every opportunity to watch films and creating sequels to the films he watched, for himself.[1] His first job in the film industry was as an assistant of Baldev Raj Chopra, on films such as Pati Patni Aur Woh, The Burning Train and Insaf Ka Tarazu. He also had minor parts in The Burning Train and Insaf Ka Tarazu.

Sharma made his directional debut in 1981 with Shradhanjali, starring Raakhee, which was commercially successful and critically acclaimed.[citation needed] Having directed several films in the early 1980s, he became a producer with Elaan-E-Jung (1989), which he also directed. During the 1990s, he directed films such as Farishtay (1991) and Maharaja (1998). He has worked with various established artists including Amitabh Bachchan, Jayaprada, Sridevi, Akshay Kumar, Karisma Kapoor, Govinda, and Manisha Koirala. Sharma started working with Dharmendra in 1987 when he directed Hukumat, which became the highest-grossing film of the year and featured the popular song "Pyar ha han han Karega". Over the following years, Dharmendra and Anil Sharma worked together on Elaan-E-Jung (1989), Farishtay (1991), Tahalka (1992) and Apne (2007).

In 2001, Sharma directed the film Gadar: Ek Prem Katha starring Dharmendra's son Sunny Deol and Amisha Patel. The film was a commercial success, and critically appreciated as well. Sharma received his first award nominations for Best Director and Best Film in different award ceremonies.[clarification needed] In that same year, he also produced the film Aashiq, directed by Indra Kumar and starring Karisma Kapoor and Bobby Deol, the second son of Dharmendra.

In 2003, Sharma tried to repeat the success of Gadar and once again collaborated with Sunny Deol in the film The Hero: Love Story of a Spy starring Preity Zinta and Priyanka Chopra. The film, at its time, was considered to be the most expensive film ever made in Bollywood with the biggest film budget ever. The film went on to be the third highest grosser of the year. In 2004, he produced the romantic thriller Madhoshi with John Abraham and Bipasha Basu, and directed the war film Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyo starring Amitabh Bachchan, Bobby Deol and Akshay Kumar.

In 2007, Sharma made a comeback of sorts when directed the family drama Apne. This film received very positive reviews from critics, and was also a commercial success. The film was also noted for the success it enjoyed in the overseas market, most notably in Canada, the UK and Australia.[citation needed] In 2010, he directed Veer, starring Salman Khan, who also wrote the script for the film. In 2013, he directed the action drama Singh Saab the Great, starring Sunny Deol.


Year Film Role(s)
1981 Shradhanjali Writer, Director
1983 Bandhan Kuchchey Dhaagon Ka Writer, Director
1987 Hukumat Director
1989 Elaan-E-Jung Writer, Director and Producer
1991 Farishtay Writer, Director
1992 Tahalka Writer, Director
1992 Maa Producer
1995 Policewala Gunda Producer
1998 Maharaja Director
2001 Gadar: Ek Prem Katha Director
2001 Aashiq Producer
2003 The Hero: Love Story of a Spy Director
2004 Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyo Director, Producer
2004 Madhoshi Producer
2007 Apne Director
2010 Veer Director
2013 Singh Saab the Great Director
2018 Genius Director


  1. ^ a b "Sunny sahab never entertains negative conversations about any other star: Anil Sharma". The Times of India. 8 November 2013. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 

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