Anubhav Sinha

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Anubhav Sinha
Anubhav Sinha

Alma materAligarh Muslim University
OccupationFilm Director, Producer, Writer
Known forTum Bin, Dus, Ra.One,
Tum Bin II, Mulk,
Article 15, Thappad
Spouse(s)Ratnaa Sinha

Anubhav Sinha is an Indian film director, producer and writer who works in Hindi films. He is known for his work in Tum Bin (2001), Dus (2005), Ra.One (2011), Mulk (2018), Article 15 (2019) and Thappad (2020).


Sinha was born in Allahabad to Prem Govind Sinha and Sushila Sinha. He went to school in Kalagarh, Garhwal, Government Inter College, Allahabad and Queen's College, Varanasi. Sinha completed his graduation in Mechanical Engineering from The Aligarh Muslim University in 1988.[1][citation needed]

His wife Ratnaa Sinha is also a director who debuted with the 2017 film Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana starring Rajkummar Rao and Kriti Kharbanda.[citation needed]


Sinha worked for two years in New Delhi as an engineer before moving to Mumbai on 4 December 1990. He worked as an assistant director to Pankaj Parashar until 1994 before branching out as an independent director for television for Zee TV. He was noticed for his work on Shikast, the flagship show of the TV network in Mumbai. This was followed by the TV show Sea Hawks for UTV. Sea Hawks was the number one show for 35 weeks across all networks. 72 episodes later, he turned to directing music videos.[citation needed]

In 2000, he left working on music videos to start his first feature film Tum Bin. It starred Priyanshu Chatterjee, Sandali Sinha, Himanshu Malik and Raqesh Vashisth. It went on to become a major box-office success and has gained a cult status over the years.[2]

Sinha's second feature Aapko Pehle Bhi Kahin Dekha Hai starred Priyanshu Chatterjee and Sakshi Shivanand.[3] His third film, the multi-starrer Dus, was the eighth highest grossing film of the year 2005.[4] This was followed by Tathastu (2006) and Cash (2007).

Before directing and producing Tum Bin II and Mulk, Sinha directed Shah Rukh Khan and Kareena Kapoor starrer superhero film, Ra.One for which he wrote the script as well along with Kanika Dhillon.

In 2019, Sinha produced and directed Article 15 under his production house Benaras Media Works with Ayushmann Khurrana in the lead. The film is based on Article 15 of the Indian Constitution, which is about prohibition of discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth.[5] The film generally received positive reviews from critics, and was a commercial success.[6]

In 2020, Sinha helmed Thappad starring Taapsee Pannu, which released on 28 February 2020, and received highly positive reviews from critics, but was a moderate success at the box-office.

Sinha is also the founder and owner of Benaras Media Works, the production company which he established in 2012 to produce his films and television projects.[7][8]


Year Film Director Writer Producer
2001 Tum Bin Yes Yes No
2003 Aapko Pehle Bhi Kahin Dekha Hai Yes Yes No
2005 Dus Yes No No
2006 Tathastu Yes No No
2007 Cash Yes No Yes
2011 Ra.One Yes Yes No
2014 Gulaab Gang No No Yes
2014 Zid No No Yes
2016 Tum Bin 2 Yes Yes Yes
2018 Mulk Yes Yes Yes
2019 Article 15 Yes Yes Yes
2020 Thappad Yes Yes Yes
2022 Anek[9] Yes Yes Yes
2022 Bheed[10] Yes Yes Yes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
AACTA Awards
2020 Best Asian Film Thappad Nominated [11]
International Indian Film Academy Awards
2020 Best Film Article 15 Nominated [12]
Best Director Nominated
Best Story Nominated
Best Screenplay Won
Filmfare Awards
2019 Best Story Mulk Won [13]
Best Dialogue Nominated
Best Screenplay Nominated
2020 Best Film (Critics) Article 15 Won [14]
Best Story Won
Best Dialogue Nominated
Best Screenplay Nominated
2021 Best Film Thappad Won [15]
Best Film (Critics) Nominated
Best Director Nominated
Best Story Won
Best Screenplay Nominated
Screen Awards
2002 Best Story Tum Bin Nominated [16]
2019 Best Film Mulk Nominated [17]
Best Film (Critics) Nominated
Best Director Nominated
2020 Best Film (Critics) Article 15 Won [18]
Best Film Writing (Story & Screenplay) Won
Zee Cine Awards
2019 Best Film (Critics) Mulk Nominated [19]
Best Director Nominated
2020 Best Story & Screenplay Article 15 Won [20]


  1. ^ Joshi, Namrata (18 August 2018). "Who is Anubhav Sinha, the filmmaker who strikes a chord". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 26 November 2020.
  2. ^ "Tum Bin managed to beat Amitabh Bachchan's Aks due to good word of mouth". Bollywoodlife.
  3. ^ "Aapko Pehle Bhi Kahin Dekha Hai: Box Office Collection". Box Office India.
  4. ^ "Dus: Box Office Collection". Box Office India.
  5. ^ "Details About Ayushmann Khurrana's Next Film Article 15 By Mulk Director". NDTV. 2 March 2019. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Article 15 movie review and rating: Critics' verdict on Ayushmann Khurrana's film". IB Times. 27 June 2019. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  7. ^ "Madhuri Dixit to play gangster in 'Gulab Gang'". The Indian Express. 27 April 2012. Retrieved 31 August 2012.
  8. ^ "Anubhav Sinha to launch two films soon". Indian Television. Retrieved 31 August 2012.
  9. ^ "Ayushmann Khurrana kicks off the shooting of Anubhav Sinha's Anek, unveils his rugged look". Bollywood Hungama. 2 February 2021. Retrieved 2 February 2021.
  10. ^ "Rajkummar Rao, Bhumi Pednekar kick off Lucknow schedule of Bheed with Bhushan Kumar and Anubhav Sinha". Bollywood Hungama. 17 December 2021. Retrieved 18 December 2021.
  11. ^ "Winners & Nominees". Retrieved 1 November 2020.
  12. ^ "IIFA Awards 2020: From Gully Boy to Kabir Singh, here's full nomination list". Retrieved 3 April 2021.
  13. ^ "Filmfare Awards 2019 Nominations | 64th Filmfare Awards 2019". Retrieved 3 April 2021.
  14. ^ "Filmfare Awards 2020 Nominations | 65th Filmfare Awards 2020". Retrieved 3 April 2021.
  15. ^ "Filmfare Awards 2021 Nominations". Retrieved 3 April 2021.
  16. ^ "Screen Awards 2002". IMDb.
  17. ^ Morani, Aly; Morani, Karim; Morani, Mohomed; Nadiadwala, Mazhar; Soorma, Neelam (31 December 2018). "A Star-studded Night". Star Screen Awards. Star Plus. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  18. ^ "Screen Awards 2020". IMDb.
  19. ^ "Zee Cine Awards 2019". IMDb.
  20. ^ "Zee Cine Awards 2020". IMDb.

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