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Anvita Dutt

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Anvita Dutt
Born20 February 1972 (1972-02-20) (age 52)
New Delhi, India
Years active2005–present

Anvita Dutt Guptan (born 20 February 1972) is an Indian dialogue writer, screenplay writer, story writer, lyricist and director of Bollywood films.[1]

Early life and background[edit]

Her father worked with the Indian Air Force (IAF), thus she grew up in several military cantonments across India, including Hindon, Guwahati, Jodhpur and Saharanpur.[2]


She worked in advertising for 14 years, before she was introduced to Aditya Chopra by Rekha Nigam, who is dialogue writer of Parineeta and Laaga Chunari Mein Daag, thus starting her film career as a lyricist and screenwriter with Yash Raj Films. She then worked with Dharma Productions as a lyricist and dialogue writer. Followed by Nadiadwala Grandson Films as a dialogue writer on one project. And as a dialogue writer and lyricist on the second project.

She has also worked with Nikhil Advani as a dialogue writer and lyricist. She then went back to working again with YRF but under their banner of Y films for two films. After a hiatus she worked with Phantom films. She is currently directing films for Clean Slate Filmz. Her first film Bulbbul has been released as a Netflix Original on 24 June 2020 and met with positive views from both the audience and critics regarding its stand on feminism, visual effects, background music and performance of lead actress Tripti Dimri but was criticised for its short length and predictable plot. Bulbbul is set in a backdrop of 1880s Bengal presidency and revolves around a child-bride plus her journey from innocence to strength.[3][4]

Her second directorial venture, Qala, starring Tripti Dimri.[5] It is a period drama set in the 1930s and ’40s was released on 1 December 2022. written and directed by her, this movie shows the ugly side of ambition and an abusive childhood.[6][5]


Year Film Writer Director Notes
2005 Neal 'n' Nikki Yes No
2008 Bachna Ae Haseeno Dialogues No
Ru Ba Ru Yes No
Dostana Dialogues No
2009 Kambakkht Ishq Yes No
2010 Housefull Dialogues No
2011 Patiala House Yes No
Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge Yes No
2015 Shaandaar Yes No
2016 Baar Baar Dekho Dialogues No
2017 Phillauri Yes No
2020 Bulbbul Yes Yes Netflix Original
2022 Qala Yes Yes Netflix Original


Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Movie Name Songs Composers Contribution
2005 Neal 'N' Nikki "Neal 'n' Nikki" Salim–Sulaiman Dialogue, Lyrics
"I'm In Love"
"Aankh Ladiye"
"Neal 'n' Nikki - The Naughty Mix"
2008 Tashan "Chhaliya" Vishal–Shekhar
Bachna Ae Haseeno All Songs Dialogue, Lyrics
Dostana "Jaane Kyun"
"Shut Up & Bounce"
"Khabar Nahin"
2009 Luck "Jee Le" Salim–Sulaiman Lyrics
Kambakkht Ishq All Songs except "Om Mangalamn" Anu Malik Dialogue, Lyrics
Aladin "Bachke O Bachke" Vishal–Shekhar Lyrics
2010 Badmaash Company All Songs Pritam
I Hate Luv Storys "Sadka Kiya" Vishal–Shekhar
We Are Family "Dil Khol Ke Let's Rock" Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy
Anjaana Anjaani "Tumse Hi Tumse" Along with Amitabh Bhattacharya, Caralisa Monteiro Vishal–Shekhar
Tees Maar Khan "Wallah Re Wallah"
"Badey Dilwala"
"Happy Ending"
"Wallah Re Wallah - Remix"
"Badey Dilwala - Remix"
2011 Patiala House All Songs Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Dialogue, Lyrics
Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge All Songs except "Har Saans Main" Raghu Dixit
Ra.one "Right By Your Side" Vishal–Shekhar Lyrics
2012 Student of the Year All Songs Vishal–Shekhar Lyrics
Ek Tha Tiger ''Lapaata'' Sohail Sen, Sajid–Wajid
2013 Gippi "Baby Doll" Vishal-Shekhar
"Dil Kaagzi"
"Mann Baavra"
Gori Tere Pyaar Mein "Chingam Chabake"
"Moto Ghotalo"
2014 Queen All Songs except "Ranjha", "Hungama Ho Gaya" (Remix) Amit Trivedi Dialogue, Lyrics
Bang Bang! "Meherbaan" Vishal–Shekhar Lyrics
"Meherbaan (Reprise version)"
2015 Shaandaar "Gulaabo" Amit Trivedi Screenplay, Dialogues, Lyrics
2017 Phillauri "Dum Dum" Shashwat Sachdev Screenplay, Lyrics
"Naughty Billo"
"Bajaake Tumba"
"Dum Dum (Reprise)"
2018 Kaalakaandi "Jive With Me" Sameer Uddin Lyrics
"Aa Bhi Jaa"
"Kaalakaandi" Shashwat Sachdev
Veere Di Wedding "Veere" Vishal Mishra
"Dagmag Dagmag"
Zee Music Originals "Betuki Si" Jeet Gannguli
2019 Junglee "Fakeera Ghar Aaja" Sameer Uddin
Student of the Year 2 "Main Bhi Nahin Soya" Vishal–Shekhar
"The Jawaani Song"
"Jat Ludhiyane Da"
2022 Badhaai Do "Gol Gappa" Amit Trivedi Lyricist

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref(s)
Mirchi Music Awards
2012 Album of The Year Student of the Year Nominated [7][8]
Listeners' Choice Album of the Year Won
2014 Album of The Year Queen Nominated [9]
2017 Lyricist of The Year "Sahiba" - Phillauri [9]


  1. ^ "Female Principals". Outlook. 6 June 2011. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  2. ^ "The lucid lyricist". Times Crest. Archived from the original on 13 April 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Anvita Dutt on why Bulbbul is a feminist "fairy tale"". The Indian Express. 28 June 2020. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  4. ^ "Bulbbul A Feminist Fable? It Is Not As Black And White As It Seems". News18. 15 July 2020. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  5. ^ a b "Qala: Anvita Dutt's film uses light to reach the dark depths of depression". Firstpost. 2 December 2022. Retrieved 3 December 2022.
  6. ^ "6 reasons that make Netflix's Qala, starring Triptii Dimri and Babil Khan, a compelling watch". www.telegraphindia.com. Retrieved 3 December 2022.
  7. ^ "Nominations - Mirchi Music Award Hindi 2012". www.radiomirchi.com. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Winners - Mirchi Music Award Hindi 2012". www.radiomirchi.com. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  9. ^ a b "MMA Mirchi Music Awards". MMAMirchiMusicAwards. Retrieved 27 March 2018.

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