15 August 1983
|Parent(s)||Deb Mukherjee and Amrit Devi Mukherjee|
|Relatives||Ashutosh Gowariker (brother-in-law)|
|Family||Sashadhar Mukherjee, Prabodh Mukherjee, Subodh Mukherjee, Ashok Kumar, Anup Kumar, Kishore Kumar, Joy Mukherjee, Shomu Mukherjee, Kajol, Tanisha, Rani Mukherjee, etc. |
see Mukherjee-Samarth family
Ayan Mukerji (born 15 August 1983) is an Indian film director from the prominent Mukherjee-Samarth family of Bollywood. Mukerji made his directorial debut at the age of 26 with the coming-of-age comedy Wake Up Sid (2009), produced by Karan Johar. The film opened to strong reviews and box-office returns. His next release, the 2013 musical romantic comedy-drama, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, ranks among the highest-grossing Hindi films ever.
Early life and background
Mukerji was born in a Bengali family in Kolkata, India, the son of Bengali film actor Deb Mukherjee. His family was steeped in the Indian film industry since the 1930, when his grandfather, Sashadhar Mukherjee, first ventured by chance into the field. Sashadhar Mukherjee was a pioneering film producer who was one of the founding partners of Filmistan Studio in Mumbai, and produced films like Dil Deke Dekho (1959), Love in Simla (1960), Ek Musafir Ek Hasina (1962) and Leader (1964). The studio is still run by Ayan's extended family.
Ayan's grandmother, Satidevi Mukherjee (née Ganguly), wife of Sashadhar Mukherji, was the sister of pioneer actor Ashok Kumar, Anup Kumar and singer Kishore Kumar. Ayan's grandfather's brothers were film producer Prabodh Mukherjee, director Subodh Mukherjee and Ravindra Mohan Mukherjee, grandfather of actress Rani Mukherjee. Ayan's father's brothers were actors Joy Mukherjee, Deb Mukherjee, Subir Mukherjee and Shomu Mukherjee, who is the husband of actress Tanuja and father of actresses Kajol and Tanisha Mukherjee.
Mukerji studied at Jamnabai Narsee School in Vile Parle, Mumbai. He later attended Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology but dropped out after the first year to become an assistant director to Ashutosh Gowariker on Swades (2004).
Mukerji started his career as an assistant to Ashutosh Gowariker, his brother-in-law, Swades, and later to Karan Johar on Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006). After taking a short break from filmmaking, Mukerji wrote the screenplay for Wake Up Sid and gave it to Johar who decided it should become a film. The film released in 2009, starring Konkona Sen Sharma and Ranbir Kapoor in the lead roles and went on to become a critical and commercial success. The film earned him a Best Director at Filmfare.
Mukerji's next film, also under Johar's banner Dharma Productions, was Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, with Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor in lead roles. It was a huge commercial success. The movie grossed Rs. 1 billion at the box-office in just 7 days. It became the fourth highest-grossing Indian film of all time. The film earned him a second Best Director nomination at Filmfare.
Although Mukerji belongs to a Bengali family, he said he will never make a Bengali film because it would not reach many people.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|2009||Wake Up Sid||Yes||Yes||Filmfare Award for Best Debut Director (Shared with Zoya Akhtar for Luck by Chance)|
|2013||Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani||Yes||Yes||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Director|
- Home Delivery (2005) - Cameo Appearance
- Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006) - Cameo Appearance
- Luck by Chance (2009) – Special Thanks Credit
- Gippi (2013) – Special Thanks Credit
- Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013) - Cameo Appearance
- Besharam (2013) – Special Thanks Credit
|Wake Up Sid||55th Filmfare Awards||Best Director||Nominated|||
|Best Debut Director||Won|
|Screen Awards||Most Promising Debut Director||Nominated|||
|Stardust Awards||Hottest New Director||Won|||
|Producers Guild Film Awards||Best Debut Director||Won|||
|International Indian Film Academy Awards||Best Director||Nominated|||
|Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani||59th Filmfare Awards||Best Director||Nominated|||
|BIG Star Entertainment Awards||Most Entertaining Director||Nominated|||
|Star Screen Awards||Best Director||Nominated|||
|Producers Guild Film Awards||Best Director||Nominated|||
|Zee Cine Awards||Best Director||Won|||
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