Ayan Mukerji

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Ayan Mukerji
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Native name অয়ন মুখার্জি
Born Ayan Mukherjee
15 August 1983 (age 32)
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Occupation Film director
Years active 2005–present
Parent(s) Deb Mukherjee
Amrit Mukherjee
Relatives See Mukherjee-Samarth family

Ayan Mukerji (or Mukherjee) (born 15 August 1983) is an Indian film director who made his directorial debut at the age of 26 with Wake Up Sid, a 2009 Bollywood film produced by Karan Johar. The film opened to strong reviews and box office returns.[1][2]

Early life and background[edit]

Mukerji was born in a Bengali Brahmin family in Kolkata, West Bengal. He is the son of Bengali film actor Deb Mukherjee. His grandfather Sashadhar Mukherjee, was a film producer, who established Filmalaya Studios 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 his extended family.[3][4] He is also the nephew of Joy Mukherjee, first cousin of Kajol and Tanisha Mukherjee and second cousin of Rani Mukherjee and part of the larger Mukherjee-Samarth family.[5][6]

Mukerji studied at Jamnabai Narsee School. He later attended Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology but dropped out after the first year to become an assistant director on Swades.[7]


Mukherji started his career as an assistant to Ashutosh Gowariker, his brother-in-law, on the 2004 film, Swades, and later to Johar on Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna. 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.[4] The film starred Konkona Sen Sharma and Ranbir Kapoor in lead roles and went on to become a commercial and critical success.[8]

Mukerji's next film, also under Karan Johar's banner Dharma Productions, was Yeh Jawani 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 movie of all time.[9][10]

As of October 2013, Mukerji's next project is a superhero film starring Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt.[11]

Although Mukerji belongs to a Bengali family, he said he will never make a Bengali film because it would not reach many people.[12]



Year Film Notes
2009 Wake Up Sid Filmfare Award for Best Debut Director
2013 Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Director




2010: Filmfare Awards


  1. ^ "Wake Up Sid wows critics and masses alike!". Hindustan Times. 
  2. ^ Taran Adarsh (3 October 2009). "B.O. update: 'Wake Up Sid', 'Do Knot Disturb' bring cheer". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 3 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "Ayan Mukherjee wants to remake grandpa's 'Love in Simla'". The Times of India. 17 May 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Waking up Ayan". MiD DAY. 12 August 2009. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "In pics: Bollywood's Mukherjee-Samarth family tree". CNN-IBN. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  6. ^ :::: Time Out Mumbai- city guide and fortnightly listing magazine ::::
  7. ^ "The Pulp Prodigy". intoday.in. 
  8. ^ "Trade Report Wake Up Sid wows critics and masses alike!". Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  9. ^ Iyer, Meena (21 September 2011). "Deepika, Ranbir together again". The Times of India. Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  10. ^ "Ranbir, Deepika share amicable equation: Ayan Mukerji". Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  11. ^ "Ranbir Kapoor To Play A Superhero In Ayan Mukerji's Next". www.filmibeat.com. 
  12. ^ "Ayan Mukerji: Would love to make a Superman film". NDTVMovies.com. 
  13. ^ "3 Idiots shines at Filmfare Awards". The Times of India. 

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