Ayan Mukerji

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Ayan Mukerji
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At the premiere of Moonlight at the Jio MAMI Film Club, 2017
Ayan Mukherjee

(1983-08-15) 15 August 1983 (age 38)
Years active2005–present
Parent(s)Deb Mukherjee
Amrit Devi Mukherjee
FamilyMukherjee-Samarth family

Ayan Mukerji (born 15 August 1983) is an Indian film director, screenwriter and producer who works in Hindi cinema. Mukerji made his directorial debut at the age of 26 with the coming-of-age comedy Wake Up Sid (2009). The film opened to strong reviews and box-office returns.[1][2] His next directorial, the 2013 coming-of-age romantic comedy-drama, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, ranks among the highest-grossing Hindi films.

Mukerji is from the prominent Mukherjee-Samarth family of Bollywood.

Early life and background[edit]

Mukerjee was born in a Bengali Hindu 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.[3][4]

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, Subir Mukherjee and Shomu Mukherjee, who is the husband of actress Tanuja and he made 3 movies and father of actresses Kajol and Tanisha Mukherjee.[5][6]

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).[7]


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.[4] 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.[8] The film earned him a Best Debut 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.[9][10] The film earned him a second Best Director nomination at Filmfare.

Currently, Mukerji is involved in his next film, a trilogy titled Brahmastra, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Mouni Roy and Nagarjuna.[11]

Although Mukerji belongs to a Bengali family, he expressed his unwillingness to make a Bengali film due to its limited reach to people.[12]


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Director Writer Producer
2009 Wake Up Sid Yes Yes No
2013 Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani Yes Yes No
2022 Brahmāstra: Part One – Shiva dagger Yes Yes Yes

Acting credits[edit]


Film Award Category Result Ref
Wake Up Sid 55th Filmfare Awards Best Director Nominated [13]
Best Debut Director Won
Screen Awards Best Debut Director Nominated [14]
Stardust Awards Hottest New Director Won [15]
Producers Guild Film Awards Best Debut Director Won [16]
Best Director Nominated
Best Story Nominated
International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Director Nominated [17]
Best Story Nominated
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani BIG Star Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Director Nominated [18]
59th Filmfare Awards Best Director Nominated [19]
Screen Awards Nominated [20]
Producers Guild Film Awards Nominated [21]
Best Screenplay Nominated
Zee Cine Awards Won [22]
Best Director Won
Best Story Nominated
Best Dialogue Nominated


  1. ^ "Wake Up Sid wows critics and masses alike!". Hindustan Times. IANS. 5 October 2009. Archived from the original on 2 October 2013. Retrieved 2 May 2021.
  2. ^ Taran Adarsh (3 October 2009). "B.O. update: 'Wake Up Sid', 'Do Knot Disturb' bring cheer". Bollywood Hungama. Archived from the original on 12 February 2010. Retrieved 3 October 2009.
  3. ^ "Ayan Mukherjee wants to remake grandpa's 'Love in Simla'". The Times of India. 17 May 2013. Archived from the original on 5 October 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. Archived from the original on 27 January 2012. Retrieved 16 June 2013.
  6. ^ "Forever young". Time Out Mumbai. 15 June 2010. Archived from the original on 15 June 2010.
  7. ^ "The Pulp Prodigy". intoday.in.
  8. ^ "Trade Report Wake Up Sid wows critics and masses alike!". Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 28 September 2011.
  9. ^ Iyer, Meena (21 September 2011). "Deepika, Ranbir together again". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 10 July 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2011.
  10. ^ "Ranbir, Deepika share amicable equation: Ayan Mukerji". Archived from the original on 26 September 2011. Retrieved 28 September 2011.
  11. ^ "Ranbir Kapoor To Play A Superhero in Ayan Mukerji's Next". filmibeat.com.
  12. ^ "Ayan Mukerji: Would love to make a Superman film". NDTVMovies.com. Retrieved 15 May 2022.
  13. ^ "3 Idiots shines at Filmfare Awards". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 11 August 2011.
  14. ^ "Nominations for Nokia 16th Annual Star Screen Awards 2009". 5 March 2010. Archived from the original on 5 March 2010. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  15. ^ "Stardust Awards 2010: Winners List". www.merinews.com. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  16. ^ "Hindi Awards Star Guild Awards 2010 | Nettv4u". nettv4u. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  17. ^ "IIFA Awards 2010 Nominations announced - bollywood news : glamsham.com". www.glamsham.com. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  18. ^ Parande, Shweta (21 January 2014). "Filmfare Awards 2014 nominations: Will Shahrukh Khan lose Best Actor to Dhanush?". India.com. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  19. ^ Hungama, Bollywood (12 December 2013). "Nominations for 4th Big Star Entertainment Awards – Bollywood Hungama". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  20. ^ "20th Annual Screen Awards 2014: The complete list of nominees". 1 March 2014. Archived from the original on 1 March 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  21. ^ "9th Renault Star Guild Awards releases list of nominees". India Today. 16 January 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  22. ^ "Zee Cine Awards 2014: Winner's List". Zee News. 24 February 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2018.

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