Karan Malhotra

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Karan Malhotra
OccupationDirector, writer, screenwriter
Years active2000–present
SpouseEkta Pathak

Karan Malhotra is an Indian film director and screenwriter.[1][2] He is best known for his debut film Agneepath (2012)[3][4] which emerged as one of the highest grossing Bollywood film of the year. Before marking his directorial debut with Dharma Productions, he has worked for ten years as an assistant director in the Hindi film industry.


Malhotra worked as an assistant director in the films such as Jodhaa Akbar, My Name Is Khan and Jaan-E-Mann before co-writing and directing Agneepath, a remake of the 1990 cult classic of the same name.[5][6]

Karan Malhotra has also directed the film Brothers in 2015, an official remake of the 2011 American film Warrior starring Akshay Kumar, Sidharth Malhotra, Jacqueline Fernandez and Jackie Shroff.

Malhotra and his wife Ekta Pathak Malhotra began collaborating on the screenplay for Shuddhi which was slated for a Diwali 2016 release[7] for Dharma Productions.[7] Whilst working on the script both made several research-based trips to Hrishikesh, one of the prominent shooting locations for the film.[7] In March 2013, producer Karan Johar officially announced that Dharma Productions had begun pre-production on a new film venture titled Shuddhi.[8]

Though initially rumoured that Malhotra's Shuddhi would be the film adaptation of Amish Tripathi's "The Immortals of Meluha", it was later proven false.[9] In September 2013, Karan Johar announced that Malhotra would be directing The Immortals of Meluha, but only after the theatrical release of Shuddhi.[10][11] However, in May 2017, Amish Tripathi revealed that Dharma Productions had dropped the film rights to his books due to the contract expiring,[12] with filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali now holding them.[13]

In May 2018, Yash Raj Films announced that Malhotra would next be directing the period action-adventure film Shamshera, set to release in 2022.[14]


Year Title Director Screenwriter Lyrics Note.
2012 Agneepath Yes Yes No
2015 Brothers Yes Yes No
2022 Shamshera Yes Yes Yes
As Assistant Director
Year Title Director(s)
2000 Pukar Rajkumar Santoshi
2001 Lajja
2002 Tumko Na Bhool Paayenge Pankuj Parashar
2004 Main Hoon Na Farah Khan
Lakshya Farhan Akhtar
Swades Ashutosh Gowariker
2006 Jaan-E-Mann Shirish Kunder
2008 Jodhaa Akbar Ashutosh Gowariker
2010 My Name Is Khan Karan Johar


  1. ^ "(15) – British Board of Film Classification". British Board of Film Classification. 20 January 2012.
  2. ^ "A lot of people questioned my decision of remaking Agneepath". Bollywood Hungama. 30 January 2012.
  3. ^ "Directors worth Rs100 crore!". DNA India. 20 January 2013.
  4. ^ "'Agneepath' director, Karan Johar team up for an original". IBN Live. 14 November 2012. Archived from the original on 7 January 2014.
  5. ^ Upala KBR, TNN (26 January 2012). "Agneepath broke my father's heart: Karan Johar". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 23 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Hrithik had a rough start with Agneepath director". The Times of India. 17 January 2012. Archived from the original on 8 January 2014.
  7. ^ a b c "Hrithik Roshan set to shoot in Rishikesh? - Hindustan Times". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 17 March 2013. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  8. ^ "Karan Johar, Hrithik Roshan reunite". IBNLive. Archived from the original on 8 March 2013.
  9. ^ "Nothing to do with Immortals of Meluha - Karan Johar". Hindustan Times. 16 March 2013. Archived from the original on 17 March 2013.
  10. ^ Subhash K Jha (2013). "Agneepath director's next Is The Immortals Of Meluha". Daily Bhaskar. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
  11. ^ "Salman Khan to do Karan Johar's Shuddhi". Patrika Group. 16 July 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2014.
  12. ^ "Will Hrithik Roshan appear as Shiva in Amish Tripathi's Shiva trilogy?". Daily News and Analysis. 2 June 2017. Archived from the original on 6 June 2017. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  13. ^ Coutinho, Natasha (14 July 2017). "Hrithik Roshan and Sanjay Leela Bhansali Reunite for Film on 'The Immortals of Meluha?". Mumbai Mirror. Archived from the original on 28 July 2017. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  14. ^ Correspondent, HT (7 May 2018). "Ranbir Kapoor plays a dacoit in YRF's Shamshera. Watch the shocking first look". hindustantimes.com. Hindustan Times. Retrieved 18 June 2018.

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