Kunal Kohli

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Kunal Kohli
Kunal kohli teri meri kahaani launch.jpg
Kunal Kohli at the launch of the promo of his movie Teri Meri Kahaani in 2012
Occupation Director, screenwriter, producer
Known for Fanaa (2006)
Spouse(s) Ravina Kohli
Children 1 (daughter)

Kunal Kohli is an Indian film director, producer, writer and chef, known for his works predominantly in Bollywood. He is best known as the director of Aamir Khan starrer Fanaa (2006). He also owns the production house Kunal Kohli Productions, and produced Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic (2008).[1][2]

Career[edit]

Kohli started out as a film critic in the late 1990s and hosted the show Chalo Cinema on Zee TV. He also directed some music videos: Bally Sagoo's "Mera Laung Gawacha", Kamaal Khan's "Jaana", Bali Brahmbhatt's "Tere Bin Jeena Nahin", Shiamak Davar's "Jaane Kisne", Hema Sardesai's "Bole Humse Kuch Na Gori" and Rajshri Music's "Yeh Hai Prem", a song for Alisha Chinoy with Milind Soman. He directed about 24 music videos before moving to TV and films.

He made his directorial debut with the television series Trikon.[3] He has made four movies for Yash Raj Films owned by late Yash Chopra. His first film under their banner was Mujhse Dosti Karoge! (2002) which did not fare well at the box office. It starred Hrithik Roshan, Rani Mukerji and Kareena Kapoor.

His second venture Hum Tum, was one of the biggest hits of 2004 and established him as a director. Hum Tum won five Filmfare awards including Best Director for Kohli. He won against his mentor Yash Chopra who was nominated for Veer-Zaara.[4][5]

He then directed Fanaa, starring Aamir Khan and Kajol who made her comeback after a four-year break from the industry and earned her a Filmfare Best Actress award. It was released in May 2006. Fanaa became one of the biggest hits of 2006. This film was found controversial and was banned in the state of Gujarat due to protests against the lead actor Aamir Khan.[6]

Kohli wrote, directed and co-produced the Yash Raj film Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic (2008), starring Saif Ali Khan, Rani Mukerji, Rishi Kapoor and Amisha Patel. He then produced the romantic comedy Break Ke Baad, which was directed by Danish Aslam and starred Imran Khan and Deepika Padukone in the lead roles. The film was released in the later half of 2010.

One of his projects Phir Se... was stuck in controversies involving allegations of plagiarism however the Supreme court later on allowed the release of the film upon settlement between the parties which made him pay Rs. 25 lacs to Jyoti Kapoor, the plaintiff. Kohli has a three film contract with Reliance Big Pictures involving financing, distribution and marketing. This contract is estimated to be worth Rs 1.50 billion.[7]

Television[edit]

Kohli judged the popular reality dance TV show Nach Baliye's second season for Star Plus in 2005. He also judged a children's reality show on Sony TV, Chota Packet Bada Dhamaka in 2005. In April 2014, it was reported that he would be the judge in NDTV's talent hunt show Ticket to Bollywood.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Kohli is married to Ravina Kohli who was the director of Koffee with Karan and headed Yash Raj TV. They have a daughter, Radha.[9]

Music videos[edit]

Year Album Music Video
1999 Yeh Hai Prem "Yeh Hai Prem Trilogy"

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Director Producer Writer Actor Release date
2002 Mujhse Dosti Karoge! Yes No Yes No 9 August 2002
2004 Hum Tum Yes No Yes No 28 May 2004
2006 Fanaa Yes No Yes No 26 May 2006
2008 Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic Yes Yes Yes No 27 June 2008
2010 Break Ke Baad No Yes No No 26 November 2010
2012 Teri Meri Kahaani Yes Yes Yes No 22 June 2012
2015 Phir Se Yes No No Yes 26 June 2015

TV shows[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kunal Kohli is ready to act in movies – The Times of India. Timesofindia.indiatimes.com (13 April 2014). Retrieved on 2015-10-29.
  2. ^ Kunal Kohli slams Ayushmann Khurana – Rediff.com Movies. Rediff.com (9 November 2012). Retrieved on 2015-10-29.
  3. ^ Trikon (TV Movie 1990) – IMDb
  4. ^ Kunal Kohli – Kunal Kohli Biography. Koimoi.com. Retrieved on 29 October 2015.
  5. ^ Kunal Kohli supports Salman's stand on 'Bigg Boss' – IBNLive. Ibnlive.in.com (29 October 2013). Retrieved on 2015-10-29.
  6. ^ "Gujarat ban on Aamir's Fanaa unlawful: NBA". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 30 May 2006. 
  7. ^ "kunal kohli production". Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "Kunal Kohli to judge the Talent show, Ticket to Bollywood". IANS. news.biharprabha.com. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  9. ^ Olivera, Roshni K (10 May 2011). "Kunal Kohli adopts a baby girl". The Times of India. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  10. ^ "kunal kohli productions". Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  11. ^ "kunal kohli production". Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  12. ^ Back to roots: Kunal Kohli to judge another show on TV. India Today (29 April 2014). Retrieved on 29 October 2015.

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