Maneesh Sharma is an Indian film director, screenwriter and producer. He has received a Filmfare Award and a National Film Award as a director and producer respectively. His work as a director includes Band Baaja Baaraat (2010), which earned him the Filmfare Award for Best Debut Director, Ladies vs Ricky Bahl (2011), Shuddh Desi Romance (2013) and Fan (2016). He has also produced films such as Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015), Hichki (2018) and Sui Dhaaga (2018), winning the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi for the former.
Early life and education
Born and raised in Delhi, where he lived in various parts of the city, including Pitam Pura, Maneesh did his schooling at Delhi Public School, R K Puram. Then he received a degree in English literature from Hans Raj College, Delhi University. At college, he was involved in the theatre society and shot his debut film in 2010 there. After his graduation he moved to California to study filmmaking at CalArts. Before moving to Mumbai, he was also involved in theatre in Delhi and was a dancer in a local musical troupe.
Two months after his return from the US, he got a break and started his Bollywood career as an associate director and an assistant director on a number of Yash Raj Films productions such as Fanaa, Aaja Nachle and Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, before making his feature directing debut with Band Baaja Baaraat (English title: Bands Horns and Revelry), based on a story written by himself, which was released on 10 December 2010. The film starred newcomer Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma in the lead roles, and was produced by Aditya Chopra under the Yash Raj Films banner. Sharma's first outing as a director garnered him India's prestigious Filmfare Award in the Best Debut Director category.
His next film, Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, was produced by Aditya Chopra and released on 9 December 2011. The critically acclaimed film starred Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma, who were also in Sharma's first film. Sharma's third film, Shuddh Desi Romance (English title: A Purely Desi Romance), released on 6 September 2013, and starred Sushant Singh Rajput, Parineeti Chopra, and newcomer Vaani Kapoor in the lead roles. The film was screened in the Gala Presentation section of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.
Maneesh Sharma's fourth film is Dum Laga Ke Haisha under the YRF Banner. Yash Raj Films has always had either Yash Chopra or Aditya Chopra produce movies under the banner, but Sharma is first independent producer. The film is directed by Sharat Katariya, and stars Ayushmann Khurrana. His next directorial venture is movie Fan, with lead star Shah Rukh Khan. Sharma's second production is Akshay Roy's debut film Meri Pyaari Bindu starring Parineeti Chopra and Ayushmann Khurrana. Maneesh Sharma has stepped in as the director for the third film in the Tiger series
|2010||Band Baaja Baaraat||Yes||Story||No|
|2011||Ladies vs Ricky Bahl||Yes||No||No|
|2013||Shuddh Desi Romance||Yes||No||No|
|2015||Dum Laga Ke Haisha||No||No||Yes|
|2017||Meri Pyaari Bindu||No||No||Yes|
Awards and nominations
|2011||Filmfare Awards||Best Director||Band Baaja Baaraat||Nominated|||
|Best Debut Director||Won|
|2011||IIFA Awards||Best Story||Nominated|||
|2016||National Film Awards||Best Feature Film in Hindi||Dum Laga Ke Haisha||Won|||
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- The campus crew in Bollywood The Times of India, 10 December 2010
- Maneesh Sharma : The wedding planner Filmfare, 16 February 2011.
- "YRF launches new face with Anushka Sharma". NDTV Movies. 4 February 2010. Archived from the original on 14 July 2011. Retrieved 22 February 2011.
- "These wedding planners know their binness". The Indian Express. 17 December 2010.
- "Yash Raj Films - Movies". Retrieved 3 July 2017.
- "Bring out the Band". The Indian Express. 15 February 2011.
- "Priyanka's cousin to romance Ranveer!". The Times of India. 16 February 2011. Archived from the original on 4 November 2012.
- "56th Idea Filmfare Awards 2011". Daily Times. 31 January 2011.
- "The 12th IIFA Awards (2011) Nominees and Winners". iifa.com. Archived from the original on 14 January 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
- "Call for entries; 63rd National Film Awards for 2015" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Archived (PDF) from the original on 15 March 2016. Retrieved 17 March 2016.