Manish Mundra

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Manish Mundra
Born (1973-04-22) 22 April 1973 (age 50)
Occupation(s)Businessman, Film producer

Manish Mundra (born 22 April 1973) is an Indian film producer who has produced numerous Bollywood films like Ankhon Dekhi, Masaan, Kadvi Hawa and many more to his credit.[1][2][3]

Early years and personal life[edit]

Manish Mundra was born in Deoghar, Jharkhand in a Marwari family from Jodhpur, Rajasthan. As a child, he sold cold drinks and saris to help his family. He later moved to Jodhpur to do his Master of Business Administration.[4]

From 2000 to 2002, he first moved to Bombay for a job. After some time, he moved to Indonesia, Thailand and then Nigeria where he joined Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals as the CEO (Africa) and MD.[5]

After few years he moved to India to become a film producer, In 2014 he started Drishyam Films, Production House.[5] Since then, he has produced movies like Masaan (2015), Waiting (2016), Umrika (2016), Dhanak (2016), Newton (2017), Rukh (2017) Kadvi Hawa (2017) .

In 2017 Dhanak won the National Award for Best Children's Film,[6] Newton was chosen for India's entry into the Oscars[7] and Kadvi Hawa received a Special Mention at the National Film Awards this year.


He is a philanthropist and in 2014, he donated Rs 50 lakhs to bail out the Mumbai Film Festival.[5]

During the COVID-19 pandemic, he helped hospitals in India with PPE kits, ventilators and oxygen concentrators.[4][8][3][9][10][5][11][12] He also helped migrant workers leaving the cities to return to their native places with rations and financial help.[4]

He has also donated bicycles to the Mumbai dabbawalas to help them distribute food.[4]


Year Film Producer director
2014 Ankhon Dekhi Yes No
2015 Masaan Yes No
2015 X: Past Is Present Yes No
2016 Waiting Yes No
2016 Dhanak Yes No
2016 Umrika Yes No
2017 Newton Yes No
2017 Rukh Yes No
2017 Kadvi Hawa Yes No
2019 Aadhaar Yes No
2020 Kaamyaab Yes No
2022 Love Hostel Yes No
2022 Siya Yes Yes

See also[edit]

  • Sonu Sood, a film personality known for his philanthropic work during the COVID-19 pandemic


  1. ^ "Manish Mundra: The screen saviour - Forbes India". Forbes India.
  2. ^ "Manish Mundra News: Latest News and Updates on Manish Mundra at News18". Retrieved 17 January 2020.
  3. ^ a b "'Newton' producer Manish Mundra to make directorial debut - The New Indian Express". Retrieved 17 January 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d Jha, Giridhar (19 December 1921). "Manish Mundra: Moviemaker Or Messiah?". Outlook India. Retrieved 7 September 2022.
  5. ^ a b c d "Manish Mundra: Why a fertiliser CEO in Nigeria is betting big on India's indie film dream". 18 May 2016. Retrieved 17 January 2020.
  6. ^ Mukherjee, Shreya (7 April 2017). "After Dhanak wins National Award, Nagesh Kukunoor says will make more children's films". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 7 September 2022.
  7. ^ Roy, Gitanjali (22 September 2017). "Rajkummar Rao's Newton Is India's Pick For The Oscars". NDTV. Retrieved 7 September 2022.
  8. ^ "Producer Manish Mundra turns director". Retrieved 17 January 2020.
  9. ^ "We Want to Win an Oscar Someday, Says Manish Mundra".
  10. ^ "Manish Mundra News: Latest News and Updates on Manish Mundra at News18".
  11. ^ "From soft drinks seller to co CEO: The inspiring story of Masaan producer Manish Mundra - Firstpost". 24 July 2015. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  12. ^ "Newton producer Manish Mundra turns director with social drama feature film inspired by true events - Times of India". The Times of India.

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