17 December 1973 |
Kolkata, West Bengal
|Alma mater||Sri Aurobindo College , University of Delhi|
|Occupation||Film Director, writer, producer|
Neeraj Pandey (born 17 December 1973) is an acclaimed Indian film director, producer and screenwriter. In his first movie A Wednesday, his work was largely praised by audiences as well as the critics. A Wednesday also won many awards in different categories. His second film Special 26 (2013) was equally appreciated by the public and the critics. He also directed the movie Baby (2015) starring Akshay Kumar which received critical acclaim from the audience and was a huge success.The movie Rustom which was produced by Neeraj, was released on 12 August 2016 and received mixed reviews by critics but was a runaway commercial success. His latest movie was a biopic on cricketer M.S.Dhoni titled M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story which was loved by the audience. He aims at making more commercial content in the sports genre. Neeraj has carved a niche for himself in the film industry with his adept handling of different topics and is one of the most sought after Directors of his generation.
He has also directed a Web Short 'Ouch' with Manoj Bajpayee and Pooja Chopra which is nominated for Filmfare Short Film Award 2017. Not just a filmmaker but a writer too, Neeraj has written a novel named 'Ghalib Danger' in 2013.
Early life and education
Pandey was born and brought up in Howrah, West Bengal. His father, who originally came from Ara, Bihar and worked for Bosch in Calcutta. Pandey moved to New Delhi, where he graduated in English from Sri Aurobindo college(University of Delhi) .
Pandey started his career working with Delhi-based 'Legacy Entertainment', a company started by the Dalmia group to make television programs.
In 2000, he moved to Mumbai, where a friend got a grant to produce a documentary, and offered him the project. Soon he started making documentaries and ad films. Thereafter, he formed a production company 'Quarter Inch Productions', along with his colleague Shital Bhatia which specialized in making television programmes, ad films and documentaries. In 2008, Neeraj and Shital Bhatia formed a production house named Friday Filmworks, which was the original producer of his debut film, A Wednesday. The film's script was inspired by the 11 July 2006 Mumbai train bombings.
In 2011, Neeraj produced a Marathi film Taryanche Bait which was applauded by the audience and also received positive reviews from critics.
After directing his first movie in 2008, Neeraj directed his second movie Special 26 in 2013, starring Akshay Kumar and Kajal Aggrawal. Neeraj is very fluent in Bengali and also produced a Bengali film, The Royal Bengal Tiger in 2014. In the same year he also produced the film Total Siyappa starring Yami Gautam and Ali Zafar. In 2015, he directed the movie Baby starring Akshay Kumar. In 2016, he produced the movie Saat Uchakkey which was a comedy film starring Manoj Bajpayee, Kay Kay Menon and Aditi Sharma.
In 2016, Anil Ambani-owned Reliance Entertainment announced a joint venture with Pandey and Friday Filmworks to form Plan C studios for production of films. Akshay Kumar starrer Rustom was the first film under the banner, Plan C Studios. It is an equal partnership joint venture between the two.
Pandey has also written his debut novel titled Ghalib Danger which was launched on 6 December 2013.The novel is soon going to be made into a motion picture.
|2014||The Royal Bengal Tiger||Yes||Yes|
|2016||M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story||Yes||Yes|
|2017||Toilet: Ek Prem Katha||Yes|
- Ghalib Danger : Ghalib Danger is a novel written by Neeraj Pandey in 2013. The novel is based on the life of a young taxi driver in Mumbai who dreams of bigger things for himself. Ghalib Danger was launched on 6 December 2013 at the Times of India Literary Carnival in at Mehboob Studio, Bandra, Mumbai.
- National Film Award
- Star Screen Award
- IIFA Awards
- "'I grew up on Bengali films'". The Telegraph. 17 June 2012. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
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