Pradeep Sarkar

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Pradeep Sarkar
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Pradeep Sarkar at special screening of Memories in March
Born (1955-04-30) 30 April 1955 (age 66)

Pradeep Sarkar (born 30 April 1955)[1] is a writer and director who works in Bollywood. He began his career with Vinod Chopra Productions, the production company of director and producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra.

Personal life[edit]

From a young boy listening to his father ask him if painting billboards is what he wants to do for a living, to helming a successful, full-fledged production house, it's been a long journey for Pradeep Sarkar.

Recipient of the prestigious Abby Award, Rapa Award and the National Film Award, Pradeep began his journey from Delhi College of Art graduating with a gold medal in 1979. After a 17-year stint in mainstream advertising as Creative Director - Art, he began his directorial journey as an acclaimed ad-film maker by unleashing his production house onto the advertising circles of Delhi.


Pradeep's production house shot out highly successful commercials; Tata Yellow Pages, ICICI Prudential, and Onida KY Thunder to name a few. The Aaj Tak TV commercials, shot in Black and White, apart from winning him the Rapa, also won him the Best Director of the Year Award at the Abby's.

Apart from commercials, Pradeep's also one of the most sought-after and prolific music video directors around. Shubha Mudgal's 'Ab Ke Saawan', Euphoria's 'Dhoom Pichak Dhoom' and 'Maaeri', Sultan Khan's "Piya Basanti" and Bhupen Hazarika's ‘Ganga’ went on to become benchmarks of excellence in visual appeal and storytelling.

After a string of music videos, feature film songs and over a 1000 commercials, his foray into feature films produced the critically acclaimed Parineeta, winning him the acclaimed National Film Award in the Best Debut Film of a Director category. The film was highly acclaimed as an emotional, visual and musical extravaganza and accrued the maximum number of nominations in award ceremonies across the country at the time.

Pradeep also won the "Best Debutant Director‟ in Screen Awards and the "Hottest Young Director‟ in Stardust Awards in 2006. Parineeta also went on to win 5 Filmfare Awards.

His next three feature films were Laaga Chunari Mein Daag, Lafangey Parindey, and Mardaani all of which have been produced by Yashraj Films. His latest, Eela, starring Kajol, was produced by Ajay Devgn Films and was released in October 2018.

And now? Pradeep continues to make ads and feature films and is a man with simple wants. His heart's greatest desires are creating fabulous work, finding fascinating props, and a large plate of homemade kosha maangsho.


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not been released yet
Year Film Direction Other roles
2005 Parineeta Yes Art Direction, Screenplay
2007 Eklavya: The Royal Guard Visual Direction
Laaga Chunari Mein Daag Yes Writer, Art Direction
2010 Lafangey Parindey Yes
2014 Mardaani Yes
2018 Helicopter Eela Yes
2021 Jokhon Ratri Name (যখন রাত্রি নামে) Executive Producer

Web series[edit]

Year Title Direction Network Notes
2019 Coldd Lassi Aur Chicken Masala Yes ALTBalaji and ZEE5 [2]
2020 Arranged Marriage Yes ZEE5 original [3]
Foridden Love Yes ZEE5 original

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Work Result Notes
2005 Filmfare Best Art Direction Parineeta Won
2005 Zee Cine Award for Most Promising Director Parineeta Nominated
2005 Filmfare Best Director Award Parineeta Won
2006 National Film Award, Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director Parineeta Won


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  2. ^ "ZEE5, ALTBalaji join hands for 'Coldd Lassi Aur Chicken Masala' and 'Mission Over Mars'; watch the trailers". WION. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  3. ^ "Pradeep Sarkar ropes in Ali Fazal for his next film titled 'Arranged Marriage'". Mumbai Live. Retrieved 30 June 2019.

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