Rajat Arora

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Rajat Aroraa
Born Rajat Arora
(1975-07-23) 23 July 1975 (age 43)
Delhi, India
Other names Rajat Aroraa
Alma mater Asian Academy of Film & Television[1]
Occupation Writer, director
Years active 2005 – present

Rajat Aroraa (born 23 July 1975) is an independent writer in the Indian film and television industry; widely known for his films Once Upon a Time in Mumbai (2010), The Dirty Picture (2011), Kick (2014), Gabbar Is Back (2015) and Taxi No. 9211 (2006)

He has also written the blockbuster hit and critically acclaimed Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai (2010).

Rajat wrote Baadshaho (2017) directed by Milan Luthria and starring Ajay Devgn.[2] The movie is scheduled for release in September 2017. He also worked on AZHAR, a biopic on the most controversial Indian cricket captain,[3] with Balaji Telefilms. The movie released on 13 May 2016. Rajat is also working on untitled film for Multi Screen Media (MSM).

Early life and education[edit]

Born and brought up in Delhi, Rajat is a BCom(Hons) graduate from Delhi University. He is also an alumnus of Asian Academy of Film & Television.[4]

In the late '90s, Rajat was 21 when he left his South Delhi family for Mumbai,[5] raring to "struggle" and achieve his childhood dream. Within months he was introduced to Sridhar Raghavan – who was then writing CID and Aahat. Soon, Rajat who was started as the dialogue writer, began contributing towards the story and screenplay for Aahat and C.I.D.[6]


Rajat's first break in Bollywood was as a dialogue writer for Bluffmaster (2005). The film was written by Sridhar Raghavan and directed by Rohan Sippy. The dialogues of the movie were termed to be fantastic by veteran film critic Taran Adarsh.[7] While the movie received a warm response at the box office, critics described the dialogues as quotable.[8] Some went on say the dialogues were the highlight of the movie and were outstanding.[9]

He then collaborated with director Milan Luthria on Taxi No. 9211 (2006). The slice-of-life story, high on drama and action, written by Rajat was applauded by many and described as impeccable by critics.[10] Taxi No. 9211 went on to become one of the highest-grossing films of 2006.

After Hattrick (2007) and Chandni Chowk to China (2009), Rajat teamed up with Luthria again for Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai (2010). He muscled the single-screens' melodrama into multiplexes by channelling the '70s dialoguebaazi. The movie won many accolades from critics and viewers alike for its direction and its powerful and engaging screenplay.

Komal Nahta quotes 'Rajat Arora has penned an interesting story and padded it up with a highly engrossing screenplay that doesn't let the viewer lose grip for even a moment. Arora's dialogues, of course, are absolutely fantastic, many of them clapworthy.'[11]

His next film, The Dirty Picture (2011) saw him double up as a lyricist[12] for the chartbuster 'Ooh La La Tu Hai Meri Fantasy'. The movie was an instant blockbuster hit and was widely accepted by the masses and appreciated by critics alike.

The writer-director combo of Rajat and Milan who had achieved tremendous success with Once Upon A Time in Mumbai and The Dirty Picture, teamed up again to deliver another blockbuster success – Once Upon Ay Time in Mumbai Doobara! (2013). The dialogues of the movie were said to be applause worthy and were the cherry on the cake.[13]

His next was as a script and screen play writer for Salman Khan starrer Kick (2014). As an Eid release, Kick received an overwhelming response at the box office. The total worldwide collection crossed INR 3 billion and was the highest grosser of 2014.[14]

Kick was followed by Akshay Kumar starrer Gabbar Is Back (2015).



Before his foray into Bollywood, Rajat Arora was the story, screenplay and dialogue writer for prime time Indian television shows. He has written over 100+ episodes of CID and Aaht.


With almost 11 years under his belt as an independent writer in Bollywood, Rajat has written dialogues, screenplay, story and lyrics for multiple movies and songs respectively.

Year Film Director
2005 Bluffmaster Rohan Sippy
2006 Taxi No. 9211 Milan Luthria
2007 Hattrick Milan Luthria
2009 Chandni Chowk to China Nikhil Advani
2010 Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai Milan Luthria
2011 The Dirty Picture Milan Luthria
2013 Once Upon Ay Time in Mumbai Doobara! Milan Luthria
2014 Kick Sajid Nadiadwala
2015 Gabbar Is Back Krish
2016 Azhar Tony D'Souza
2017 Baadshaho Milan Luthria

Awards and Accolades[edit]

In 2004, Rajat was awarded 'Best Teleplay Writer' by the Indian Televesion Academy. He even has an entry as the co-writer for C.I.D in the Guinness Book of World Records for 'Longest Single Shot Episode'.

Rajat has also been awarded the Hindi Seva Samman for his literary contribution towards Hindi Language.[15]

Year Movie Award Category
2011 Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai Zee Cine Awards Best Dialogues
Producers Guild Film Awards Best Screenplay
Global Indian Film and Television Honours Best Dialogues
2012 The Dirty Picture Zee Cine Awards Best Dialogues
Screen Awards
Producers Guild Film Awards
IIFA Awards
Global Indian Film and Television Honours
The Dirty Picture (Song: Ishq Sufiyana) Mirchi Music Awards Best Lyrics
People's Choice Awards India Favourite Lyrics


  1. ^ http://aaft.com/schoolofmasscommunication/alumni/
  2. ^ Sheth, Rachana. "Rajat Arora: Ajay Devgn is endearing in BAADSHAHO; while Shruti will be seen in dynamic avatar". Glamsham.com.
  3. ^ "Azhar biopic: Three tons, two wives, one false step…". The Indian Express. 22 May 2015. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
  4. ^ "AAFT Alumni Rajat Arora Appreciated by the Industry".
  5. ^ HOLLA, ANAND. "Talking dirty with Rajat Aroraa". Times of India.
  6. ^ ETCNetworks (13 December 2011), Komal Nahta with Rajat Arora, retrieved 2016-01-30
  7. ^ Hungama, Bollywood. "Bluffmaster Review – Bollywood Hungama". www.bollywoodhungama.com. Retrieved 2016-01-30.
  8. ^ "Bluffmaster: A timepass blast!". Rediff. Retrieved 2016-03-20.
  9. ^ "Bluffmaster – movie review by Narbir Gosal – Planet Bollywood". www.planetbollywood.com. Retrieved 2016-01-30.
  10. ^ "Taxi No.9211 movie review : glamsham.com". www.glamsham.com. Retrieved 2016-01-30.
  11. ^ Nahta, Komal. "Komal Nahta's Review: Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai | Koimoi". www.koimoi.com. Retrieved 2016-03-20.
  12. ^ "Rajat Arora turns lyricist for The Dirty Picture".
  13. ^ "Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai Dobaara Movie Review – OUATIMD". www.indicine.com. Retrieved 2016-01-30.
  14. ^ "Kick 27th Day Box Office Collection- Total Business". Box Office Collection India – Movie Business Record & Review. Retrieved 2016-03-20.
  15. ^ "Malwa Rangmanch Samiti". malwarangmanchsamiti.com. Retrieved 2016-01-31.

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