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Rohit Shetty
Shetty at JW Marriott, Juhu in 2019
Born (1974-03-14) 14 March 1974 (age 49)
  • Film director
  • producer
  • stuntman
  • writer
  • host[1]
Years active1991–present
WorksFull List
Maya Shetty
(m. 2005)
ParentM. B. Shetty (father)
RelativesHriday Shetty (half-brother)

Rohit Shetty (born 14 March 1974) is an Indian film director, stuntman, writer, producer and television host who works in Hindi cinema.[1][2][3] His movies are often mixed genres of action, comedy and masala films.

His breakthrough came with the first installment of comedy film franchise Golmaal, Golmaal (2006) starring Ajay Devgn and Arshad Warsi, which became sleeper hit. Further subsequent other successful films in franchise included Golmaal Returns (2008) and Golmaal 3 (2010), which became one of the highest-grossing film of the year.

Shetty returned in action genre with Singham (2011) after eight years of his debut action thriller Zameen. It also starred Ajay Devgn in lead, the film turned out one of the highest grosser of the year. Later on, it expanded in Cop Universe franchise with other successful films such as Singham Returns (2014), Simmba (2018), Sooryavanshi (2021). His other notable success includes Bol Bachchan (2012), Chennai Express (2013) starring Shah Rukh Khan, which became the highest grossing Hindi film surpassing 3 Idiots at that time and Dilwale (2015).

Apart from film directing, he has also hosts the stunt-based adventure show Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi since 2014.

Early life[edit]

Shetty was born to M. B. Shetty and Ratna, a Bollywood junior artist,[4] who has acted in Hindi and Kannada films.[5] He has four siblings.[6]


1991–2002: Early work[edit]

Shetty began his career at the age of 17 as an assistant director in Ajay Devgn's first film Phool Aur Kaante.[7] He then worked with Devgn in Suhaag (where he was a body double for Akshay Kumar who was its second main hero) and Haqeeqat, and with Kumar in Zulmi. He then joined the Devgn starrers Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha, Hindustan Ki Kasam and Raju Chacha.[8]

2003–2009: Directorial debut and breakthrough[edit]

Shetty debuted as an independent director in 2003 with the Devgn starrer Zameen, an average grosser, before he rose to fame in 2006 when he directed the first part of Devgn's cult comedy series Golmaal that became his first hit.[9] His next two directorials—the comic thriller Sunday and the successful sequel of Golmaal named Golmaal Returns (both featuring Devgn)–were released theatrically in 2008 followed by All the Best: Fun Begins in 2009.[10]

2010–present: Commercial success[edit]

Shetty (left) and Ajay Devgn in 2010. They have worked together in 10 films since 2003

The third part of Golmaal series titled Golmaal 3 (again starring Devgn) that opened theatrically in 2010 ended up as Shetty's first and an surprising blockbuster that entered 100 Crore Club domestically.[11] Continuing his collaborations with Devgn, Shetty begun his Cop Universe in 2011 through his action film Singham (that saw Devgn portray a police inspector fighting against corruption) and directed the comedy Bol Bachchan (also featuring Abhishek Bachchan) in 2012; both films were super hits and crossed 100 Crore Club domestically.[12]

Shetty's Chennai Express, starring Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone, was released on 9 August 2013.[13][14] Chennai Express became the highest-grossing Bollywood film in the domestic market.[15][16] The film earned over US$17.4 million to become the third-highest-grossing Bollywood film overseas.[17] The film also set a number of box office records, for the highest opening-day gross, highest paid preview, highest single-day gross, biggest opening weekend, highest opening week and the fastest film to reach 100 crore and 2 billion in the domestic market.[18]

Shetty has played the judge of the television show Comedy Circus.[19]

In 2014, Shetty directed Singham Returns with Ajay Devgn, a sequel to his 2011 film Singham.[20] He was also a part of the fifth season of television stunt game show Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi in 2014 as the host taking over from the previous host Akshay Kumar.[21] In 2014, he turned into a producer with Singham Returns, co-producing the film under his banner Rohit Shetty Productions. He directed Dilwale with Sharukh Khan and Kajol, which was a moderate box-office success. He reprised his role as host in season 6 and 8–11 of Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi.

Shetty next directed Golmaal Again, the fourth film of the Golmaal series. The film, starring Ajay Devgn and Parineeti Chopra in the lead roles, was released in October 2017, and received mixed reviews. It became the highest grossing Hindi film in 2017, the first Hindi blockbuster of 2017,[22][23] as well as the highest grossing Diwali release of all time. He directed then directed the 2018 action comedy, Simmba, starring Ranveer Singh, Sara Ali Khan and Sonu Sood in the lead roles, with Ajay Devgn in a guest appearance as Bajirao Singham.

Shetty directed another feature in the Cop Universe, Sooryavanshi, starring Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif and Jackie Shroff, which was released during Diwali in 2021. It was the first major release from Hindi Cinema after lockdown due to COVID-19, the film became highest grossing Hindi film of the year. Shetty will be making his OTT debut with Indian Police Force, starring Sidharth Malhotra for Amazon Prime Video.[24]


Denotes films that have not been released yet

Directed feature films[edit]

Year Title Director Producer Notes
2003 Zameen Green tickY
2006 Golmaal Green tickY
2008 Sunday Green tickY Remake of Anukokunda Oka Roju
Golmaal Returns Green tickY Based on Aaj Ki Taaza Khabar
2009 All The Best Green tickY Based on Marathi drama 'Pati Sagle Uchapati'
2010 Golmaal 3 Green tickY
2011 Singham Green tickY Remake of Singam
2012 Bol Bachchan Green tickY Based on Gol Maal
2013 Chennai Express Green tickY
2014 Singham Returns Green tickY Green tickY
2015 Dilwale Green tickY Green tickY
2017 Golmaal Again Green tickY Green tickY
2018 Simmba Green tickY Green tickY Remake of Temper
2021 Sooryavanshi Green tickY Green tickY
2022 Cirkus Green tickY Green tickY [25]
2023 School College Ani Life Green tickY Debut in Marathi cinema as Producer
2024 Singham Again Green tickY Green tickY


Year Title Role Ref.
2009–2011 Comedy Circus Judge [26]
2012 Big Switch Godfather [27]
2012 Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah Promotion of film Bol Bachchan [27]
2014 Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 5 Host [28]
2015 Bigg Boss Halla Bol Guest
2015 Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 6 Host [29]
2017 Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 8 [30]
2018 India's Next Superstars Judge [31]
2018–present Little Singham Producer [32]
2019 Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 9 Host [33]
2019–present Golmaal Jr. Producer [34]
2019 Bigg Boss 13 Guest [35]
2020 Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 10 Host [36]
Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi – Made in India [37]
2021 Dance Deewane 3 Guest
Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 11 Host [38]
2021 Bigg Boss 15 Guest
2022 Hunarbaaz: Desh Ki Shaan [39]
India's Got Talent (season 9)
Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 12 Host [40]
2023 Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 13 [41]

Short films[edit]

Year Title Director Producer Notes
2016 Ranveer Ching Returns Green tickY Green tickY Short film
2022 Made In India Green tickY Green tickY Short film

Web series[edit]

Year Title Director Producer Platform
2023 Indian Police Force Yes Yes Amazon Prime Video

Awards and nominations[edit]

Filmfare Awards
Year Category Film Result Ref.
2014 Best Director Chennai Express Nominated [42]
Producers Guild Film Awards
Year Category Film Result Ref.
2014 Best Director Chennai Express Nominated [43]
BIG Star Entertainment Awards
Year Category Film Result Ref.
2013 Most Entertaining Director Chennai Express Nominated [45]
Bollywood Hungama Surfers' Choice Movie Awards
Year Category Film Result Ref.
2014 Best Director Chennai Express Nominated [47]
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards India
Year Category Film Result Ref.
2013 Best Film Chennai Express Won [48]
Star Box Office India Awards
Year Category Film Result Ref.
2014 Mr Box Office India Blockbuster Singham Returns Won [50]
Zee Cine Awards
Year Category Film Result Ref.
2013 Power Club – Box Office Award Bol Bachchan Won [51]
2014 Best Action Film Chennai Express Nominated [52]
Best Director [52]
2018 Golmaal Again [53]
Best Film (Viewers' Choice Award) [54]
Best Film (Jury's Choice Award) Won [54]
IIFA Awards
Year Category Film Result Ref.
2014 Best Director Chennai Express Nominated [55]


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