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Rohit Shetty
The Film Director, Shri Rohit Shetty addressing at the closing ceremony of the 44th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2013), at Panaji, Goa on November 30, 2013.jpg
Rohit Shetty, IFFI (2013)
Born (1973-03-14) 14 March 1973 (age 48)
OccupationFilm director, producer, presenter[1]
Years active1991–present
Notable work
Golmaal film series
Cop Universe films
Chennai Express
Spouse(s)Maya Rohit Shetty (m. 2005)
Parent(s)M. B. Shetty
Ratna Shetty

Rohit Shetty (born 14 March 1973) is an Indian Bollywood director and producer.[2] He holds the record of helming maximum 100 Crore Club domestic net films.[3] His notable and iconic franchises Golmaal and Cop Universe are listed among the most famous film series, and he is also known for Bol Bachchan (2012), Chennai Express (2013) and Dilwale (2015).[4]

Personal life[edit]

He was born to Ratna, a Bollywood junior artist,[5] and actor/stuntman M. B. Shetty who had acted in Hindi and Kannada films.[6] He has four siblings.[7]


Beginning as an assistant director (1991–2002)[edit]

Shetty begun his career at age of 17 as an assistant director in Bollywood superstar Ajay Devgn's first film Phool Aur Kaante.[8] He then worked with Devgn in Suhaag (where he was a body double for another superstar Akshay Kumar who was its second main hero) and Haqeeqat, and with Kumar in Zulmi. After that he joined the Devgn starrers Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha, Hindustan Ki Kasam and Raju Chacha. [9]

Debuting as an independent director and rise to prominence (2003–2012)[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.[10] 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.[11]

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.[12] 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.[13]

Establishment and involvement with record breaking films (2013–present)[edit]

Shetty's Chennai Express, starring Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone, was released on 9 August 2013.[14][15] Chennai Express became the highest-grossing Bollywood film in the domestic market.[16][17] The film earned over US$17.4 million to become the third-highest-grossing Bollywood film overseas.[18] 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.[19]

Shetty has played the judge of the television show Comedy Circus.[20]

In 2014, Shetty directed Singham Returns with Ajay Devgn, a sequel to his 2011 film Singham.[21] He was also a part of the 5th season of television stunt game show Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi in 2014 as the host taking over from the previous host Akshay Kumar.[22] In 2014, he turned into a producer with Singham Returns, co-producing the film under his banner Rohit Shetty Productions. He directed Dilwale (2015 film) with Sharukh Khan and Kajol which is a box office success. He reprised his part as host of the 6th, 8th, 9th, 10th season of Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi.

Shetty directed Golmaal Again, the fourth film of the Golmaal series. The film, starring Ajay Devgn and Parineeti Chopra in lead, released in October 2017 to mixed reviews but became the highest grossing Hindi film of 2017, becoming the first Hindi blockbuster of the year.[23][24] also becoming the highest grossing diwali release of all time.


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not been released yet


Year Film Director Co Producer Note
2003 Zameen Yes directorial debut
2006 Golmaal: Fun Unlimited Yes
2008 Sunday Yes
Golmaal Returns Yes
2009 All The Best: Fun Begins Yes
2010 Golmaal 3 Yes
2011 Singham Yes
2012 Bol Bachchan Yes
2013 Chennai Express Yes
2014 Singham Returns Yes Yes
2015 Dilwale Yes Yes
2016 Ranveer Ching Returns Yes Yes short film
2017 Golmaal Again Yes Yes
2018 Simmba Yes Yes
2021 Sooryavanshi dagger Yes Yes
2021 Cirkus dagger Yes Yes [25]


Year Television Role Reference
2009–2011 Comedy Circus Judge [26]
2012 Big Switch Godfather [27]
2014 Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 5 Host [28]
2015 Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 6 [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 (Hindi season 13) Guest [35]
2020 Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 10 Host [36]
Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi – Made in India [37]
2021 Fear Factor:Khatron Ke Khiladi 11 Host Coming soon

Awards and nominations[edit]

Filmfare Awards
Year Category Film Result Ref.
2014 Best Director Chennai Express Nominated [4]
Producers Guild Film Awards
Year Category Film Result Ref.
2014 Best Director Chennai Express Nominated [38]
BIG Star Entertainment Awards
Year Category Film Result Ref.
2013 Most Entertaining Director Chennai Express Nominated [40]
Bollywood Hungama Surfers' Choice Movie Awards
Year Category Film Result Ref.
2014 Best Director Chennai Express Nominated [42]
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards India
Year Category Film Result Ref.
2013 Best Film Chennai Express Won [43]
Star Box Office India Awards
Year Category Film Result Ref.
2014 Mr Box Office India Blockbuster Singham Returns Won [45]
Zee Cine Awards
Year Category Film Result Ref.
2013 Power Club - Box Office Award Bol Bachchan Won [46]
2014 Best Action Film Chennai Express Nominated [47]
Best Director [47]
2018 Golmaal Again [48]
Best Film (Viewers' Choice Award) [49]
Best Film (Jury's Choice Award) Won [49]
IIFA Awards
Year Category Film Result Ref.
2014 Best Director Chennai Express Nominated [50]


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