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Sabbir Khan is an Indian film director and screenwriter. He directed the 2009 comedy Kambakkht Ishq, the 2014 action comedy Heropanti, the 2016 action thriller Baaghi, which ranks as his highest-grossing release, and the 2017 dance film Munna MichaelHeropanti 2.
Sabbir's childhood was particularly formative, as he was literally born and raised within the Hindi Film industry. His father was a lyricist in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The loss of his mother at a very early age and being raised by a single parent meant endless trips to movie and recording studios, where he watched, & unknowingly learnt, from the greatest names in Hindi Cinema. He spent much of his sophomore years aimlessly dreaming of being in movie studios and making films. After dabbling in trivial part-time advertising jobs, he began his journey into Direction
Debut and sabbatical (2009—13)
In 2009, Khan made his directorial debut with the battle-of-the-sexes comedy Kambakkht Ishq, which starred Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor. Set in Los Angeles, it was first Indian film to be shot in Universal Studios, and featured cameo appearances by several Hollywood actors. Kambakkht Ishq faced several controversies for the release date, and was poorly received by critics upon release too, but emerged as an economic success with a worldwide revenue of over ₹840 million (US$12 million).
Work after sabbatical (2014—present)
After a five-year absence from directing films, Khan directed the action romantic comedy Heropanti (2014), which marked the Bollywood debuts of the lead actors Tiger Shroff and Kriti Sanon. Produced by Sajid Nadiadwala under the banner Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment, it had received generally garnered negative reviews, but proved to be a commercial success grossing over ₹726 million (US$11 million) globally.
Khan next reteamed with Shroff in the action thriller Baaghi (2016), which also starred Shraddha Kapoor and Sudheer Babu, and was about the pair of rebellious lovers set against the backdrop of martial arts school. The film received mixed to positive response from critics. With earnings of over ₹1.26 billion (US$18 million), it proved to be Khan's highest-grossing release and one of the most successful films of that year.
In 2017, Khan directed the dance drama Munna Michael, which marked his third collaboration with Shroff and featured newcomer Nidhhi Agerwal as the female lead, with Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Ronit Roy in supporting roles. The film received mixed to negative reactions from the people, and was a major box office disappointment grossing ₹310 million (US$4.5 million) domestically on a budget of ₹470 million (US$6.8 million).