Sanjay Gupta (director)

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Sanjay Gupta
Gupta at launch of Priyanka Sinha Jha's book Supertraits of Superstars
Born Sanjay Gupta
(1969-10-23) 23 October 1969 (age 48)
Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Director, producer, screenwriter
Years active 1994–Present
Home town Mumbai, India
Spouse(s) Anu Lekhi[1]

Sanjay Gupta (born 23 October 1969) is an Indian filmmaker, producer and screenwriter working primarily in Bollywood industry. Gupta is mostly known for his films such as Jung,[2] Khauff,[3] Kaante,[4] and Zinda.[5] He has frequently cast Aditya Pancholi and Sanjay Dutt in his movies.


Gupta started his career with Aatish: Feel the Fire (1994) starring Aditya Pancholi and Sanjay Dutt. Later he went to write and direct films including Ram Shastra, Khauff and Jung. The filming of Jung (2000), lasted over two years.[2] Gupta and producer Satish Tandon had a dispute about the release of the film, with Tandon pushing for a release while Gupta wanted Sanjay Dutt to re-dub some lines, which Dutt was refusing to do.[2]

While filming Kaante in the Los Angeles in 2001, the events of the 9/11 attack forced the film to relocate planned scenes from several areas that were then considered sensitive.[4] Commentators noted a similarity in Kaante to Quentin Tarantino's film Reservoir Dogs. Gupta says that he was "inspired" by a number of other films as well, including The Asphalt Jungle, The Killing, and the film that inspired Reservoir Dogs, City On Fire.[4]

Gupta's Zinda (2006) has been described as an unofficial remake of the Korean film Oldboy[6][7]

He also produced the films Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007), Dus Kahaniyaan, and directed and co-produced Shootout at Wadala the sequel to Shootout at Lokhandwala.


Year Film Director Producer Writer Note
1994 Aatish: Feel the Fire Yes Yes Based on A Better Tomorrow
1995 Ram Shastra Yes Yes
1997 Hameshaa Yes Yes
2000 Jung Yes Yes Based on Desperate Measures
2000 Khauff Yes Yes Based on The Juror
2002 Kaante Yes[8] Yes Based on Reservoir Dogs
2003 Plan Yes Yes Based on Suicide Kings
2004 Musafir Yes[9] Yes Based on U Turn
2006 Zinda Yes[10] Yes Based on Oldboy
2007 Dus Kahaniyaan Yes Yes Inspired by The Ten and Tales from the Crypt
Shootout at Lokhandwala Yes
2008 Woodstock Villa Yes Based on Game
2010 Acid Factory Yes Based on Unknown
Pankh Yes
2013 Shootout at Wadala Yes[11] Yes Yes
2015 Jazbaa Yes[12] Yes Yes Based on Seven Days
2017 Kaabil Yes[13] Inspired by Blind Fury and Broken[14][15]


  1. ^ Meena, Iyer (5 June 2009). "Sanjay Gupta remarries... his ex-wife!". The Times Group. Times of India. Retrieved 24 December 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c Kanchana Suggu. "'I will not dub for Jung'". Rediff. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "The trailer of Khauff". Rediff Team. Rediff. 2000. Retrieved 24 December 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c "Movies: An interview with Sanjay Gupta". Rediff. July 27, 2002. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  5. ^ 표절의혹 '올드보이', 제작사 법적대응 고려 [Plagiarism Doubts, 'OldBoy' Production Company Considers Legal Confrontation] (in Korean). STAR News. 16 November 2005. Retrieved 26 August 2009. 
  6. ^ Rajinder, Dudrah,; Jigna, Desai, (2008-10-01). The Bollywood Reader. McGraw-Hill International. ISBN 9780335222124. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  7. ^ Dudrah, Rajinder and Desai, Jigna. 2008. The Bollywood Reader: The Essential Bollywood. Oxford University Press. pp. 6.
  8. ^ "Who is the surprise package of Kaante?". Rediff team. Rediff. 27 July 2002. Retrieved 21 December 2015. 
  9. ^ Kanika, Gahlaut. "Reddy to show". India Today News Network. India Today. Archived from the original on 21 December 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2017. 
  10. ^ "Zinda review - Timeout". The Timeout team. Time Out. 2006. Retrieved 21 December 2015. 
  11. ^ "'Shootout at Wadala' my most challenging film: Sanjay Gupta". IANS. Mid Day. 5 May 2012. Retrieved 21 December 2015. 
  12. ^ "Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's 'Jazbaa' a remake of South Korean film Seven Days". The Indian Express. 17 December 2014. 
  13. ^ "Hrithik Roshan pairs with Yami Gautam in 'Kaabil'". TOI. 8 February 2016. Retrieved 8 February 2016. 
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