Sanjay Gupta (director)

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Sanjay Gupta
Gupta at launch of Priyanka Sinha Jha's book Supertraits of Superstars
Sanjay Gupta

(1967-04-14) 14 April 1967 (age 52)
OccupationDirector, producer, screenwriter
Years active1994–Present
Home townMumbai, India
Spouse(s)Anu Lekhi[1]

Sanjay Gupta is an Indian filmmaker, producer and screenwriter working primarily in Bollywood industry. Gupta is mostly known for his films such as Aatish, Kaante,[2] Kaabil, Shootout at Lokhandwala, Shootout at Wadala, Jazbaa and Zinda.[3] He has frequently cast Sanjay Dutt and John Abraham 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.[4]. 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.[2] Commentators noted a similarity in Kaante to Quentin Tarantino's film Reservoir Dogs. Gupta said 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, Ringo Lam's City on Fire.[2]

Gupta's Zinda (2006) has been described as an unofficial remake of the Korean film Oldboy.[5][6]

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 Inspired by Deewaar,[7] A Better Tomorrow,[8] and State of Grace[9]
1995 Ram Shastra Yes Yes Based on Hard to Kill
1997 Hameshaa Yes Yes
2000 Jung Yes Yes Based on Desperate Measures
2000 Khauff Yes Yes Based on The Juror
2002 Kaante Yes[10] Yes Inspired by City On Fire and Reservoir Dogs [2][9]
2003 Plan Yes Yes Based on Suicide Kings
2004 Musafir Yes[11] Yes Based on U Turn
2006 Zinda Yes[12] 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 Japanese movie Chaos
2010 Acid Factory Yes Based on Unknown
Pankh Yes
2013 Shootout at Wadala Yes[13] Yes Yes Based on the book Dongri to Dubai
2015 Jazbaa Yes[14] Yes Yes Based on Seven Days
2017 Kaabil Yes[15] Inspired by Blind Fury and Broken [16][17]
2020 Mumbai Saga Yes Filming[18]


  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 d "Movies: An interview with Sanjay Gupta". Rediff. 27 July 2002. Retrieved 16 November 2014.
  3. ^ 표절의혹 '올드보이', 제작사 법적대응 고려 [Plagiarism Doubts, 'OldBoy' Production Company Considers Legal Confrontation] (in Korean). STAR News. 16 November 2005. Retrieved 26 August 2009.
  4. ^ Kanchana Suggu. "'I will not dub for Jung'". Rediff. Retrieved 16 November 2014.
  5. ^ Rajinder, Dudrah,; Jigna, Desai, (1 October 2008). The Bollywood Reader. McGraw-Hill International. ISBN 9780335222124. Retrieved 16 November 2014.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  6. ^ Dudrah, Rajinder and Desai, Jigna. 2008. The Bollywood Reader: The Essential Bollywood. Oxford University Press. pp. 6.
  7. ^ Chaudhuri, Diptakirti (2015). Written by Salim-Javed: The Story of Hindi Cinema’s Greatest Screenwriters. Penguin Books. p. 245. ISBN 9789352140084.
  8. ^ Peirse, Alison (2013). Korean Horror Cinema. Edinburgh University Press. p. 190. ISBN 9780748677658.
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  10. ^ "Who is the surprise package of Kaante?". Rediff team. Rediff. 27 July 2002. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  11. ^ Kanika, Gahlaut. "Reddy to show". India Today News Network. India Today. Archived from the original on 21 December 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  12. ^ "Zinda review - Timeout". The Timeout team. Time Out. 2006. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  13. ^ "'Shootout at Wadala' my most challenging film: Sanjay Gupta". IANS. Mid Day. 5 May 2012. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  14. ^ "Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's 'Jazbaa' a remake of South Korean film Seven Days". The Indian Express. 17 December 2014.
  15. ^ "Hrithik Roshan pairs with Yami Gautam in 'Kaabil'". TOI. 8 February 2016. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
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  18. ^ "Sanjay Gupta nervous to shoot for 'Mumbai Saga'". Times of India. 27 August 2019. Retrieved 27 August 2019.

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