Shakun Batra

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Shakun Batra
Born (1983-01-01) January 1, 1983 (age 34)
Occupation Film director

Shakun Batra (born January 1, 1983) is an Indian film director and screenwriter. His first film was the moderately successful romantic comedy Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu (2012). He followed this with the widely acclaimed family drama Kapoor & Sons (2016). Both of these films were produced by Karan Johar under his Dharma Productions banner.

He completed his schooling from St. Xavier's High School in Delhi. He then went to St.Stephen's College, Delhi to do graduation.

Career[edit]

Batra entered the film industry working as an assistant director on Excel Entertainment films like Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na (2008), Rock On!! (2008).

He made his directorial and screenwriting debut with the romantic comedy Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu (2012), which was produced by Karan Johar's Dharma Productions. The film featured Imran Khan and Kareena Kapoor in the lead roles of two acquaintances who accidentally get married in Las Vegas. The film became a moderate commercial success and earned mostly positive reviews from critics. Rachel Saltz of The New York Times commented, "The happy surprise of Ek Main aur Ekk Tu is that it's not crude, sniggering or vindictive. Instead it's rather sweet and sometimes even a little unexpected."[1]

Batra's next film was the family drama Kapoor & Sons (2016). The film revolves around two estranged brothers who return to their childhood home when their grandfather has a heart attack. The film featured Rishi Kapoor, Ratna Pathak Shah, Rajat Kapoor, Sidharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt and Fawad Khan in pivotal roles. The film became a major commercial success upon its release, and received almost unanimously positive reviews from critics for its writing, direction, and acting performances.[2][3] Writing for the The Hindu, Namrata Joshi said that the film "keeps you riveted as you move from one family fight to another" and praised Batra for giving "a refreshing new voice to an old, tried and tested trope."[4]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Director Assistant Director Writer Actor Notes
2008 Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na Yes Yes Nilesh (Pappu's Friend)
2008 Rock On!! Yes [5]
2011 Don 2 Yes
2012 Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu Yes Yes
2016 Kapoor & Sons Yes Yes

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu (2012)". The New York Times. 12 February 2012. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  2. ^ Mehta, Ankita (28 March 2016). "Box office collection: Now 'Kapoor & Sons' to cross Rs 100 crore mark in India; 'Neerja' earns Rs 75 crore". International Business Times. Retrieved 28 March 2016. 
  3. ^ Sarkar, Suparno (18 March 2016). "'Kapoor & Sons' review round-up: Here is what critics have to say about the rom-com". International Business Times. Retrieved 28 March 2016. 
  4. ^ Joshi, Namrata (18 March 2016). "Kapoor & Sons review: The ultimate family film". The Hindu. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "Background Shakun Batra". Box office India. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 

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