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 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."
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. 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."