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Raghavan at the screening of Shubh Mangal Savdhan
1963 (age 54–55)|
Sriram Raghavan (born 22 June 1963) is an Indian film director and screen writer. He is notable for producing a 45-minute docufiction on Indian serial killer Raman Raghav and 2004 Hindi feature film Ek Hasina Thi produced by Ram Gopal Varma, starring Urmila Matondkar and Saif Ali Khan. His second feature film was 2007's Johnny Gaddar. His latest film Andhadhun (2018) received positive reviews and was commercially successful. He is presently a member of the Advisory Board of the Kautik International Student Film Festival
Early life and education
Sriram was born in Mumbai, Maharashtra in a Tamil Brahmin family to a botanist father and a movie-loving mother. He grew up in Pune, where he did his schooling at the St. Vincent's High School. He also studied economics at Fergusson College in Pune.
He is a graduate of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune. Rajkumar Hirani, one of his batchmates, edited his diploma film, The Eight Column Affair, which went on win the National Film Award in 1987.
He started his career before joining the FTII for Stardust, but left since he wasn't interested in it. Post his FTII studies, he made a documentary Raman Raghav, with Raghuvir Yadav. Later he worked as a writer for television soaps, writing many episodes of CID and Aahat, and also directed one episode of the Star bestseller called 'First Kill' Later, he met Ram Gopal Varma, who liked his work in Raman Raghav, and signed him up for the film Ek Hasina Thi, a dark thriller starring Saif Ali Khan and Urmila Matondkar.
He later went on to direct another thriller, Johnny Gaddaar, which marked the debut of Neil Nitin Mukesh. The movie garnered an overwhelming response from the critics, though it didn't fare well at the box office.
His third film, Agent Vinod was an original spy thriller and not a remake of the 1977 film, starring the Saif Ali Khan-Kareena Kapoor duo, produced by Khan himself. Sriram has recently directed a crime thriller named Badlapur starring Varun Dhawan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Huma Qureshi, Yami Gautam which started shooting on May 2014. This was with Illuminati films, the producers of "Agent Vinod". He is also signed for making a film based on a book by Vikas Swarup. His latest film is Andhadhun, starring Ayushmann Khurana, Tabu, and Radhika Apte, which released on 5th October 2018 to critical acclaim.
- Eight Column Affair(1987-Diploma short film)
- Ek Hasina Thi (2004)
- Johnny Gaddaar (2007)
- Agent Vinod (2012)
- Badlapur (2015)
- Andhadhun (2018)
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