Tigmanshu Dhulia

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Tigmanshu Dhulia
Photo Of Tigmanshu Dhulia From The DVD launch of 'Paan Singh Tomar'.jpg
Dhulia at DVD launch of Paan Singh Tomar, 2012
Born (1967-07-03) 3 July 1967 (age 52)
OccupationFilm director, film producer, screenwriter, actor
Years active1991–present

Tigmanshu Dhulia (born 3 July 1967) is an Indian film dialogue writer, director, actor, screenwriter, producer and casting director known for his works in Hindi cinema and Television.[1] He wrote the dialogues for the 1998 film Dil Se.., which was the first Bollywood film to chart in the UK top ten, and was screened at the Berlin International Film Festival.[2] His directing career has also garnered international recognition with the biographical film, Paan Singh Tomar premiered at the 2010 BFI London Film Festival.[3][4] and the thriller drama Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster.[5]

Paan Singh Tomar eventually went on to win the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in 2012.[6] Similarly, his sequel film Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns had gained critical acclaim.[7][8][9] He is also well known for his role as Ramadhir Singh in Anurag Kashyap's modern cult film Gangs of Wasseypur.[10] Dhulia holds a master's degree in Theatre from the National School of Drama.[11]

Early life and education[edit]

Dhulia, who has his roots in the hills of Uttarakhand[12] was born and raised in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India,[13] where his father was a judge at the Allahabad High Court, while his mother was a professor of Sanskrit. He is the youngest of three brothers, one later joined the Navy, while the other became a judge at the Uttarakhand High Court . He attended St. Joseph's College, Allahabad and Anglo Bengali Intermediate College, then Allahabad University where he majored in English, Economics and Modern History. After graduating in 1986 he took a master's degree in Theatre at the National School of Drama in New Delhi, completing the course in 1989.[14]


In 1990 he moved to Mumbai where he worked as casting director on the film Bandit Queen, a biopic of Phoolan Devi. He was casting director for 1995's Stiff Upper Lips, in which he also had a cameo role as a stallholder,[15] and 2000's The Warrior, directed by Asif Kapadia. Dhulia started his direction career, by assisting Pradip Krishen in Electric Moon (1992) and Ketan Mehta in Sardar (1993). Thereafter he turned to television, thus during the 90s Dhulia directed and produced several television programs, including the six-part Krishna's Dream for UK Channel Four.[16] Kahani Ek Kanya Ki (1991) was written for Doordarshan, and Hum Bambai Nahin Jayenge (1993), for BI Television, was set in an acting school. 1996's Just Mohabbat was the story of a boy's coming-of-age, and Naya Daur (1995) adapted a classic Hindi novel by Bhagwati Charan Verma for Zee TV.[citation needed]

Dhulia's 1999 series Star Bestsellers, a sequence of six 45-minute short stories ("Ek Sham Ki Mulaqat", "Fursat Main", "Hum Saath Saath Hain Kya", "Anekon Hitler", "Musafir", and "Bhawaron Ne Khilaya Phool"), won him popular recognition. His 2005 comedy Who Dus Din, for Star TV, satirised the Indian film industry, while Ek Duje Ke Liye, produced the same year and also for Star TV, was an adaptation of Neil Simon's play The Odd Couple. He also directed the TV serial 'Rajdhaani' for Starplus featuring Neha Dhupia.

He directed his first feature film, Haasil in 2003, a love story set among politicised students in northern India. The film was critically well received and has gained a cult following. Haasil was nominated for six awards (including best directorial debut) at the Zee Cine Awards, where it won for best screenplay.[17] His second film Charas: A Joint Operation was a thriller concerning drug cartels, shot in marijuana-growing regions of Himachal Pradesh. In 2011, Tigmanshu has come up with two films – the first one being 'Shagird which released on 13 May and the second one was Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster.[18]

Dhulia's film Paan Singh Tomar released on 2 March 2012 and won him wide critical acclaim including National Film Award for Best Feature Film. He has announced four other upcoming projects, Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns (2013), Milan Talkies, Jai Ramji, Bullet Raja, and Sultana Daku.[19]

Recently he has been honoured with the life membership of International Film And Television Club of Asian Academy of Film & Television by Sandeep Marwah President Marwah Films & Video Studios.

[20] According to Dhulia, it is a love action comedy entertainment movie and everybody will like it.[21]


National Film Awards
Filmfare Awards
Stardust Awards
SAARC Film Festival


Year Film
Director Actor Producer Screenwriter Casting director Ref
2019 Milan Talkies Yes Yes Yes Yes
2018 Zero Yes [23]
2018 Baarish Aur Chowmein Yes Yes
2018 Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster 3 Yes Yes Yes [24]
2017 Raag Desh Yes Yes
2015 Hero Yes
2015 Manjhi - The Mountain Man Yes
2013 Bullet Raja Yes Yes Yes
2013 Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns Yes Yes Yes
2013 Shahid Yes
2012 Paan Singh Tomar Yes Yes
2012 Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 2 Yes
2012 Gangs of Wasseypur Yes
2011 Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Yes Yes Yes
2011 Shagird Yes Yes
2005 Family: Ties of Blood Yes
2004 Charas Yes Yes
2003 Haasil Yes Yes
2002 Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai Yes
1998 Stiff Upper Lips Yes
1998 Dil Se.. Yes Yes
1996 Tere Mere Sapne Yes
1995 Bombay Blues Yes
1994 Bandit Queen Yes
1992 Electric Moon

Television series[edit]

As writer, director and an actor
  • Kahani Ek Kanya Ki – (1991) – Doordarshan
  • Krishna's Dream – (1993) – Channel Four
  • Hum Bambai Nahin Jayenge – (1993) – BI Television
  • Naya Daur – (1995) – Zee TV
  • Ek Shaam Ki Mulakaat – Star Bestsellers – Star Plus
  • Bhoron Ne Khilaya Phool – Star Bestsellers – Star Plus
  • Anekoe Hitlers – Star Bestsellers – Star Plus
  • Fursat Mein – Star Bestsellers – Star Plus
  • Hum Saath Saath Hain Kya? – Star Bestsellers – Star Plus
  • Musafir – Star Bestsellers – Star Plus
  • Yudh -(2014)- Sony TV
  • Kuch Toh Hai Tere Mere Darmiyaan (2015) – Star Plus as Himself
  • CID (2018) - Sony TV
  • Criminal Justice (2019)-Hotstar - Directed the show

Web Series[edit]

Year Title Role Platform Notes
2018 Rangbaaz Ramshankar Tiwari Zee5 [25] [26]
2019 Fixerr Yashpal Sahrawat Zee5


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  8. ^ "Review: Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns in grand style". Rediff. 8 March 2013. Retrieved 30 December 2014.
  9. ^ Hindustan Times. "Critics' review: Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns will overwhelm you". hindustantimes.com/. Archived from the original on 30 December 2014. Retrieved 30 December 2014.
  10. ^ "The Unreality of Wasseypur: Javed Iqbal". Kafila. Retrieved 30 December 2014.
  11. ^ "Tehelka - India's Independent Weekly News Magazine".
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  14. ^ "Tehelka - India's Independent Weekly News Magazine".
  15. ^ Stiff Upper Lips full cast and crew at IMDB
  16. ^ "Nobody is a star today", interview with Tigmanshu Dhulia,Rediff, 16 May 2003
  17. ^ Awards for Haasil at IMDB
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  20. ^ Mangaokar, Shalvi (14 September 2013). "Kangana Ranaut prepares to become Revolver Rani". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  21. ^ "Revolver Rani is B grade entertainment: Tigmanshu Dhulia". IANS. news.biharprabha.com. Retrieved 11 April 2014.
  22. ^ "60th National Film Awards Announced" (PDF) (Press release). Press Information Bureau (PIB), India. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  23. ^ "Aanand L Rai signs Tigmanshu Dhulia for his next film starring Shah Rukh Khan". Archived from the original on 29 July 2017. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  24. ^ "Sanjay Dutt's Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster 3 Shoot Is So Much Fun With Shahraan And Iqra". NDTV.com. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  25. ^ "TIGMANSHU DHULIA IN ZEE5'S UPCOMING ORIGINAL, RANGBAAZ". Indian Television Dot Com. 3 December 2018. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  26. ^ "Tigmanshu Dhulia joins Saqib Saleem, Ranvir Shorey, Aahana Kumra and Ravi Kishan in ZEE5's original 'Rangbaaz'". DNA India. 2 December 2018. Retrieved 3 July 2019.

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