Bahl at the success party for Queen, 2014
|Born||1971 (age 45–46)
New Delhi, India
|Alma mater||Ramjas College
|Occupation||Director, producer, screenwriter|
Vikas Bahl (born 1971) is an Indian film producer, screenwriter, and director, known for his work predominantly in Hindi cinema. He produces films under Phantom Films, and was the former head of UTV Spot Boy. He has won three National Film Awards and one Filmfare Award.
He is best known for his 2014 movie Queen which won him the Filmfare Award for Best Director alongside many more accolades.
Early life and education
Bahl was born and brought up in Lajpat Nagar in Delhi, and his father worked with the Indian Oil Corporation. After his schooling from Sardar Patel Vidyalaya and graduation from Ramjas College, Delhi, he moved to Mumbai to pursue MBA degree from SVKM's NMIMS.
Bahl started his career with advertising, working for several years in client servicing, before joining UTV Spotboy. In 2011, he started Phantom Films, along with Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane and Madhu Mantena. Over the years as a director he has worked with film directors like Vishal Bhardwaj, Anurag Kashyap, Rajkumar Gupta and Vikramaditya Motwane.
Also in 2011, he co-directed Chillar Party and won the National Film Award for Best Screenplay, along with Nitesh Tiwari and Vijay Maurya. The film also garnered the National Film Award for Best Children's Film In 2014 came his independent directorial venture, Queen starring Kangana Ranaut, which received critical and popular acclaim.
His new movie Shaandar, a destination wedding film, was a flop and received neutral to negative responses. In October 2014, he directed a short film, Going Home featuring Alia Bhatt on women's safety, which went viral on social media. Recently, a Bio Pic on Anand Kumar has been announced in Patna and it will be directed by Vikas Bahl.
|2008||Welcome to Sajjanpur||Yes||co-producer|
|2009||Ex Terminators||Yes||associate producer|
|2011||No One Killed Jessica||Yes||creative producer|
|2011||Thank You||Yes||creative producer|
|2011||Chillar Party||Yes||Yes||co-directed with Nitesh Tiwari|
|2013||Hasee Toh Phasee||Yes|
|2011||National Film Awards||Best Screenplay||[|
|Best Children's Film|
|2014||Best Features Film in Hindi||Queen (2014)|
|2015||Filmfare Awards||Best Director|
|2015||International Indian Film Academy Awards||Best Director|
|2014||BIG Star Entertainment Awards||Most Entertaining Film Director|
|2015||Screen Awards||Best Director|
|Star Guild Awards||Best Director|
|2014||Stardust Awards||Best Director|
- Gupta, Priya (28 February 2014). "Politics excites me as much as movies do: Vikas Bahl". Times of India. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
- Shahid Kapoor in Queen director Vikas Bahl’s next! – Bollywood News & Gossip, Movie Reviews, Trailers & Videos at Bollywoodlife.com
- Vikas Bahl - IMDb
- Bollywood loves Vikas Bahl’s Queen - The Times of India
- Vikas Bahl | The Indian Express
- "Vikas Bahl’s Queen is about a naïve Delhi girl". The Times of India. February 27, 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-24.
- "59th National Film Awards for the Year 2011 Announced". Press Information Bureau (PIB), India. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
- "Wouldn't have made the film had Kangana not agreed: Vikas Behl". The Times of India. March 21, 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-21.
- Ankur Pathak (Mar 21, 2014). "Queen and I". Mumbai Mirror. Retrieved 2014-04-09.
- "Going Home: Vikas Bahl visualises a utopia for women with Alia Bhatt". India Today. October 18, 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-26.
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- "Alia Bhatt shows Utopian world in short film ‘Going Home’". The Indian Express. October 22, 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-26.
- "Soon, a biopic on Super 30 founder Anand Kumar". Hindustan Times. 10 May 2016.