Vivek Agnihotri

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Vivek Agnihotri
Man, in white shirt, sitting
Agnihotri, c. 2018
Gwalior, MP, India
ResidenceMumbai, Maharashtra, India
EducationOrganization & Management
OccupationDirector, script writer, producer and activist
Spouse(s)Pallavi Joshi
Parent(s)Prabhu Dayal Agnihotri and Sharda Agnihotri

Vivek Agnihotri is an Indian film director, producer and screenwriter.[1] An activist and author,[2][3] he made his directorial debut with Chocolate: Deep Dark Secrets (2005) and is a current member on the panel of Central Board of Film Certification.[4][5]

Early life and education[edit]

He was born in Madhya Pradesh, India.[citation needed] Agnihotri studied at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication and at the Bhopal school of social sciences.[6]


Agnihotri has directed the following films in Bollywood:

Year Movie(s) Starring Source
2005 Chocolate Anil Kapoor, Sunil Shetty, Irfan, Arshad Warsi, Emraan Hashmi, Tanushree Dutta [7]
2007 Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal Bipasha Basu, John Abraham, Boman Irani
2012 Hate Story Paoli Dam, Gulshan Devaiah, Nikhil Dwivedi
2016 Buddha in a Traffic Jam Arunoday Singh, Mahi Gill, Anupam Kher, Pallavi Joshi [8][9][10][11][12]
2016 Junooniyat Pulkit Samrat, Yami Gautam, Hrishitaa Bhatt
2019 The Tashkent Files Mithun Chakravorty, Naseerudin Shah, Pallavi Joshi, Pankaj Tripathi, Shweta Basu Prasad, Mandira Bedi

Agnihotri made his debut as an author in 2018 with Urban Naxals.[13][14]


Vivek Agnihotri was criticized for sharing unreliable or fake content on twitter.[15][16][17] His twitter account was locked briefly after abusing Swara Bhaskar in relation to the Me Too movement in India[18][19][20]; He stood by his tweet though and claimed that, "It was to make a point that these liberals always make placards and run hashtags to defame an entire community when a Hindu is involved."[21]

Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta had accused him of inappropriate behavior during the filming of Chocolate. He allegedly asked her to strip and dance for giving cues to her male co-actor Irrfan and retreated only after Irrfan and Suniel Shetty rebuffed him. Agnihotri refuted the allegations and had filed a defamation case against her.[22][23][24][25]

Agnihotri had promulgated the term Urban Naxals, in reference to individuals in the academia and media who were allegedly colluding with Naxalites in a bid to overthrow the Indian government.[26] Critics argue that the term was coined to discredit any intellectual who was critical of the establishments or political right.[3][27][28][29][30]


  1. ^ "No director wants to work with stars: Hate Story director". NDTV News channel. Retrieved 17 August 2012.
  2. ^ "Who We Are - #IAmBuddha Foundation". #IAmBuddha. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  3. ^ a b "He's making a list of 'Urban Naxals', but who is Vivek Agnihotri?". ThePrint. 29 August 2018. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  4. ^ "CBFC appoints Javed Akhtar". Deccan Chronicle. 21 October 2018. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  5. ^ "List of Board Members - CBFC".
  6. ^ Nationalist Ravi (16 June 2016). "Risk it with Ravijot - Talk 01, Vivek Agnihotri" – via YouTube.
  7. ^ "'Chocolate is the revival of suspense drama'". Rediff. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  8. ^ "They call it show-biz, Entertainment – Bollywood". Mumbai Mirror. 18 February 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  9. ^ "Buddha in a Traffic Jam – Times of India". 2 April 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  10. ^ Deccanchronicle Team. "Teaser of Buddha In A Traffic Jam". Deccanchronicle. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  11. ^ timesofindia Team. "Buddha In A Traffic Jam - An apt depiction of corrupt corporate system". TimesofIndia. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  12. ^ KoiMoi Team. "Buddha In an entrepreneurial Jam". KoiMoi. Retrieved 17 March 2016.
  13. ^ IANS (15 June 2018). "Not easy to attract eyeballs from government: Vivek Agnihotri". Business Standard India. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  14. ^ Mastakar, Manasi (2 September 2018). "Vivek Agnihotri: I have mentally resigned from Bollywood". Free Press Journal. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  15. ^ Rampal, Nikhil (25 December 2018). "2018's top 10 fake news: From 'Pak zindabad' to post claiming Congress most 'corrupt party'". The Print. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  16. ^ Sidharth, Arjun (11 March 2019). "Vivek Agnihotri makes false claim of Nehru responsible for outcome of 1965 Indo-Pak war". Alt News. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  17. ^ Team, BOOM FACT Check (12 November 2018). "Vivek Agnihotri Tweets Misleading Video Of Kanhaiya Kumar Speaking About Islam | BOOM". Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  18. ^ "Vivek Agnihotri calls Swara Bhasker a 'prostitute', she single-handedly gets his Twitter account locked". DNA India. 11 September 2018. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  19. ^ "Vivek Agnihotri forced to delete abusive tweet against Swara Bhasker - Times of India ►". The Times of India. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  20. ^ "After Deletion Of His Tweet, Vivek 'Thanks' Swara Bhasker For Curbing His Freedom Of Expression". 12 September 2018. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  21. ^ Srivastava, Namrata (12 September 2018). "Standing up against abuse". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  22. ^ DelhiSeptember 28, India Today Web Desk New; September 28, 2018UPDATED:; Ist, 2018 15:37. "Tanushree Dutta alleges Vivek Agnihotri had told her 'kapde utaar ke naacho'". India Today. Retrieved 11 March 2019.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  23. ^ "Tanushree Dutta accuses Vivek Agnihotri of harassment, says Irrfan, Suniel Shetty stood up for her". 28 September 2018. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  24. ^ "Vivek Agnihotri refutes Tanushree Dutta's allegations: Lawyer". The Indian Express. 4 October 2018. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  25. ^ "Vivek Agnihotri calls Tanushree Dutta's allegations "false, frivolous" - Times of India ►". The Times of India. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  26. ^ "Interview| Vivek Agnihotri on Urban Naxals, JNU, Fake news and Twitter trolls". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  27. ^ DelhiSeptember 2, India Today Web Desk New; September 2, 2018UPDATED:; Ist, 2018 18:24. "Swara Bhasker on Urban Naxals: You cannot punish people for thinking". India Today. Retrieved 26 March 2019.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  28. ^ "From Anti-National to Urban Naxal: The Trajectory of Dissent in India". NewsClick. 18 September 2018. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  29. ^ "Conversations with". Firstpost. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  30. ^ "Why India activist arrests sparked outrage". 31 August 2018. Retrieved 26 March 2019.