Director Dibakar Banerjee Childhood Pics

Dibakar Banerjee is an Indian film director and screenwriter, who is most known for films, Khosla Ka Ghosla (2006), Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! (2008), which he also wrote, both of which won National Film Awards. He started his career in advertising, and continues as an ad filmmaker, in 2010 he also directed a Coca Cola commercial.

Director Dibakar Banerjee

In 2010, he made his third film, Love Sex aur Dhokha, where one of the three sub-plots in the movie is loosely based on the infamous 2004 DPS MMS scandal.

Dibakar Banerjee was born in 1969 and brought up at New Rohtak Road near Karol Bagh, in West Delhi, and studied at Bal Bharati Public School, Delhi.

Dibakar Banerjee is married to Richa Puranesh, who has an FMCG marketing background, and the couple lived in Delhi for many years. After the success of Khosla Ka Ghosla, the couple moved to Mumbai and live in Parel, Mumbai with their daughter Ira Banerjee.


Director Dibakar Banerjee Childhood Pic

Director Dibakar Banerjee Childhood Pic

After finishing his schooling, he joined the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad to study visual communications and graphic design, but left it two and a half years later. Back in New Delhi, he worked briefly with audio-visual filmmaker Sam Mathews.

He joined advertising as a copywriter first with Shems Combit , TBWA Anthem, and then he joined Contract Advertising, Delhi, where he worked with Pradeep Sarkar, who was then a creative director at the agency. Screenwriter Jaideep Sahni was also one of his colleagues, who later penned Khosla Ka Ghosla’s story, screenplay, dialogues and lyrics.

In 1997, he left Contract to launch his own company, 'Watermark', with two ex- NID friends, promos for Channel V and MTV and Ad films for major brands. With friend and ex-colleague Jaideep Sinha he conceptualised his debut film "about Delhi, based in Delhi", Khosla Ka Ghosla (2006) starring Anupam Kher and Boman Irani, shot in locations in and around New Delhi. The film went on to receive not just accolades for him but also a National Film Award amongst others, and brought him in the list of new filmmakers who were bringing about a marked shift in Bollywood themes, which typically focuses on stories & characters from in and around Mumbai.

In 2008, he co-wrote and directed his second feature, also set in his hometown Delhi, Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!, with Abhay Deol and Paresh Rawal, it was premiered at the IFFI, Goa,x and also at MoMA, New York. Commercially it was released in the 26/11 weekend, though it went on to become a sleeper hit; later New York Times described it as "a breezy mix of satire and realism", and the film won three Filmfare Awards.

In 2010, he directed India's first film shot entirely on Digital Camera, Love Sex aur Dhokha (LSD),which won him critical acclaim. A cutting satire on lapsing social mores fueled by materialistic greed and technological media advancement, it continued his oeuvre of grappling with the life of anchor-less middle-class & the completely amoral nouveau riche thrown up by India's economic boom of the 1990s. Screened in key festivals around the world it went on to get him international acclaim.

In 2012, he directed Shanghai, a critically acclaimed political thriller involving an assassination, wherein Abhay Deol, who was the lead in his previous film Oye Lucky!, plays one of the three principal characters of the film, a Tamil IAS officer. The film also stars one of Bollywood's most popular stars, Emraan Hashmi. The film is based on the 1967 Greek novel Z written by Vassilis Vassilikos, which was also made into a film by Costa-Gavras.

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