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Meghna Gulzar

Born/Date of Birth: 13 December 1973 (age 46)
Place of Birth: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Occupation: Writer, film director, producer
Birth Sign: Sagittarius
Spouse: Govind Sandhu (m. 2000)
Children: Samay
Parent(s): Gulzar (father), Raakhee (mother)
Meghna Gulzar (born 13 December 1973) is an Indian writer, director and producer. She is the daughter of the lyricist and poet Gulzar and his wife actress Raakhee. Having written a book about her father, titled Because He Is..., Gulzar received wider recognisation for directing the 2018 spy thriller Raazi, one of the highest-grossing Indian films of 2018. She received the Best Director and Best Film awards at Filmfare for the film.

Career
Meghna began her writing career as a freelance writer for The Times of India and the NFDC publication Cinema in India. Her poetry was published in anthologies of the Poetry Society of India. After completing her graduation in Sociology, she worked with noted filmmaker Saeed Akhtar Mirza as an assistant director. In 1995, she completed a short course in filmmaking from the Tisch School of Arts, New York University, New York. Upon her return, she joined her father, writer-director Gulzar, as an assistant on his films Maachis and Hu Tu Tu. Meghna simultaneously began scripting her own film along with directing documentaries for Doordarshan and music videos for several music albums.

Meghna directed her first film, Filhaal, in 2002, starring former Miss Universe-turned-actress Sushmita Sen and Tabu. Her second directorial movie was Just Married in 2007. She also directed a short film Pooranmasi for Sanjay Gupta's anthology Dus Kahaniyaan, starring Amrita Singh. In 2015, Meghna directed Talvar, written by Vishal Bharadwaj and based on the 2008 Noida double murder case.

Meghna's latest directorial venture is the 2018 thriller Raazi. Produced by Junglee Pictures and Dharma Productions, it stars Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal. The film is based on Harinder Sikka’s novel Calling Sehmat. Both Talvar and Raazi received Filmfare Award for Best Film nominations and Meghna garnered two nominations in the Best Director category for her work. Raazi managed to win Best Film and Meghna won the Best Director award for it as well.

Meghna will next direct the biopic Chhapaak, a film based on the life of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal, which is produced by her and Deepika Padukone, and is also Padukone's production debut. It features Padukone and Vikrant Massey in leading roles. Principal photography of the film concluded in June 2019. It is slated to be released in Indian theatres on 10 January 2020. In June 2019, she also confirmed her second upcoming project, Nails, based on the life of army officer Sam Manekshaw and produced by Ronnie Screwvala, which will mark her second film with Kaushal and release in 2021.

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