Reema Kagti

  • Actor, Director, Writer, Screenplay

1972  in Guwahati, Assam, India

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Filmmaker and screenwriter Reema Kagti is best known for helming acclaimed Bollywood films like Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. (2007) and Talaash (2012), both of which she penned and directed. She started out in cinema as an assistant director, working in cult classic movies like Lagaan (2001) and Dil Chahta Hai (2001) early on in her career. Reema has also been an integral feature of Excel Entertainment films over the years, having assisted Farhan Akhtar and Zoya Akhtar in many of their directorial ventures. Among these are the war-drama Lakshya (2004) and the buddy road film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011). Besides these, she has also assisted Mira Nair in the historical drama Vanity Fair (2004), and penned the screenplay for movies like Bombay Talkies (2013) and Dil Dhadakne Do (2015).

Following her critically acclaimed debut as a writer-director in the comedy-drama Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. (2007), Reema directed Aamir Khan, Rani Mukerji and Kareena Kapoor Khan in the mystery thriller Talaash in 2012. The movie, which followed the story of a police officer`s quest to solve a strange murder while trying to cope with the untimely death of his son, was well-received by the audience and the critics alike. Talaash grossed over 1.7 billion INR at the box office, and currently holds an 83% approval rating on the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes.

In 2018, Reema made her third outing as a writer-director with the historical sports drama Gold, which chronicled the story behind India`s first ever Olympic gold medal as a free nation. Co-produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani, Gold featured an ensemble cast headed by Akshay Kumar. Her 2019 release includes Gully Boy.