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Rohit Shetty
Director • Producer • Writer • Actor
Born: March 14, 1973 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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Rohit Shetty is an Indian cinematographer and director ,popularly known for his stunning action sequences and fast paced plots. His work includes the box office hits Singham (2011), the Golmaal (2006) series, and Singham Returns (2014). Rohit`s 2015 release, action-comedy Dilwale was a chart-topping success in the overseas market and resulted in a Filmfare nomination for Best Director.

Early Life
Rohit is the son of Ratna, a junior Bollywood artist and movie stuntman Madhu.B Shetty. Born on 14th March 1973 in Mangalore, Karnataka, India, he was raised along with his four sisters and two brothers, Uday Shetty and Hriday Shetty. At the age of 14, he was inspired by the various films he saw and aspired to become a director. Rohit attended St. Mary`s School, Mumbai till the age of 17, after which he entered the film industry as an Assistant Director to Kuku Kohli.

Personal Life
In 2005, Rohit married Maya More, a banker. The couple has one son named Ishaan Rohit Shetty.

Movie Career
At the age of 17, Rohit began his career as an assistant director on Kuku Kohli`s Phool Aur Kante (1991). He continued working with Kuku for the next few years and assisted him on movies such as Haqeeqat (1995) starring Ajay Devgn and Zulmi (1999). In order to gain more experience, he then worked with Anees Bazmee on the romantic-comedy Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha (1998), the war movie Hindustan Ki Kasam (1973) and Raju Chacha (2000).

Rohit directed his first feature, Zameen (2003), at the age of 30. The action film starring Ajay Devgn performed moderately at the box office. His following film, the comedy Golmaal: Fun Unlimited (2006) was a surprise box office hit and quickly gained a cult following. Tusshar Kapoor, one of the lead actors from the film earned his first IIFA Award for his performance as mute student Lucky Gill. The film has since been called iconic in modern Indian cinema. He then released the comic thriller Sunday (2008) featuring Ayesha Takia and Ajay Devgan. However Sunday was a box office bomb, disappointing high expectations following the success of Golmaal.

The same year saw the release of the highly anticipated sequel Golmaal Returns (2008). The second installment to the franchise included actors Shreyas Talpade and Kareena Kapoor with its original cast. Although the film did well commercially, grossing INR 720 million worldwide in its first week, it received negative reviews from critics and was widely panned.

In 2010, he directed his third installment of the series, Golmaal 3 and the critically acclaimed action film Singham (2011) with Devgan portraying a Police Inspector fighting corruption. Singham which paid homage to the action films of the 70`s was pronounced a super-hit, garnering universal critical appreciation. The portrayal of antagonist Jaikant Shikre performed by Prakash Raj was singled out for its excellence and resulted in his win of the IIFA Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role. The film has since become known for its well-choreographed stunts and power packed performances, earning Rohit the Stardust Readers Choice Award for Dream Director in 2012 and thus elevating him back to his status as an accomplished filmmaker. Rohit`s next venture was the comedy-drama Bol Bachchan (2012) starring Abhishek Bachchan and Ajay Devgn. The film was a box office hit throughout India. The following year he directed the movie Chennai Express (2013) starring Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone. The movie gained the title of highest-grossing Bollywood film in the domestic market and was the third highest grossing Bollywood film in the international arena at the time of its release.

In 2014, Rohit directed and co-produced Singham Returns followed by the release of the highly anticipated action-comedy Dilwale (2015). The latter reunited Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol. The film was a box office hit worldwide and resulted in Rohit`s first Filmfare nomination for Best Director. His other notable directorial credits in recent times include the supernatural comedy Golmaal Again (2017) and the action comedy Simmba (2018), the latter of which featured Ranveer Singh and Sara Ali Khan in the lead roles. He then directed Sooryavanshi (2021) and Cirkus (2022).

Other Ventures
Rohit turned producer in 2014 with the formation of his own production house operating under the banner of Rohit Shetty Productions. Their body of work includes Singham Returns (2014) and Dilwale (2015).

T.V Career
Shetty has appeared as a judge on the television program Comedy Circus from 2009-2010. He has also hosted the 5th and 6th seasons of the stunt game show Fear Factor: Khatron KeKhiladi in 2014 and 2015, respectively.

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Director
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Director
Apoorva Lakhia
Director
Family
Maya Rohit Shetty
Spouse
Ratna Shetty
Mother
M.B.Shetty
Father
Chanda Shetty
Sister
Chaya Shetty
Sister
Mahek Shetty
Sister
Hriday Shetty
Brother
Uday Shetty
Brother
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Golmaal five
Cirkus
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Simmba
Golmaal Again
Dilwale
What About Savarkar?
Singham Returns
Poshter Boyz
Masala (Telugu)

Did You Know? (4)

  • When Rohit was 8 years old, he would sneak into Gaiety, an old single screen in Mumbai, to watch censored action films.
  • Rohit Shetty once made actress Asin eat during shooting schedules of BolBachchan to put on weight. He has stated in his interviews that he prefers the actresses he works with to be healthy instead of being excessively thin.
  • Rohit Shetty's sister Mahek Shetty is a costume designer in the industry
  • Rohit originally considered various names for the film Chennai Express such as Ready Steady Po and Southern Touch.
  • Personal Quotes (15)

  • "I see a film not as a director but as an audience. If I am entertained, they will be too. A lot of people in the industry take themselves too seriously. They lie to themselves and that doesn't work."
  • "Ask an eight-year-old kid or see his face when he sees a car being blown up. They come to me, ask me what I am doing next. They loved Singham because there were so many cars, and that's why there was no blood, because I know they will come to watch my film. It wasn't a planned thing, but now I know they're my audience."
  • "Earning money is not a sin and the bottom line is growth."
  • "Obviously I'm very happy when one of my films becomes a blockbuster. However after a point, I learn to switch off. I have learnt to just move on. Too much pressure can make you go wrong."
  • "Your karma should be good and everything else will follow. Your good karma will always win over your bad karma."
  • "When I write, I keep the family audience in mind. I ensure there's no vulgarity, as families are coming into the theatres, and there's no blood and gore because of the kids. There is a set of people who doesn't like my cinema, but there's a bigger group that likes the kind of movies I make"
  • "The so-called intellectuals don't like my films."
  • "When I see films like 'Lagaan' and 'Rang De Basanti,' I feel, 'Why can't I do work like this?' Then you think and realise you need to learn more to make this kind of a film or write this kind of a film. Also, somewhere down the line, you need to be brave."
  • "If you know where you stand, and your minus and plus points as a director or as a human being, you will never go wrong. You will always be successful."
  • "By nature, I am a low-key person and like being behind the camera."
  • " I'm God's chosen child. I don't worry or carry anything extra to feel the strength. I've always felt the power of God beside me. Your strength lies in instilling honesty, truth, and sincerity in you. "
  • "When I am shooting, I am inside the theatre, when I am in the editing room, I am inside the theatre. I always try to feel what they will feel. I see a film, not as a director, but as the audience."
  • " My films have become bilingual. When everyone saw 'Chennai Express,' they said it was a bilingual. But I am proud that 'Chennai Express' is the highest-grossing Hindi film down South."
  • "Jokes apart, people are constantly asking me, 'What are you doing for the industry?' When one makes a blockbuster, you plough back money into the industry. If my film makes 100 crore, I'm not taking the entire sum home! It gets distributed between the exhibitors, distributors, producers and actors."
  • " Hema Malini and Nutan were my childhood crushes! I met Hemaji once when my father took me to the set of a film. Both these ladies stole my heart with their beauty and grace. "
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