Amit Ravindernath Sharma is a film director and ad filmmaker. He is famous for directing one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films of 2018 ‘Badhaai Ho.’
Amit Sharma was born on Sunday, 13 April 1980 (age 39 years; as in 2019), in Delhi. His zodiac sign is Aries. He attended Govt co-ed Sr Sec School Lajpat Nagar-I in New Delhi.
Height (approx.): 5′ 8″
Eye Colour: Black
Hair Colour: Salt & Pepper
Family, Caste & Wife
Amit Sharma was born in a Punjabi Brahmin family. His father Ravindernath Sharma worked as a government employee. His mother worked for the engineering department of Doordarshan and died in a car accident in 2008. He has an elder sister.
Amit met Aleya Sen at the age of 21. In 2004, the couple got married and is blessed with a son, Rosh.
After he did his schooling, he contacted the director Pradeep Sarkar through one of his mother’s friends. In an interview, he shared the whole incident, he said,
I managed to connect with Pradeep Sarkar, who was also making freelance films. After ten days, I get a call saying come to this studio and if you have a girlfriend, bring her along too. I never had a girlfriend, so I reached there and on the way outside the studio, there were two girls passing by and I asked them, ‘Do you want to act?’ And they both were like ya ya. I said, ‘Come with me.’ And I took both of them inside.”
He got a junior artist role in the TV commercial of Limca. Later, he met Pradeep Sarkar and was selected as the main actor in an ad film, which was shot in Manali. In an interview, he said,
It took me 18 hours to reach Manali, but my shoot got over in just 2 hours. It was October 9, my mother’s birthday, and I had faced the camera for the first time. I didn’t want to go back and told dada, ‘I want to stay back and work with you.’ He allowed me to stay back and while in school, I remained in touch with him after which, I joined him.”
Amit worked with Pradeep for almost six years. In 2001, he shifted to Mumbai from Delhi along with Pradeep Sarkar. He worked with him for two years, and in 2003, Amit founded his own production company, ‘Chrome Pictures,’ along with his girlfriend (now wife) Aleya Sen Sharma and childhood friend Hemant Bhandari.
From 2005 to 2015, he directed more than 900 ad films, including Amazon, P&G, Visa Debit Card, Lifebuoy, Cadbury, Honda, HUL, Nestle, Sony, Samsung, and Tata Sky. In 2011, he won an award at the ‘Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity’ for directing ‘The Silent National Anthem,’ featuring deaf and mute kids enacting ‘Jana Gana Mana’ through sign language.
He won a gold medal at the ‘Spikes Asia Awards’ in 2013 for ‘Lifebuoy ad;’ focusing on hygiene in Indian villages. In November 2013, he released another TV ad ‘Google Reunion;’ depicting the fictional story based on the Partition of India. In that year, The Economic Times described his work as the “contemporary greatest hits of Indian advertising.”
In 2015, he debuted as a Bollywood film director in ‘Tevar,’ but the film failed to do well on the box-office.
He gained immense popularity with the 2018 blockbuster film ‘Badhaai Ho.’
In 2019, he announced the Hindi film ‘Maidaan’ to be released on 11 December 2020. The film is based on the golden era of Indian football 1952-1962. The lead actors in the film are Ajay Devgn, Priyamani, and Gajraj Rao.
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- In an interview, Amit said that he stepped into the film industry because of his mother. He further said,
My mother worked for the engineering department of Doordarshan and unlike my father, who was a complete film buff, she had no interest in films so much so that while she would go with him every Friday to see the latest film, by interval, she would be fast asleep in the hall. But ironically, I came into this industry because of my mother. So once when I came back home from school, my mother called me to ask, ‘Modelling karega? Acting karega?’ She would read every word in the newspapers and she had seen an ad asking for models for serials.”
- He used to participate in his school theatre plays and wanted to become an actor.
- He considers Pradeep Sarkar and Shoojit Sircar as his mentors. In an interview, he said,
I had learnt direction from Pradeep da and production from Shoojit sir and we started making ad films. Pradeep da bahut kamaal ke aadmi hain. When he made Parineeta in 2004, he called me to assist him. But I was getting married to Aleya at that time. I called her and told her that dada was asking me to push my wedding and she was okay. I then called my mother who said, ‘Are you mad? There is no date for another year.’ I decided to get married to Aleya instead of working on Parineeta.”
- In an interview, he shared an unfortunate incident of his family, he said,
In 2008, my parents and both the kids of my sister were to go for a wedding from Delhi to Jind in Haryana for a family wedding. My father’s driver had gone for a holiday. I was shooting in South Africa, so I called my father and insisted on sending them in a hired car. They left Delhi at 8.30 am and an hour later, the driver slept off and they met with an accident that took my mother away from me. I miss her.”
- After his mother’s death, his father was in depression. So, Amit and his sister decided to convince him to remarry. In an interview, he shared this incident, he said,
My sister and I, without his knowledge, registered him on a marriage website to find a match for him. It took us four years to convince him, but we finally did and got him remarried. I told him, ‘Papa, why are you thinking about what people will think? They are not going to look after you.’ He said, ‘You used to love your mother the most and still you are asking me to remarry?’ I reminded him how one day it was my mother who had jokingly told him, ‘If something happens to me, you should get married.’ I have now bought him a house and he lives there.”
- In an interview, he said that the story of the 2018 film ‘Badhaai Ho’ is inspired by his real-life. He said,
My grandmother and great-grandmother were pregnant at the same time. So what you see in the film has been a part of my family story too.”
- He has received many awards for his directorial film ‘Badhaai Ho’ including the 66th National Film Awards in 2019.
- He received an appreciation letter from the legendary actor, Amitabh Bachchan, for his film ‘Badhaai Ho’ (2018).
- In 2019, he appeared in ‘The Kapil Sharma Show’ along with ‘Badhaai Ho’ team.
- His hobbies include travelling, playing cricket, and playing squash.
- He follows a non-vegetarian diet.