B.H.Harsh wrote on 11 Aug 2008
Anil Sharma was born and brought up in a Film backdrop environment. His father K.C.Sharma was a executive producer. After finishing his studies, Anil Sharma too joined films. He became assistant director and worked on films like Kahani Kismat Ki (1973), The Burning Train (1980) and Insaaf Ka Tarazu (1981). During the shooting of The Burning Train, Anil Sharma developed a close affinity with Dharmendra. Anil Sharma got his first break when his father decided to turn producer and produce a film for him. The film was Shraddhanjali (1981) starring Rakhee and Suresh Oberoi. It did average business at the box-office. His next two films Tahalka (1982) and Bandhan Kachchey Dhaagon Ka (1983) were disasters however.
Anil Sharma’s first successful film was Hukumat (1987). Although the critics bashed it, Hukumat was one of the highest grosser at B and C grade centres. Anil continued his success in the interiors with Elaan-e-Jung (1989), Farishtey (1991) and Tehelka (1992). The common factor in all these films was Dharmendra, who helped Anil in getting all these films. After 6 years, Anil Sharma made Maharaja (1998) which was a huge flop. But Anil Sharma striked back with Sunny Deol starrer Gadar - Ek Prem Katha (2001), a love-story around the times of partition. Gadar went on to break all the box-office records, and Anil Sharma finally became a universally acclaimed director.
Anil Sharma followed Gadar with The Hero (2003), which was touted as the most expensive film at that point of time. However, I didn’t do as much as was expected at the box-office. His next film Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyo (2004), a multi-starrer was just below-average at the box-office.
However, Anil came back with Apne (2007). Apne was the first film to bring all the Deols – Dharmendra, Sunny and Bobby, together on screen, and it did very well. Anil’s next film will be Veer, a film written by Salman Khan, who will also star in it. Anil Sharma has not any award but he was nominated at all the leading Award functions in 2001 for Best film and Best director award for Gadar.