Nikhil Advani belongs to the new breed of Indian directors who have tasted success and made a name for themselves early in life.
He worked for a period of time under Dharma Productions, Yash Johar and now, Karan Johar's production banner. He was assistant director to Karan Johar in his two of his mega projects, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham.
His first film as director was under Dharma Productions, Kal Ho Naa Ho starring Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Saif Ali Khan and Jaya Bachchan. The film was the biggest hit of 2003 and firmly established him as a director. The film won several awards as well.
Nikhil's next film, was out of the Dharma Productions banner. His script was ready but the film was delayed due to many of the actors dropping out the film. In October he announced the title of the film-Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute To Love. The film has a huge star cast:- Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Sohail Khan, Vidya Balan, John Abraham, Akshaye Khanna, Govinda, Juhi Chawla, Anil Kapoor, Ayesha Takia, Shannon Esra and Anjana Zukhani. The film was produced by Sunil Manchanda, Mukesh Talreja and Chetan Motiwalla and released on January 25, 2007. It got mixed reactions.
His next venture is Chandni Chowk To China starring Akshay Kumar set to be released soon. He is also set to direct an animated film titled Ab Dilli Door Nahin scheduled for release in 2009.