Pritam Roywrote on Nov 10 2009 10:21AM
Tigmanshu Dhulia is a writer, director of Hindi films. He was born on 3rd July, 1967 and brought up in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. He went to study at St. Joseph’s College and Anglo Bengali intermediate college and later the prestigious Allahabad University where he completed his Graduation in English, Economics and modern History in the year 1986.
Tigmanshu was interested in dramatics from his early age, and did amateur theatre for some time, thinking that his destiny lies in the entertainment industry. In year 1986, he decided to join NSD (National School of Drama) where he graduated in acting and passed out with a degree in Masters in Theatre in the year 1989.
To pursue his dreams Tigmanshu shifted his base to Mumbai in 1990, after doing the famous film "Bandit Queen" with noted film Director, Shekhar Kapoor. He was also the casting director of this film. He soon started his career as producer, director and writer with television industry. In year 1989, Tigmanshu married his childhood girl friend Tulika. They have one daughter named Jaansi.
He also assisted Ketan Mehta in his critically acclaimed film "Sardar Patel" (1989). Tigmanshu left his mark in the field of casting as well, which is a rare talent in the Hindi film industry. He uses actors who have theatre background and fellow NSDians. His biggest ability is that he is always ready to take risk by using non- professional or raw actors. He also done the casting for the film "Stiff Upper Lips" (1995) directed by Gary Seynor, Such a long journey by Sturla Gunnarson and Asif Kapadia's "The Warrior" (2002).
In the next couple of years Tigmanshu directed and produced many television programs which sent signals in the industry that an important figure is about to emerge. He directed and wrote "Krishna’s dream" a six part TV series for channel four, UK and Doordarshan channel called “Kahani Ek Kanya Ki” (1991). Later he directed and wrote "Hum Bambai Nahin Jayenge" (1993) a TV series about an acting school, for BI television, and "Just Mohabbat" (1996), a TV series based on the life of a boy and his growing up days. For Sony television. A very famous series "Naya Daur" (1995) adapted from a classic Hindi novel by Bhagwati Charan Verma for Zee TV has also been directed by Dhulia.
He directed and wrote the six 45 five minute short stories called Star Bestsellers (1999) for Star Television, the short stories left a remarkable impression on the audience all over the country, common stories told in a very uncommon way, the stories were "Ek Sham Ki Mulaqat" , "Fursat Main", "Hum Saath Saath Hain Kya", "Anekon Hitler" , "Musafir", "Bhawaron Ne Khilaya Phool". The endless list has some other notable TV short films, one is a 75 minute comedy film for Star TV “Woh Dus Din” (2005) a satire about the Indian film industry and another 75 minute film titled “Ek Duje Ke Liye” (2005) adapted from Neil Simon’s play "The Odd Couple” for Star TV.
In Bollywood, Tigmanshu shot to fame after his film Haasil (2003), which he wrote and directed. The film won three awards. His next directorial venture was "Charas" (2004). Among his upcoming releases in Paan Singh Tomar, Showman, Shagird, etc. He has started another project, which remains unfinished "The Killing of a Porn Film Maker" which is a spiritual thriller. Nowadays Tigmanshu is busy in two projects, one is a periodic film " Ghulami" and another sequel to the cult classic of the nineties Ghayal.