Tigmanshu Dhulia

Tigmanshu Dhulia (born 3 July 1967) is an Indian film director, actor, screenwriter, and casting director. Dil Se.., for which he wrote the screenplay, was the first Hindi movie to chart in the UK top ten. Dhulia, who has his roots in the hills of Uttarakhand was born and raised in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. He attended St. Joseph's College and Anglo Bengali Intermediate College, then Allahabad University where he majored in English, Economics and Modern History. After graduating in 1986 he took a Master's Degree in Theatre at the National School of Drama in New Delhi, completing the course in 1989. In 1990 he moved to Mumbai where he worked as casting director on the film Bandit Queen, a biopic of Phoolan Devi. He was casting director for 1995's Stiff Upper Lips, in which he also had a cameo role as a stallholder, and 2000's The Warrior, directed by Asif Kapadia. He directed his first film, Haasil (released 2003), a love story set among politicized students in northern India. The film was critically well received and has gained a cult following. Haasil was nominated for six awards (including best directorial debut) at the Zee Cine Awards, where it won for best screenplay.


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