Sriram Raghavan

Sriram Raghavan (born 22 June 1963) is an Indian film director and screen writer.[1] He is notable for producing a 45-minute docufiction on Indian serial killer Raman Raghav and 2004 Hindi feature film Ek Hasina Thi produced by Ram Gopal Varma, starring Urmila Matondkar and Saif Ali Khan. His second feature film was 2007's Johnny Gaddar.[2] His latest film Andhadhun (2018) which won him the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Film received positive reviews and was commercially successful and is considered one of the most successful films of 2018.[3] He is presently a member of the Advisory Board of the Kautik International Student Film Festival[4]

Sriram Raghavan
Sriram Raghavan at News 18 Reel Movie Awards in 2019
Born (1963-06-22) 22 June 1963[1]
ResidenceMumbai (Bombay)
OccupationFilm director
Years active2004-2018

Early life and education

Sriram was born in Bombay (Mumbai), Maharashtra in a Tamil family to a botanist father and a movie-loving mother. He grew up in Pune, where he did his schooling at the St. Vincent's High School. He also studied economics at Fergusson College in Pune.

He is a graduate of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune.[5] Rajkumar Hirani, one of his batch-mates, edited his diploma film, The Eight Column Affair, which went on win the National Film Award in 1987.[1]


He started his career before joining the FTII for Stardust, but left since he wasn't interested in it. Post his FTII studies, he made a documentary Raman Raghav, with Raghuvir Yadav. Later he worked as a writer for television soaps, writing many episodes of CID and Aahat, and also directed one episode of the Star bestseller called 'First Kill' Later, he met Ram Gopal Varma, who liked his work in Raman Raghav, and signed him up for the film Ek Hasina Thi, a dark thriller starring Saif Ali Khan and Urmila Matondkar.[6]

He later went on to direct another thriller, Johnny Gaddaar, which marked the debut of Neil Nitin Mukesh. The movie garnered an overwhelming response from the critics, though it didn't fare well at the box office[7].

His third film, Agent Vinod a spy thriller, starring the Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor, produced by Khan himself. Sriram then directed a crime thriller named Badlapur starring Varun Dhawan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Huma Qureshi, Yami Gautam which was released on 20 February 2015. He is also signed for making a film based on a book by Vikas Swarup.[8] His latest film is Andhadhun, starring Ayushmann Khurana, Tabu, and Radhika Apte, which released on 5 October 2018 to critical acclaim.[9] For the second time, Sriram Raghavan will be seen directing Varun Dhawan in his upcoming movie which is a biopic based on Second Lieutenant Arun Khetarpal who was martyred during Indo-Pak war in 1971. [10]



2004 Ek Hasina Thi Saif Ali Khan, Urmila Matondkar
2007 Johnny Gaddaar Neil Nitin Mukesh, Rimi Sen
2012 Agent Vinod Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor
2015 Badlapur Varun Dhawan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Huma Qureshi Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Film
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Director
2018 Andhadhun Tabu, Ayushmann Khurrana National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi
National Film Award for Best Screenplay [Adapted]
Filmfare Critics Award for Best Film

Best Director[11] at 20th IIFA Awards
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Film
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Director

Won—Golden Sparrow Award 1st Diorama International Film Festival & Market
Won—Best Indian Feature Film


  1. "Profile: Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, But Slowly". Tehelka Magazine, Vol 5, Issue 22. 7 June 2008.
  2. "Thanking the Stars". Indian Express. 26 May 2008. Archived from the original on 22 January 2013.
  3. Sen, Raja (20 February 2015). "Review: Badlapur is a dark, unflinching, fantastic film". Rediff. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  4. "Festival People – Kautik International Student Film Festival".
  5. "'Urmila is not emotionally disturbed'". Rediff.
  6. February 2, Anupama Chopra; February 2, 2004 ISSUE DATE:; May 21, 2004UPDATED:; Ist, 2012 13:02. "Film review: 'Ek Hasina Thi' starring Urmila Matondkar, Saif Ali Khan". India Today. Retrieved 16 October 2019.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  7. "Johnny Gaddaar - Movie - Box Office India". Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  8. IANS. "Varun Dhawan: Playing an old man will be my toughest role". NDTV. Retrieved 10 April 2014.
  9. "Andhadhun box office collection Day 1: Ayushmann Khurrana film riding on positive reviews". The Indian Express. 6 October 2018. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  10. "Varun Dhawan CONFIRMS playing Arun Khetarpal in his biopic; Calls it the most important film of his career". PINKVILLA. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  11. Sep 2019, ANI | 19; Ist, 12:00 Pm, IIFA 2019: Alia Bhatt-starrer 'Raazi' wins big; Ranveer Singh named Best Actor for 'Padmaavat', retrieved 16 October 2019

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