Vishal Bhardwaj

Vishal Bhardwaj
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Bhardwaj in 2017
Born (1965-08-04) 4 August 1965 (age 52)
Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh, India
Occupation Director, producer, writer, music director
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Rekha Bhardwaj

Vishal Bhardwaj (born 4 August 1965) is an Indian film director, screenwriter, producer, music composer and playback singer. He is known for his work in Hindi cinema, and is the recipient of a Filmfare Award and seven National Film Awards in four categories.

Bhardwaj made his debut as a music composer with the children's film Abhay (The Fearless) (1995), and received wider recognition with his compositions in Gulzar's Maachis (1996). He received the Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent for the latter. He went on to compose music for the films Satya (1998) and Godmother (1999). For the latter, he garnered the National Film Award for Best Music Direction. Bhardwaj made his directorial debut with the children's film Makdee (2002), for which he also composed the music. He garnered critical acclaim and several accolades for writing and directing the Indian adaptations of three tragedies by William Shakespeare: Maqbool (2003) from Macbeth, Omkara (2006) from Othello, and Haider (2014) from Hamlet. He has also directed the caper thriller Kaminey, the black comedy 7 Khoon Maaf (2011), and the satire Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola (2013).

In addition, Bhardwaj produces films under his banner VB Pictures. He has co-written and produced the films Ishqiya (2010), its sequel Dedh Ishqiya (2014), and the crime drama Talvar (2015), among others. He has composed the musical score for each of his directorial and production ventures, and frequently collaborates with the lyricist Gulzar. He is married to playback singer Rekha Bhardwaj.

Personal life

Bhardwaj was born on 4 August 1965, in Chandpur village, near Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh. [1] His mother Satya Bhardwaj, was a homemaker, and father Ram Bhardwaj, was a sugarcane inspector. [2] His father also wrote poetry and lyrics for Hindi films. [1] He and his family lived in Najibabad until he completed class five in school. [3] They later moved to Meerut, where he used to play cricket for the states under-19 team. [3] He could not pursue cricket because the day before a tournament, his thumb broke during a practise session. [4] He had an elder brother, who struggled for years in Mumbai to become a film producer and later died of a heart attack. [3] He composed a song at the age of seventeen. After hearing it, his father discussed it with music director Usha Khanna. She used it for the film Yaar Kasam (1985). [3] Bhardwaj later moved to Delhi to pursue his graduation at the Hindu College, University of Delhi. [5] He met his wife and playback singer Rekha Bhardwaj during the college annual function; she was a year senior to him. [6] He is also an avid tennis player. [7]