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Nikhil Advani ( ) (born 28 April 1971) is an Indianmarker director in the Bollywood industry.

Early life and background

Advani was born in Mumbai. His father has a Pharmaceutical business and his mother is an advertising professional.

He studied at Green Lawns High School, Breach Candymarker , and later did his Masters in chemistry at St. Xavier's College, Mumbaimarker.


He started his career as a Assistant director, with Sudhir Mishra's Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin (1996), for which he also co-wrote the screenplay . Subsequently, he worked under Dharma Productions which was the production house of the late Yash Johar, father of Karan Johar. He was assistant to Karan Johar and was assistant director. He assisted him in his two directorial projects, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) and Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham.

He then went on to direct his first film under Dharma Productions, titled Kal Ho Naa Ho starring Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Saif Ali Khan and Jaya Bachchan. The film was the second biggest hit of 2003 and firmly established him as a director. The film won six Filmfare awards, but lost out on the best director award.

Nikhil decided to make his next film without Dharma Productions. 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 25 January 2007 to mixed reviews.

His next film Chandni Chowk To China starring Akshay Kumar was released on January 2009 and was a major disappointment and he is also set to direct an animated film titled Ab Dilli Door Nahin for release in 2009.

Even though Chandni Chowk To China has disappointed, Nikhil has announced that he will once more work with the film's lead star Akshay Kumar. Patiala House will be the title of this film and fellow Indian actress Anushka Sharma will be playing the female lead. Shooting will begin in December.



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  1. Director’s Special Indian Express, 05 December 2003.
  2. Advani]
  3. Presenting Nikhil Advani Movies, 26 November 2003.

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