Rajkumar Santoshi

Biography :

Rajkumar Santoshi is a critically acclaimed director and producer of Hindi films. He is widely regarded as one of the finest in India.

He is often hailed as the one that elevated Sunny Deol to the top of the pecking order in Bollywood in the early 90s.

His riveting movies are often characterised by their inherent realism and fine direction of actors. Unlike his contemporaries, Santoshi often relies on original screenplays instead of merely adapting Hollywood movies and adding the usual ‘naach gaana’ magic mix. While Santoshi has gained the recognition of his peers, he is rarely nominated for awards.

Santoshi is known to repeat actors of his choice in a series of consecutive movies.

Director:

1. London Dreams (2009) (in production)
2. Halla Bol (2008)
3. Family: Ties of Blood (2006)
4. Khakee (2004)
5. The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002)
6. Lajja (2001)
7. Pukar (2000)
8. China Gate (1998)
9. Ghatak: Lethal (1996)
10. Barsaat (1995)
11. Andaz Apna Apna (1994)
12. Damini – Lightning (1993)
13. Ghayal (1990)
Writer:
1. Family: Ties of Blood (2006) (dialogue) (screenplay)
2. Khakee (2004) (dialogue) (written by)
3. Dil Hai Tumhaara (2002) (screenplay) (story)
4. The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002) (additional dialogue)
5. Lajja (2001) (dialogue) (screenplay) (story)
6. Pukar (2000) (dialogue) (screenplay) (story)
7. Jaanam Samjha Karo (1999) (screenplay) (story)
8. Vinashak – Destroyer (1998) (screenplay)
9. China Gate (1998) (dialogue) (screenplay) (story)
10. Ghatak: Lethal (1996) (dialogue) (screenplay) (as Raj Kumar Santoshi) (story) (as Raj Kumar Santoshi)
11. Barsaat (1995) (dialogue) (screenplay) (story)
12. Andaz Apna Apna (1994) (dialogue) (screenplay) (story)
13. Ghayal (1990) (written by)
Producer:
1. London Dreams (2009) (in production) (producer)
2. Lajja (2001) (producer)
3. China Gate (1998) (producer)
4. Ghatak: Lethal (1996) (producer) (as Raj Kumar Santoshi)
Assistant Director:
1. Ardh Satya (1983) (chief assistant director)
2. Vijeta (1982) (chief assistant director) (as Raj Kumar Santoshi)

Nomination and Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2005 Nominated Filmfare Award Best Director
for: Khakee (2004)

2003 Won Filmfare Award Best Film – Critics
for: The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002)

1999 Won Filmfare Award Best Dialogue
for: China Gate (1998)
Shared with:
K.K. Raina

1995 Nominated Filmfare Award Best Director
for: Andaz Apna Apna (1994)

Best Film
for: Andaz Apna Apna (1994)

1994 Won Filmfare Award Best Director
for: Damini – Lightning (1993)

1991 Won Filmfare Award Best Director
for: Ghayal (1990)

Best Story Writer
for: Ghayal (1990)

National Film Awards, India
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2003 Won Silver Lotus Award Best Regional Film (Hindi)
for: The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002)
Shared with:
Ramesh S. Taurani (producer)
Kumar Sadhuram Taurani (producer)

2001 Won Nargees Dutt Award for: Pukar (2000)
Shared with:
Surinder Kapoor (producer)

Screen Weekly Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2004 Won Special Tribute Artist of the decade.
2002 Nominated Screen Best Dialogue
for: Lajja (2001)
Shared with:
Ranjit Kapoor

Zee Cine Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2005 Nominated Technical Award Best Dialogue
for: Khakee (2004)

Best Screenplay
for: Khakee (2004)
Shared with:
Shridhar Raghavan

2003 Won Technical Award Best Dialogue
for: The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002)
Shared with:
Piyush Mishra
Ranjit Kapoor

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