Personal Agenda: Sanjay Gupta, Filmmaker

The one piece of advice filmmaker Sanjay Gupta wishes he got 10 years ago was to not be loyal to a single star. Find out more about the Bollywood director.



April 14

Sun Sign

Place of birth



GHK High School/ Sydenham College, Mumbai

First break
Assistant director on Jalwa (1987)

High point of your life
The birth of my son

Low point of your life
The period before my second marriage

Currently I am...
Casting for Mumbai Saga, scripting Khote Sikke and working on a book of 11 short stories

If you weren’t a director, you would have been…
A motorcycle mechanic or a gangster!

Your favourite Bollywood crime movie (other than your own).
The original Agneepath.

The biggest gangster in Bollywood?

One thing people don’t know about you.
I am an avid art collector with a knack for spotting promising talent.

If you could remake a Bollywood movie, which one would it be?
Amar Akbar Anthony (1977), with John Abraham, Abhishek Bachchan and Emraan Hashmi. 

Award functions. Love them or hate them?
They are for the entertainment of the public and are absolutely meaningless to me.

If you could endorse a product, which one would you pick?
Safety riding gear for bikes.

You destress by...

Hanging out with my kids.

Who’s your 3am friend?
My wife.

The biggest risk you’ve taken.
I took over Kaante as an independent producer with a liability of `1.36 crore when I had only `10,000 in my bank account.

One piece of advice you wish someone had given you 10 years ago.
To not be loyal to any one star.

One piece of advice you’d like to give an aspiring Bollywood director.
Hone your writing skills.

An actress most fit to play a cop.
It would be fun to see Parineeti Chopra as a bossy, bully cop.

The best compliment you’ve received.
My wife told me that I am a great husband and father.

If you could be reborn as someone else, who would you choose?
I would still choose myself.

One thing you hate about Bollywood.
Its ‘crab mentality’ of pulling down people on the rise.

Your meanest machine?
My bike, a Yamaha V-Max gifted to me by John Abraham



From HT Brunch, December 8

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