Neeraj Pandey is an Indian movie producer, director and screenplay writer. He is known for the picture named A Wednesday which got released in 2008. He received acceptance for his work from the critics as well as the audience. He went on to win Indira Gandhi Award under the category Best First Film of a Director (debut). He also received Star Screen Award for the best story as well as film for A Wednesday. His second movie named Special 26, starring Akshay Kumar, received the same reaction from both the audience as well as the critics.
His third venture, Baby (2015), starring Akshay Kumar, became a commercial as well as critical success. He was born in 1973 in Kolkata and is aged 43. He was also brought up in the same city. His father was originally from Bihar, but he moved to Kolkata as he had started working for Bosch situated in Kolkata (then Calcutta). Neeraj migrated to New Delhi to earn a degree in the English language from Sri Aurobindo College (Morning), University of Delhi, India. He learned the film basics when he started working at 'Legacy Entertainment' (based in Delhi), a Dalmia Group company which makes TV programs.
In 2000, he migrated to Mumbai to implement what he had learned. He had a few connections in the industry. A friend of his received a grant for producing a documentary which he presented to him. He started making documentaries and advertisement films. He and his friend Shital Bhatia, who made documentaries, television programs, and ad films, together, started a production company named 'Quarter Inch Productions'. He went on to form another production company called Friday Filmworks. It produced his debut film, A Wednesday.
The film is based on Mumbai train bombings of July 11, 2006. A lot of real experiences were showed in the movie and the story presented information about how the whole episode happened. He has not only contributed to Bollywood but also to Bangla cinema. He produced a Bengali Feature movie starring Jeet named “The Royal Bengal Tiger.” Another venture starring Anu Kapoor, Manoj Bajpayee, Aditi Sharma and K.K. Menon will release in the coming year. On 6 December 2013, he launched his debut novel named Ghalib Danger.
Reliance Entertainment owner Anil Ambani has entered into production business after shaking hands with Pandey’s Friday Film works. The joint venture produced Akshay Kumar starred Rustom which got released in 2016. It is named Plan C Studios. In 2009, he received IIFA Award for best story and dialogue for A Wednesday. In 2016, his much- anticipated film, M.S. Dhoni will release which is based on the life of M.S. Dhoni, the Indian Cricket team captain.