Abhishek Varman is a well-known Indian filmmaker, who predominantly worked in the Hindi film industry. He is the son of the popular Art Director, R Varman.
He started his career as an assistant director to
Ashutosh Gowariker in the historical drama film,
Jodhaa Akbar in 2008. Later, he worked as an assistant director to
Karan Johar in My Name is Khan in 2010 and Student of the Year in 2012. Prior to these, he also worked as an assistant director to
Raj Kanwar in the Bollywood romantic drama film, Humko Deewana Kar Gaye in 2006.
He made his major breakthrough when he debuted as a director in the romantic comedy-drama film, 2 States in 2014. The film starred
Arjun Kapoor and
Alia Bhatt in the lead roles and it grossed over $5.85-million worldwide. It also became the second highest overseas grosser in the year 2014, next to Salman Khan’s
Jai Ho. Abhishek also won his first major award at the 60th Filmfare Awards for Best Debut Director. This year, he got nominated for Best Director at the Apsara Film Producers Guild Awards, Bollywood Hungama Surfers’ Choice Movie Awards and Awards of the International Indian Film Academy. 2 States is based on Chetan Bhagat’s novel of the same name.
There are rumours that Abhishek’s next movie after the successful film 2 States, will be entitled as Kalank, a period love story that is set in the backdrop of Partition in Lahore. The story was given to him by his mentor, Karan Johar and according to the reports he is now working on the script of this upcoming project. Karan will be producing the film under his own banner, Dharma Productions. The cast and crew are yet to be finalized.