Ayaan Mukherjee was born on 15 August, 1983, in the Bengal city, Kolkata. He is a Bollywood movie director. He was born to a Brahmin family in Kolkata. He is the son of Manisha Mukherjee and
, who is a movie actor in Bengali cinema. The director has a Bollywood connection. Actor-director
was his uncle. Well-known actresses, Kajol and Tanisha, are his first cousins. Another renowned name in the Hindi movie industry,
, is his second cousin. Director is his brother-in-law.
The actor-director is 5 feet 9 inches tall. The director was brought up in Mumbai. He went to Jamnabai Narsee School for his schooling. He attended the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology to study engineering, but left college soon after the first year to pursue his passion of filmmaking. He started assisting Ashutosh Gowariker in the movie, ‘
’, in 2004, after dropping out of college. In 2006, he assisted
in the movie, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna.
Ayaan made his full-fledged movie as a director in
Wake Up Sid
, in 2009. He first wrote the screenplay of the film and showed it to Karan Johar. He was so impressed with the screenplay that he decided to turn it into a movie. Ayaan was chosen to direct the film. The film had
Konkona Sen Sharma
in the lead. The movie received rave reviews. The critics also appreciated the movie. He won the Best Debut Director Filmfare Award for his directorial debut. He shared the award with
, who won the award for Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. His second film was also under Dharma Productions. It was, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, released in 2013. The film again had Ranbir Kapoor in the lead, along with
. It was also a blockbuster. He got a Filmfare nomination for this.
Before becoming a full-time director, he did a cameo appearance in the film, Home Delivery, released in 2005. The film starred
, Mahima Chaudhary, and
. In 2009, he also worked on the movie, Luck by Chance. The film did average business at the box office.
His association with Ranbir Kapoor continued. In 2013, he contributed a bit to the movie ‘
’, starring Ranbir. However, the film bombed at the box office. He is planning his next movie with
and Ranbir Kapoor. It will be a superhero flick. The actor-director says he doesn’t plan to work in Bengali flicks in the future. Ayaan is good friends with actors Ranbir Kapoor and .