Pankaj Parashar is a film director in Bollywood. The most famous movie that he has directed is ‘Jalwa’. It is a cop-thriller and featured
in the lead. Pankaj has the famous TV hit series Karamchand (1985), a detective serial to his credit. He did his Bachelors in Commerce from Jai Hind College, Mumbai and a Diploma in Film Direction and Screenplay Writing from Film & Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune. Pankaj is a versatile personality and makes corporate films, documentaries, and TV commercials. He directed about 400 commercials including for brands like Fanta, Limca, Kamasutra, Zandu Balm, Suzuki, CyberITmall.com, Nihilent Technologies, TCL Television, Hercules Cycle, Henkel Washing Powder, Dhara Vanaspati, Coca-Cola, Erasmic, Birla White, Daewoo Corporate, Pantaloon, Crystal Swimwear, Pan Parag, Jenson & Nicholson, White Eveready, Ashima Suitings, Colgate Tartar Control, Kinetic Honda, Bajaj, Wheel, Forhans, Vicks, MRF Zigma and Colgate Fluriguard etc.
Pankaj made his debut in Bollywood with ‘Ab Ayega Mazaa’ in 1984. He became famous with the Detective TV Serial Karamchand that aired on DD Channel in 1985. Pankaj Kapoor was in the lead role. It was the most widely appreciated and liked TV series of that time.
Parashar then made Jalwa and ChaalBaaz. Both were remakes and became big hits. Sri Devi even won Filmfare Best Actress Award for the
Seeta Aur Geeta
remake ChaalBaaz in 1990. He further directed many movies like ‘
, ‘Himalayputra’, in this movie he launched
Tumko Na Bhool Paayenge
’ (2002) with Salman and . His last film was Banares (2006) based on the spiritual city of Banaras, featuring
, Naseeruddin Shah and
. This movie was greatly appreciated by the critics and was invited to IFFI festival in Goa.
Pankaj has directed 30 biographies, including one for 1988 Commonwealth Games held in Seoul. He won the Filmfare Best Documentary Award for Malfunction in 1980. Pankaj made this during his study period.
He was even invited to Cairo Film Festival for the movie ‘Aasman Se Gira’. He produced and directed a 30-minute documentary, ‘
’ on Rajasthan Festival of Snakes. This Documentary was screened at Berlin Film Festival and invited to Oberhausen Film Festival. Pankaj is a lifetime member of International Film and Television Research Centre and International Film and Television Club of Asian Academy of Film & Television.