Gupta, a sensational director, made a sound in the Bollywood cinema industry with his different way of telling stories. He comes from a small town Hazaribagh, Jharkhand. Raj Kumar Gupta was born in the year 1976. Raj did his schooling in St. Xavier’s School, Delhi Public School in Jharkhand and went to Ramjas College, Delhi University.
Raj Kumar Gupta is notable not only as a director, but also as a scriptwriter. His debutante movie was ‘
’ which was released in the year 2008 on June 6th. The movie was written and directed by him and it received positive feedback from critics. The movie was shot on a very low budget. It starred
, and the story revolved around the Muslim guy ‘Aamir Ali’ who has came to Mumbai from the United Kingdom and faced many problems. Receiving positive feedback from critics, Raj thus came to be known as a brilliant writer and director in the industry. The movie had its weak points as the cast was a team of newcomers and it did not make enough at the box office but it brought fame to the director Raj Kumar Gupta. Raj’s name was suggested in the year for the Best Debut Director section.
Meantime, after ‘Aamir’ Raj scripted for ‘
’. The movie released in the year 2009. Then, in 2011 Raj came up with a sensitive story to tell his audience and he named the movie- ‘No One Killed Jessica.' For this movie he penned the story and directed it as well. ‘No One Killed Jessica’ is a movie with the storyline of the murder mystery of
. The film stars Rani Mukerji in a social role and
in Jessica’s sister’s role. Although the movie ‘No One Killed Jessica’ did not make money at the box office, it received positive notice from critics and public. For the movie, Rani Mukerji won the ‘Best Supporting Actor (Female)’, ‘Best Actress in a Social Role’, ‘Outstanding Performance Award’ and ‘Best Female Actor of Bollywood’ awards in the succeeding year. The movie received the ‘Best Editing’ Apsara Award.
In 2013, Raj made a suspense-comic movie ‘
’ which was quite an unexpected movie for Raj’s audience. The film starred
and Vidya Balan in the lead roles. The industry was kept in a daze because Emraan Hashmi being an intense actor and Vidya Balan who generally plays different roles were involved in Raj’s suspense comic thriller movie ‘Ghanchakkar’. The movie received a mixed response from critics and public.
Raj Kumar Gupta was part of a few movies as an Associate Director. These movies were ‘
’ and ‘Black Friday’. He also made cinema considering Chetan Bhagat’s ‘Revolution 2020’ in 2015. In 2016, Raj is making the movie ‘Section 84’ which is the story of schizophrenic prostitute women and the movie is being produced by Eros International.
Raj Kumar Gupta’s life journey starts from small towns and he eventually made it to the big screens in the Indian Cinema Industry with alot of struggles. Raj’s father was a banker, and even Raj himself thought that he would become a banker, but his crazy love for the movies, and scriptwriting made him come to Bollywood.
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Raj Kumar Gupta was born in 1976 in Hazaribagh, Jharkhand. His current residence is in Mumbai, India. He had done his schooling from St.Xavier’s School, Jharkhand and DPS, Delhi. He completed his graduation from Ramjas College, Delhi University. He has played different roles in the industry since his debut in 2003. He has been a director, a writer, a screenplay writer, etc. over the years.
He debuted in the industry with ‘Aamir’ which was not only a commercial hit at the box office but was critically appreciated; the audience and the critics loved the guerilla style in which the movie shooting took place on the Mumbai streets. The project was low budgeted but still the ‘hold onto the seat’ thriller secured its position in the selection at the year’s award ceremonies for the category of Best Debut Director.
In 2011, Raj Kumar wrote and directed “No One Killed Jessica” with Vidya Balan and Rani Mukerji in the lead roles, about the true incidents that happened around the murder of Jessica Lal and its brutal trial that took place in the court. The movie received a positive response from the media and the public and did a successful business at the box office. The movie received four nominations for Best Film, Best Actress, etc. at the 57th Filmfare Awards. Rani Mukerji bagged the Best Supporting Actress Award for her outstanding performance in the movie.
Raj Kumar directed an uncertain comedy picture, ‘Ghanchakkar’ in 2013. The movie had Emraan Hashmi and Vidya Balan in the lead roles and received a negative response at the box office. In the movie, Emraan Hashmi is approached to carry out a robbery by two of his friends and they claim that this would solve their money problem for the rest of their lives. The robbery takes place and Sanjay ( a character played by Emraan) successfully finishes his job and hides the money. When both his friends return for their share they find that Sanjay has lost his memory and has no clue about the whereabouts of the briefcase that had the money. With all the confusion going around in the background Sanjay discovers that he had left the briefcase at his mom’s place. The critics were unhappy, and the movie could not make it big. The plot was not concrete and was not able to hold the audience onto their seats.
The upcoming projects of Raj Kumar include “Section 84” which has Kareena Kapoor Khan in the lead playing the role of a schizophrenic call girl and slated for a 2016 release, and is produced by Eros International Pvt Ltd.