Raj Mehta is one of the few Indian directors who tasted victory in his directorial debut,
. His career propelled instantly because of the movie and turned out to be his breakout success. Raj Mehta was born and bred in Delhi. He completed his schooling from Delhi Public School and later moved to
for his higher education. He graduated from Baruch College in Manhattan, New York. Raj Mehta had long dreamed of making big in the entertainment industry. However, his parents didn’t encourage his idea of having a future in cinema. So to satisfy his family, he obtained a formal degree, but he still wanted to channelize his passion for direction. So, Raj Mehta enrolled in New York Film Academy to pursue film making.
Upon returning to India, he directed his first-ever short film, Ironic Odyssey, in 2009. The short film, also written by Raj Mehta, brings out the truth that life is full of ironies. Raj Mehta started his career by assisting director
in the 2011 social-political film Aarakshan. He went on to assist
and Trilok Malik in Soundtrack and Khushiyaan, respectively, in the same year.
In the year 2013, Raj Mehta worked for Yash Raj Films action thriller movie Aurangzeb as an assistant director. The film had a star cast consisting of
, and Prithiviraj Sukumaran. When working on Aurangzeb, he got the opportunity to work as an associate for
in his movie for Dharma Productions, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania. This movie laid the foundation for his association with Dharma Productions and
. Following Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, Raj assisted director Shakun Bhatra in the
, Fawad Khan starrer Kapoor & Sons. In 2017, Raj Mehta reunited with Shashank Khaitan as an associate director for the second installment of Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania,
Badrinath Ki Dulhania
. His other movies as an assistant director are Kismat Love Paisa Dilli and Bewakoofiyan.
After working as an assistant director for nearly a decade, Raj Mehta donned the director hat in 2019 with the movie Good Newwz. The movie starred , Kareena Kapoor,
in the lead roles. The story of the film revolves around two couples who go through in vitro fertilization. Along with direction, Raj Mehta has also penned the dialogues for the movie. The film got released on 27th December 2019 and went on to receive positive responses from the critics as well as the audience. The film also grossed great numbers at the box office by becoming the fifth highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2019. Besides direction, Raj Mehta has also appeared in small roles in some short films.