Sanjay Gadhvi is a famous Indian director known for making first two instalments of Dhoom series. He was born on 22 November, 1965 in Lucknow. Not many know about this but Gadhvi’s directorial debut film came in 2000. The movie titled “
Tere Liye”, it went unnoticed due to lack of publicity despite having
Raveena Tandon and
Arjun Rampal in the film. His association with Yash Raj Films began with “
Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai” in 2002. Starring
Uday Chopra, and
Jimmy Shergill, people pointed out the similarities of the storyline with that of
Julia Roberts’ My Best Friend Wedding.
However, Gadhvi quashed those rumours and cited previous Bollywood movies as the motivation to make such kind of movie. The film released on 7 June, 2002 to lukewarm reviews and went on to become an average grosser. In 2004, Gadhvi changed the scenario of Indian action cinema when he directed Dhoom. With
John Abraham and
Abhishek Bachchan as the primary antagonist and protagonist respectively, this action heist thriller smashed many Box-Office records at that time with critics and audience appreciated the action sequences involving the motorbikes.
It brought a revolution in the world of Hindi cinema as bike stunt sequences did not feature in the films prominently. It is also noted that after the release of Dhoom, many motorcycle accidents were reported as victims were trying to “imitate” the stunts shown in the movie. After its success, Gadhvi came up with the second instalment, Dhoom: 2 or D: 2 which released in 2006. This time,
Hrithik Roshan replaced John Abraham for the villain’s role and also saw Aishwarya Rai and Bipasha Basu as the leading ladies of the thriller. At the time of its release, Dhoom: 2 became more successful than Dhoom and got the rating of a “Blockbuster.”
As of now, D: 2 stands seventh in terms of highest-grossing Bollywood feature film of all time. Later, Gadhvi parted ways with YRF and went on to direct Kidnap which released in 2008. Dealing with the issue of Stockholm syndrome, Kidnap got unfavourable reviews and fared poorly. After a gap of four years, Gadhvi returned to helm
Ajab Gazabb Love which included
Nidhi Subbaiah, and Arjun Rampal in pivotal roles. Apparently inspired from the film Seema Tapakai (Telugu), this romantic-comedy flick did not perform well at the Box-Office with most of the reviewers finding the movie ordinary.
Sanjay believes in the proper use of digital technology in cinemas and has backed other production houses to implement the same to improve the quality of action scenes portrayed in the movies. Gadhvi is one of the few directors to exercise techniques such as pre-visualization, green screens in their films when others were still sceptical about it. For him, he got encouraged with the application of various techniques from Terminator and the Jurassic Park series. He bagged “Hottest Young Film Maker” award at the 2007
Stardust Awards ceremony. Despite not being part of Dhoom: 3, Gadhvi has not ruled out his return to the heist series.