Tanuja Chandra is a director and a writer hailing from Lucknow. She is the sibling of
Vikram Chandra, a famous writer, and Anupama Chandra, a film critic. Also, she is the daughter of
Kamna Chandra, a famous screenwriter. Tanuja started her career by working as a television journalist for Star Plus Channel. She improved her career by directing Zameen Aasmaan, followed by 'Mumkin’. Her next attempt was a big leap towards success. She ventured onto the big screen.
Her screenplay for 'Dil To Pagal Hai' was a success. She worked with Mahesh Bhatt for 'Zakhm' and the film was a moderate hit. When she ventured into the field of direction, her success rate started going down the lane. 'Dushman’, her debut film as a director was a flop. After that film, many of her other films went unnoticed. Her last movie was 'Hope and a Little Sugar’, that was released in the year 2006. The highlight of this film is most of the pre and the post-production work was carried over the net. This movie won the award for the best feature film in the
New York and the California film festival. In spite of her success in an international film, she always considers Mumbai to be her workplace.
Tanuja Chandra feels that direction is a hard task. She also feels that the movie should be having a strong impact on the audience, to provoke the debate. Most of her movies are women-centric and she is very much comfortable with it. Though, some of her movies based on the women were not much successful, she is satisfied in giving a quality film. She is more interested in making movies that will impress the common audience, rather than the art house people. Her desire is to form an individual style of filmmaking for our country that should be inspired by the Hollywood.