Shibani Bhatija is an Indian screenplay and dialogue writer who works in the Bollywood film industry. She is known for her work in the Hindi feature films Fanaa and My Name Is Khan. Shibani did a major in English composition from the DePauw University in Greencastle in Indiana in the United States of America, from where she graduated in 1990.
She also studied Communication at the San Francisco State University in San Francisco in California. She then worked as an advertisement copywriter at the Contract Advertising Private Limited from 1992 to 1995. Then Shibani moved to India. Shibani worked at the Sony Entertainment Television network as the Manager of the Creative Department for the Hindi serial Hum To Pardesi Ho Gaye from March 2000 till March 2002.
Shibani joined the Yash Raj Films production house in 2002. There she made her Bollywood film industry debut when she wrote the story and screenplay for the romance thriller flick Fanaa directed by
. The Bollywood movie hit the silver screens on 26th May 2006. The Hindi films won three Filmfare Awards and two Popular Awards. Shibani received critical acclaim for her work. Shibani wrote the screenplay for the Hindi feature film Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna directed and co-written by
. The Bollywood flick hit the big screens on 11th August 2006.
Shibani wrote the story and the screenplay for the crime drama thriller flick Kidnap directed by
. The Hindi feature film hit the cinema halls on 2nd October 2008. The Bollywood movie did very poorly at the box office and received criticism but the actor
won nominations for his Best Performance in a Negative Role. Shibani’s most highly acclaimed work and greatest achievement as a writer was her story, script and dialogues she wrote for the Hindi adventure movie My Name Is Khan directed by Karan Johar. The feature film hit the big theatres on 12th February 2010.
Shibani won the Zee Cine Award under the Best Story category in 2011 and the Award For Technical Excellence under the Best Story category at the 2011 Awards of the International Indian Film Academy. She got a nomination for the Award for Technical Excellence under the Best Screenplay category at the Awards of the International Indian Film Academy in 2011. The movie made rounds at several film festivals including most recently at the San Francisco International Film Festival on 14th April 2017.