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Shashank Khaitan Bio, Age, Wife, Movies, TV Shows & Wiki

Shashank Khaitan is a movie director and writer in Bollywood, India’s Hindi-language movie industry, best known for writing and directing Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, released in 2014 and Badrinath Ki Dulhania, released in 2017 Khaitan was born in Kolkata and raised in Nashik, Maharashtra in a Marwari business family. In 2008, Khaitan starred as Manohar in Roorkee By-Pass, a 22-minute drama directed by Arundhati Sen Verma, and assisted on the set of Subhash Ghai’s Black & White. Khaitan joined Whistling Woods International Institute to break into the movie industry.

His Upcoming coming movie ‘Dhadak’ is set to be released on 6 July 2018. He credits the institute by giving him the technical background and also credits the institute’s faculty with making him feel comfortable on set by inviting the students to accompany them to set. While at Whistling Woods, Khaitan worked on his first attempted movie, Sherwani Kahaan Hai, with some of his fellow students at Whistling Woods, but the movie was not successfully completed.

Biodata/ Wiki

Real Name: Shashank Khaitan
Nick Name: Shashank
Profession(s): Director, Writer, Actor
Famous For: Writing & Directing “Nirhua Rikshawala” (2014)
Date of Birth: Not Known
Birthplace: Kolkata, West Bengal
Nationality: Indian
School: St. Xavier’s High School, Pune
College/University: University of Pune
Educational Qualifications: Not Known
Debut Film (Actor): Roorkee By-Pass (2008)
Film (Director): Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania (2014)
Religion: Hinduism
Ethnicity/Caste: Marwari
Hobbies: Playing Cricket & Tennis, Photography

Family, Education & More

Parents Father- Dwarka Khaitan
Mother- Name Not known
Siblings Brother- None
Sister(s)- Parul Khaitan Poddar, Jahnavi Khaitan

Khaitan was born in Kolkata and raised in Nashik, Maharashtra in a Marwari business family. Although he was interested in watching movies from a very young age, he was initially more into sports, playing cricket and tennis tournaments. At the age of 17, he decided to pursue a career in entertainment. He started off as a dance instructor and held events across the country. He soon moved to Mumbai where he knew his dreams would turn into reality.

Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania Movie Director Shashank Khaitan

Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania Movie Director Shashank Khaitan

Khaitan joined Whistling Woods International Institute (a film institute started and supported by veteran movie director Subhash Ghai) to break into the movie industry. He credits the institute by giving him the technical background and also credits the institute’s faculty (who work actively in the movie industry) with making him feel comfortable on set by inviting the students to accompany them to set. While at Whistling Woods, Khaitan worked on his first attempted movie, Sherwani Kahaan Hai, with some of his fellow students at Whistling Woods, but the movie was not successfully completed.

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In 2008, Khaitan starred as Manohar in Roorkee By-Pass, a 22-minute drama directed by Arundhati Sen Verma, and assisted on the set of Subhash Ghai’s Black & White and Yuvvraaj. He also made a brief appearance in Varun Dhawan starrer Disney’s ABCD 2, a sequel to the dance-drama ABCD: Any Body Can Dance, in which he played one of the Bengaluru prelims judges of the World Dance Championship qualifiers.

Previously, he had made an appearance in Habib Faisal’s romantic action-drama film Ishaqzaade by Yash Raj Films, which marked the debut of Arjun Kapoor in the lead. Khaitan was seen playing Dharma Chauhan, one of two brothers to Parma Chauhan, played by Kapoor.

Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania Movie Director Shashank Khaitan

Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania Movie Director Shashank Khaitan

Height, Weight & More

Height (approx.) in centimeters- 175 cm
in meters- 1.75 m
in feet inches- 5’ 9”
Weight (approx.) in kilograms- 75 kg
in pounds- 165 lbs
Body Measurements (approx.) – Chest: 38 inches
– Waist: 34 inches
– Biceps: 14 inches
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour Black

Shashank Khaitan Net Worth

He has an estimated net worth of $3 – $5 million.

Wife, Affairs and More

Marital Status: Married
Marriage Date: November 27, 2010
Wife/ Spouse: Nalini Datta Khaitan

Shashank Khaitan With His Wife

Shashank Khaitan With His Wife

Favourite Things

Favorite Color Black, Grey, White
Favorite Brand Addies, Ray-Ban
Favorite Player Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Sourav Ganguly
Favorite Sport Cricket
Favorite Actress Madhuri Dixit, Alia Bhatt
Favorite Actor Amrish Puri, Varun Dhawan
Favorite Singer Lata Mangeshkar, Arijit Singh, A. R. Rahman
Favorite Place Goa, Dubai
Favorite Dress Jeans with a T-Shirt
Favorite Food Pasta, Noodles, Pizza
Favorite Accessories Watches, Goggles

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Movies – Career

Khaitan’s initial plan with Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania was to make it a story of two con artists, similar to Bunty Aur Babli. However, as he worked on the script, he found the characters turning out sweeter than he had anticipated and falling in love. Khaitan cites Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ) and Casablanca as inspiration for his script, and the movie pays homage to DDLJ as well as Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.

Khaitan, who believed that Bollywood had not produced a great love story since Jab We Met, strove to keep the characters more real and grounded, while at the same time conveying a grand love story. In response to critics who say that the movie continues some old Bollywood cliches such as approval of parents, he calls this a reflection of how Indian society has not changed all that much since the making of DDLJ.

Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania Director Shashank Khaitan With Karan johar

Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania director Shashank Khaitan With Karan johar

After finishing the first draft of his script, then with the title Humpty Sharma Di Love Story, Khaitan sent it to Dharma Productions. Karan Johar looked at the script, said he liked it, and said that Dharma Productions would make the film, though he wasn’t sure if Khaitan would direct it. Khaitan made some improvements to the script and Johar decided to let Khaitan direct.

This was a departure from precedents at Dharma, where most directors were people who had previously worked as assistant directors or assistant producers. Khaitan selected Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt for the film after watching their performance in Student Of The Year. One of Khaitan’s goals with the filming was to “keep it real” and to make sure that all characters were well-prepared before they shot a scene. The film was released in July 2014 and became a success at the box office.

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Movies and TV Shows List

Movies

2008: Black & White
2008: Yuvvraaj
2014: Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania
2017: Badrinath Ki Dulhania
2018: Dhadak
2019: Good Newwz
2020: Bhoot – Part One: The Haunted Ship
2021: Mr. Lele

TV Shows 

2018—present : Dance Deewane

Dhadak director Shashank Khaitan

Dhadak director Shashank Khaitan

Facts

  • Does Shashank Khaitan smoke?: Not known
  • Does Shashank Khaitan drink alcohol?: Not Known
  • At the age of 17, he decided to pursue a career in entertainment.
  • He joined a film institute (started by Subhash Ghai) “Whistling Woods International Institute” to break into the movie industry.
  • While at Whistling Woods, Khaitan made his first attempt at a movie, “Sherwani Kahaan Hai” with some of his fellow students at Whistling Woods, but could not complete the movie successfully.
  • His debut movie “Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania” was a super hit at the box office.
  • For his film Badrinath Ki Dulhania, which was released in 2017, he was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Director. Shashank Khaitan’s Badrinath Ki Dulhania
  • He even played a small role as Arjun Kapoor‘s younger brother in “Ishaqzaade” (2012).
  • He is a Co-Judge alongside Madhuri Dixit and Tushar Kalia on a reality show “Dance Deewane”. Shashank Khaitan On Dance Deewane.
  • His upcoming directorial film is Dhadak featuring Ishaan Khatter & Jhanvi Kapoor under Dharma Productions is releasing on 20 July 2018.
  • He shares the date of his marriage anniversary with his parents.

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FAQ’s About Shashank Khaitan

Who Is Shashank Khaitan Wife?

Shashank Khaitan Wife: Nalini Datta Khaitan

Is Shashank Khaitan Married?

Shashank Khaitan Spouse: Nalini Datta Khaitan
Married In 2010

What Is The Age Of Shashank Khaitan?

Shashank Khaitan Age: 38 Years (February 27, 1982)

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