Shashank Khaitan Profile, Bio, Height, Affair, Wiki & More
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.
Family, Education & More
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.
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.
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.
Parents Father- Dwarka Khaitan
Mother- Name Not known
Siblings Brother- None
Sister(s)- Parul Khaitan Poddar, Jahnavi Khaitan
Shashank Khaitan Bio/Wiki
Real Name Shashank Khaitan
Profession(s) Director, Writer, Actor
Famous For Writing & Directing “Nirhua Rikshawala” (2014)
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 Age, Personal Life & More
Date of Birth Not Known
Birthplace Kolkata, West Bengal
School St. Xavier’s High School, Pune
College/University University of Pune
Educational Qualification Not Known
Debut Film (Actor): Roorkee By-Pass (2008)
Film (Director): Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania (2014)
Hobbies Playing Cricket & Tennis, Photography
Shashank Khaitan Girlfriends, Affairs and More
Marital Status Married
Marriage Date November 27, 2010
Wife/Spouse Wife Nalini Datta Khaitan
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 T-Shirt
Favorite Food Pasta, Noodles, Pizza
Favorite Accessories Watches, Goggles
Shashank Khaitan 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.
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.
Shashank Khaitan Filmography
Year Title Director Writer Screenplay Assistant Director Producer Notes
2008 Black & White Yes
2014 Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania Yes Yes Nominated Filmfare Award for Best Debut Director
2017 Badrinath Ki Dulhania Yes Yes Nominated Filmfare Award for Best Director
2018 Dhadak Yes Yes
Year Show Channel Role Notes
2018 present Dance Deewane Colors TV Judge Season 1 & 2
Year Title Director Writer Notes
2011 Sherwani Kaha Hai? Yes Yes the unreleased film
Some Known Facts About Shashank Khaitan
- 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.