Shakun Batra is an Indian screenwriter, filmmaker, and producer. In 2022, he worked as a director, writer, and producer in the Amazon Prime film ‘Gehraiyaan’ starring Deepika Padukone, Siddhant Chaturvedi, and Ananya Pandey.
Shakun Batra was born on Saturday, 1 January 1983 (age 39 years; as of 2022) in New Delhi. His zodiac sign is Capricorn.
He did his schooling at St. Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Delhi. From 2001 to 2004, he attended St Stephen’s College, Delhi. He then did a course in cinematography at Vancouver Film School, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Height (approx.): 5′ 4″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
His father runs a business of mosquito repellent machines. His mother is a charitable doctor. Shakun has a brother and a sister. His brother, Shubham Batra, works as an architect.
He is not married yet.
In 2013, there were rumours that Shakun was dating the Indian director Sonam Nair.
He developed an interest in photography in his teens, he then started working as a nature photographer. After completing a course in cinematography, he started assisting a few Indian directors in Mumbai including Errol Morris and Christopher Wilcha.
He has worked with various production houses in India such as Equinox Films, Excel Entertainment Pvt. Ltd., and Dharma Productions.
In 2012, he debuted as a director and writer in the Hindi film ‘Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu’ in which the main lead was Kareena Kapoor and Emran Khan. After almost a gap of four years, he worked as director-writer in the Hindi film ‘Kapoor & Sons’ (2016) which was one of the super hit films of the year.
In 2021, he worked as a writer-director-executive producer in the Hindi documentary ‘Searching for Sheela.’
Shakun’s directorial film ‘Gehraiyaan’ was released on Amazon Prime in 2022. He also worked as a writer and producer in the film. Apart from films, has directed a few TV commercials for Google, Head & Shoulder’s, and Nestle.
- 2016: Indian Film Festival of Melbourne- People’s Choice Award for the Hindi film Kapoor & Sons
- 2017: Filmfare Awards for Best Story, Best Screenplay for the Hindi film Kapoor & Sons
- 2017: IIFA Awards for Best Story for the Hindi film Kapoor & Sons
- 2017: Stardust Awards for Best Story for the Hindi film Kapoor & Sons
- 2017: Zee Cine Awards for Best Story for the Hindi film Kapoor & Sons
- Novel: Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
- Film Director: Woody Allen
- Film(s): ‘Monsoon Wedding’ (2001) and ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ (2001)
- After completing his graduation, he wanted to pursue a post-graduation degree in the US, but his visa got rejected. He then enrolled himself in a cinematography course in Canada. Initially, his parents were reluctant of his idea of pursuing his career in cinematography, but he then asked one year time to do something in the field of cinematography.
- Shakun Batra is well-versed in playing the guitar.
- In an interview, he shared that his inspiration behind the story of the Hindi film ‘Kapoor & Sons’ (2016) was his own family.
He further shared that the late Indian actor Rishi Kapoor was not happy while shooting for the film Kapoor & Sons. In an interview, in 2016, Rishi Kapoor shared the reason behind it, he said,
- In 2022, while talking about the intimacy scenes in his directorial film ‘Gehraiyaan,’
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