Aditya Dhar is an Indian film director, lyricist, and writer. He is famous for being the husband of the Indian actress Yami Gautam.
Aditya was born on Saturday, 12 March 1983 (age 38 years; as of 2021) in New Delhi. His zodiac sign is Pisces.
Height (approx.): 5′ 7″
Eye Colour: Black
Hair Colour: Black
Family & Caste
Parents & Siblings
His mother, Dr. Suneeta Dhar, worked as the Dean & Head, Faculty of Music & Fine Arts, University of Delhi. He has an elder brother, Lokesh Dhar.
On 4 June 2021, he got married to the famous Indian actress Yami Gautam in a private ceremony in Himachal Pradesh.
While he was in Delhi, he worked with the Indian theatre group ‘Delhi Music Theatre’ (DMT) for almost 20 years. To make his career in films, he shifted from Delhi to Mumbai in 2006. Later, he worked as an RJ for a few years. In 2008, he debuted as a lyricist in the Hindi film ‘Kabul Express.’ Aditya penned down the lyrics in many Hindi films such as ‘Haal-e-Dil’ (2008), ‘One Two Three’ (2008), and ‘Daddy Cool’ (2009). He has also worked as a dialogue writer in Hindi films such as ‘Aakrosh’ (2010) and ‘Tezz’ (2012). He debuted as a director in the popular Hindi film ‘Uri: The Surgical Strike’ in 2019 and wrote the screenplay of the film. The film received huge appreciation from the critics and audience.
He is filming for the Hindi film ‘The Immortal Ashwatthama’ starring the famous Indian actor Vicky Kaushal (as of 2021).
Awards & Honours
- 66th National Film Award- Best Director for Uri: The Surgical Strike
- Jagran Film Festival- Best Debut Director for Uri: The Surgical Strike
- 26th Screen Awards- Most Promising Debut Director for Uri: The Surgical Strike
- 65th Filmfare Awards- Best Debut Director for Uri: The Surgical Strike
- Zee Cine Awards- Most Promising Director for Uri: The Surgical Strike
- After shifting from Delhi to Mumbai on 5 September 2006, he worked as an assistant director for a few years. During an interview, he talked about his struggling days. He said,
Initially, I used to get up early every morning and go to every production house. I would land up there asking for jobs. I have worked in theatre in my initial stages of life and I have always been mesmerized by how the directors work rather than what actors do. In those days, it was ridiculous the way they used to treat assistants. It was only a few production houses wherein they will ask you for water.”
He further said,
I still remember I was in Santacruz and someone told me that there is some work in GS Entertainment but when I went there, they denied having any opportunity. As I walked out, I saw Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s production house. I entered there and by this time, I was completely tired after being shunned by many production houses. I didn’t have any backing and I wasn’t from any film background. I was ready to work as an intern too. I entered the production house and walked to the receptionist asking for a job, she pointed out to a gentleman sitting there called Mithun Gangopadhyay and since then he has been the closest friend I have in Mumbai. He was also an assistant director there and he had joined a year ago.”
- He was filming for a Dharma Productions film ‘Raat Baaki’ starring Katrina Kaif and Fawad Khan in 2016, but the film got shelved as Pakistani artists were banned from India after the terrorist attacks in Uri in September 2018. Mens XP
- During the COVID-19 pandemic, he supported the ‘We Will Survive’ campaign, which assisted the needy people.
- Aditya Dhar loves playing cricket in his leisure time.
- During an interview, he shared that he could not read and write properly as he was Dyslexic, a neurodevelopmental disorder. YouTube
- In an interview, he shared that he wanted to become an army officer in his childhood. He said,
I was always interested in the army, I wanted to get into the army. As a Kashmiri Pandit, I have been hearing about terrorism from childhood. Directly or indirectly, we have also been victims of terrorism. So, when I heard about the strikes, I wanted to know how the army pulled this off. By the end of my six months of research, I realized this was one of the best covert military operations ever conducted by the Indian Army and I knew I had to tell this story.”
- He was featured on the cover page of Noise magazine in 2019.