Indra Kumar is an Indian director and producer. In 2022, he directed the Hindi film Thank God. The film starred Ajay Devgn, Sidharth Malhotra, and Rakul Preet Singh.
Indra Kumar was born on 9 February in Botad, Gujarat, India. His zodiac sign is Aquarius. Indra did his secondary schooling at Utpal Shanghvi Global School, Mumbai and higher secondary schooling at Ascend International School, Mumbai.
Height (approx.): 5′ 3″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Indra Kumar belongs to a Parsi family in Mumbai.
Parents & Siblings
Indra was born to an Irani Parsi father and a Hindu mother. Indra Kumar’s father, Faredoon Irani, ran a drama troupe. His mother, Shaguna Irani, was a theatre artist. Indra Kumar has three sisters named Aruna Irani, Surekha, and Chetna. Indra Kumar’s elder sister, Aruna Irani, is an Indian actress. Surekha, his second sister, is married to a banker. His younger sister, Chetna, is married to a sound recordist. Indra Irani has four brothers named Firoz Irani, Adi Irani, Balraj Irani, and Ratan Irani. Firoz Irani and Adi Irani are actors. Indra’s brothers, Balraj Irani and Ratan Irani are film producers. In an interview with a media house, Indra Kumar talked about his elder sister Aruna Irani and said that after the death of his mother, Aruna used to take care of the family. Indra said,
If I am at this stage today, then all the credit goes to my sister Aruna Irani. After the death of our mother in childhood, our sister Aruna Irani brought up seven siblings. To me, she is no less than a goddess. Even today when I see a working woman, my head bows in reverence.” India Herald
Wife & Children
Indra Kumar is married to Bina Kumar. His daughter, Shweta Kumar, is an Indian actress. Indra’s daughter, Taniya Kumar, is an assistant director. He also has a son named Aman Indra Kumar.
Indra Kumar’s brother-in-law, Kuku Kohli, is a director and writer.
Indra Kumar follows Hinduism.
As a director
In 1990, Indra Kumar made his directorial debut with the Hindi film Dil.
In 1992, he directed the Hindi film Beta. In the late 1990s, Indra worked as a director for many Hindi films like Raja (1995), Ishq (1997), and Mann (1999). In 2007, Indra directed the critically acclaimed comedy film Dhamaal. The film starred starring Sanjay Dutt, Riteish Deshmukh, Aashish Chaudhary, Arshad Warsi, and Javed Jaffrey. Subsequently, Indra has directed many Hindi films like Grand Masti (2013), Great Grand Masti (2016), and Thank God (2022).
As a producer
Indra Kumar has produced many Hindi films like Mohabbat (1985), Kasam (1988), and Daddy Cool: Join the fun (2009), and Thank God (2022).
As an actor
In 1968, Indra Kumar made his acting debut with the Hindi film Kismat. Subsequently, Indra has worked in various Gujarati films like Gangapur Ni Ganga (1980), Charotar Ni Champa (1982), and Footpath Ni Rani (1984).
Case filed against Indra Kumar’s directed film Thank You (2022)
In 2022, a police case was filed against Indra Kumar, Ajay Devgn, and Sidharth Malhotra for his Hindi film Thank God alleging that the film hurts the religious sentiments of the Kayastha community. According to sources, the case was filed after Himanshu Sharma, an advocate in Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh, filed a petition at the Jaunpur Civil Court. In the petition filed, Srivastava said that Ajay Devgn, wearing a costume, is seen playing Chitragupta and in one of the scenes in the Hindi film, he is seen using objectionable language. The petition read,
Chitragupta is regarded as the Lord of Karma and keeps a record of a man’s good and bad deeds. Such depiction of Gods can create an unpleasant situation since it hurts religious sentiments.”
Indra Kumar faced backlash for recreating Mungda from the album Total Dhamaal (2019)
In 2019, Indra Kumar and the music composers faced severe backlash from the audience for recreating the song Mungda from the Hindi film Total Dhamaal (2019). The song was a recreation of Helen’s starred song from the movie Inkaar (1977). It was composed by the music composer Rajesh Roshan and sung by Lata Mangeshkar and her sister Usha Mangeshkar. In an interview, Music director Rajesh Roshan, and singers Usha and Lata Mangeshkar lashed out at the composers for ripping off their classic song. Later, in an interview with a media house, Indra Kumar responded to all of the accusations and said,
Lack of originality and talent in music is an understatement. We don’t have to take their consent. When ‘Neend Churayi Meri’ was remade no one came to me for approval. The rights belong to the music label, and they have the right to do what they want to.There is no harm in following trends. This generation has been deprived of those beautiful songs. Our job is to pass on the gems to them. Today’s generation isn’t aware of it. My kids hadn’t heard the original till I made them listen to the new version, and they loved it.” DNA India
- In an interview, Indra Kumar talked about his film Thank You and revealed that people warned him about his decision to cast Sidharth Malhotra in the film because the actor didn’t have a track record in the comedy genre. While discussing the same, Inder Kumar said,
What he has done in this film, the reactions, he’s done it beautifully. People would question me earlier, why him, can he do comedy? And I told them he could, 100%. People were doubting you?” And the director quipped, “Not me, him,”“He’s never done comedy, he’s a sweet boy.”
- In an interview with a media house, Indra Kumar talked about his career as a director and said that he regretted not working with Amitabh Bachchan. Indra said,
I regret not working with Shri Amitabh Bachchan,”. “Actually it was my mistake that I decided to start two films at the same time…Ishq and Rishta. So I hastily signed Amitabh Bachchan for Rishta. Ishq was already on floors, while we performed muhurat of Rishta. It is then that I realised I would not be able to handle two films at a time. It all happened because of me…it is my mistake. But Amitabh Bachchan was very considerate and told me “theek hai aap Ishq kar lijiye tab tak main Mrutyudaata ki shooting complete kar leta hoon.”
- Indra Kumar, during an interview, said that his favourite actor was Riteish Deshmukh.
- He is often spotted consuming alcohol on various occasions.