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Kunal Kohli Biography

About Kunal Kohli

Kunal Kohli is a Hindi film director based in Mumbai. He has made four movies for Yash Raj Films owned by famed director and producer Yash Chopra. His first film under the Yash Raj banner was Mujhse Dosti Karoge! (2002) which did not fare too well at the box office. The film starred Hrithik Roshan, Rani Mukerji and Kareena Kapoor.

After two years he came back with his second venture Hum Tum (2004), the film was one of the biggest hits of 2004 and established him as a known director. The film won five Filmfare awards including Best Director for Kohli. He won against his own mentor Yash Chopra who was nominated for Veer-Zaara.

His film Fanaa, starred Aamir Khan and Kajol who made her comeback after a four year break from the industry and earned her a Filmfare Best Actress award. The film was released in May 2006. Fanaa became one of the biggest hits of 2006. This film was found controversial, and was banned in the state of Gujarat due to protests against the lead actor Aamir Khan.

He also wrote, directed and co-produced the Yash Raj film Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic, starring Saif Ali Khan, Rani Mukerji, Rishi Kapoor and Amisha Patel.

He started out as a film critic in the late nineties and hosted the show "Chalo Cinema" on Zee TV. He also directed some music videos: Bally Sagoo's 'Mera Laung Gawacha', Bali Brahmabhatt's 'Tere Bin Jeena Nahin', Shiamak Davar's 'Jaane Kisne', Hema Sardesai's 'Bole Humse Kuch Na Gori' and Rajshri Music's 'Yeh Hai Prem', a song for Alisha Chinoy with Milind Soman. He directed about 24 Music Videos before finally giving up Video and TV for films He also judged the popular TV show Nach Baliye's 2nd season for Star Plus, the show was a reality dance show and very popular in 2005. He has also judged a children's Reality show on Zee TV 'Chota Packet Bada Dhamaka' in 2005. He also writes a Blog on www.bollywoodhungama.com He started his production house Kunal Kohli Productions in 2007 to make films for himself and launch new directors too, the first film was Thoda Pyaar Thoda magic (2008) which opened to rave reviews and was appreciated by the public, but did not meet with the success of Hum Tum and Fanaa, reportedly due to bad publicity and the timing of the release. He is a producer in his next venture "Break Ke Baad" with stars Imran khan and Deepika Padukone in the lead roles, which is directed by his assistant Danish Aslam. The film is a romantic dramedy set in the tropical island Mauritius and slated to release in the later half of 2010.