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Tanuja Chandra is a Actor, Director and Scriptwriter Indian born on 3 june 1969

Tanuja Chandra

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Nationality Inde
Birth 3 june 1969 (50 years)

Tanuja Chandra (Hindi: तनुजा चंद्रा) is an Indian film director and writer. She is known for frequently directing woman-oriented films where the heroines are the main protagonists of her films.

Biography

Chandra began her career in 1995 and made her directorial debut with the TV series Zameen Aasmaan, starring Tanvi Azmi. In 1996, she directed another television serial along with Shabnam Sukhdev, called Mumkin. In 1997, she wrote the screenplay for Yash Chopra's Dil To Pagal Hai, which was a commercial success.

She went on to collaborate often with Mahesh Bhatt and wrote the screenplay for his critically acclaimed picture, Zakhm (1998). She also made her cinematic directional debut with his Dushman in the same year. The movie, starring Kajol in the lead role, received critical praise and performed moderately well at the box office.

Her next film, Sangharsh (1999), was also produced by Mahesh Bhatt and starred Akshay Kumar and Preity Zinta in pivotal roles. The movie failed at the box office.

Since then, Chandra has directed several films, many of which went unnoticed. Yet films like Sur – The Melody of Life (2002) and Film Star (2005), which were directed and written by Chandra, won favourable reviews from critics and received praise for her work as a director and writer.

Recent films were Zindaggi Rocks (2006), starring Sushmita Sen. Chandra also wrote the story and the screenplay for the film. Her most recent film was Hope and a Little Sugar (2006), was shot entirely in English in the US.

She is the sister of famous writer Vikram Chandra and film critics Anupama Chandra Chopra.

Usually with

Mahesh Bhatt
Mahesh Bhatt
(6 films)
Pooja Bhatt
Pooja Bhatt
(4 films)
Mukesh Bhatt
Mukesh Bhatt
(5 films)
Ashutosh Rana
Ashutosh Rana
(4 films)
Yash Chopra
Yash Chopra
(1 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Tanuja Chandra (11 films)

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Actress

Yeh Hai Mumbai Meri Jaan
Directed by Mahesh Bhatt
Actors Saif Ali Khan, Twinkle Khanna, Chunky Pandey, Saurabh Shukla, Akshay Anand, Avtar Gill
Rating46% 2.3499052.3499052.3499052.3499052.349905
Yeh Hai Mumbai Meri Jaan is a love story between Saif Ali Khan and Twinkle Khanna while Akshay Anand is the spoiler.

Director

Hope and a Little Sugar, 1h40
Directed by Tanuja Chandra
Genres Drama
Themes Films based on the September 11 attacks, Films about terrorism, Disaster films, Films about hijackings
Actors Anupam Kher, Amit Sial, Mahima Chaudhry, Suhasini Mulay, Hugh Dillon
Rating67% 3.3830553.3830553.3830553.3830553.383055
Ali (Amit Sial) is a photographer and bike messenger who lives in New York. He develops a friendship and falls in love with a married woman, Saloni Oberoi (Mahima Chaudhry). When her husband, Harry Oberoi (Vikram Chatwal), is killed during the September 11 attacks, Harry's father, a retired Colonel (Anupam Kher), begins to take his aggressions out on Ali for being a Muslim. Although Mrs. Oberoi (Suhasini Mulay) tries to stop the Colonel's behavior, the situation escalates as the Colonel, himself, becomes the target of social post-9/11 aggression directed towards him because he is a Sikh.
Sur
Sur (2002)

Directed by Tanuja Chandra
Genres Drama, Musical theatre
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Lucky Ali, Gauri Karnik, Simone Singh, Achint Kaur, Divya Dutta, Nithin Reddy
Rating64% 3.246323.246323.246323.246323.24632
Vikramaditya Singh (Lucky Ali) is a teacher in a music school where he, with others, polishes every student's voice to make them stars. Although Vikramaditya is a famous singer himself, he is not satisfied with his creations; he is looking for a special person. His heart longs for someone so special that, if worked on, would be a masterpiece who would be known as the most worthy graduate and world's most talented singer.
Yeh Zindagi Ka Safar
Directed by Tanuja Chandra
Actors Ameesha Patel, Jimmy Shergill, Gulshan Grover, Nafisa Ali, Rajpal Yadav, Rajpal Yadav
Rating32% 1.6158551.6158551.6158551.6158551.615855
20-year-old Sarena's (Ameesha Patel) world is picture perfect — she has an adorable relationship with her industrialist father Vivek Devan (Gulshan Grover) and is on the verge of major stardom as a pop singer. Jai's (Jimmy Shergill) world is poles apart. As the struggling editor of a near-bankrupt tabloid, he dreams of one day having an office in pricey Nariman Point. He searches for a sensational story that'll get him there.
Sangharsh
Sangharsh (1999)
, 2h7
Directed by Tanuja Chandra
Origin Inde
Genres Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Medical-themed films, Psychologie, Serial killer films, Films about psychiatry
Actors Akshay Kumar, Preity Zinta, Ashutosh Rana, Alia Bhatt, Aman Yatan Verma, Ninad Kamath
Rating71% 3.596083.596083.596083.596083.59608
A series of child abduction and murders have left the police force perplexed who are unable to solve the case. Hence the case is handed over to CBI, who designate trainee Reet Oberoi (Preity Zinta) to solve the case. After some investigation the evidence points towards Lajja Shankar Pandey (Ashutosh Rana), a religious fanatic who believes in the sacrifice of children to gain immortality. Pandey's erratic behaviour and Reet's traumas (as a child she witnesses her older brother, a terrorist, being gunned down by the police in their home) forces Reet to seek help from a prisoner, an unjustly implicated genius by the name Professor Aman Varma (Akshay Kumar).
Dushman
Dushman (1998)
, 2h25
Directed by Tanuja Chandra
Origin Inde
Genres Thriller, Action
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Bollywood
Actors Kajol, Ashutosh Rana, Sanjay Dutt, Tanvi Azmi, Pramod Moutho, Kunal Khemu
Rating68% 3.446343.446343.446343.446343.44634
Sonia Sehgal and Naina Sehgal (both played by Kajol) are twins. The two are completely different from each other, Sonia being the tomboyish twin and Naina being the shy one. Meanwhile, the police are hunting for a cold-blooded, sadistic killer and rapist, Gokul Pandit (Ashutosh Rana). However tragedy strikes when Gokul rapes and brutally kills Sonia. After Police investigation, Gokul is caught, but is declared innocent as Sunanda, one of the main witnesses and Gokul's fiance gives false statement in court. Naina is distraught and vows to hunt down Gokul. Gokul soon goes after Naina and she realizes she needs help to overcome her fear of Gokul. With revenge in her mind she meets Suraj Singh Rathod (Sanjay Dutt), a blind military veteran and he helps her physically and mentally to defeat her fear of Gokul. While Suraj trains Naina they develop feelings for each other. After an argument, Suraj refuses to meet Naina and she decides to go after Gokul all by herself. One day Gokul kidnaps Naina's younger sister Dia from school in order to scare and warn Naina with what risk she is playing. That day Naina's mother decides to leave for Naintal immediately as her daughter's life is at risk. However Naina cannot control her hatred, and wanted to avenge her sister at any cost. Naina lays a trap for Gokul and tries to kill him but Gokul ties her up and tries to rape her like her sister. Suraj arrives at her house and fights Gokul but ends up being stabbed. Naina gets free and manages to shoot Gokul dead.

Scriptwriter

Hope and a Little Sugar, 1h40
Directed by Tanuja Chandra
Genres Drama
Themes Films based on the September 11 attacks, Films about terrorism, Disaster films, Films about hijackings
Actors Anupam Kher, Amit Sial, Mahima Chaudhry, Suhasini Mulay, Hugh Dillon
Rating67% 3.3830553.3830553.3830553.3830553.383055
Ali (Amit Sial) is a photographer and bike messenger who lives in New York. He develops a friendship and falls in love with a married woman, Saloni Oberoi (Mahima Chaudhry). When her husband, Harry Oberoi (Vikram Chatwal), is killed during the September 11 attacks, Harry's father, a retired Colonel (Anupam Kher), begins to take his aggressions out on Ali for being a Muslim. Although Mrs. Oberoi (Suhasini Mulay) tries to stop the Colonel's behavior, the situation escalates as the Colonel, himself, becomes the target of social post-9/11 aggression directed towards him because he is a Sikh.
Sur
Sur (2002)

Directed by Tanuja Chandra
Genres Drama, Musical theatre
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Lucky Ali, Gauri Karnik, Simone Singh, Achint Kaur, Divya Dutta, Nithin Reddy
Rating64% 3.246323.246323.246323.246323.24632
Vikramaditya Singh (Lucky Ali) is a teacher in a music school where he, with others, polishes every student's voice to make them stars. Although Vikramaditya is a famous singer himself, he is not satisfied with his creations; he is looking for a special person. His heart longs for someone so special that, if worked on, would be a masterpiece who would be known as the most worthy graduate and world's most talented singer.
Zakhm
Zakhm (1998)
, 2h6
Directed by Mahesh Bhatt
Actors Ajay Devgn, Pooja Bhatt, Akkineni Nagarjuna, Sonali Bendre, Kunal Khemu, Akshay Anand
Rating78% 3.9448753.9448753.9448753.9448753.944875
Music director Ajay (Ajay Devgan) argues with his wife, Sonia (Sonali Bendre) over whether to give birth to their child in a foreign country or in India (because of the insecurity caused by the Mumbai riots).
Tamanna
Tamanna (1998)
, 2h7
Directed by Mahesh Bhatt, Ashutosh Gowariker
Origin Inde
Genres Drama
Themes Films about adoption, Films about children, Films about music and musicians, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Musiques du monde, Musical films, Bollywood, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Paresh Rawal, Pooja Bhatt, Manoj Bajpayee, Sharad Kapoor, Ashutosh Rana, Akshay Anand
Rating70% 3.530973.530973.530973.530973.53097
The year is 1975, the place is Mahim, Bombay. This is the story of Tikku (Paresh Rawal), a eunuch, the only child of yesteryear Bollywood actress Nazneen Begum. She has fallen upon hard times, is virtually destitute and is dependent on Tikku, who does make-up/hair-dressing of Bollywood actresses. When she passes away, Tikku is beside himself with grief. After the funeral, he witnesses a woman leaving a child in a garbage bin. Tikku picks up the girl, longing for human company, decides to keep her, names her Tamanna, and brings her up on his own with the help of a close friend, Saleem (Manoj Bajpai).
Dil To Pagal Hai, 3h
Directed by Yash Chopra
Origin Inde
Genres Drama, Comedy, Musical theatre, Romance
Themes Dance films, Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Bollywood
Actors Shahrukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Karisma Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Farida Jalal, Yash Chopra
Rating69% 3.49913.49913.49913.49913.4991
Rahul (Shahrukh Khan) and Nisha (Karisma Kapoor) are members of a massive dance troupe. They are the best of friends, although Nisha is secretly in love with Rahul. Rahul announces his desire to direct a musical named Maya. The members of the troupe, including Nisha, have their doubts about the title character when Rahul describes "Maya" as a girl who believes in true love and waits for her prince charming who will surely turn up and take her away.Meanwhile, Pooja (Madhuri Dixit) also has a passion for dancing. Having been orphaned at a young age, she has been raised by close friends of her parents.