Pradeep Sarkar

Pradeep Sarkar

Recipient of the prestigious Abby Award, Rapa Award and the National Film Award, Pradeep began his journey from Delhi College of Art graduating with a Gold Medal in 1979. After a 17 year stint in advertising, he began his directorial journey as an acclaimed ad-film maker.

The Aaj Tak TV commercials, shot in Black and White, apart from winning him the Abby and Rapa, also won him the Best Director of the Year Award at the Abby’s.

Apart from commercials, Pradeep’s also one of the most sought-after and prolific music video directors around. Shubha Mudgal’s 'Ab Ke Saawan', Euphoria’s 'Dhoom Pichak Dhoom' and 'Maai Ri', Sultan Khan’s “Piya Basanti” and Bhupen Hazarika’s “Ganga” went on to become benchmarks of excellence in visual appeal and storytelling.

After a string of music videos, feature film songs and over a 1000 commercials, Pradeep took a leap into feature films with his debut, Parineeta, winning him the acclaimed National Film Award in the Best Debut Film of a Director category. The film was highly acclaimed as an emotional, visual and musical extravaganza.

Pradeep also won as the ‘Best Debutant Director’ in Screen Awards and the ‘Hottest Young Director’ in Stardust Awards in 2006. Parineeta went on to win 5 Filmfare Awards as well.

His other feature films include Laaga Chunari Mein Daag (2007), Lafangey Parindey (2010), and Mardaani (2014), all of which have been produced by Yashraj Films. His latest, Eela, starring Kajol, is produced by Ajay Devgn Films and is slated to release soon.