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Vikas Bahl


Vikas Bahl is an Indian filmmaker, best known for directing and scripting the comedy-drama film Queen (2013).


Bahl was born and brought up in Lajpat Nagar in Delhi, and his father worked with the Indian Oil Corporation. After his schooling from Sardar Patel Vidyalaya and graduation from Ramjas College, Delhi, he moved to Mumbai to pursue an MBA degree from SVKM's NMIMS.


Bahl started his career in advertising, working for several years in client servicing, before joining UTV Spotboy. In 2011, he started Phantom Films, along with Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane, and Madhu Mantena. Over the years as a director, he has worked with film directors such as Vishal Bhardwaj, Anurag Kashyap, Rajkumar Gupta, and Vikramaditya Motwane.


In 2011, Bahl made his directorial debut under UTV Spotboy alongside co-director Nitesh Tiwari with Chillar Party and won the National Film Award for Best Screenplay, with Vijay Maurya. The film also garnered the National Film Award for Best Children's Film. In 2014 came his independent directorial venture Queen, starring Kangana Ranaut, which received critical and popular acclaim.


Bahl's 2015 film Shaandar, a destination wedding film, was a flop and received neutral to negative responses. In October 2014, he directed a short film Going Home, featuring Alia Bhatt, on women's safety, which went viral on social media.[7][8][9] Bahl next directed a biopic on mathematician and IIT-JEE coach Anand Kumar called Super 30,[10] which featured Hrithik Roshan as Kumar.


Bahl has now reported to helm the first installment of Tiger Shroff's recently announced action franchise, titled Ganapath - Part 1, which is scheduled to release in January 2022 and will be produced by Jackky Bhagnani under Pooja Entertainment, as well as Bahl's new production house, Good Co.