He made his directorial debut with the delightful Band Baaja Baaraat and hasn’t looked back since. A resounding success, Band Baaja Baaraat starring Anushka Sharma and Ranveer Singh won Maneesh several awards. His next, Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl based on John Tucker Must Die, though, received mixed reviews and was not a box- office success either. However, his third film Shuddh Desi Romance exploring the taboo concept of live- in relationships had the critics and the trade giving it a thumbs up. Currently, the writer- director is working on his next film, Fan starring Shah Rukh Khan. He will also be the first independent producer to make a film Dum Laga Ke Haisa under the YRF banner, which hitherto had either Aditya or his late father Yash Chopra as producer. The film will star Ayushmann Khurrana. For Maneesh, who started as an assistant on several YRF films, life has come full circle!