Neeraj Pandey

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE -

He was an un­known writer- di­rec­tor who roped in act­ing stal­warts Naseerud­din Shah and Anu­pam Kher for his de­but movie, Wed­nes­day based on the Mum­bai train blasts. Open­ing to pos­i­tive re­views, the film was a sleeper hit and won Neeraj the Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Di­rec­tor. For his sec­ond film Spe­cial 26, based on a real- life jew­ellery heist he roped in Ak­shay Ku­mar to play the con­man. Tight and grip­ping, it won crit­i­cal ac­claim but did not find much favour at the BO. His third out­ing To­tal Siyaapa, a cross- bor­der love story with a twist failed to please the crit­ics and the trade. It, how­ever, had bet­ter luck over­seas. Neeraj who keeps a low pro­file is pro­duc­ing Saat Uc­cha­key and has writ­ten a novel, Ghalib Dan­ger. Here’s hop­ing the new- age di­rec­tor comes back with an­other grip­ping thriller!

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