Aanand L. Rai is a Hindi film director, known for his films Tanu Weds Manu (2011) and Raanjhanaa (2013).
Rai was born and brought up in Delhi. After his schooling in Delhi, he did his computer engineering from Aurangabad.
His family's original surname was Raisinghani, and had shifted to Dehradun from Sindh, Pakistan after partition of India in 1947.
Rai started his career as an engineer, but soon left it and shifted to Mumbai where he started assisting his elder brother television director Ravi Rai in television series, later he started directing his own shows.
Eventually he made his directorial debut with who made his directorial debut with psychological thriller, Strangers starring starring Jimmy Shergill, based on 1951 Hitchcock film Strangers on a Train. This was followed by Thodi Life Thoda Magic (2008) starring Parmeet Sethi. However, he achieved success with 2011 romantic hit film Tanu Weds Manu starring Kangana Ranaut.
In 2013, he directed Raanjhanaa which was actor Dhanush in his Bollywood debut, Abhay Deol and Sonam Kapoor.
He is also developing a sequel to Tanu Weds Manu, besides another film with Dhanush in 2014.
Rai is also the member of International Film And Television Club of AAFT.