Maneesh Sharma is an Indian film director and film story writer, who made his debut with Band Baaja Baaraat (2010) which won him Filmfare Award for Best Debut Director.
Born and brought up in Delhi, Maneesh did his schooling from Delhi Public School, R K Puram. Thereafter he did his graduation in English literature from Hans Raj College, Delhi University. At college, he was involved in the theatre society and later shot his debut film in 2010 there. After his graduation he went to California to study filmmaking at CalArts.
While studying filmmaking, Maneesh worked as associate director for Drona (2004), an English-German student film in Los Angeles.
Two months after his return from the US, he got a break and started his Bollywood career as an associate or assistant director on a number of Yash Raj Films productions such as Fanaa (2006), Aaja Nachle (2007) and Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008), before making his feature directing debut with Band Baaja Baaraat (2010), based on his own story.
His second movie as a director was Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, produced by Aditya Chopra, starring Anushka Sharma and Ranveer Singh as leads. In 2013, he directed Shuddh Desi Romance starring Sushant Singh Rajput, Parineeti Chopra and Vaani Kapoor.