Birth: 00-00-1973, Kolkata, India
Neeraj Pandey is an Indian film director best known for his drama-thriller film, A Wednesday (2008), for which he won the Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director. His work on the film was highly praised by audiences as well as critics. He was nominated for "Best Director" category by Filmfare Awards. He also expressed his interest in directing the sequel to "A Wednesday."
Born and brought up in Kolkata, Neeraj Pandey moved to New Delhi, where he graduated in English.
He started his career working with Delhi-based 'Legacy Entertainment', a company started by the Dalmia group to make television programs where he learnt his film basics.
In 2000, he moved to Mumbai, here a friend got a grant to produce a documentary, and offered him he project. Soon he was making documentaries and ad films. Thereafter, he formed a production company, 'Quarter Inch Productions', along with a colleague Shital Bhatia, which made to make television programmes, ad films and documentaries. After which they formed, Friday Film Works, which was the original producer of his debut film, A Wednesday. Film's script was inspired by the 11 July 2006 Mumbai train bombings, and a lot of information in the film, was taken from the incidents that followed the bombings.
Currently, his involved in two projects, one Special Chabbis for Ekta Kapoor's Balaji Telefilms is under production. It was based on a high profile heist, at the Opera House branch of 'Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri' jewellery store in Mumbai, when on March 19, 1987, 26 men posing as income tax officials raided the shop and walked away with jewellery worth lakhs, with Akshay Kumar.
Also in line is the prequel to A Wednesday, which is being directed by assistant, starring Jimmy Shergill.