Tigmanshu Dhulia (born 3 July 1967) is an Indian film director, actor, screenwriter, and casting director. Dil Se , for which he wrote the screenplay, was the first Hindi movie to chart in the UK top ten.
Dhulia was born and raised in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. He attended St. Joseph's College and Anglo Bengali Intermediate College, then Allahabad University where he majored in English, Economics and Modern History. After graduating in 1986 he took a Master's Degree in Theatre at the National School of Drama in New Delhi, completing the course in 1989.
In 1990 he moved to Mumbai where he worked as casting director on the film Bandit Queen, a biopic of Phoolan Devi. He was a casting director for 1995's Stiff Upper Lips, in which he also had a cameo role as a stallholder, and 2000's The Warrior, directed by Asif Kapadia. He directed his first film, Haasil (released 2003), a love story set among politicized students in northern India. The film was critically well-received, nominated for six awards (including best directorial debut) at the Zee Cine Awards, where it won for best screenplay. His second film Charas: A Joint Operation was a thriller concerning drug cartels, shot in marijuana-growing regions of Himachal Pradesh.
In 2011, Tigmanshu came up with two films - the first one being Shagird which released on 13 May and the second one was Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster.
During the 90s Dhulia directed and produced several television programs, including the six-part Krishna's Dream for UK Channel Four. Kahani Ek Kanya Ki (1991) was written for Doordarshan, and Hum Bambai Nahin Jayenge (1993), for BI Television, was set in an acting school. 1996's Just Mohabbat was the story of a boy's coming-of-age, and Naya Daur (1995) adapted a classic Hindi novel by Bhagwati Charan Verma for Zee TV.
Dhulia's 1999 series Star Bestsellers, a sequence of six 45-minute short stories ("Ek Sham Ki Mulaqat", "Fursat Main", "Hum Saath Saath Hain Kya", "Anekon Hitler", "Musafir", and "Bhawaron Ne Khilaya Phool"), won him popular recognition. His 2005 comedy Who Dus Din, for Star TV, satirized the Indian film industry, while Ek Duje Ke Liye, produced the same year and also for Star TV, was an adaptation of Neil Simon’s play The Odd Couple. He also directed the TV serial 'Rajdhaani' for Starplus featuring Neha Dhupia. Dhulia's film Paan Singh Tomar released in August 2010.
Recently he has been honored with the life membership of International Film And Television Club of Asian Academy of Film & Television by Sandeep Marwah President (Marwah Films & Video Studios). He also directed the film 'Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns'.