Born June 28, 1971, Anand L. Rai, is a Hindi film director and producer known for his romantic-comedy movies Tanu Weds Manu, Raanjhanaa, Tanu Weds Manu Returns, and Zero. Rai was initially born and brought up in Delhi and after his schooling there, he did hsi computer engineering from Aurangabad, Maharashtra. Anand L. Rai started his career as an engineer, however, he soon left it and moved to Mumbai where he started assisting his elder brother, television director, Ravi Rai in his television series. After that he started directing his own shows. Eventually, he went on to make his directorial debut with the psychological thriller Strangers. This movie was based on the 1951 Hitchcock film Strangers on a Train. Next, he directed the movie Thodi Life Thoda Magic in 2008. These films did well at the box office, however he achieved critical and commercial success with his 2011 romantic hit film Tanu Weds Manu starring Madhavan and Kangana Ranaut. He then went on to direct the movie Raanjhanaa which featured actor Dhanush in his bollywood debut, Sonam Kapoor, and Abhay Deol. After that came the sequel Tanu Weds Manu: Returns which received critical acclaim as well as box office success. His most recent film was Zero starring Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma, and Katrina Kaif. The film, although described as ambitious in nature, received mixed reviews from critics and audiences.
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