Anand L. Rai is a renowned Indian television and film director, known for films like Tanu Weds Manu and Raanjhanaa. Rai was born and brought up in Delhi and pursued Computer Science Engineering in Aurangabad. After working at a firm for a few days, he moved to Mumbai, at the age of 24, to assist television director Ravi Rai, his elder brother, in the series Sparsh (1997). He debuted as a director with the crime based TV Series, Gardish, in 1998. In 2007, he stepped into the Hindi film industry with the psychological thriller, Strangers, an adaption of the 1951 Hitchcock film Strangers on a Train. The movie was a sleeper hit. He then released Thodi Life Thoda Magic in 2008, which also failed to impress the audiences. His claim to fame was the Kangna Ranaut starrer romantic comedy, Tanu Weds Manu (2011). The movie was a hit with the precise blend of drama, humour and romance and brought laurels to Rai. In 2013, he proceeded to direct the Dhanush - Sonam Kapoor starrer romantic drama, Raanjhanaa. It was declared a hit - an unusual love story with impressive and interesting elements. His latest release, Tanu weds Manu Returns (2015) was a blockbuster and received nationwide critical acclaim.