Tigmanshu Dhulia is an Indian film and TV actor, producer, screenwriter, dialogue writer and director. His directorial films like Sahib Biwi aur Gangster and Paan Singh Tomar, which also won a National Award are widely appreciated. Tigmanshu Dhulia was born and brought up in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. His father was a judge in Allahabad High Court and his mother was a Sanskrit professor. Growing up with two brothers, he studied at St. Joseph's College and Anglo-Bengali Intermediate College. He later earned his majors in English, Economics and Modern History at the Allahabad University. He also graduated with a Master’s Degree in Theatre at the National School of Drama in New Delhi. After moving to Mumbai, he started his career working as an assistant director for Electric Moon (1992) and Sardar (1993). He also worked as a casting director for the Shekhar Kapur directed Bandit Queen (1994) and The Warrior (2001). Simultaneously, he also helmed numerous projects on TV, that includes six-part Krishna’s Dream for UK Channel Four, Doordarshan’s Kahani Ek Kanya Ki (1991), classic Naya Daur (1995) and teen drama Just Mohabbat (1996). His further projects got him recognition, which included Star Bestsellers (1999), Wo Dus Din (2005) and Rajdhani. He debut as a dialogue writer with Tere Mere Sapne (1996) and worked on Shahrukh starrer Dil Se (1998). His writing and directorial feature film debut came with Haasil (2003) which received critical acclaim. He also wrote, and directed many other projects like TV series Hum Bambai Nahin Jayenge (1993) and films like Shagird (2011), Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster (2011), Paan Singh Tomar (2012), for which he won a FIlmfare Award for Best Screenplay and National Film Award for Best Director (2013), Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns (2013) and Bullet Raja (2013). He also served as a producer for Hum Bambai Nahin Jayenge and many of his directorial ventures. His first independent production venture was Kangana Ranaut starrer Revolver Rani (2013). He debuted as an actor with small roles in Electric Moon (1992) and later worked in Stiff Upper Lips (1998). But his role in Gangs of Wasseypur Part 1 & 2 (2012) earned him critical acclaim and recognition. He also worked in the Amitabh Bachchan starrer TV mini series Yudh (2014). He had notable roles in Shahid (2012) and Manjhi: The Mountain Man (2015).His latest projects include acting in Hero (2015), Yaara (2015) which he also slated to direct, and writing for Milan Talkies (2015) and Ghayal Once Again (2015).