Ketan Mehta

Ketan Mehta

1952 (age 6364)

Gujarat, India

Occupation Film director, screenwriter
Years active 1975–present

Ketan Mehta (born 1952) is an Indian film director, who has also directed documentaries and television serials since 1975.[1]

Early life and education

Born in Navsari in Gujarat, Ketan Mehta did his schooling from Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, Delhi and later graduated in film direction from Film and Television Institute of India, Pune.[2]


During his career he has made ten feature films, seven documentaries and two television serials – Captain Vyom and Mr. Yogi.[3] His repertoire of themes includes comedy, satire, romance, violence and rebellion.

After graduating from the Film and Television Institute of India, Mehta joined the Indian Space Research Organisation as a television producer. There, he was given almost total freedom in what to create. In an interview years later, Mehta remarked about how influential this was to his development: “It was an incredible experience. Traveling all over Gujarat, meeting people, making programs on whatever you felt like, whatever you came across. It was real, genuine experimentation with medium, with people. That experience has been vital to films that I’ve made.”[4]

Mehta's first film, Bhavni Bhavai, a Gujarati film, won him acclaim. His movies have been selected for various international film festivals such as Nantes (France) and the Moscow Film Festival, where they have won numerous awards over the years. Mirch Masala was one of Mehta's notable efforts, and won him the Best Film Award at Hawaii.[5] It was released to 52 cinemas in the United States. Mehta has also had the honour of serving as a member of the jury in various national and international film festivals.

He directed a biopic Sardar, on the life of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in 1993. His latest two films Rang Rasiya, 2014 and Manjhi the Mountain Man, 2015 both opened to tepid box office and lukewarm critical reviews. Manjhi the Mountain Man starred Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

Awards and recognition

Personal life

He is married to actress Deepa Sahi who has acted in two of his films, Maya Memsaab and Aar Ya Paar. Together they founded the Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics and Maya Digital Studios. He is the nephew of Gandhian and freedom fighter, Usha Mehta. His younger brother, Dr. Yatin Mehta, is Chairman of Medanta Institute of Critical Care and Anesthesiology, Gurgaon, Haryana.[8] His youngest brother is Dr. Nirad Mehta, Consultant Radiologist at Hinduja Hospital, Mumbai.[9]



  1. Thorval, Yves (2000). Cinemas of India. Macmillan India. pp. 181–182. ISBN 0-333-93410-5.
  2. "Biography".
  3. "Ketan Mehta". IMDb. Retrieved 27 January 2010.
  4. Meer, Ameena Fall 1989, Retrieved 13 May 2013
  5. "Awards". IMDB.
  6. "15th Moscow International Film Festival (1987)". MIFF. Retrieved 18 February 2013.
  7. "Sudhir Mishra, Ketan Mehta felicitated by French government". 16 July 2010.
  8. "Dr Yatin Mehta". Our Doctors. Medanta- The Medicity. Retrieved 6 April 2011.
  9. "Dr. (Lt. Col) Nirad Mehta". Dr Nirad Mehta. Hinduja Hospital. Retrieved 6 April 2011.
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