Director of successful Bollywood films such as Jhankaar Beats, Aladin, and Kahaani.
He was head of the media division of Reuters but quit in 1999.
He won the National Film Award for Best Screenplay in 2012 for his film Kahaani.
He married a woman named Vaishali.
He and California-born screenwriter Gloria Katz both won National Film Awards for Best Screenplay.