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Shashank Khaitan launches his own production company Mentor Disciple Films

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Mentor Disciple Films Announcement Poster (Photo credit: Shashank Khaitan/Instagram)

By: Mohnish Singh

One of Bollywood’s most successful filmmakers, Shashank Khaitan, announced on Thursday that he is becoming a producer with the launch of his own production house, Mentor Disciple Films.

Khaitan made his directorial debut with Dharma Productions’ Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania (2014), starring Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt in the lead role. Before turning to directing, he assisted veteran filmmaker Subhash Ghai on films like Black and white (2008) and Yuvvraj (2008).

In a post on social media, the 39-year-old writer-director said he was always blessed with exceptional mentors throughout his life and it was with this intention that he decided to help budding filmmakers.

“I’m super excited to announce my foray into production with Mentor Disciple Films. I have been blessed with outstanding ‘mentors’ in all spheres of my life and with each story and film, under this banner, I hope to continue to learn and give back,” Khaitan wrote.

The commercial success of Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania spawned another film in the same universe titled Badrinath Ki Dulhania with the same star cast. In 2018, Khaitan led Ishaan Khatter and then debutant Janhvi Kapoor in Dhadakthe Hindi adaptation of the acclaimed Marathi film Sairat (2016).

Khaitan last directed a short in the Netflix anthology Ajeeb Daastaans (2021). He is currently busy with his next film Mr Lele, starring Vicky Kaushal, Kiara Advani and Bhumi Pednekar. The film is expected to hit the marquee next year in 2022.

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