Meghna Gulzar's Life: Parents' Separation, Break From Direction After Son's Birth, Net Worth, More

A look into the life of ace director, Meghna Gulzar, who is the name behind movies like, 'Raazi', 'Talvar', 'Chhapaak' and 'Sam Bahadur'. Here's everything you need to know about her!


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Meghna Gulzar's Life: Parents' Separation, Break From Direction After Son's Birth, Net Worth, More

Meghna Gulzar is the daughter of iconic lyricist, Gulzar and timeless actress, Raakhee. However, the doting daughter is also known as one of the best directors in our country. Whether we talk about the style of her direction or how beautifully she manages to bring the maximum out of her actors, Meghna is indeed an intelligent filmmaker. The critically acclaimed director has already proved the mettle of her genius with so many hit films.

Meghna Gulzar on why she chose to make a biopic on Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw

It was in 2017 when Meghna Gulzar narrated the story of her biographical drama based on the life of legendary Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw to Vicky Kaushal while shooting together on the sets of Raazi. The actor said 'yes' on the spot, and it was on November 7, 2023, when Sam Bahadur's 2.42-minute-long trailer was released, which broke the internet.

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Meghna Gulzar's film, Sam Bahadur featured Vicky Kaushal as Field marshal Sam Manekshaw, Sanya Malhotra as Silloo Manekshaw (Sam's wife), Fatima Sana Shaikh as Indira Gandhi, Neeraj Kabi as Jawaharlal Nehru, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub as Yahya Khan, and many more. The film's director, Meghna Gulzar, received a lot of appreciation for assembling such a fantastic cast, as the movie looked quite promising just by looking at the trailer. For the unversed, Sam Bahadur will hit theaters on December 1, 2023.

Meghna Gulzar's movies: From 'Hu Tu Tu' to 'Chhapaak'

If we take a look at Meghna Gulzar's filmography, she has directed eight films so far in her career as a director. It was back in 1999 when she made her debut as a director with the film, Hu Tu Tu. After which, in 2002, she made Filhaal and Just Married in 2007. She made a name for herself in the industry when she assembled so many popular stars in the film, Dus Kahaniyaan. However, the biographical drama Talvar with Irrfan Khan cemented her status as one of the best directors in India.

The success was followed by Raazi, which broke box-office records and with Chhaapaak, Meghna Gulzar added another major title to her filmography. Last but not least, she took the mammoth challenge to bring Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw's biopic onto the big screen, and so far, the enthusiasm around it is quite positive. While on the professional front, Meghna Gulzar continues to hit new heights, there is a series of things that one should know about her personal life.

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Why Gulzar and Raakhee separated just one year after their daughter, Meghna Gulzar's birth

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It was on May 15, 1973, when Sampooran Singh Kalra, popularly known as Gulzar tied the marital knot with the love of his life and iconic actress, Raakhee Majumdar. While it was Gulzar's first, Raakhee was previously married to famous Bengali director, Ajay Biswas, but the two parted ways after some years of their marriage, which happened when they were kids. It was on December 13, 1973, when Gulzar and Raakhee welcomed their first child, a baby girl whom they lovingly named Meghna Gulzar.

Raakhee Gulzar Love Story

Unfortunately, just one year after Meghna Gulzar's birth, her parents, Gulzar and Raakhee, decided to part ways. As per reports, Gulzar had told Raakhee about his orthodox mindset and clearly mentioned that he would want her to stop working in films after their marriage. Surprisingly, Raakhee, who was one of the leading actresses of that time, accepted his condition, but in her heart, she was hopeful that with time, she would convince Gulzar or even might end up working in his films. However, Gulzar stuck to his mentality and never allowed Raakhee to work in films. On the one side, the disappointment of not working in films was rising in Raakhee's heart, but an incident in Kashmir between her and Gulzar ended their marriage once and for all.

Raakhee Gulzar Love Story

Gulzar and Raakhee were together in Kashmir as the former was directing the film, Aandhi. However, one night, when the whole cast and crew were partying, it was Sanjeev Kumar, who misbehaved with Suchitra Sen, after which Gulzar came in-between and escorted the actress back to her room. Raakhee was also there, and she didn't like how her husband, Gulzar, accompanied Suchitra to her room. When she objected to the same, Gulzar struck Raakhee, and the following day, the latter signed for Yash Chopra's film, Kabhie Kabhie, which served as the end of their marriage.

Why Gulzar and Raakhee never got divorced even after 49 years of their separation

For the unversed, Gulzar and Raakhee never divorced each other for the sake of their daughter, Meghna Gulzar. As per multiple reports, the doting parents decided to live separately but never divorced each other and even to this very day, they are still in close contact with each other. Meghna shares a beautiful bond with her parents, Gulzar and Raakhee.

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Meet Meghna Gulzar's businessman-husband, Govind Sandhu

The ace director, Meghna Gulzar got married to her longtime boyfriend, Govind Sandhu, in 2000. For the unversed, Meghna and Govind dated each other for some time before tying the marital knot. Talking about Govind's profession, he is the co-founder and CFO of Antworks Pte. Ltd. The couple has a son named Samay Sandhu.

When Meghna Gulzar stopped working as a director after becoming a mother

Between 2007 and 2008, Meghna Gulzar gave birth to her first child, Samay Sandhu. After becoming a mother, Meghna decided to quit direction for some time, as she wanted to focus on her son during his growing years. Like any working professional, the decision was challenging for her, but Meghna was committed not to become an absentee mother back then, which made it a bit easy.

How Meghna Gulzar's son, Samay and her husband, Govind Sandhu helped her to make a comeback in films

When Meghna Gulzar's son reached Class 4, it was the time when she decided to get back to work as a director. However, it was difficult to get into the routine and deal with the underrated working-mom guilt. Luckily, her son, Samay Sandhu and her husband, Govind Sandhu, encouraged Meghna to go out and stop worrying about them. While Govind used to take care of Samay in Meghna's absence, the young boy also started managing his schoolwork alone. Thus, with the help of her son and husband, Meghna managed to make her comeback with the film, Talvar in 2015.

Meghna Gulzar currently has a net worth of Rs. 830 crores

As per a report in Scoopwhoop, the critically acclaimed director, Meghna Gulzar's estimated net worth is around the mammoth sum of Rs. 830 crores. With the extraordinary success of her films like Talwar, Raazi, Chaapaak, Filhaal and Just Married, she has managed to create a big portion of her gigantic wealth.

What are your thoughts about Meghna Gulzar's life, from seeing her parents' separation to inspiring everyone with her comeback as a director? Do you find her journey inspiring? Let us know.

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