Shital Bhatia is an Indian filmmaker who is the co-founder of his production house Friday Filmworks. He also runs Plan C Studios, which is a joint ve nture between his productions and Anil Ambani’s Reliance Entertainment. His most notable movies include A Wednesday, Special 26, Baby, etc.
Shital Bhatia was born and grew up in a Punjabi family in Mumbai. He studied at Mithibai College, graduating with a degree in Bachelors of Commerce. Later, Shital went on to pursue a diploma in Fashion Designing and graduated in 1995. While early on in his career he worked as a fashion and costume designer, he soon started as a supervisor of the transportation department for the movie The Curse of King Tut's Tomb in 2006. He was also a crew member for The Memsahib in the same year.
The next year in 2007, he was the location manager for the Italian film Flying Lessons. In 2008, Shital set up his own production house which produced A Wednesday. The movie was directed by
Nikhil Pandey, an old friend, and colleague of Shital's. A Wednesday was a thriller with
Naseeruddin Shah and
Anupam Kher in the lead. It was a sleeper hit made on a small budget and grossed over Rs. 340 million globally, in addition to several awards including the National Award for the best film. He also served as a producer on the Marathi film Taryanche Bait in 2011.
A few years later in 2013, another production of his called Special 26 came out, which was also directed by Nikhil Pandey. The crime thriller film was based on the real incident of the
Opera House heist of 1987 and starred
Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, and
Manoj Bajpayee in the lead along with
Jimmy Shergill and Divya Dutt in the supporting characters. It was released on 5th February 2013 and received wide critical acclaim. It also went on to gross over US$ 2.75 million worldwide. In the coming years, he produced films like
Total Siyapaa, Baby, Rustom, M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story.
Rustom was based on the story of Naval Officer K.M. Nanavati and Prem Ahuja, a businessman. The film performed well everywhere. M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story was the biopic about the former skipper of the Indian Cricket team and starred
Sushant Singh Rajput in the lead. Sushanth was praised for his portrayal of the title character.
Naam Shabana is his recently released film.