Vinay Sharma is a Bollywood story writer, screenplay writer, and aspiring director. He was born in Meerut and brought up in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. He started his career as a businessman in the garments industry and owned a shop. Growing up in the crime-driven city of Ghaziabad, Vinay saw his fair share of gangster warfare. As confessed on 93.5 Red FM, these experiences later became the script for the movie Zila Ghaziabad (2013).

Zila Ghaziabad had a big star cast with Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi, Vivek Oberoi and Paresh Rawal. It was the most awaited movie of Arshad Warsi. Vinay picked up a real gang war story in Ghaziabad and did extensive research on it. The film didn’t fare well as a commercial film, but it brought Vinay into the writers’ circle of fame. While recollecting his journey, Vinay said to cinestaan.com that he didn’t have to struggle to find an audience for his script in Mumbai. Producer Vinod Bachchan liked his script as well the entire cast.

Director Anand Kumar set the cameras rolling. But what is striking about the movie according to Vinay are its dialogues that will rule over the audience, in a manner, similar to that of Ishqiya and Omkara. After one crime movie, Anand Kumar and Vinay Sharma paired up for their next project in 2013, Meerut Junction. Vinay once again drew into the plot the rail mafias and put them against the backdrop of a rustic love story. When questioned as to why Vinay opt for the genre of crime, he said that he had written some romantic movie scripts like Taaj Bhai Falls in Love and Tau Ki Tirth Yatra.

In 2016, Vinay decided to kick-start his career as a director. He wrote the script for the movie Bhai Must Be Crazy starring Pankaj Kapur, Bipasha Basu, and Sunil Grover. The story was a crime comedy set in Nepal-China border, and all the cast was in for shooting. Vinay was very sure about Bipasha playing the lead as a cop, chasing international don Pankaj. For some unfortunate reason, the shooting never began because of some political scandal associated with the film’s producer Gopal Goyal Kanda.

When Vinay started his journey from a businessman to a writer/director, the road wasn’t easy. He had to struggle in Mumbai and return to UP again. But he never gave up on his dream to join Bollywood, and Zila Ghaziabad happened, of course, with the help of Arshad Warsi and his mediator. Vinay’s next project in line is a biopic based on the gangster Babloo Srivastava.