Pankaj Parashar

Pankaj Parashar is an Indian film and television director. Among his most-known are cop-thriller Jalwa (1987) starring Naseeruddin Shah, the Sridevi hit, ChaalBaaz (1989), and television detective series Karamchand (1985). He also makes television commercials, corporate films and documentaries.[1][2] He is married to Asmita Parashar and has two kids, Vivek and Vivaan Parashar.


He debuted with the Hindi comedy Ab Ayega Mazaa (1984). He gained acclaim and popularity the next year with the television series Karamchand (1985) starring Pankaj Kapoor as lead detective Karamchand with Sushmita Mukherjee as assistant Kitti and Sanjay Gupta as the assistant director. It was broadcast on India's national television channel DD National, and it was one of India's first detective series. Sony Entertainment Television revived this serial in February 2007.[3]

He became the first director to cast a then-art film actor Naseeruddin Shah in a commercial Bollywood film, Jalwa (1987) (a remake of Beverly Hills Cop) and in his 1989 film, ChaalBaaz (a remake of Seeta Aur Geeta) got lead actress Sridevi, the Filmfare Best Actress Award. Both were big hits.[2]

Parashar's Malfunction was awarded the 1980 Filmfare Award for Best Documentary. His last venture Banaras (2006), was set in Benaras city, starring Urmila Matondkar and Naseeruddin Shah as leads.

Mazaa Films has been in the business of Production and Direction of Feature films, TV serials, Documentaries, Corporate films, Computer graphics for the last 25 years. Headed by Pankuj Parashar, Gold medalist Direction course FTII 1980, the company has won all the major awards in the country starting with the Filmfare award for the best short in 1980. He is the Life member of International Film And Television Club & International Film And Television Research Centre of Asian Academy of Film & Television


Diploma in Film Direction & Screenplay Writing, Gold Medalist

Bachelor of Commerce (Economics, Mathematics and Statistics)





  1. "Sallu may act in Pankaj's next flick". Deccan Chronicle. 15 July 2010.
  2. 1 2 "'The story is the hero, boss'". 10 January 2003.
  3. "Karamchand returns, to pricier carrots". 9 February 2007.

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