Sanjay Gadhvi Age, Death, Wife, Family, Biography & More

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Death Date: 19/11/2023
Age: 56 Years
Death Cause: Heart Attack

Sanjay Gadhvi

Profession(s)• Film Director
• Writer
Famous forDirecting the films 'Dhoom' (2004) and 'Dhoom: 2' (2006)
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 173 cm
in meters- 1.73 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 8”
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
DebutFilm (assistant director): Patthar Ke Phool (1991)
Poster of the film 'Patthar Ke Phool'
Film (director): Tere Liye (2000)
Poster of the film 'Tere Liye'
Last FilmOperation Parindey (2020) streamed on ZEE5
Poster of the film 'Operation Parindey'
Award• Won 'Hottest Young Filmmaker Award' at the Stardust Awards for the film 'Dhoom 2' (2006) in 2007
• Nominated for the Best Director Award at the 52nd Filmfare Awards in 2017 for the film 'Dhoom 2' (2006)
Personal Life
Date of Birth22 November 1966 (Tuesday)
Date of Death19 November 2023
Place of DeathMumbai
Age (at the time of death) 55 Years
Death CauseHeart Attack [1]The Times of India
Zodiac signScorpio
Nationality Indian
SchoolCampion School, Mumbai [2]The Times of India
College/UniversityHR College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai [3]Facebook - Sanjay Gadhvi
Food HabitNon-vegetarian
Sanjay Gadhvi's Instagram post
ControversyA legal case against Sanjay Gadhvi: In June 2010, a case under section 420 of the Indian Penal Code was filed against Sanjay Gadhvi at the Delhi High Court. Reportedly, the Indian film company 'Studio 18' registered a complaint, accusing Gadhvi of not delivering the script on time. The company claims that in January 2008, they had a contract for two films with the filmmaker and also made an advance payment of Rs 4 crores to him. In October 2008, they planned to start their first film, '7 Days in Paris,' but Gadhvi was not ready with the script. The company asserted that they incurred a loss of Rs 5.2 crores because of the delay caused by Gadhvi. [4]The Times of India
Relationships & More
Marital Status (at the time of death)Married
Wife/SpouseGina Gadhvi (fashion designer)
Sanjay Gadhvi with his wife
ChildrenSon- None
Daughters- 2
Sheena Gadhvi (younger)
Sanjay Gadhvi's daughter, Sheena Gadhvi
Sanjina Gadhvi (elder; actress)
Sanjay Gadhvi's wife and daughter, Sanjina Gadhvi
ParentsHis father, Manubhai Gadhvi, was a prominent figure in Gujarati folk literature.
SiblingsHis brother's name is Mahesh Gadhvi.

Sanjay Gadhvi during shooting of a film

Some Lesser Known Facts About Sanjay Gadhvi

  • Sanjay Gadhvi was an Indian film director and writer known for his work in the Hindi film industry. He passed away on 19 November 2023 due to a heart attack.
  • He wanted to become a filmmaker since childhood.
  • After assisting Anant Balani on the film ‘Patthar Ke Phool’ (1991), he continued to work as his assistant director for two more films.
  • His first directorial venture was the film ‘Tu Hi Bataa,’ featuring Arjun Rampal and Raveena Tandon. However, the film was not released due to some budgetary issues.
  • Gadhvi’s directorial debut film ‘Tere Liye’ (2000) did not succeed at the box office.
  • In 2002, he directed the Hindi film ‘Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai,’ starring Jimmy Sheirgill and Uday Chopra.

    Sanjay Gadhvi (left) with Uday Chopra during the shooting of the film 'Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai'

    Sanjay Gadhvi (left) with Uday Chopra during the shooting of the film ‘Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai’

  • He became a household name after directing the first two films of the ‘Dhoom’ series, ‘Dhoom’ (2004) and ‘Dhoom: 2’ (2006).

    Poster of the film 'Dhoom 2'

    Poster of the film ‘Dhoom 2’

  • However, he later parted ways with the production company for the second sequel of the film i.e., ‘Dhoom: 3.’ In an interview, he talked about it and said,

    I am trying to do every kind of movie because the process by itself is so much fun. Every film makes you know yourself better so why repeat? If that was the idea, I would have made Dhoom 3. I wanted to move on and explore something else.”

  • In 2008, he worked as a director and dialogue writer for the film ‘Kidnap.’
  • In 2012, he directed the Jackky Bhagnani starrer film ‘Ajab Gazabb Love.’

    Poster of the film 'Ajab Gazabb Love'

    Poster of the film ‘Ajab Gazabb Love’

  • In addition to his filmmaking pursuits, he also ventured into acting. He appeared alongside Rishi Kapoor and Paresh Rawal in the ‘Patel Ki Punjabi Shaddi’ (2017). He played the role of Balvinder Tondon in the film.
  • His last film, ‘Operation Parindey,’ was streamed on the OTT platform ZEE5 in 2020.

    Sanjay Gadhvi (center) during the shooting of the film 'Operation Parindey'

    Sanjay Gadhvi (center) during the shooting of the film ‘Operation Parindey’

  • Apart from working for films, he used to organise masterclasses and workshops on filmmaking.

    Sanjay Gadhvi during a masterclass

    Sanjay Gadhvi during a masterclass 

  • In an interview, he disclosed that he and Kumar Mangalam Birla, a well-known industrialist, were classmates, and Vivek Vaswani, an actor and filmmaker, was his senior in school.
  • In an interview, he revealed that during his college days, he had a strong desire to purchase a motorbike. He shared that he was so passionate about buying a bike that he used to doodle ‘Yamaha’ on the back of his college notebooks. He later fulfilled his dream by persuading his mother to withdraw money from a fixed deposit and borrowing Rs 9,000 from a friend to buy a Yamaha RX100.
  • He was often observed consuming alcohol on numerous occasions.

    Sanjay Gadhvi (left) consuming alcohol

    Sanjay Gadhvi (left) consuming alcohol

  • On 19 November 2023, the filmmaker passed away due to a heart attack. Reportedly, he experienced the heart attack during his morning walk in Lokhandwala, where he felt chest pain. He was immediately taken to Kokilaben Ambani Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead. His cremation took place on Monday, 2o November 2023, at the Oshiwara Crematorium Ground in Mumbai. [5]The Times of India