Sanjay is an Indian film writer and director. Gupta made his directorial debut with movie Aatish: Feel the Fire (1994), followed by Ram Shastra (1995), Jung (2000), Kaante (2002) and Zinda (2006). His other movies include Shootout of Lokandwala (2007), Woodstock Villa (2008) and Acid Factory (2010). Gupta`s most recent releases were Shootout at Wadala (2013) and Jazbaa (2015). His recent directorial venture includes Kaabil (2017).
Sanjay Gupta comes from an affluent business family of South Mumbai. He completed his studies at Palm Beach School at Napean Sea Road and Sydenham College at Churchgate in Mumbai. He has frequently worked with Sanjay Dutt. The two started White Feather Films, a production company located in Mumbai, together. Both have publicly admitted they consider each other real brothers and are very close friends. Much of his work has been criticized as re-interpretations of other films, both Hollywood and other international pieces. Gupta responded to these claims in an interview with rediff.com in 2002.
Gupta started his career with Aatish: Feel the Fire (1994) starring Aditya Pancholi and Sanjay Dutt. Later he went to write and direct films including Ram Shastra, Khauff and Jung. The filming of Jung (2000), lasted over two years. Gupta and producer Satish Tandon had a dispute about the release of the film, with Tandon pushing for a release while Gupta wanted Sanjay Dutt to re-dub some lines, which Dutt was refusing to do.
While filming Kaante in the Los Angeles in 2001, the events of the 9/11 attack forced the film to relocate planned scenes from several areas that were then considered sensitive. Commentators noted a similarity in Kaante to Quentin Tarantino’s film Reservoir Dogs. Gupta says that he was “inspired” by a number of other films as well, including The Asphalt Jungle, The Killing, and the film that inspired Reservoir Dogs, City On Fire.
Gupta’s Zinda (2006) has been described as an unofficial remake of the Korean film Oldboy
He also produced the films Shootout at Lokhandwala, Dus Kahaniyaan, and directed and co-produced Shootout at Wadala the sequel to Shootout at Lokhandwala.