Deepak Dhar is a famous producer and director in the Indian television industry. He has worked in making content for different Indian television channels like Star TV, MTV, and Channel V. According to Deepak Dhar, he is good at digital strategy, broadcasting, making videos, managing productions, and creating music videos.
Deepak Dhar was born on Tuesday, 23 April 1974 (age 49 Years; as of 2023) in Mumbai, Maharashtra. His Zodiac sign is Taurus. He completed his school education at Activity High School, Mumbai. After completing his school education, he joined Mumbai University to earn his graduate degree.
Height (approx.): 6′ 2″
Hair Colour: Black (dyed)
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
His parents’ names are not known.
Wife & Children
On 2 December 1999, Deepak Dhar got married to Bakul Dhar. The couple has a daughter named Anhushka Dhar.
He has a sister named Madhu Dhar.
In February 1998, Deepak Dhar started working as a Senior Producer at MTV and continued until December 2001. After that, he joined the Star Network as a Group Head in January 2001 and worked there until January 2006. In February 2006, he became a Creative Director at Endemol Shine India. He got promoted to the position of Managing Director in January 2008.
In 2006, Deepak Dhar, along with Rajesh Kamat, started Endemol India (which later became Endemol Shine India in 2015) in a small office in Andheri, Mumbai. In the first week, Kamat gave Dhar CDs of the famous show Big Brother, which was a big hit worldwide and produced by Endemol. Kamat suggested Deepak to introduce and produce such reality show programmes in India. He then presented and produced the reality show Bigg Boss in 2006.
Later, Dhar created a market for comedy programs and found talented comedians like Raju Srivastav and Kapil Sharma. The CEO of Star TV India at that time, Sameer Nair, supported Dhar’s comedy programs.
In 2008, Kamat went to work for Viacom18, where he began a new TV channel called Colors. At the same time, Dhar took on the role of managing director at Endemol India. Afterwards, the TV show Bigg Boss started airing on Colors for its next season. In April 2012, Deepak Dhar became the Managing Director and CEO of Endemol Shine India. However, he later chose to step down from his position as managing director in December 2017. While he was at Endemol Shine India, he produced many shows and web series like Three (2013), Brothers (2015), Bigg Boss (2006-2018), The Kapil Sharma Show (2018-2020), Anaamika (2014), Bigg Boss Kannada, Bigg Boss Telugu, The Trial (2023), and others.
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In April 2018, Deepak Dhar started his own production house titled ‘Banijay Asia.’ He produced various web series like Traffic (2018), Hostages (2019), Bombers (2019), Roar of the Lion (2019), Parchhayee: Ghost Stories by Ruskin Bond (2019), The Test Case (2017), Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi (2008), and The Voice (India) (2015) under his production house.
Roar of the Lion (2019) is a documentary about the Indian Premier League team, Chennai Super Kings. The Bombers (2019) is a television series about football, which premiered on the ZEE5 platform. In April 2022, Deepak Dhar produced the show ‘Into the Wild With Bear Grylls.’ The show premiered on Disney Plus.
On July 17, 2023, the Banijay Asia Group, a well-known company in global media and entertainment, announced that they acquired Endemol Shine India. In the same month, Deepak Dhar started working as the Founder & Group CEO at Banijay Asia & Endemol Shine India. As the CEO, his main focus is on leading the group’s content strategies, partnerships, new business, and alliances. Additionally, he works on building the reputation of both companies. During a media conversation, he talked about his goals as the CEO of Banijay Asia and Endemol Shine India. Deepak Dhar said,
I have been fortunate to be involved in the growth of both businesses since their inception in India. Now it is a slightly different feel to manage both to drive growth across the sector. I look forward to working closely with my colleagues at Endemol Shine India and Banije Asia to continue creating great content to entertain people.”
Awards, Honours, Achievements
In 2015, Deepak Dhar was named in the ‘Hottest 40 under 40 Business Leaders’ by the Economic Times Spencer Stuart India. In 2016, Deepak Dhar was honoured at The Economic Times Asian Business Leaders Conclave as one of the ‘Most Promising Leaders of Asia’ for displaying outstanding leadership qualities.
- Many famous magazines and tabloids frequently showcase Deepak Dhar in their issues. In 2017, Forbes Magazine featured him in one of their editions.
- Deepak Dhar is often spotted consuming alcoholic beverages on various occasions.
- In his free time, Deepak Dhar loves to travel and discover new places while experiencing diverse cultures. He frequently shares pictures of his trips on social media.
- Deepak Dhar is a cricket enthusiast, and he spends his free time watching matches and reading about players.