Vipul Amrutlal Shah is an Indian film producer and director, who mainly works in Hindi films. In 2023, he worked as a producer and writer in the Hindi film ‘The Kerala Story.’
Vipul Amrutlal Shah was born on Thursday, 8 June 1967 (age 56 years; as of 2023) in Kachchh, Gujarat. His zodiac sign is Gemini. He did his schooling at Lions Juhu High School, Vile Parle, Mumbai. Later, he pursued a Bachelor of Commerce at Narsee Monjee College of Commerce, Mumbai.
Height (approx.): 5′ 10″
Hair Colour: Salt & Pepper (semi-bald)
Eye Colour: Brown
Parents & Siblings
His father’s name is Amrutlal Shah.
Wife & Children
On 11 December 2000, he got married to the Indian actress Shefali Shah, who was earlier married to the Indian TV actor Harsh Chhaya.
The couple has two sons named Maurya and Aryaman.
In 1983, he started performing in Gujarati theatre plays. In almost four years, he performed in more than 600 theatre plays. In 1987, he directed his first Gujarati theatre play named ‘Aandhalo Pata,’ which became very popular among audiences. He then started writing theatre plays. His other popular Gujarati theatre play is ‘Action Replayy,’ which he directed in 1994.
In 1993, he made his debut as a director and producer in a Gujarati TV series. He worked as a director and producer in 140 episodes of six Gujarati TV serials, which were aired on Ahmedabad Doordarshan.
In 1995, he made his directorial debut in the Hindi TV series with the TV serial ‘Jeevan Mrityu,’ which aired on DD National.
Some of his other TV serials as a director are ‘Mile Sur Mera Tumhara’ (1988; Doordarshan), ‘Ek Mahal Ho Sapno Ka’ (1999; Sony), ‘Naam Gum Jaayega’ (2002; Sony), and ‘Mamta’ (2006; Zee TV). In 2001, he worked as a writer and producer in the TV serial ‘Hum Pardesi Ho Gaye,’ which aired on Sony TV. He has worked as a producer in a few Hindi TV serials like ‘Bhai Bhaiya Aur Brother’ (2012; SAB TV) and ‘Pukaar- Call For The Hero’ (2014; Life OK).
In 1999, he made his Gujarati film debut as a director with the film ‘Dariya Chhoru.’
Later, he directed various Gujarati films.
In 2002, Shah made his directorial debut in Bollywood with the Hindi TV serial ‘Aankhen.’
Some of his other Hindi films as a director are ‘Waqt: The Race Against Time’ (2005), ‘Namastey London’ (2007), ‘London Dreams’ (2009), and ‘Action Replayy’ (2010).
He made his Hindi film debut as a producer with the 2008 film ‘Singh is Kinng.’
He has worked as a producer in various Hindi films like ‘Commando: A One Man Army’ (2013), ‘Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty’ (2014), ‘Sanak’ (2021), and ‘The Kerala Story’ (2023).
In 2022, he worked as a director and producer in the Hindi web series ‘Human,’ which streamed on Hotstar.
In 2010, he started his film production company named Sunshine Pictures Private Limited.
In 2021, amid the #MeToo movement row in India, Bollywood actress Elnaaz Nourouzi accused Vipul of asking for sexual favours from her while she was auditioning for the Hindi film ‘Namaste England.’ In an interview, while talking about it Elnaaz said,
I met him in his office, and he mentioned, we will sign the papers over the next couple of days. This time, when we were saying bye, he came on to me. It was too close for comfort. I didn’t get the right vibe. He gave a peck on my face. I didn’t expect it. The next time we met at his office, he tried to kiss me. I backed off, said, ‘What are you doing? We are in your office!’ I pushed him away, being affirmative; but careful enough not to come across as rude, because I really wanted the film.”
She further shared that Vipul then asked her to meet him in his room in a hotel to discuss the script of the Namaste England. She said that when she reached his room, Vipul touched her on her butt and tried to get closer to her. In an interview, she said that she did not file a police complaint against him as she was not an Indian national, and she thought that a police complaint would cause issues with her work visa. Later, after an interrogation by the Prevention of Sexual Harassment (POSH) Committee, the Indian Film And Television Directors’ Association (IFTDA) gave Vipul a clean chit as Elnaaz was not cooperating with the committee to provide relevant information supporting her allegations.
- 2000: Won Nine Gujarat State Awards including Director Awards and Best Film Awards for the Gujarati film ‘Dariya Chhoru’
- 2003: Nominated in Best Director and Best Film category at Filmfare Awards, Screen Awards, and Stardust Awards
- 2014: Won BIG Star Entertainment Award for Most Entertaining Action Film for the Hindi film Holiday: A Soldier is Never Off Duty
- 2015: Won Hall of Fame Award by Apsara Film Producers Guild Awards
- Vipul is an animal lover and owns two pet dogs named Simba and Ash.
- He is often spotted consuming alcohol at parties and events.