Abhishek Sharma made his directorial debut in the year 2010 with the satirical film Tere Bin Laden starring Ali Zafar in the lead role. It told the story of a desperate Pakistani reporter who creates a fake video of Osama Bin Laden to get an American citizenship. The film was banned in the United States as it made fun of their war on terror and spoke about the sensitive issue of the 9/11 attacks, but it was critically acclaimed all over the world and collected a decent amount at the box-office.
Abhishek then went on to make The Shaukeens starring Anupam Kher, Annu Kapoor, Piyush Mishra, and Lisa Haydon in the lead roles, with Akshay Kumar playing himself in a cameo role. It was a remake of the 1982 film of the same name. He then made a sequel to Tere Bin Laden titled Tere Bin Laden: Dead Or Alive starring Manish Paul, Sikandar Kher and Piyush Mishra in the lead roles. This movie did not generate praise like its prequel and disappointed at the box office.
Abhishek then came to direct the John Abraham production Parmanu: The Story Of Pokhran which starred John Abraham, Diana Penty and Boman Irani in the lead roles. This film was based on the real-life nuclear testing done by the Indian Army in the Pokhran district of Rajasthan which went on to make India a nuclear superpower.
Abhishek was next signed by Shahrukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment to direct a film adaptation of the novel The Zoya Factor which will star Sonam Kapoor and Malayalam actor Dulquer Salmaan in the lead roles.
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