Ayan Mukherjee is an Indian film director, who is the son of Bengali film actor Deb Mukherjee. He is also the nephew of Joy Mukherjee and the first cousin of Kajol and Tanisha Mukherjee and second cousin of Rani Mukherjee.
Ayaan first worked as an assistant to Ashutosh Gowariker, who is his brother in law, on the 2004 film, Swades, and later to Johar on Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna. After taking a short break from filmmaking, Mukerji wrote the screenplay for Wake Up Sid and gave it to Johar who decided it should become a film.
The film starred Ranbir Kapoor and Konkona Sen Sharma in lead roles and went on to become a commercial and critical success.