Sanjay Dhabade is an Indian art director who works in the Hindi film industry. Dhabade did his schooling from S. V. Joshi High School in Dombivli in Mumbai. He went for higher studies to L. S. Raheja School of Art in Bandra and Sir J. J. Institute of Applied Art in Mumbai. After earning a diploma in art direction, Dhabade worked in the advertising industry for five years. He then worked in the television industry as an assistant art director to Nitish Roy for series like Discovery of India, Chanakya and Mrugnayni. He joined the Zero Hour India art production house in 1995 where he designs sets for movies, serials, events and corporate weddings.
Dhabade made his Bollywood debut as an assistant art director with the movie, Dil Aashna Hai directed by star Hema Malini. The film hit the screens on 23rd October 1992. He later worked as an assistant art director for movies like Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja in 1993, Khalnayak in 1993, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun in 1994, Prem in 1995, Gupt: The Hidden Truth in 1997 and Lawaaris in 1999. Dhabade was the chief assistant art director of the movie Raja directed by Indra Kumar in 1995. The film won two Screen Weekly Awards and received a nomination for the Filmfare Awards. Dhabade made his debut as an art director for the film Rakshak directed by Ashok Honda. The movie hit the screens on 29th November 1996.
Dhabade’s most famous work as an art director and his biggest breakthrough in the Bollywood industry was the super hit movie Gadar: Ek Prem Katha. The film hit the screens on 15th June 2001. The movie won six IIFA awards in 2002, six Filmfare Awards in 2002, six Screen Weekly Awards in 2002, and four Zee Cine Awards in 2002 and got 33 nominations as well.
Dhabade also worked as an art director in Bollywood movies like The Hero: Love Story of A Spy in 2003, Chocolate: Deep Dark Secrets and Shikhar in 2005, Vivah in 2006, Apne in 2007 and Khulay Asmaan Kay Neechay in 2008, Ek Vivah Aisa Bhi in 2009, Veer in 2010, Jaana Pehchana in 2011 and Natsamrat in 2018.
He was the Production Designer of Jaana Pehchana in 2011. He also worked in Marathi movies like Mati Mai. Dhabade received the Maharashtra State Film Award under the Best Art Director Category for Dil Churaya Apne, Rakshak and Krodh. He was nominated for the Screen Weekly Award for Gadar: Ek Prem Katha in 2002.