Vir Sanghvi

Journalist | Author | Columnist | Food Critic


One of the best known journalists, -Vir Sanghvi has had a fairly large career spanning over thirty five years in the field of print, television, books & now, new media. He is also a member of the Broadcast Content Complaint Council (BCCC), an organization that regulates content on entertainment television channels, as well as the Co-Founder/Lead Food Critic at EazyDiner.

At the young age of 22, he was appointed editor of Bombay magazine, making him the youngest editor in the history of Indian journalism. In 1986, at 30, he became editor of Sunday, the news magazine.

In 1999, he was appointed Editor of the Hindustan Times, however in 2003 he stepped down as Editor but continued as Editorial Director until 2008. During his tenure, the Hindustan Times expanded to include new editions in Chandigarh, Calcutta, Bhopal, Ranchi, and, most notably, Bombay, where it is now the second largest-selling newspaper.

Sanghvi has had a distinguished career as a print journalist, as well as a parallel career on television as a presenter and an anchor.

He has anchored shows like ‘Question Time’ for Doordarshan, ‘Round Table’ for DD-CNN in early 90s. In 1997, he switched to the Star Network where he anchored many shows across many channels, among them ‘A Question of Answers’, ‘Star Talk’ & ‘Cover Story’. 

His show ‘Custom Made for Vir Sanghvi’ on NDTV Goodtimes was quite a hit, in 2010-11, where he traveled  across India in search of the most luxurious & bespoke 'Indian' experiences. He is also a regular commentator on CNN IBN & hosts the weekly political show ‘Virtuosity’.

His published books include Rude Food, India - Then and Now and Men of Steel - a collection of profiles of India's leading businessmen which became one of the biggest paperback bestsellers in the history of Indian publishing.

He has also authored a biography of the late Madhavrao Scindia, which was released by Sonia Gandhi in 2009.

His historical series on Indian elections, Mandate With Destiny, on News X, was turned into a bestselling book called Mandate.
In 2021, Vir Sanghvi’s memoir was published titled A Rude Life: The Memoir, sharing his views and experience of the most eventful careers in Indian journalism, including his personal life, stories of and about celebrities and politicians, middlemen and behind-the-scenes actors.

Awards and Accomplishments

Awards and Accomplishments

  • Vir Sanghvi was declared as the ‘Global Leader of Tomorrow’ by the World Economic Forum at Davos in 1995.
  • Commended as the ‘Best Current Affairs presenter’ at the Asian TV Awards in 1998.
  • The Cointreau Award’ for Best Food Literature Book in the world in 2004.
  • The Asian Television Award’ in Singapore, 2004.
  • Best Food Critic Award’ from the Indian Culinary Foundation in 2004.
  • The Rajiv Gandhi Award’ for Journalism in 2008
  • The Friend of Thailand Award’ from The Thai Prime Minister in 2008.
  • Lokmanya Tilak National Journalist Award’ From The Kesari Newspaper, Pune in 2009.
  • AIMA ‘Media Person Of The Year Award’ in 2010.

Why Vir Sanghvi ?

From being the youngest editor in the history of Indian journalism to hosting award-winning shows on television to being a leading food critic, Vir Sanghvi has emerged as one of the best journalists of this generation. 

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