Abhishek Chaubey was born in Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh. He spent his early childhood and adolescence in Jamshedpur, Patna and Ranchi. He completed his tenth standard from St. Xavier's School, Ranchi in the year 1993, completed 12th from Siva Sivani Public School, Hyderabad in the year 1995, and then did his graduation in English literature from Hindu College, New Delhi in the year 1998. Moving to Mumbai, he did a course in Film & Television Production from Xavier Institute of Communications befor taking a headlong plunge in the world of hindi films.
Abhishek Chaubey started his career as an associate director and co-writer with film director, Vishal Bhardwaj, starting with Vishal's debut Makdee (2002). He went on to assist him in all his subsequent films, and most notably co-wrote Vishal's trendsetting Omkara (2006) based on Othello and Kaminey (2009).
Eventually, he debuted as a film director with Ishqiya (2010), starring Naseeruddin Shah, Vidya Balan and Arshad Warsi, the film was produced by Vishal Bhardwaj and won rave reviews for him.
Currently, he is shooting Dedh Ishqiya starring Madhuri Dixit, Nasiruddin Shah, Arshad Warsi, Huma Qureshi and Vijay Raaj.