Born : 1973
Age : 41–42
Birthplace : Kolkata, India
Nationality : Indian
Occupation : Film Director, Writer , Producer
Awards: IIFA Award for Best Story
Yes, you guess it right; he is a great director of the much hyped and popular movie Baby of Akshay Kumar. Neeraj Pandey is also known as a popular producer and screenwriter of B Town apart from being a known director of many good movies like A Wednesday and Special 26. He comes from a typical Brahmin family away from the film background from Kolkata. His father, however, has the origin from Bihar who came to Calcutta all way from Bosch to find work. He did his schooling from a local school in Kolkata and then headed to New Delhi to pursue his graduation in English. After his studies, he started working with a Delhi based company called Legacy Entertainment owned by Dalmia group, which worked in making TV program.
This is the place wherein he learnt the basics of filmmaking. In the year 2000, he shifted to Mumbai, the city of dreams wherein he got the chance to produce a documentary for a friend. This helped him enter the world of making a number of documentaries followed by ad films. He soon embarked with his own production company called Quarter Inch Productions along with one of his colleagues called Shital Bhatia, who used to make TV programs, documentaries and ad films. The duo later formed another company called Friday Filmworks, which is the group that produced his debut movie A Wednesday. The movie was inspired by the 11th July 2006 Mumbai Train blasts as a number of incidents and info was used in the movie from this incident following the bomb blasts.
He then did a Bengali feature movie called The Royal Bengal Tiger with the Bengali star Jeet. His next regional production was a venture called Saat Ucchakey wherein the actors like Manoj Bajpayee, K.K Menon, Aditi Sharma and Anu Kapoor were roped in to make the movie. He then made Total Siyapaa with Ali Zafar, while his next venture is Baby, which is just released. His upcoming project is a biopic on Indian Cricket Captain MS Dhoni called MS Dhoni: The Untold Story starring Shushant Singh Rajput. As far as awards are concerned, he has received a number of awards. These include the National Film Award for his debut movie A Wednesday.
He also received other awards for this film including the Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director. This movie also helped him earn awards from Star Screen Award in 2009 for Best Film and Best Story categories, while IIFA awards for Best Story and Best Dialogue. He was also nominated in Filmfare awards for the same, but couldn’t get the award from there. His next movie Speical 26 too was very much appreciated, however, it didn’t see any nomination or award for the same. Apart from making movies, he has also written his debut novel called Ghalib Danger, which was launched way back in December 2013.
Abhiraj Minawala Bio
Abhiraj Minawala Bio :
Date of Birth: 21 Feb 1988
Birth Place: Mumbai
Abhiraj Minawala is a filmmaker and actor who is based in Mumbai. He basically hails from Gujarat wherein he was born and brought up at. He did his schooling and college from Gujarat and then headed to Mumbai to pursue his dreams in filmmaking. He was fond of movies and wanted to make his career in Bollywood, hence once he completed his education, headed to Mumbai to fulfill his dreams. It was a big of struggle for this man, however, soon with a passage of time, he managed to get the break in B Town. He has come a long way in establishing himself in the industry.
He started working as assistant director with the B Town film called Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year starring Ranbir Kapoor released in 2009. Since then it was no looking back for him as he got one film or the other giving him the chance to learn and hone filmmaking skills. The next film he got was Band Baaja Baraat having Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma. The other films he did as an assistant director include Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Gunday, Fan and Sultan. This has given him the chance to work with top directors including Yash Raj, Manish Sharma, and Ali Zafar to name a few.
Besides, he has also tried acting in few films getting smaller roles starting with the film Aashayein in 2010 playing the party guy, while in 2011 worked as Luv Ka The End and then in Mere Brother Ki Dulhan as Shera the same year. In the year 2018, he will be doing his debut in direction with the film Loveratri starring Ayush Sharma and Warina Hussain which is produced by Salman Khan. The movie is releasing in September 2018 amidst the eve of Navratri. Talking about his personal life, he is married to Swetha in 2015 and they have been rating for a while before getting married to each other. The duo also has a son and they are happily married couple. Stay tuned to know more about this actor and others.
Deven Bhojani Bio :
Age : 55
Birthplace : Mumbai
Spouse: Jagruti Bhojani
Upcoming movie: Commando 2
Children: Mahi Bhojani, Rahi Bhojani
Awards: Indian Telly Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role
Deven Bhojani is a popular actor from small screen and is also seen in movie. He was born and brought up in Mumbai in the year 1969. He is completed his Graduation in Commerce from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai and then headed to the United States in filmmaking at the University of Southern California. He also tried his luck in real-estates apart from trying his hand in filmmaking and theatres. But soon he kept his focus on acting. Apart from acting he also proved to be a good director, with the show “Sarabhai vs Sarabhai”, in 2005. He has also worked in many movies as a supporting role.
His journey started with small screen in the year 1987 in Malgudi Days. He then headed to Dekh Bhai Dekh. He soon gained popularity for his comic roles and for playing some supporting characters. He has won three best director awards for Sarabhai vs Sarabhai, The ITA Award, The Indian Telly Award and The Apsara Award. Some of the TV shows include Shrimaan Shrimati, Tara, V3+, Ek Mahal Ho Sapno Ka, Hum Sab Ek Hain, Office Office, Sarabhai vs Sarabhai, Baa Bahoo Aur Baby, Instant Khichdi, Remote Control, Mrs Tendulkar, Alaxmi – Hamari Super Bahu, Bh Se Bhade, Badi Door Se Aaye Hai, Gulmohar Grand and Sumit Sambhal Lega.
Talking about debut in films, he started with the film called Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander, Aaja Sanam, Andaz and Kranti Kshetra to name a few. Some of the recent movies of this man include Khichdi: The Movie, Chala Mussaddi… Office Office and Agneepath. Talking about his direction, it will start with his upcoming movie Commando 2. In fact before directing this film, which is all set to release soon, he has simply started the same with the TV show called Sarabhai vs Sarabhai.
Born: June 3, 1965 (age 49), Kolkata
Children: Ishan Pain, Vivan Pain
Books: Amu: A Novel
Education: Columbia University, University of Delhi
Awards: National Film Award for Best Feature Film in English
Shonali Bose is a popular name in filmmaking. She is a known director, screenwriter and producer and best known for her movie Amu, which has exposed the suppressed history of genocidal attacks over the Sikh Community in 1984 after the assassination of Indira Gandhi. Shonali Bose is from Calcutta, while was brought up in cities like Delhi and Bombay. She did her graduation in humanities from the known Miranda House College followed by moving to the New York to get her masters in Political Science from the known Columbia University. During her college days, she was involved in activism and theaters as well and acted in a number of school/college plays and dramas.
Her career started with a role of an organizer at National Lawyers Guild wherein she directed live community TV in Manhattan in the US. This was soon recognized by the MFA Directing Program at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Her short films like The Gendarme Is Here and Undocumented along with the feature documentary called Lifting the Veil were screened in a couple of prestigious festivals and several other venues of the world. She has produced limited number of films, which include Amu through which she started her directorial debut along with doing the writing of script and production as well.
This film was a big success in India getting positive reviews. She has won seven national and international awards for this film, which include FIPRESCICritics Award, Gollapudi Srinivas Award for best first-time director and National Film Award for Best Feature Film in English. The book called Amu was written by her only, which became the screenplay of the film. She brought both the movie and her book with same title at the same time. In the year 2012, she co-authored Chittangong, which was directed by her ex husband. It revolved around the Chittagong armory raid of 1930. The movie has Manoj Bajpai as Masterda Surya Sen. Next is her recently released movie Margarita with a Straw starring the talented Kalki Koechlin, which showcases a girl having cerebral palsy. As far as her personal life is concerned, she was married to filmmaker Bedabrata Pain, however, she has now separated.
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