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R. Balki

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Born: Kumbakonam
Spouse: Gauri Shinde (m. 2007)
Occupation : Chairman and CEO Lowe Lintas, film director, screenwriter

Wiki : R Balki is a popular name in Bollywood Industry for making some of the best movies. He was born with a name R. Balakrishnan but fondly called as R Balki in the industry. He was born in Kumbakonam, Thanjavur district, Tamil Nadu. He married to a talented filmmaker and ad film maker and director. As far as his career is concerned, he started his career with Mudra at the age 23, however, his passion simply laid into filmmaking, which laid him to try his luck in Madras Film Institute for a course on film direction, however, he disliked the way the panel handled him in the interview. He then was seen doing his post graduation in Computer Applications (MCA), which was just the adjacent to the Film Institute.

Though he always liked computers and Information Technology hence thought of doing this program, however, in the last year, he was shown exit door for the lack of attendance. According to him, it was his involvement in cricket and movies, which kept him away from the college. One fine day, he came across an ad in newspaper for Mudra wherein he was asked to describe himself the best. He remembered the same after watching the serial Buniyaad owing to his love for the serial from Ramesh Sippy. He tried emulating Sippy in the ad and thus got the chance one fine day got the chance to meet him.

Some of the popular phrases for different brands like Daag Achche Hain for Surf Excel and Tata Tea’s Jaago Re and the Idea cellular add called Walk When you Talk made him popular in the ad world. He then entered in script writing jotting down a good script for the movie called Cheeni Kum in 2007. The movie was a big hit starring Amitabh Bachchan and Tabu. His second movie Paa starring Amitabh, Abhishek and Vidya Balan was again a big hit helping him to carve his niche in Bollywood as a competent filmmaker. His next venture is Shamitabh wherein he has Amitabh Bachchan, Dhanush and Akshara Haasan. The movie is an average grosser at box office. As far as his personal life is concerned, he is married to Gauri Shinde in 2007, who is also a script writer and director who made the movie English Vinglish. He is the CEO and Chairman of Lowe LIntas, Film director and screenwriter.

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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.

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Deven Bhojani

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Born: 1969
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.

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Shonali Bose

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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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