Bijon Das Gupta is a renowned art director who was associated with many Rajshri films of Barjatya’s. He was born on April 30, 1951, in Bangalore. As a veteran production designer, he was roped in to create massive sets in 'Hum Aapke Hain Koun…!' (1994), and this movie was a blockbuster. People still remember the visual sets that had a family set up. Remember those melodious songs from Hum Aapke Koun? This movie was a trendsetter and viewers understood the creative vision that was required for song-dance sequences, wedding scenes etc. Even the outdoor locales were designed in such a way that Rajshri could retain its unique visual identity as a family entertainer. But his first recognition as an art director came with Shekhar Kapur's Masoom where he made his debut as an independent art director.

This film gave him wide recognition. But he had always been very choosy in scripts and worked in movies like Gupt, Dil, Umrao Jaan, Mr. India and a few others. Masoom, the first film itself gave him the recognition and respect that he now enjoys within the industry. As an art director, he got Filmfare award for his work in Boney Kapoor ’Prem’ that had Tabu and Sanjay Kapoor in lead roles. He did later choose only a few selected films as an art director, and that includes even Parwana, Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon, and Garv - Pride and Honour. His association in an Indian unit for Michael Winterbottom’s movie ‘A Mighty Heart’ which featured Angelina Jolie, Dan Futterman, and Irrfan Khan gave him a wide acclaim. In earlier days of his career, he has worked as an assistant to Baba Azmi, Subhash Ghai, Prakash Mehra, Ashok Mehta, M.S. Sathyu, Pravin Bhatt, Baba Azmi, etc.

Although Bijoy had seen his first movie which was Satyajit Ray’s ‘Pather Panchali’, but he was inspired to take up his career as production designer with M. S. Sathyu in a lot of Russian and Indo-Russian films. Soon he wanted to join FTII, Pune but could not enroll himself. Later, after getting a recommendation from M.S. Sathyu, he got a job as a scenic designer in Bombay Doordarshan. Later on, he was elevated to art director in Bombay Doordarshan where he worked in a payroll as a permanent employee and served Doordarshan for nine years. While he was in Bombay, he stayed in actress Shabana Azmi's house and came across prominent film personalities such as Baba Azmi, Sardar Zafari, and Muzaffar Ali. While he was on television, he associated himself with ad films. His first ad film was for ‘Amul.’ Later on, he received offers to do many ad films with Shyam Benegal, Deven Khote, Zafar Ali and Kailash Surendranath etc. He was also associated with Mexican director Alejandro Jodorowsky for movie ‘Task’ and another notable movie of Michael Winterbottom that had Angelina Jolie in lead role. Of late, as computer technology has become part of art direction, Bijon Das Gupta stays away from art direction.

Muneesh Sappel Hindi Actor

Muneesh Sappel

Muneesh Sappel is an Indian Production Designer, Actor, Art Director, and Costume Designer. He has the Indian Nationality. He has completed his graduation with the University of Lucknow. His college name is Lucknow college of Arts and crafts. He has expertise in photography. He is a diploma holder in Dramatic arts with ‘BhartenduNatya Academy for Dramatic Arts, Lucknow in Scenic design, Direction & in acting. Sappel is the receiver of fellow-ship in the Drama School and Repertory at the town Lucknow to work withthe Shakespearean theatre in the year 1990. He did Freelancing in Press Photographer for various leading Newspapers of India. He served as a Designer for a theme park on the epic time of Mughal Era for heritage Pvt. Ltd, Delhi. He is a designer for ‘proscenium drama theatre auditorium' for a School in New Delhi, India. Muneesh designed a Mega Set for the historical event for 50th years of Indian Independence celebrations at Rajpath, Vijay Chowk, and New Delhi, India. He shifted to Mumbai in the year 1990. Here he remains the part of a historical TV series ‘Chanakya,' which depicts a story of the moryan emperor. This serial is the winner of several awards in various categories. Muneesh did many TV Series like Mrityunjay epic set in 1500 BC. In this serial, the protagonist is Karna. Karna is an important character of Indian Epic Mahabharata. He also did biography drama for the life history of Shree Prabhupath. Shree is the founder of ISKCON temples organizations (Hare Rama Hare Krishna Mission). He played the role of AbhayCharan. His has known for his work in Bollywood like Bhoothnath, Pinjar, Paheli, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Sharpe's Peril, and The Sick House. He is also a winner of different awards for the category of Best Production Designer and Art Direction for Pinjar. He is the recipient of Costume Designing including the Golden Globe Awards in the category of Best Foreign Film in the year 2005. His film as a production designer Paheli was India's official entry in the Oscars 2006. He wins with the title of Uttar Pradesh SangeetNatakAkademi Award for remarkable contribution in the field of theatre art direction in the year 2008. He did Pinjar in the year 2004. His production design movies are Teri MeriKahaani, Rajjo, Pinjar, Paheli, Bhootnath, Dor, Hello, Daman, Jaanwar, Bubble Gum, BhaiyajiSuperhit, KashAapHamareHote, and YamlaPaglaDeewana 2.

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Chhel Vayeda

Chhel Vayeda, or simply Cheff, was born in Gujarat. He was a renowned art director and production designer in movies, TV shows, and stage plays. He was born as a seventh child to his parents Anandji and Jayakunvar. Later, their family shifted to Bhuj, where he did his matriculation and then had then took admission in School of Arts, Bhuj and after completion of his course, he was selected as a draftsman in Gujarat State road transport corporation. Later, he resigned from the job in transport corporation and came across Dr. D. G. Vyas who an art director of Sir J. J. School of Arts. He then moved to Mumbai permanently for education in Sir J. J. School of Arts in 1960. Cheel Vayeda was then introduced to actor-director Honey Chhaya who introduced to Rangbhoomi Natya Academy. He became the set designer for all the plays that were staged in the Academy. He holds a unique record for designing sets in 700 plays and over 55 movies in several languages such as Gujarati, Marathi, Hindi, English, Sanskrit, and Oriya. Chhel Vayeda has even designed sets for TV series and for some Hindi movies that released in mid-80’s. Some of his prominent movies include ‘Khubsoorat’, ‘Train to Pakistan’ and 'Ankahee'. He was a set designer even fora few Gujarati films. He was married in 1964 with Kusum and had two siblings. His son is Sanjay Cheff who is also a renowned director and producer and his daughter is Alpana Buch who is a TV actress now settled in life after marrying actor-director Mehul Buch. The thespian, in art design, breathed his last on 12 November 2014.

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Chhel Vayeda Hindi Actor