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Shraddha Vasugavade is a famous art director who works for Bollywood and Marathi movies. She made her entry in the art department of films with a feature film as well as with a short film. Currently, there is a trend everywhere, that any graduate of filmmaking should have some experience in filmmaking, and this is the reason many young artists involved in filmmaking, rushes to the door of short films to gain experience. Shraddha made her first debut as an art director in Bollywood movie ‘ Monsoon Shootout’ (2013) which was directed by Amit Kumar and produced by Guneet Monga, Anurag Kashyap, and Vivek Rangachari.

As an art director, her job was to facilitate and implement even the production designer’s creative intent too. A proper art direction gives the film its unique visual identity too. This Bollywood film was screened in Cannes Film Festival, and it had Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Vijay Varma in lead roles. It is Siddiqui's best performance till date. Shraddha made her first break in a Marathi movie ‘Nagrik’ which was an outstanding movie. It had the inclusion of various veteran Marathi artistes such as Neena Kulkarni, Sulabha Deshpande, Dr. Shreeram Lagoo, Khedekar, Soman and Devika Daftardar playing prominent roles.

Written by Jayprad Desai, Mahesh Keluskar, the film is directed by Jayprad Desai. It is a story of a journalist who tries to expose a political conspiracy and tries to understand the nexus between politics, business, and the media. For this Marathi movie, she was appointed as the Art Director. With the intense observation and clear communication, she began to get a better grasp on the nuances of her role.

In the year 2014, she worked as a production designer for a short film 'Cycle.' It is known that those who can handle art design works, to some extent can even handle production designing too. Her efforts for production designer job was focused on films like ' Dear Dad' (2016), and another short film 'Conversation' (2017).

Remember the film ‘Dear Dad’? It had beautiful locales and beautiful natural set-ups too. The film had Arvind Sway and Himanshu Sharma in lead roles. The film focused on a father and his son's trip from Delhi to Mussoorie. For this movie, Shraddha Vasugavade had to take a holistic, visual approach to an entire film. Her work process determined the look of the environment, which includes locations, colors, textures, space, and objects that are used in a scene.

Sanjay Dhabade Hindi Actor

Sanjay Dhabade

Sanjay Dhabade is an Indian art director who works in the Hindi film industry. Dhabade did his schooling from S. V. Joshi High School in Dombivli in Mumbai. He went for higher studies to L. S. Raheja School of Art in Bhandara in Maharashtra and Sir J. J. Institute of Applied Art in Mumbai. After earning a diploma in art direction, Dhabade worked in the advertising industry for five years. He then worked in the television industry as an assistant art director to Nitish Roy for series like Discovery of India, Chanakya and Mrugnayni. He joined the Zero Hour India art production house in 1995 where he designs sets for movies, serials, events and corporate weddings. Dhabade made his Bollywood debut as an assistant art director with the movie, Dil Aashna Hai directed by star Hema Malini. The film hit the screens on 23rd October 1992. He later worked as an assistant art director for movies like Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja in 1993, Khal Nayak in 1993, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun in 1994, Prem in 1995, Gupt: The Hidden Truth in 1997 and Lawaaris in 1999. Dhabade was the chief assistant art director of the movie Raja directed by Indra Kumar in 1995. The film won two Screen Weekly Awards and received a nomination for the Filmfare Awards. Dhabade made his debut as an art director for the film Rakshak directed by Ashok Honda. The movie hit the screens on 29th November 1996. Dhabade’s most famous work as an art director and his biggest breakthrough in the Bollywood industry was the super hit movie Gadar: Ek Prem Katha. The film hit the screens on 15th June 2001. The movie won six IIFA awards in 2002, six Filmfare Awards in 2002, six Screen Weekly Awards in 2002, and four Zee Cine Awards in 2002 and got 33 nominations as well. Dhabade also worked as an art director in Bollywood movies like The Hero: Love Story of A Spy in 2003, Chocolate: Deep Dark Secrets in 2005, Vivah in 2006, Apne in 2007 and Khulay Asmaan Kay Neechay in 2008. He was the Production Designer of Jaana Pehchana in 2011. He also worked in Marathi movies like Mati Mai. Dhabade received the Maharashtra State Film Award under the Best Art Director Category for Dil Churaya Apne, Rakshak and Krodh. He was nominated for the Screen Weekly Award for Gadar: Ek Prem Katha in 2002.

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Ranjit Singh

Ranjit Singh, a perfectionist paying meticulous attention to details in his profession is an Art Director, Production Designer, and a Second Assistant Director. This galvanizing personality studied film production from Delhi and is a graphic designer with training acquired in the same field. Ranjit went to Mumbai to pursue his dreams in his area of interest. Ranjit Singh’s inspiration is Angelica Monika Bhowmick, who is also a production director in films like Oye Lucky Lucky Oye, and Bodyguard. Ranjit has worked with Angelica in Bodyguard and treated her as his Guru. He loves the way she works on the sets and credits her for being such a meticulous production director. Ranjit Singh respects and supports the enculturation concept. Minute details matter while promoting a film like the name of the movie in the host country’s language, the grammar and also the meaning of the word used are to be incorporated while producing as well as promoting films. Ranjit has followed it while promoting Masaan on the hoardings and posters in Varanasi. The culture is to be depicted promptly and directly. Ranjit, when he was shooting in Banaras for Masaan, first researched about the place and the people’s behavior well so that he could work with least difficulty. He also witnessed a cultural shock in Banaras as the place closes down at 7 p.m. Ranjit believes in ‘Neither play down nor play up’ which in simple terms means never over do anything or under-do anything. He found out that ignoring details and exaggerating details causes issues with respect to the scene. It is very necessary to be logical and realistic with the location’s choice and setting which is somehow a challenge in itself. Ranjit Singh being an Art director shared his views on the scenes in the movie Sholay where he says that this film is notable in art direction with the jail it features which is bona fide with the bricks and walls of that period and also the steam engine where the fight sequence is shot. Ranjit’s production designs are religious, thorough and demanding which are proved by the drawings depicting traditions in the home, the hotel room ambiance and also the detailed merchandise in a flat in the movie Masaan. Ranjit Singh backs many credits for his Art direction in films and TV serials, few among them are: War Chod Na Yaar (2013), Qissa: The Tale of a Lonely Ghost (2013), Jalpari: The Desert Mermaid (2012), The Girl With the Indian Emerald (2013), MCream (2014), Gattu (2011) and Gong fu yu jia of 2017. He has worked as a second assistant director in Kaafila (2007) and was also a production designer in Dilliwaali Zaalim Girlfriend and Masaan. Ranjit in 2015 was a production designer in a web-series Not Fit, presented by Dice Media which features the hilarious adventures of Neerav Kapoor (Nero) and has put a mark on the entertainment industry. Ranjit was a stunt director in a Bhojpuri film called Hirauwa No.1 released in 2004.

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