Amar Kaushik is a Mumbai-based director who hails from Arunachal Pradesh. His father was a forest officer and mother was a school teacher. Amar has lived in Mumbai over a decade and was involved in the role of an associate director on films such as No One Killed Jessica (2007) and Go Goa Alone (2013). Kaushik although began his career in art movies, but the director had of late, pushed some serious buttons, for good reasons.

His short film ‘Aaba’ is the latest film to join that proud lineage. Kaushik started to discuss the film 'Aaba' in more detail on the record at the Berlin International Film Festival. In his interviews with journalists and at public Q&As and queries he stated that the movie was inspired by a general discussion and topic which Kaushik’s mother narrated to him in Mumbai at Kaushik’s home, A dropout school girl’s life from Arunachal Pradesh unfolds in the film across other pivotal characters like her grandpa, points at which the dropout girl’s suppressed queries come into question with sort of desperate, beautiful tenderness.

Why the little girl chose to remain at home for the sake of her grandpa and become a dropout proves that beautiful tenderness of the movie. ‘Aaba’ explores what it means to her strong will that got the girl into an uncertain existence, and that is to remain beside her grandpa at time of his death.

Kaushik made the script when his mother who was a teacher in Arunachal Pradesh had to go in search of a young girl from Apatani tribe in Arunachal Pradesh who vanished from school once. His mother had to search for the young girl’s house and family to welcome her to join studies, but the girl was reluctant to do so. The reason the girl’s grandpa was ill and confronting death at any time.

While making the film ‘Aaba’, he gave creative view for all the locations and sets that gave the film a different visual identity. The film story was an inspirational true story which even a film snob could love. The performances of local tribes as true characters in the movie are rich and incredible enough to hold up the dramatic scene.

Kaushik only chose tribes of Arunachal Pradesh to act in the movie and never imported any Hindi film actors to get the film's biggest flow for an emotional consistency which was Kaushik’s attempt to portray precious inner feelings of Arunachal Pradesh’s tribe. This film ‘Aaba’ won at the Manhattan Short India 2017 film competition!

Amar Kaushik was also associate director for ‘Shab’ which was directed by Onir. Amar Kaushik was also the executive producer for the movie ‘Day Dreams’ (2015) which was directed by Hanish Kalia. The film starred , & Mann Gandhi.

It was an idea of Sidharth Sengupta and it was a project by Hanish Kalia and team. In the same year, ‘Fuddu Boys’, starring Abhishek Banerjee Abhishek Banerjee is a writer and actor in Indian >> Read More... & Manoj Sharma Manoj Sharma is a veteran film director, writer, a >> Read More... , Kaushik was executive producer.

Abhiraj Minawala

Abhiraj Minawala is a director and an actor by profession in the Indian film industry. He also worked as an assistant director for a long time. He was born on 21 February 1988 in Gujarat, India. He completed his education from the same state. He later migrated to Mumbai to fulfill his dream of becoming a director. He starred his journey by working as an assistant director in many hit films including Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year in 2009, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan in 2011, Gunday in 2014, Fan and Sultan in 2016. His first film as a director was LoveYatri of 2018. In his first film named “Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year,” he worked with the director Shimit Amin and the producer Aditya Chopra. This film provided him the chance to work with the stars Ranbir Kapoor, Gauhar Khan, ShazahnPadamsee, and Prem Chopra. It contained lots of comedy and drama that released into the Indian theatres on 11 December 2009. It received a good rating from its audience and critics that made it count as a good start for his career. Then in “Mere Brother Ki Dulhan,” he worked along with the director Ali Abbas Zafar and the producer Aditya Chopra. He also worked with many other celebrities such as Katrina Kaif, Imran Khan, Ali Zafar, and Tara D’Souza who were the main stars of this film. It released on 9 September 2011 under the banner of the production companies like Yash Raj Films and Studio Canal Home Entertainment. It was also a Bollywood hit. In “Gunday,” he held the opportunity to work again with the director Ali Abbas Zafar and the producer Aditya Chopra that also gave him a chance to meet and work with many other top celebs such as Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, and Irrfan Khan. Then in “Fan” and “Sultan,” he worked with the directors Maneesh Sharma and Ali Abbas Zafar respectively. After working in so many hit films, he finally worked independently for the first time. He made his debut as a filmmaker with the film “LoveYatri” whose producer was Salman Khan. The main stars of his movie were Aayush Sharma and Warina Hussain who were in the lead roles. Other important roles were played by Ronit Roy and Ram Kapoor. It was a romantic film that released into the Indian cinemas on 5 October 2018 under the banner of the production company named Salman Khan Films. It received mixed reviews from its audience.

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Abhiraj Minawala Hindi Actor