A vetern filmmaker and actress, Aparna Sen has been in the industry for over half a century. Born on 25th October 1945 in Calcutta, she completed her Bachelor’s in Arts from Kolkata’s Presidency College. She showed an interest for films even before graduating as she appeared in Teen Kanay, a Satyajit Ray film, at just the age of sixteen.
     
As an actress Sen has appeared in over 62 films throughout her career, the last of which was in 2014’s Chotushkone. She has worked heavily in both Indian and Bengali films and received various prizes throughout her career including the Moscow Film Festival’s Best Actress award for her role in Mahaprithibi. 

She debuted as a director in 1981 with 36 Chowringhee Lane winning the Indian National Film Awards, Best Director. The film also won an award at the Manila International Film Festival. Having directed over 11 years throughout her career many of her films were well received including the hit Yugant. The movie won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Bengali.
Anurag Kashyap Hindi Actor

Anurag Kashyap

Born on 10th September 1972, Anurag Kashyap has established himself in Bollywood as a prominent director, producer, and screenwriter while even giving acting a try.  A born and raised Uttar Pradeshi, Kashyap had keen interest in science and aimed to become a scientist. In an interview Anurag said that he had no dreams of going into the film industry and had all hopes of pursuing Zoology. He went on to say, this all changed in 1993 after he watched Bicycle Thieves, an Italian film directed by Vittorio De Sica. The film inspired him enough to give us becoming a scientist and move to Dehli to become a filmmaker.    Anurag got his first chance in the industry as a screenwriter for Auto Narayan when the initial script by Subramaniam was not working and Anurag was given a chance to rewrite it. He then wrote the screenplay for Jayate, a Hansal Mehta film, which was never released. Ram Gopal Varma was impressed by Anurag’s work in Auto Narayan and signed him for the screenplay and dialogue for his thriller, Satya. The film was critically acclaimed as one of the best crime, gangster movie of Bollywood. He then dabbled with production after some time with his director debut in Paanch. The movie faced trouble with the certification board due to the content not being suitable for all.  In 2012, he took on two ambitious movies in Gangs of Wasseypur 1 and 2, which received numerous awards and outstanding reviews. He recently produced and directed Bombay Velvet, which is currently in theatre and has received praise from critics.

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Vijaya Mehta

Vijaya Mehta is an acclaimed Indian television film and theatre actor. She is known for her works in parallel cinemas as a director, and an actor. Baroda being her birthplace, Vijaya Mehta, originally went by the name of Vijaya Jaywant. She completed her education from the University of Mumbai, and pursued drama, and the theatre at New Delhi alongside theatre-director Ebrahim Alkazhi and Adi Marzban. Mehta co-founded the theatre group “Rangayan” with writer Vijay Tendulkar, and theatre greats Shreeram Lagoo and Arvind Deshpande. The works of Rangayan established her as a dignitary in Marathi theatres in the decade of 1960s. Mehta introduced the German playwright Bertolt Brecht into Marathi theatres with the rendition of his play “The Caucasian Chalk Circle” titled “Ajab Nyay Vartulacha.” She also worked with French playwright Eugene Ionesco in the Marathi adaptation of “The Chairs.”  Mehta alongside the German theatre director Fritz Bennewitz joined forces on various Indo-German projects inclusive of a performance of Indian playwright Bhasa’s “Mudrarakshasa.” She was the recipient of a Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1975 for her ventures in the field of Direction. The year 1981 marked Mehta’s appearance as an actress in Shyam Benegal’s “Kalyug.” She also featured in movies such as Party, Rao Saheb and Riding the Bus with My Sister. In 1985, Mehta pocketed a Best Actress Award at the Asia-Pacific Film Festival for her role in “Party.” She was also bestowed with a National Film Award for the Best Supporting Actress for “Rao Saheb.” Mehta also wrote and directed Pestonjee in 1988.  Following the death of her first husband Harin Khote, Vijaya married Farrokh Mehta.

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Vijaya Mehta Hindi Actress