Balki (popularily known as R.Balakrishnan), an Indian screenwriter, filmmaker, and Chief Creative Officer of Lowe Lintas (advertising agency) was born in Bangalore ,Karnataka, . Balakrishnan got married in 2007 to Gauri Shinde film director of highly acclaimed ‘EnglishVinglish’ (2012).

He always had a love for film making and even applied to the Madras Film Institute for a course in the same but walked out of the interview as he did not like the panel. He started doing a course in Masters In Computer Application (MCA), but was thrown out of the college due to low attendance.

 His career started when he was 23 with Mudra. Some of his major contributions include "Jaago re" ads for 'Tata Tea' , "Daag Achche Hain" for 'Surf Excel', and the "walk when you talk" Idea Cellular advertising campaign.

Balki has directed some of the top-rated films like Cheeni kum (2007), featuring Amitabh Bachchan, Paa (2009), starring Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, and Vidhya Balan, and Shamitabh, has won five awards at the 16th Star Screen Awards.His recent movie, featuring Arjun Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor Khan, Ki and Ka, released on 1 April, 2016 has given a box office hit..

Aribam Syam Sharma Hindi Actor

Aribam Syam Sharma

Aribam Syam Sharma was born on March 21st, 1936 at Imphal, Manipur. He started his career as a film director as well as a composer from the state of Manipur in India. He made his first appearance in The Manipuri movie Queen as an actor for the motion picture Matamgi Manipur. Besides acting, he directed his first show Lamja Parshuram in 1974. Lamja Parshuram movie was the first movie of the Manipuri films which runs for about a hundred days and made a box office hit in the industry. Later in 1980, he made his next talkie Olangthagee Wangmadasu. This movie was another biggest success in the Manipuri films which made the drama to run for almost twenty-five weeks in the cinema industry. He continued his direction for further more films in income with the fourth film on his making that helped him to get fame internationally. Talkie obtains honor from Montgolfiere d'Or award in 1982 from the festivals of 3 continents namely Nantes. In 1991 at the Cannes Film Festival, one of his screenplays Ishanou(the chosen one) was screened in limited regard section which was taken in 1990. In 2006, he received the honor of Padma Shri award. On May 14, 2015, he gained the Jewel of Manipuri cinema award from the film forum of Manipur slot development Society of the Manipur state film and he also received the golden mountain gold fare award in 1982 and achievement award for the year 2008. In 2009, he received a Kamal Kumari National award. Aribam also received the V.Shantaram lifetime award. Aribam started his filmography career in the year 1974, and it continued for more than 30 seasons as a director, producer, and music director. In 2012, he made the movie Leipaklei which is the story of a woman whose name is the flower of Manipur. The movie first released at the film festival of Guwahati in the year 2012. It was also screened at international film festival of Kolkata for the year 18th as well as international film festival of Jeonju which occurs at South Korea Jeonju. The screenplay received the best Manipuri film of the 60th National Film Award which happens at 2013. Its story is about the sweet as well as the beta moment which occurs in the entire lifetime of a woman. Apart from filmography, Sharma also involved in making the bibliography. In 2006, one of the Bibliography which was released is living Shadows, in 2014 it is Eshei Binodinigi, and Modern Manipuri Music and Me and 2016 it is Manipuri Cinema: Eigi Paodam bibliography movies.

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Mira Nair

Mira Nair, a veteran Filmmaker, based in New York City, was born on 15 October 1957 at Rourkela, Odisha, to Mr. Amrit Nair (an Indian Administrator Officer) and Mr. Parveen Nair (a Social worker who used to work for illiterate children). She spent her early childhood in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha and then moved to New Delhi. Later, she left home to attend a Missionary School (Loreto Convent Tara Hall) in Shimla, where she developed an obsession with English Literature. After Tara Hall, Mira went on to study Sociology at Miranda House at Delhi University. To gain the best education available, Nair went to Western schools, and at nineteen she accepted a full scholarship to Harvard University rather than accepting scholarship by Cambridge University. Mirabai Films, her production company, specialized in making Films on Indian society, within the economic, social or cultural spheres. Before movie making, she was interested in acting. At the start of her filmmaking career, she primarily made documentaries. Her first documentary was Jama Masjid Street Journal, which was an eighteen-minute film that explored the streets of Old Delhi and has some conversations with Indian Locals. The second documentary she made was So Far From India, which was a fifty-two-minute film. It focussed on an Indian newspaper dealer who lives in the New York, while his wife, who was pregnant, waited for him to return home. It is recognized, as a Best Documentary winner at the New York’s Global Village Film Festival and American Film Festival. She made her third documentary, India Cabaret, released in 1984, which proved out to be her first controversial film. It was a fifty-nine-minute film which proclaimed the exploitation of female strippers living in Bombay. Nair kept up with the controversial movie making. Her fourth and last documentary, Children of a Desired Sex, made for Canadian Television, explored amniocentesis. After these four documentaries, she made her first motion picture, Salaam Bombay, which released in 1988. Though the movie won twenty-three international awards, it was not good at the box office, but the most notable wins were the Prix du Public and Camera d’Or, in 1988, at the Cannes Film Festival. Salaam Bombay, in 1989, was also approved for Best Foreign Language Film, at the Academy Awards. She made the Mississippi Masala in 1991.This film uttered the love of a carpet-cleaner business handler, for his one of the Indian Client’s daughter, like Salaam Bombay, in 1992 this movie got the standing ovation at Sundance Film Festival then, at the Venice Film Festival, it was the recipient of three awards. Her most notable film, Monsoon Wedding (2001), was about a Punjabi Indian Wedding and was awarded, at Venice Film Festival, with Golden Lion award, making her be the first female recipient of the award. Her other notable movies include Hysterical Blindness which made in 2002, then in 2004 she made the Vanity Fair, in 2006 she came up with The Namesake, then she made Amelia in 2009 which was Jhumpa Lahiri’s Earhart biopic. She also made The Reluctant Fundamentalist in 2013.The next was Queen of Katwe in 2016) which depicted the life of Ugandan Chess Prodigy Phiona Mutesi. She makes short films too like, “A fork, a Spoon, and A Knight.” Also “11’09”01 September 11” in 2002, then she made “How It Can Be in2008”.In the same year, 2008, “Migration “was made, in 2009 she made “New York, I Love You(2009)”. While taking photography classes, she met her first husband, at Harvard University, Mitch Epstein. They divorced in 1987, and she met her second husband, Mahmood Mamdani in 1988, who, like her, is also a teacher at Columbia University. In July 2013, to protest Israel’s Polities towards Palestine, she declined an invitation at the Haifa International Film Festival.

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Mira Nair Hindi Actress