Indra Kumar is a prominent award-winning Indian film actor, producer, and director. He has appeared in several Gujarati films as a comedian and protagonist. He is the brother of Aruna Irani, Adi Irani, and Firoz Irani, who all worked in the same field. In 1985, Indra has co-produced the Bollywood film, Mohabbat, with Anil Kapoor and Vijeta Pandit in the lead roles. He started to direct films in the year 1990 with the Hindi romantic drama film, Dil. It stars Madhuri Dixit, Anupam Kher, Aamir Khan, and Saeed Jaffrey in pivotal roles. The film earned the Best Film Award at the 36thFilmfare Awards, while Aamir Khan and Anupam Kher received the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actors Award respectively.

In 1992, he directed and co-produced the Bollywood drama film, Beta. Indra won another Best Film Award at the 38th Filmfare Awards while the lead actors, Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit also received the Best Actor and Best Actress Awards respectively. This was followed by another award-winning film entitled Raja, with Madhuri Dixit in the lead role. The film earned seven nominations at the Filmfare including the Best Movie and Best Director. In 1997, Indra also helmed the comedy-drama film, Ishq and the Hindi romantic film, Mann, in 1999. In the year 2001, he directed the box-office hit Bollywood film, Aashiq. The film is the remake of the Telugu film, Gulabi (1995) and it stars Karisma Kapoor and Bobby Deol in the lead roles.

He is also the man behind the success of the Bollywood film, Rishtey, in 2002. In 2004, Indra worked in the very popular Bollywood black comedy film, Masti, with Vivek Oberoi, Ritesh Deshmukh, and Aftab Shivdasani in the lead roles. The three reprised their roles in the film’s sequel entitled Grand Masti in 2013 and Great Grand Masti in 2016. Indra directed the Bollywood comedy film, Dhamaal, in 2007. The film is the remake of the American comedy film, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) and it stars Sanjay Dutt in the lead role. In 2011, a sequel to the film was released, which was entitled as Double Dhamaal. In 2014, he helmed the drama film, Super Nani, which stars Rekha, Anupam Kher, Rajesh Kumar, and more. This film was based on the Gujarati play titled Baa Ae Maari Boundary. Indra Kumar is the father of Shweta Kumar, who was debuted in the film,Karzz, opposite Himesh Reshammiya.

Himanshu Rai Hindi Actor

Himanshu Rai

Born in Cuttack, Orissa, in the year 1892, Himanshu Rai was a notable Indian actor and director. He was probably the first producer to join hands with the European moviemakers to introduce high-tech equipment in India used in the making of a film. Himanshu was born in a high-born Bengali household. He did his schooling from Santiniketan in Kolkata and attended the University of Calcutta where he was a law student. Himanshu then went ahead to become a law attorney in London. He came across a famous director, Niranjan Pal in London. His association with Niranjan Pal landed him with a job as a co-director of the film, The Light of Asia (1928). The Light of Asia was inspired by a book of the same name penned down by Sir Edwin Arnold and the director the movie was Franz Osten. Himanshu not only co-directed this film but also worked as an actor. He not only produced and directed several films but also played main roles in the films. Shiraz (1928), A Throw of Dice/Prapanch Pash (1929), The Light of Asia/Prem Sanyas (1925) and Karma (1933) are some of the movies in which he starred in the main roles. During the filming of the film, A Throw of Dice (1929), he met Devika Rani, a famous Indian actress. Devika and Himanshu first got introduced to each other in London, and Himanshu fell for the Indian beauty quickly. Himanshu then offered her a job to work as an assistant of the film, A Throw of Dice. An insight into their personal life tells us that Himanshu and Devika tied the knots long before the completion of this movie in 1929. After their wedding, Devika moved to Germany to learn acting and movie making at the Universum Film AG, Berlin. In the year 1934, Himanshu and Devika returned to India and opened a production studio of their own and named it as Bombay Talkies. The Bombay Talkies studio was a joint venture of Himanshu Rai and Shashadhar Mukherjee. In 1933, Karma was released under the banner of Bombay Talkies and Himanshu and Devika were the lead characters in the movie. Karma is still famous for the lip-lock scene between the couple. At the time of shooting the film, Jeevan Naiya (1936), Devika developed feelings for her co-star Najm-ul-Hassan. She engaged in adultery and ended up running away with Hassan. But everything was settled after that between Devika and Himanshu and she returned to him. Himanshu had to offer the role of the lead male in Jeevan Naiya to Ashok Kumar. In 1940, Himanshu Rai passed away because of depression and there were legal fights between Devika and Shashadhar over the possession of the studio. In 1943, Shashadhar produced a super-hit movie, Kismet. After that, he formed a studio of his own and Devika took over as the head of the Bombay Talkies studio. But then the movies produced under the banners did not do good numbers and eventually studio had to shut down. Himanshu was a successful producer who produced super-hits like Acchut Kanya, Izzat, Savitri and much more. He is still a well-known personality in the Indian cinema.


Jashwant Gangani

Gujarati film director, Jashwant Gangani, is from the Talaja area in the Bhavnagar district, Gujarat, India. He is the key person behind Gangani Film Production Pvt. Ltd. He came into the film industry, gradually. He moved to Surat in search of a job in 1973. In his leisure time, he used to write short stories, and this was the basis for his career as a scriptwriter in the film industry. From 1989, he started directing and producing Gujarati films and television series. In 1992, he opened Gangani Motion Pictures, which produced some remarkable television series, and movies. In continuation for the motion pictures, he established Gangani Film Productions Pvt. Ltd. in 1997, which produced many commercial hits. He produced and directed, Man Sayba Ni Mediye. It was a Gujarati film, which attracted the audience with ease. He even worked as a lyricist and writer for this movie, which made him famous in the Gujarati film Industry. It was a reasonable hit, and it bagged seven state awards. His 2001 film, Maiyar Ma Mandu Nathi Lagtu, is also a Gujarati Film, which bagged eleven state awards and received positive criticism. His series of Gujarati films like Mandavda Ropavo Mana Raj in 2003 bagged nine state awards, and Palvade Bandhi Prit in 2005 received outstandingly seventeen state awards. Throughout his works, he received a lot of positive criticism and constant awards for his movies. His 2010 film, Mara Rudiye Rangana Tame Saajna, is a magnum opus in the industry,, because of its romance, qualitative love story and luxury in its filming. For this movie, he received Transmedia and Reliance awards, which are of high acclaim. Apart from the films, he also worked as the director, producer, and writer for Gujarati serials like Kariyavar, which aired for 270 episodes on Zee Tv. In 2011, he received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for his exemplary contributions to the Gujarati film Industry. In 2015, he directed and produced a Hindi movie, Bezubaan Ishq, which was also well received by the audience.

Jashwant Gangani Hindi Actor