Madhur Bhandarkar is an Indian film director, writer, and producer. He is known for his realistic filmmaking and has received critical acclaim for his work. He was born on 26 August 1968 in Mumbai. He got a job in a video cassette library in Khar, a Mumbai suburb, where he supplied video cassettes on a bicycle. It was here that he found out a treasure trove of movies and made the most of the opportunity to study film-making. He initially worked as an assistant with some filmmakers and eventually got the chance to work as an associate director to Ram Gopal Varma for the film Rangeela (1995). He also played a cameo in this movie. After some years, he made his directorial debut with the movie Trishakti, which was released in 1999. The movie went relatively unnoticed at the box office. Two years later, he directed Chandni Bar (2001) starring Tabu and Atul Kulkarni. This movie drew inspiration from the life of bar girls and was made on a budget of Rs. 15 million. The film was a box office success and garnered critical acclaim. He bagged his first National Award for this film.

He then went on to make Page 3 in 2005, which revolved around the life of celebrities. In 2006, he made Corporate, which focused on life in a corporate world. In 2007, he made the film Traffic Signal. Both, Page 3 and Traffic Signal, won National Awards. He produced and directed the much-acclaimed movie Fashion (2008), which won Priyanka Chopra the Best Actress Award and Kangana Ranaut the Best Supporting Actress Award. He made movies like Jail (2009), Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji (2011) and Heroine (2012). The majority of his movies tend to have female protagonists. His approach to filmmaking has been from a realistic angle. He was awarded the P L Deshpande Award a.k.a. Zenith Asia Award for his significant contribution and shaping to filmmaking. He has been described as ‘the Film Maker of the First Decade of the 21st Century’.

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Madhur Bhandarkar, born on the 26th of August 1968 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, is an Indian film director, scriptwriter, and producer. Bhandarkar came from a middle-class Konkani speaking family. He is a school drop-out. He had various jobs, because of his family’s social status. He worked at a video cassette library as a run boy and dropped off cassettes to people from all walks of life including dance bar girls and film stars. He also sold chewing gum and worked as an assistant to small time directors for a salary of 1000. He also travelled to Muscat in search for work. He is a great devotee of the Hindu God Siddhivinayak and has been walking from his house in Khar, Mumbai to the temple every Tuesday for the past 16 years. He took motivation for the film “Corporate” from the Coke – Pepsi controversy, which was according to him the most difficult film. He has been invited to convey lectures on corporate issues to management students after the release of “Corporate.”

Bhandarkar married his girlfriend, Renu Namboodiri on December 15, 2003, in Mumbai, and brought into the world their daughter named Siddhi. He played his first cameo in his 1995 film “Rangeela,” where he was the subordinate director to Ram Gopal Varma. A couple of years later he made his directorial debut with “Trishakti,” which took more than three years in the making and was finally released in the year 1999. The film had a relatively low key cast and was largely ignored at the box office. In 2001, he directed “Chandni Bar,” which was disparagingly commented and a box office success. This took Bhandarkar into the top league of filmmakers in Bollywood. He was given his first National Award for this film and thereon won National awards for his films “Page-3” and “Traffic Signal”. His movie “Fashion” in 2008 also won National Awards for Best Actress (Priyanka Chopra) and Best Supporting Actress (Kangana Ranaut).

He has been pronounced as “The Film Maker of the First Decade of the 21st Century.” And In November 2010 National Film Archive of India (NFAI) announced to preserve all the films of Madhur Bhandarkar. Chandni Bar, Page-3, Corporate, Traffic Signal, Fashion, and Jail found space in Government's Archival data for Indian films. In most of his films, Bhandarkar's protagonists are female. Madhur was known for his hard-hitting and realistic films, which mirrors the society.

Dharmesh Darshan Hindi Actor

Dharmesh Darshan

Dharmesh Darshan is a prominent Indian writer, producer, and director, who predominantly worked in the Bollywood film industry. He was born on May 16, 1972, in Mumbai, Maharashtra in India to film producer, Darshan Sabharwal and Sheela Bhatt (the sister of Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt). He penned and directed his first film entitled Lootere in 1993. During that time, he was one of the youngest film directors and the film turned out to be a box office nationwide. His next film is the Hindi drama romance film, Raja Hindustani, which stars Aamir Khan and Karisma Kapoor in the lead roles. This film became the biggest hit of the year and one of the blockbuster films during the 90s. He earned the Best Movie Award at the Filmfare; Best Film Award and the Best Director Award at the Star Screen Awards for his brilliant work in this film. After his mother had died, he took a hiatus for four years and returned in the year 2000 through the Bollywood action masala film, Mela and the Bollywood romantic drama film, Dhadkan, which stars Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty and Shilpa Shetty in the lead roles. The latter brought him several nominations in various award ceremonies and the cult status as one of the finest romantic filmmakers. In 2002, he directed the Bollywood romantic drama film, Haan Maine Bhi Pyaar Kiya, which stars Karisma Kapoor and Abhishek Bachchan, who were dating during those times. However, the film did not do well at the box office. His next directorial venture was the musical romantic drama film, Bewafaa in 2005. Dharmesh attempts to do a completely different genre in his next film and adds pure comedy to his repertoire in the Bollywood romantic comedy film, Aap Ki Khatir in 2006. In 2013, it was reported that Dharmesh will be doing the sequel of Dhadkan. However, in the year 2014, Ratan Jain, the producer of the film, confirmed that ace director, Vikram Bhatt was roped in to helm the film’s sequel. He turned producer and made his production debut on the film, Bhanvraa in 2008. The film stars four television actors including Eijaz Khan, Sangeeta Ghosh, Manav Gohil and Shweta Salve. In the same year, he established his very own production house called Dharmesh Darshan Productions. He was honored with life membership of International Film and Television Club of Asian Academy of Film & Television. Dharmesh is also a keynote speaker on several media platforms that involves cinema and marketing.

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Neeraj Vora

Neeraj Vora originally from Gujarat is a Film Director, Actor, Writer, Composer in Bollywood industry. As a director, he directed great films though he carved a niche for himself as a writer with the Perfectionist of Bollywood Aamir Khan through the Hindi movie Rangeela In 2000, he made his directional debut in a movie named “Khiladi 420” which didn’t do well. Neeraj also directed Phir Hera Pheri, which was a blockbuster hit. He makes movies which entertains people of all age groups. His Phir Hera Pheri touched the hearts of all. He believes in doing work which is a “Complete Family Entertainment”. This comic writer and director got many awards which include Screen Awards for best dialogues and screenplay for Hera Pheri. A play named “AFLATOON” was written by him was a hit and later was adopted by Rohit Shetty for his film “Golmaal.” Neeraj’s work is always appreciated by critics. His mother was a huge fan of watching films, and this opened the gateways for him to Indian Cinema. He is doing wonders when it comes to direction or writing. His father supported his passion and love for films and during his college days, he went into acting and later went into direction.   Another Version of this Bio… Neeraj Vora is an Indian film actor, director, and writer. He was born on 22 January 1963 in Bhuj. He discovered the world of movies because of his mother, who took him to watch films. His interest in drama was sparked by eminent theatre personalities who visited his father, who was a classical musician. His father learnt of his passion for films when he was 13 years of age. There upon, he encouraged his son to pursue it whole-heartedly. He took to acting in college and starred in the movie Holi (1984) by director Ketan Mehta. He wrote and directed Aflatoon, a play in 1992. Rohit Shetty’s film Golmaal is based on this play. In 1993, he composed the music for the film Pehla Nasha in collaboration with his brother, under the name Neeraj-Uttank. He wrote the script of Aamir Khan’s film Rangeela and also stepped in as an actor in the film. He got this opportunity because the original actor was absent on the film sets. Following this incident, he was called for other movies like Virasat and Mann. After Rangeela, he wrote films like Akele Hum Akele Tum, Baadshah, Josh, Chori Chori Chupke Chupke, Awara Paagal Deewana, Ajnabee, Deewane Huye Paagal, Hera Pheri, Garam Masala, Phir Hera Pheri, Bhagam Bhag, Bhool Bhulaiyaa and much more. He made his directorial debut with Khiladi 420 in 2000, followed by Phir Hera Pheri in 2006. Satish Kaushik was supposed to direct Phir Hera Pheri but following some issues, Neeraj Vora directed it. Critics have praised his dialogues for the same film. He has appeared as an actor in some films like Satya, Baadshah, Hello Brother, Dhadkan, Company, Bol Bachchan, Welcome Back and many others. His work can fall under the category of “complete family entertainment”. His upcoming endeavour is Hera Pheri 3 which stars actors like Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham, Sunil Shetty and Paresh Rawal.      

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Neeraj Vora Hindi Actor