Nagesh Kukunoor was born in Hyderabad to Kusuma Sudarshan and KS Naidu. He completed his high school education at Montfort School, Yercaud. He has a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Osmania University, Hyderabad and a master’s degree in the same field from Georgia Institute of Technology. After this, he started working at Trinity Consultants in Texas and then Atlanta as an Environmental Consultant. During this period, he attended various workshops in the film. Later, at Warehouse Actor’s Theater in Atlanta he studied acting and direction. He stepped into the film industry in the year 1995, with a short film, One Culture At a Time of which he was the director, producer, and screenwriter. His next movie, Hyderabad Blues in the year 1998 saw him stepping into the shoes of an actor as well. It was his Debut Feature Film and won Audience Award for best film at the Peachtree Village International Film Festival in Atlanta as well as Rhode Island Film Festival.

The movie was shot in seventeen days and had a budget of Rs. 1.7 million. He did Rockford next which was an English film. He did a big budget film 3 Deewarein, in the year 2003. Established actors like Naseeruddin Shah, Juhi Chawla, and Jackie Shroff acted in the movie. This movie won the Filmfare award for best story in 2004. In the year 2006, he made a remake of a Malayalam movie Perumazhakkalam as a Hindi movie Dor, which starred Ayesha Takia, Gul Panag, and Shreyas Talpade as lead actors. He played the role of a businessman in this movie. Critics appreciated the movie. The film that won Nagesh a lot of critical acclaim as a director is Iqbal. It was written by Vipul K Rawal. It also won the National Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues in the year 2006. Lakshmi, which again saw him in the role of actor, director, producer and screen writer, won the Mercedes-Benz Audience Award, for Best Narrative at Palm Springs International Film Festival in 2014.

His latest film Dhanak won the Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury for the best feature-length film. The movie has a special mention by Children’s Jury in Generation Kplus section.

Milan Luthria Hindi Actor

Milan Luthria

Milan Luthria is a film producer and director who made many successful commercial movies with top Bollywood stars. He is the son of noted film director and producer Raj Khosla who was associated with directors like Guru Dutt and actor Dev Anand. Like Raj Khosla started as assistant director to Guru Dutt, Milan too started as an assistant director to Mahesh Bhatt. Mahesh Bhatt gave him a lot of confidence and placed a trust in him which helped him to evolve as an independent director. Later, he became a full-fledged assistant director to Dharmesh Darshan in the movie Lootere (1993). His first film was ‘Kachche Dhaage’ with Ajay Devgan and Saif Ali Khan. From being a clapper boy, he became an assistant director when Ajay Devgan had suggested that he will act in Miland’s first directorial film. That is a reason even after ‘Kachche Dhaage’ he had cast Ajay Devgan in 'Chori Chori' opposite Rani Mukherjee and Sonali Bendre. But the turning point came when he made ‘The Dirty Picture’(2011) with Vidya Balan. He wanted to cast Ajay Devgan in this film too, but that did not happen. This director placed a lot of faith in good scripts and developed his style in filmmaking. The Dirty Picture gave Vidya Balan national award, and it is still Vidya’s best film to date. Before this film, Milan made Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai (2010) which had Ajay's best performance. The director made in 2004 a multi-star movie ‘Deewar’ which had Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt and Akshaya Khanna in pivotal character roles. It was a film based on Pakistan War of 1971. The film had a good dialogue and authentic screenplay and excellent performances too. In 2006, he directed a film for Ramesh Sippy Entertainment ‘Taxi No 9211’ which was a super hit. Milan will be directing Ajay Devgan in a film named ‘Baadshaho,' which will get released in mid-August 2016. He was born on January 28, 1968.

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Rajkumar Hirani

Rajkumar Hirani is one of the ace director, screenwriter, producer in the contemporary Bollywood. He is one of the directors who distinctively portrays the reality of the society with a touch of sarcasm and humor. He was born and brought up in Nagpur, Maharashtra and did his graduation in Commerce since because his dad wanted him to be a charted accountant. But he was more interested in filmmaking. His life took a significant turn when he joined Film And Television Institute of India, in Pune where he joined an editing course. His early years were quite tough as he was not getting any major breakthroughs in the Bollywood which made him switch to the ad filmmaking and one of the famous advertisement he made was of ‘Fevicol” with a tag line of “Zor Lagake Haisha”, in which he was featured as well. Later in the year 1994, he collaborated with Vidhu Vinod Chopra and with him he made his first Bollywood venture as a promo designer for a film “1942 A Love Story”, starring Dhakk Dhakk girl Madhuri Dixit-Nene and Anil Kapoor. Then, in the year 1998 he edited promos for the movie “Kareeb”, and later on, in 2000, he got a considerable opportunity as an editor for the movie “Mission Kashmir’. After three years, in the year 2003, he came up with an exemplary movie “Munna Bhai M.B.B.S”, which was his directorial debut and was one of the major hit of that year and also won the National Award for the best popular film. This film also won Film Fare award for best screenplay, dialogues, editing and critics choice award for best movie, this film made him a big name in the Bollywood, and started being recognized as one of the talented directors of Bollywood. In 2005 he became the creative producer for the film, “Parineeta”, then in 2006 he came up with the sequel of his first major successful film Munna Bhai as “Lagey Raho Munnabhai”. This movie brought the whole new idea of patriotism called “Gandhi Giri.” This movie not just won the heart of the audience but also made him won the IIFA Award for the best director. In 2006, he made a multi starrer project “Ekalavya”, featuring Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan, Vidya Balan, but Eklavya turned out to be a major disaster, but this did not affect him. In 2009, he came up with India's first highest grossing film “3 Idiots” starring Kareena Kapoor Khan, Amir Khan, R. Madhavan, Sharman Joshi and Boman Irani. This movie not just remained as cult classic, but is still loved by the youngsters. In the year 2014, he again collaborated with Amir Khan and Vidhu Vinod Chopra for the movie “PK”, which broke all the past box office records and was both critically and commercially acclaimed, and it was not only appreciated by the Indian audience but also became the highest Indian grossing film in China. In 2016, he is coming with the film “Sala Khadoos”, starring R. Madhavan as a sole producer.        

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Rajkumar Hirani Hindi Actor