Rajiv S Ruia is an Indian filmmaker. Although the year of his birth is unknown, Rajiv was born on 5 August. His parents are Shyam S. Ruia and Rani S. Ruia. Rajiv originally hails from Rajasthan but was born and brought up in Mumbai. Rajiv attended Fatima Devi English High School in Mumbai. Later, he took admission at SM Lal College where he completed his diploma course in software engineering and photo-design.

With Mumbai as the center of Bollywood, Rajiv aspired to become a director and started learning film-editing at the age of 16. In his 20s, Rajiv worked under the guidance of veteran filmmakers Raman Kumar and Vijay Reddy. During his stint as an assistant director for around 7 years, Rajiv gained a lot of knowledge about various aspects of screenplay and direction. As the years passed by, he continued to make music videos and went on to make over 200 music videos, which helped him in gaining confidence as well as experience.

In 2001, he debuted with the movie “Koi Hai”, a suspense film. Due to lack of proper marketing strategy, Koi Hai went unnoticed. Finally, people recognized Rajiv’s efforts when he brought “My Friend Ganesha” in 2007. My Friend Ganesha is an animated flick, in which a boy considers Lord Ganesha as his friend in the world of loneliness. My Friend Ganesha turned out to be a huge success at the Box-Office and was a huge hit among the children. As it became a hit, Rajiv made My Friend Ganesha 2 and My Friend Ganesha 3. Rajiv won many awards for his work including a National Award for “My Friend Ganesha” and received The DadaSaheb Phalke Academy Award, one of the most prestigious awards in India for Best Director.

In 2013, Rajiv directed “ Main Krishna Hoon”. Main Krishna Hoon had Juhi Chawla and Katrina Kaif and Hrithik Roshan played cameo roles. Apparently, Juhi agreed to act in this project on the insistence of her children. As a matter of fact, Promila Hunter and Nandan Mahto co-produced Main Krishna Hoon. Since Nandan had a long-time association with Hrithik and Promila was the hairdresser of Katrina, the superstars readily agreed to get featured in their debut venture as a token of gratitude.

Rajiv also directed movies like Direct Ishq, Saansein, and Zindagi 50-50. Saansein is a horror flick with HitenTejwani, Rajneesh Duggal, and Sonarika Bhadoria in the lead roles. However, Saansein could not perform up to people’s expectations. In his review, Mihir Bhanage of The Times of India stated that, “Saansein did not have anything new to offer as it was just like any ordinary movie”. Rajiv will be making a film on Lord Shiva and has announced that Govinda would feature in his next project.

Syed Ahmed Afzal

Syed Ahmed Afzal is an Indian film director and screen writer born and brought up in New Delhi, India. He did his primary schooling from Don Bosco School, Alaknanda, New Delhi. Then Syed joined Gyan Bharati School. He was a student of the batch of 1995. He did Mechanical Engineering from Jamia Millia University, New Delhi. He said that he was never put under pressure by his parents regarding any career; instead, they asked him to do what he liked. He did not take them seriously and ended up wasting almost six years of his life. Later he decided to move to Mumbai. He even tried his hands in the trade business. After coming to Mumbai in 2008, he worked for television shows and also writing scripts, simultaneously. Syed is from a family of poets, historian, and teachers. His father was a historian and his mother was a teacher. His grandfather Gulam Rabbani Taban, was an Urdu poet, and is the recipient of the Padmashree award for poetry. Therefore it was not a matter of astonishment when he took writing instead of engineering.. He did not go to any producer with the story, and he was just writing and waiting for an opportunity to make a film. He worked in few shows EPIC channel. He worked on a script for a few years, but the movie was delayed. Finally, he met Vasu Bhagnani of "Youngistaan," that is how the film happened. Youngistann was his first Hindi film, which starred Jackie Bhagnani, Neha Sharma, and Farooq sheikh. The story of the film is basically about youth and politics. However, the film did not do well at the box office and also was criticized, but proved to be a bench mark in his career. His next film was “Laal Rang” in 2016 starring Randeep Hooda, Piaa Bajpai, and Akshay Oberoi. He said will explore every corner, with any genre, and his film is engaging and about relationships. Again the movie did not do well in the theaters. However, is working on a few more projects which will soon be released. His favorites are Arem S Sathyu Saab's 'Garam Hawa', films of Satyajit Ray, Rishikesh Mukherjee and Shekhar Kapur. He is a great fan of historical films. Some of his favorites are 'Mughal e Azam', 'Umrao Jaan', and 'Saving Private Ryan'.

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