Samir Chanda was a popular Indian director and production designer, who was born in 1957. He worked in the Indian cinema industry, including Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil, and Bengali. He was well-known for his work in movies like Yoddha (1992), Dil Se (1998), Omkara (2006), Rang De Basanti (2006), Guru (2007), and Raavan (2010).

Samir also directed a Bengali movie, Ek Nadir Galop (2008) featuring popular actor Mithun Chakraborty. It went ahead as the Indian entry for the African, Latin American and Asian Competition segment of the International Film Festival of India’s 38th edition, in Goa. Samir was given the National Film Award for Best Direction (Art) four times, which include Shyam Benegal directed Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero (2005).

Samir was a trained painter coming from Government College of Craft & Art, Kolkata. Later, he shifted to Mumbai and began his career as an assistant to well-known art director Nitish Roy working in movies like Mandi (1983) by Mrinal Sen, Shyam Benegal. After that, Samir started handling films on his own as an art director and production designer, with Subhash Ghai, directed film Ram Lakhan (1989).

In the upcoming years, he worked with popular directors like Sangeeth Sivan, Vishal Bhardwaj, Shyam Benegal, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, and Mani Ratnam. For Rakesh Omprakash Mehra’s Delhi-6, Samir recreated the famous lanes of Old Delhi at Sambhar town in Rajasthan, since it has similar architecture.

Later, for some part, historic monument Jama Masjid was added digitally to the frame as a background. Wasiq Khan, who is well-known for his work in popular films like Gangs of Wasseypur and Ram-Leela, began his career as an assistant art director under Samir Chanda in movies, Iruvar (1997) directed by Mani Ratnam, and Shyam Benegal's Hari-Bhari (2000).

Samir took his last breath in Mumbai on August 18th, 2011, at the age of 53. It was reported that he suffered a drug reaction from a painkiller which he had taken for a toothache earlier that day, which caused him a heart attack. He was rushed to a hospital in Malad, where unfortunately he died within an hour.

Saket Chaudhary Hindi Actor

Saket Chaudhary

Saket Chaudhary is a prominent director and screenwriter of Bollywood. He has directed the popular Hindi films- Pyar Ke Side Effects (2006), Shaadi Ke Side Effects (2014), and Hindi Medium (2017). He was born into an upper-middleclass family. He spent most of his schooling and college years in Delhi. He aspired to become an engineer. However, in the later phase of his life, he changed his focus. He was involved in writing plays during his college and school life. Since he belonged to a middle-class family, he never thought of making films. It was in the second year of Physics (Hons.) that he decided to take up something which he was interested in doing. He went to the Department of Media and Communication Studies (DMCS), Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU). He came to know about the international cinema and different aspects of film making in the mass communication university. Advertising field was primarily his focus. He never thought about making feature films. Saket worked in a production house as an assistant director and also wrote for small tv shows. He was an assistant director in the movie, Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani (2000), directed by Aziz Mirza. Farah Khan’s Dil Chahta Hai was an inspiration for Saket which motivated him to direct films. His debut directional venture was Pyar Ke Side Effects, which was produced by Rahul Bose. He has directed three films till date. Saket was both a director and a screenwriter of two of his movies- Pyar Ke Side Effects, and Shaadi Ke Side Effects. Saket was the co-writer of Santosh Sinha’s Asoka. There was a case of plagiarism against Hindi Medium, the third film directed by him which was proved to be wrong later. He was nominated for the Filmfare award in the category of Best Director and has also received the Filmfare award. Saket believes that the best thing about being a director is that he enjoys the work which he does. However, lack of security and loneliness are the main drawbacks in this profession. Mani Ratnam had a sustancial influence on him. Other prominent stars like Milos Foreman, Scorsese, Woody Allen, and Kubrick were also his role models. . He was so fond of Amitabh Bachchan in his childhood that the young boy wanted his parents to name him Vijay.

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