Shakti Samanta, an eminent Indian film director, was born on January 13th, 1926 in Burdwan, West Bengal. He founded the most famous “Shakti Films” in 1957. He directed 37 films and was the producer for two. Shaki Samanta is one of those directors who have directed films from the time of black and white movies to coloured ones. He was not only famous for producing some outstanding films but also because of the songs in it. No wonder this famous director is the name associated with the famous versatile actor, Rajesh Khanna, who created history during that time. Personal Life: Shakti Samanta had two sons and two grandsons Ashim Samanta is one of them. Career: Shakti Samanta did his schooling from Dehradun and graduation from Calcutta University. Shakti wanted to be an actor and because of that after he completed his graduation he went to Mumbai and became a teacher in Dapoli, near Mumbai, so that he could stay in touch with Hindi film Industry. He started his career as an assistant director in the year 1948 in the movie ‘Sunhere din’. Later he continued with that and worked with other directors for the experience.

Eventually, he directed his first film ‘Bahu’, which released in1955 and the leads Karan Dewan and Usha Kiron. Ashok Kumar is the name which made Shakti direct his film and eventually made him start his career as a director. Shakti also introduced Sharmila Tagore to acting. Sharmila was later seen with Rajesh Khanna in the movie, ` Kashmir Ki Kali`. Their pair was a super hit duo in the industry. He also teamed up with the heartthrob of 1960`s, Shammi Kapoor and worked together in films like `An Evening in Paris` and `Chinatown`. Samanta, who made fewer films after 1980 worked as a director one last time in 2002 in the Bengali feature ‘ Devdas’. Awards: Shakti Samanta received various awards for his talent and marvellous work. His award his includes Lifetime achievement award and also “Best film” at Filmfare Awards for Aradhana, Anuraag, and Amanush. He also received ‘Zee Cine Award for Lifetime Achievement’. Apart from the awards, Samanta was the President of the Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association (IMPPA) of India for five years, Chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) for seven years and was Chairman of the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata for two years.

Shaad Ali Hindi Actor

Shaad Ali

Shaad Ali is an Indian Film Director, who comes under the list of successful and sensational directors of Bollywood. Shaad was born and brought up in the city Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh into a politically active family. His father, Muzaffar Ali, is a popular filmmaker while his mother Subhashini Ali is an Indian politician and a fairly active member of the Communist Party of India, which is Marxist. His grandfather Lakshmi Sehgal was the commander of the Azad Hind Fauj, which was formed by the valiant Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose during the Indian Freedom struggle. He has completed his studies at the Welham Boys School and the Lawrence School in Shimla. He also completed his graduation from Shimla University. Coming from a family background of films, Shaad was always drawn towards the idea of making movies of his own. Thus, backed by his passion for movies Shared headed to Mumbai and got the chance to work with the famous director Mani Ratnam as his assistant director. He even got the chance to assist Mani Ratnam for the movie ‘Dil Se’ released in the year 1998. Following that he assisted Mani Ratnam in few other famous Bollywood movies like Guru in the year 2007, Ravan and also I Ravaan in the year 2010. After learning the intricacies of direction; Shaad went on to do his directorial debut from the movie ‘Saathiya’ in the year 2002 under the Yash Raj Films banner. The movie starring Vivek Oberoi and Rani Mukherji was an enormous success at the box office, and Shaad’s direction was much appreciated. His next project was the movie ‘Bunty Aur Bubbly’ starring Abhishek Bachchan and Rani Mukherji along with Amitabh Bachchan. This movie too broke many records and became a super hit. This put Shaad Ali in the leading director’s list. The next movie that he directed was ‘Jhoom barabar Jhoom’ in the year 2007. This movie too had leading actors namely, Abhishek Bachchan, Preity Zinta, Bobby Deol and Lara Dutta. In this movie too he proved his exceptional direction skills. After a ling break of about seven years, Shaad directed another film, ‘Kill Dil’ in the year 2014. Though Shaad has been nominated for a couple of awards for his direction so far, he has not received any awards. Shaad is married to stylist Aarti Patkar. Before his marriage with Aarti was married to Shahzneen Hussain whom he divorced.


Shalaka Ranadive

Shalaka Ranadive is an Indian television actress, who became popular during the 90’s. She is also a theater artist, producer, and director with over two decades of experience. She started her career in the early 1990s and eventually became an accomplished television actress, who has worked for leading production companies like Balaji Telefilms, BR Chopra, and UTV Productions. She was the girl from the Pehli Baar Mile Hain, a popular song from the 1991 romantic drama film, Saajan. Shalaka acted in television serials like Swabhimaan, Zara Hat Ke, Ithihaas, and many more. She also donned several prints and television advertisements. After her stints in several TV serials, she took part in a variety of theater productions in the UK. Shalaka’s husband was based in the UK, and though she was at the peak of her career in India, she made a tough decision and left the country. Within the first six months of her stay in the UK, she is already performing on stage in front of the live audiences. She was pregnant with her first daughter when she made her first stage performance in London. During those times, she also acted in the Pakistani serial, Sard Aag. She moved to Singapore in 2007 and ventured into stage production and direction. In 2009, she founded Wecandoit, an acting academy, which aims to encourage aspiring children and adults in pursuing their passion in performing arts. The Academy has already produced few stage plays including Dia (2009), Coming Soon (2009), Friendly Fire (2010), Trikon – The War Within (2011), Rojak (2013), and Nikki’s Magical World (2014). Also in 2014, she also directed Dhaara, which is intended for the Samarpana Festival in India and Singapore. Rojak is a critically acclaimed stage and sold out production, while Nikki’s Magical World and Dhaara were both well received by the audience. This 2016, Shalaka has directed the play, All is Well. Shalaka also acted in My Best Friend, a short film, which was produced by Anil David Sharma and Mayuri Singh. Shalaka is also the co-owner of Dreams for Progress Ltd. (DFP). She is also representing Anupam Kher’s acting school called Actor Prepares, in Singapore, to which Wecandoit is associated. She is currently working for the launch of the Hindi Theatre Festival, which comprises ten short Hindi plays. Shalaka also started working on a film project.  

Shalaka Ranadive Hindi Actress