Shekhar Kapur is a renowned Indian actor, director, and producer.He was born on 6 December 1945, in Lahore, which was then part of British India. His father, Kulbhushan Kapur, was an eminent doctor. His mother was Sheela Kanta Kapoor, who was the sister of actor Dev Anand Dev Anand would be nostalgically remembered by fil >> Read More... . Shekhar was the only son of his parents. He also had three sisters. Shekhar went to school at the Modern School in New Delhi Click to look into! >> Read More... and later studied Economics at the prestigious St. Stephen’s College. When he was of 22 years, he became a Chartered Accountant with ICAEW in England. In the starting of his career Shekhar worked for big Oil Company, then he moved to the UK in 1970 and spent few years working as a consultant. Shekhar started his acting career in the 1975 Bollywood movie ‘Jaan Hazir Hai’ and ‘Toote Khilone’.

He also made appearances in various Hindi Television serials like ‘ Udaan Udaan is a Hindi Daily series which aired on 18th >> Read More... ’.He took the turn towards directing the movie ‘Massom’ in 1983 starring well-established actors like Naseeruddin Shah Naseeruddin Shah is an experimental actor and asso >> Read More... , Shabana Azmi.He then went on to direct the blockbuster Science Fiction film ‘Mr. India’ starring Sridevi, Anil Kapoor Anil Kapoor was born on 24th December 1956 in Mumb >> Read More... , and Amrish Puri Amrish Lal Puri was born on 22nd June, 1932 in Pun >> Read More... . He also directed the movie critically acclaimed movie ‘Bandit Queen.'

Slowly, Shekhar lost interest in the production of Bollywood movies after directing a few other movies and made his way towards Hollywood. Shekhar’s Hollywood journey started in 1998 with his direction of Academy Award winning film ‘ Elizabeth Bio coming soon... >> Read More... ’; which was based on the period of British Queen Elizabeth. This movie was also nominated for seven Oscar awards. In continuation, the sequel to this movie named as Elizabeth: The Golden Age too made an impact and received Oscar’s nomination. Shekar was married to Suchitra Krishnamoorthy, who was a famous actress and model of her time. They had a daughter named Kaveri but eventually the couple got a divorce in February 2007. Shekhar’s future projects include movies like ‘Long Walk to Freedom’, and ‘The Last Full Measure’. He is also working on the third squeal to the Elizabeth movie; titled as ‘Elizabeth: The Dark Age'.

Shalaka Ranadive Hindi Actress

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.  

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Shyam Benegal

Shyam Benegal is a renowned Indian director and screenwriter. He created, what is today referred to as ‘middle cinema’. His work has widely received critical acclaim in India as well as in the International Film Circuit. He was born on 14 December 1934 in Secunderabad. He is a cousin of Guru Dutt. His paternal grandmother and Guru Dutt’s maternal grandmother were sisters. His career began in advertising in the year 1959. He was initially a copywriter. Over the years, he slowly rose to the position of a creative head. He directed over 900 advertisements before focusing his faculties on film-making. Benegal is known for films like Ankur, Nishant, Manthan and Bhumika, which were released in 1973, 1975, 1976 and 1977 respectively. His films and documentaries have been set in realistic contemporary scenarios and primarily revolve around topics like exploitation, rural empowerment, and social change. He has worked with actors like Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Amrish Puri, Shabana Azmi and Smita Patil. The movie Manthan was financed in a very interesting manner. Five lakh members of the milk co-operatives in Gujarat contributed Rs. 2 for the production of the film, which is themed around the dairy industry of Gujarat. Thus, the members became the film’s producers. Benegal taught mass communication techniques between 1966 and 1973. He was chairman of the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune during 1980-1983 and 1989-1992. His contribution to television has been immense. He directed the serial Yatra (1986) for the Indian Railways. He was the creative force behind the 53 episode television serial called Bharat Ek Khoj (1988) based on Jawaharlal Nehru’s book, Discovery of India. He was one among the members of the jury at the 14th and 31st Moscow International Film Festival held in 1985 and 2009 respectively. He gave him the Padma Shri in 1976 and the Padma Bhushan in 1991. He was presented the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for lifetime achievement in 2005.

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Shyam Benegal Hindi Actor