Birthday: 14-12-1934
Age: 84
Star sign: Capricorn

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.

Shekhar Kapur Hindi Actor

Shekhar Kapur

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. Shekhar was the only son of his parents. He also had three sisters. Shekhar went to school at the Modern School in New Delhi 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’.He took the turn towards directing the movie ‘Massom’ in 1983 starring well-established actors like Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi.He then went on to direct the blockbuster Science Fiction film ‘Mr. India’ starring Sridevi, Anil Kapoor, and Amrish Puri. 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’; 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'.

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Aanand L Rai

    ‘Anand L. Rai’ is a prominent Bollywood director and he had done super good films as of date. He was born on 28th June, 1971 in New Delhi. He is a Computer Science Engineer as far as his education is concerned. He did his college in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. His family got shifted to Dehradun from Sindh, Pakistan after the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947. He worked as an Engineer for some years, but then quit. Later, he joined his brother Ravi Rai in his television shows. After which, he started his own television shows and had managed it quite well.     Anand L. Rai's first venture 'Strangers' is a psychological thriller. After his debut movie, he did 'Thodi Life Thoda Magic' in the year 2008. His huge success as a director happened in the year 2013 in his movie 'Tanu Weds Manu' starring R.Madhavan and Kangana Ranaut. This film portrayed a different dimension of love rather than the usual way of a love affair. After this hit, he joined hands with the Kollywood star Dhanush in the movie 'Raanjhaana'. This had been the debut movie for Dhanush in Bollywood and Dhanush got Filmfare Award for this movie.      In the year 2015, Anand L. Rai wanted to keep up his magical romantic comedy style of movies. As an attempt to make a hat trick success, he made a sequel of his film 'Tanu Weds Manu'. It was titled as 'Tanu Weds Manu Returns'. The team of Anand L.Rai again made a magical success and it lived up to the expectations of everybody. Without a doubt, it had also become a blockbuster movie and achieved box office success. Anand L. Rai is a well sensible director and his five experimental movies turned up quite well. He is known for his perfect success formula and the wonder of his screenplay.

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