Acting started out as a mere interest to this young lad when he was in 7th standard. He was very particular about acting, so he joined a college which had a drama club. Hailing from Ahmedabad in Gujarat, Vasant Narkar did his schooling in Gujarati, although his family was formerly from Maharashtra. His parents were Dattatrey Narkar and Sulochna Narkar. With strong roots in drama and acting, he became an Indian film and documentary writer. Vasant was in the Gujarati film industry for thirty years proving his mettle in acting, directing and production. His first film in Hindi was ‘3 November’ which released in 2016. It was a murder mystery. Upon questioning the reason for the strange movie name, Vasant Narkar replied that he didn't have any other name for a suspense thriller since all catchy, mystery-inducing names had been taken by other movies.

The cast was roped in from popular TV shows and series. ‘3 November’ had Kabir Khan, Saheem Khan and Minakshi Bhagat to name a few among the main cast. It had been produced by Pritesh Joshi under the M.K Media Pvt Ltd banner. Vasant was also excited about having to write a movie in Hindi after directing Gujarati flicks continuously. He made two movies in Gujarati out of which one was called ‘The Lady Dabang,’ which starred a Gujarati actress Hemangini Kaj. The film is said to have lots of action scenes in it. It is a heroine-centric movie. When asked about the movie, Vasant said that a lot of movies are hero-centric movies. So, he decided to try something different and directed a heroine-centric movie instead. It released in 2014.

The other Gujarati movies he directed were ‘Shiv Vivha,’ ‘Odhani,’ ‘Boss Pappu Paas Thai Gayo’ and ‘Dikro Maro Vahal No Varasdar.’ Vasant Narkar’s ‘Odhani’ had created quite a bit of noise before its release. People awaited its dramatic action sequence which bore a striking similarity to any of the South Indian successful action movie. ‘Odhani’ had powerful dialogues and action scenes, it increased the excitement of the Gujarati locals upon the release of its official trailer. His endless list of works includes TV series written and directed by him like ‘Kaki No 1,’ ‘Umber,’ ‘Vahali Baa’ and ‘Sambandho Sagar Paar Na.’ His net worth is believed to be roughly around seven million dollars. His stage plays include ‘Vikruti,’ ‘Chhinna - Bhinna,’ ‘Kheta to Kahevai Gayu,’ ‘ Take It Easy,’ ‘Love Ma LBW,’ ‘Dikra De Taali.’

Ruchi Narain Hindi Actress

Ruchi Narain

Ruchi Narain is an Indian film director and screenplay artist well-known for her work in Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, and Kal-Yesterday and Tomorrow. Ruchi Narain got her early schooling from Woodstock School, Mussoorie. When she was six years old, she moved to Colombo, Sri Lanka. She received her schooling from Oversea Children’s school, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Later she received her high school education at The Sultan’s School, Dubai. She completed her college education at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. During her college days, she developed her interests in Communication mass media. After completing her college education she filled the application form for Social Communication Media, Sophia College, Mumbai, Maharashtra, and her application was accepted. Ruchi Narain started her career in 1996, when she worked as an assistant director in the movie “Is Raat KI Subah Nahin”. The movie was directed by Sudhir Mishra, starring Nirmal Pandey, Smriti Mishra, Tara Deshpande, and Ashish Vidyarthi. Later in 2003, she worked in “Hazaaron Khawaishen Aisi” which got released in 2005, as an associate producer, assistant director, and a Screenplay writer. The was a super hit and went to 12 film festivals within 6 months of release, including Turkey, Estonia, River to River (Florence), Berlin, Edinburgh, Washington, and much more. The movie was directed by Sudhir Mishra, starring Kay Kay Mengon, Chitrangada Singh, Shiney Ahuja, Saurabh Shukla, and Ram Kapoor. The film won many awards including Best Screenplay Filmfare Award, Zee Cine Award, and Star Screen Award. Later she worked as the writer-director of “Kal-Yesterday and Tomorrow”, starring Shiney Ahuja, Murad Ali, and Ahmed Chaudhary. The movie also grabbed many appreciations and gave fame to Ruchi Narain. This film won Critic Award at Cinefan-Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema. Later in the year 2007, she worked as a second unit director in the movie “Khoya Khoya Chand.” This movie was directed by Sudhir Mishra starring Shiney Ahuja, Soha Ali Khan, and Rajat Kapoor. This movie was nominated for Apsara Film Producers Guild Awards. In 207, she worked as a director, writer in the movie Hanuman Da’ Damdaar. Ruchi Narain worked as a writer in “Calcutta Mail, in which she did a screenplay as herself. The movie was released in 2003, directed by Sudhir Mishra, starring Anil Kapoor, Rani Mukherji, Sayaji Shinde and Manisha Koirala. The movie was nominated for many awards including Best Screenplay at Zee Cine Awards, 2004. Ruchi Narain has won many awards in her lifetime. She won an award at Bombay International Film Festival for Best Story in “Hazaaron Khawaishein Aisi”, Critic Award at Cinefan-Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema for her movie “Kal-Yesterday and tomorrow.” She is appreciated for her work in Indian Film Industry.


Mani Kaul

Mani Kaul undoubtedly was one of the greatest directors of Hindi cinema. He was born in Jodhpur, Rajasthan and his real name was Rabindranath Kaul. He was from a Kashmiri Pandit family. Kaul initially joined FTII, Pune as an acting student but later on shifted to the direction course. There, his teacher was a renowned film director, Ritwik Ghatak. He graduated in the year 1966. Mani was the nephew of Mahesh Kaul, who was an actor as well as director in the industry. He had directed films like Sapno Ka Saudagar (1968), in which Raj Kapoor was the lead actor. Kaul had the skill of filmmaking in his blood. Mani Kaul’s first film brought a new wave in the Bollywood and began a new trend. Kaul’s first film “Uski Roti’ (1969) came up to be the game and wind variation of the industry. Then his films like “Ashadh Ka Ek Din” (1971), “Duvidha” etc. came next in the row. Yuki Film Co-operative (Union Kinematograph technicians) had Kaul as one of its Co-founders. He also used to teach music in the Netherlands and was the Creative Director at Osian’s Connoisseurs of Art, Mumbai. He was also a visiting faculty at Harvard University for 2000-2001 school year. In 1974, Kaul was awarded best director award for the movie ‘Duvidha.’ He won 4 Filmfare awards in 1971, 1972, 1974 and 1993 for Uski Roti, Ashad Ka Ek Din, Duvidha, Idiot respectively. At 21st Berlin International Film Festival, Kaul was a jury member. In one of his interviews, he stated that Kumar Shahani was his batchmate while John Abraham was his junior. He also claimed that Adoor Gopalakrishnan was a year senior to him at FTII. Kaul’s films were directly considered to have a high art, both plastic and performative, his films used to make sense of connection with the audience. What else a person, especially a filmmaker needs except the fact that his movies can make a direct impact on the ultimate viewers. These days, filmmakers try to make movies to earn big, but Mani Kaul had a distinct ideology. He used to make films for the purpose of setting an example in front of the society which compels people to change the way they look at the world. And he is the one who made people realize the problems with a good sense of humor. In his personal life also, Kaul was very down to earth kind of person. He was always witnessed very calm and silent. Maybe that is the only reason why wise people make a lot of noise with their work. When he was asked whether he felt bad about the fact that his movie didn’t achieve mass appeal he immediately said “no.” He once accepted that he was well acquainted with this scenario that his movies would have a limited audience. He also taught dhrupad music for 5-6 years and kept on exploring its form. Mani Kaul died on July 6th, 2011 at the age of 66. He died after battling for a long time with cancer. Kaul has two sons and two daughters and will remain immortal in them. He took his last breath in Gurgaon, Delhi. A legend like him will be remembered by the world.

Mani Kaul Hindi Actor