Ajit Khan

Other names of Ajit Khan: Hamid Ali Khan

Ajit Khan or better known by his stage name, Ajit, is a prominent Hindi film actor. He was born on January 27, 1922 as Hamid Ali Khan in Golkonda, Hyderabad State. His career spanned for nearly four decades, where he acted in more than 200 films. He studied at the Govt. Junior College in Warangal, Telangana. His father is Bashir Ali Khan, who was the personal driver of Osman Ali Khan of Nizam. Ajit has three sons, namely Shehzad, Zahid and Arbaaz Ali Khan.

Ajit started his career as a hero and became notable as the lead actor in films like ‘Nastik’, ‘ Milan’, ‘Bada Bhai’, ‘Baradari’ and ‘Dholak’. His remarkable acting was appreciated as the second lead in the 1957 drama film, ‘ Naya Daur’ and ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ in 1960. Director K. Amarnath, who helmed his film, ‘Bekasoor’, advised him to change his name into something shorter and they ended up deciding on using “Ajit”.

He ran away from his home to pursue his acting career. He sold his college textbooks to go to Bombay and then started his career during the 40’s. Initially, luck was not in favor of him. His first few films like ‘Shahe Misra’, ‘Sikander’, ‘Hatimtai’, ‘ Aap Beeti’, ‘Dholak’, ‘Sone Ki Chidiya’ and ‘Chanda Ki Chandni’ were all flop. Most of his films were with Nalini Jaywant. Later, he shifted to villain roles and his first film as a villain was the 1966 Hindi film, ‘ Suraj’, helmed by T. Prakash Rao. This was followed by Prakash Mehra’s Hindi action-thriller film, ‘ Zanjeer’ and the Bollywood action drama film, ‘Yaadon Ki Baaraat’ in 1973.

Some of his popular films include ‘Naya Daur’, ‘ Shikari’, ‘Nastik’ and a lot more. He acted with almost all the biggies in the industry, including Prithviraj Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand and many more. During the mid 70’s, he acted in over 57 films, in which he appeared mostly as a villain. He became popular for his epic dialogues such as “ Mona Darling”, “Lion and Lily don’t be silly”, which he used in some of his films. He usually portrayed the educated, cultured, well-groomed and heartless villain sporting a western look, white leather shoes, matching overcoats and big sunglasses.

He died due to a massive heart attack on October 21, 1998 in Hyderabad at the age of 76. His oblivion started after a bypass surgery in the year 1981. Since then, he stopped acting, but the industry was unable to find a villain who could match his popularity.

Aditya Shankar Hindi Actor

Aditya Shankar

Adi Shankar, famously known as Aditya Shankar was born on January 8, 1985. He is an American director and producer. At Northwestern University, Adi completed his graduation in communications, business and theatre. He entered the movie world of Hollywood by producing a Main Street movie in 2011. Adi is famous for producing ‘R’ rated movies. He produced the film The Grey in 2011 that was nominated in Scare Tactics and Silly information categories of the International Wolf Center’s Scat Award. Among the movies he produced, Dredd became one of the cult films. This Sci-Fi movie was released in the year 2012. This movie won a lot of critical acclaims. Among the Hindi movies, he was the executive producer of famed Gangs of Wasseypur. In 2013, Lone Survivor film won Best Action film in Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards. He is also famous for his short films. He made his first short film The Punisher: Dirty Laundry in 2012. This short film is action-oriented. He made a short film called Venom: Truth in Journalism in 2013 that is influenced by well-known Belgian comedy movie Man Bites Dog. Adi Shankar made his first guest appearance in this short film. He made two animated short movies Judge Dredd: Superfiend in 2014 and James Bond: In Service of Nothing in 2015. In Sci-Fi genre, he made Power/Rangers short film. Besides being a producer, he showed his acting skills by playing roles in movies as John in The Voices, Photographer Shankar in Mostly Ghostly: Have You Met My Ghoulfriend? The Scientist in Bob Thunder: Internet Assassin, Dex in Fun Size Horror: Volume Two. In 2016, a Superhero oriented movie named Adi Shankar’s Gods and Secrets is set to release. Adi Shankar is the director, Executive producer and story writer for this 2016 release.

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Akhil Kapur

Akhil Kapur is a prominent Indian film actor. He was born on October 26, 1985, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Akhil started as an assistant director to Nikhil Advani in Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love in the year 2007 and Abbas Mustan in Race in the year 2008. He also assisted the makers of the Bollywood comedy drama film, Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. in the year 2007. Being one of the founders of the India Fight Factory, he has been trained in several fighting forms such as martial arts, Karate, Kung-Fu, Krav Maga, Muya Thai and Brazilian Jujitsu. He is the nephew of Indian actor and producer, Vinod Khanna and the cousins of actors, Rahul Khanna, and Akshaye Khanna. He took up acting and film direction at the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute and New York Film Academy and returned to India. Akhil said, since he came from a film fraternity, he always wished to get into films. In the year 2014, the actor was debuted in the Bollywood action-drama film, Desi Kattey, helmed by Anand Kumar. When Anand Kumar heard about him through a newspaper, he called Akhil and narrated a story that is different from Desi Kattey. But since Akhil has some other project in the pipeline, he was unable to go to Anand. After a year and a half, Anand called him again, and when he comes to the director, Anand narrated a love story to him but he asked Anand to cast him in a hardcore action film. And that’s how his debut film was made. He played as Pali, a small town boy who was raised up making guns, and he wanted to become a popular gangster in town. Akhil mentioned in an interview that, he watched the film "Davayan" of his uncle Vinod Khanna. He considered as his biggest inspiration and Vaastav of Sanjay Dutt, to prepare for his role in Desi Kattey, since both roles were quite similar to his role in the film. Prior to this, he interned on several films before Anand approached him for a role in Desi Kattey. Akhil wanted to do dark characters, and one of his biggest inspirations is the Hollywood action superstar, Sylvester Stallone. Actor Sunil Shetty says Akhil has the same looks as Sanjay Dutt, only he is the younger version. He said it in terms of the intensity in the eyes of Akhil and his whole demeanor that reminds of the veteran actor, Sanjay Dutt. Akhil has done a sexy pro-vegetarian advertisement for People for the Ethical Treatments of Animals (PETA), with whom he poses his traffic-stopping physique. Known to be a vegetarian, he intends to prove that vegetarians are fit to live longer. The ad was shot by popular Bollywood photographer, Haider Khan.

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