Born in the city of Mumbai to a family of Parsi religion, Rohinton Soli Screwvala is an Indian philanthropist, entrepreneur, CEO, and founder of UTV Group, which included Bloomberg UTV, UTV Software Communications, etc. Since school time Ronnie had an interest in films and theater. He also acted in some skits in Bombay theater like
Alyque Padamsee and Pearl. But he did not like working for others, so his stage career ended as he wished to initiate his business. Ronnie started on a small scale in the year 1981.
He worked as a cable TV operator in the city Mumbai under the network company. It provided a video channel for three hours to people who lived in the Cuffe Parade area which is the affluent area of Mumbai. The channel became famous, and craze grew among people there. In the year 1990, Ronnie found the UTV group. Just in a fraction of the time, UTV has grown into a huge business. Dil Ke Jharoke Mein was the first film by UTV.
Back to back, it produced successful movies, and the company expanded into gaming, broadcasting, films, etc. In the year 2004, came another channel by Ronnie, Hungama. It is the leading children's television channel. It also got marked on the Indian Stock Exchange in the year 2005. In the year 2014, Ronnie owned the Mumbai Kabaddi team named U Mumba of the competition Pro Kabaddi League. In 2014, they were the runner-ups and winners in the year 2015. Ronnie succeeds in whatever he does. Ronnie also stayed as the managing director of The Indian Walt Disney Company.
In the January 2016, he took the promotion of the online entertainment content platform Arre. The start-up used to produce and publish audios, videos, doodles, documents, etc. Ronnie even holds a private equity business called the Unilazer Ventures Ltd. Ronnie married
Zarina Mehta and lived with her happily in South Mumbai. With Zarina, it has been his second marriage.
He has written a book as well titled Dream with your Eyes Open. It has his story and motivates his readers. He also wants to start a TV show just after the release of the book. Screwvala laid the foundation of Heal Aid Restore Educate (SHARE) society which aimed rural development in the state of Maharashtra. His work with Swades Foundation is appreciable, and he received The Philanthropist Award of the year. He is highly determined and loves to work. He wants to launch new projects in the industry year after year.