Shobha Kapoor is a film and television producer from India and the Managing Director of the much acclaimed Balaji Telefilms, a serial production house based in Mumbai. It is now run by her talented daughter Ekta Kapoor Ekta Kapoor; a legendry producer in Indian TV and >> Read More... . Shobha mainly takes care of the production and administration activities of the company. She has co-produced many cult Hindi serials such as ‘ Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi - This Indian show >> Read More... ’ from 2000 to 2008, ‘ Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii is like an all time favorite >> Read More... ’ also from 2000 to 2008, ‘ Kasautii Zindagii Kay Now this is something very BIG. Here we are talkin >> Read More... ’ from 2001 to 2008 and ‘ Kaahin Kissii Roz Kaahin Kissii Roz - Shaina and Kunal is a married >> Read More... ’ from 2001 to 2004. She is married to veteran actor Jeetendra, and they have two kids, Tusshar Kapoor Son of a legendary Filmstar Jeetendra Kapoor and b >> Read More... , and Ekta Kapoor. Shobha and Jeetendra were dating each other for 13 years before their wedding, and former was working as an air-hostess then.

Shobha hails from Sindhi (now part of Pakistan), and she says that she inherited her business skills from her late maternal grandfather, who was a successful businessman from Karachi. After marriage, Shobha ran a boutique back in the 90s to bring up her kids as her husband Jeetendra’s film career was going topsy-turvy. It was later in the year 1994 that the family ventured into production which was a flop initially. Eventually, in the year 2000 they created Balaji Film, and soon they got the contract of the hit serial, ‘Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’. About Ekta, Shobha opines that the former is a very creative personality and manages finance extraordinarily.

Shobha also says that she has a stable relationship with her daughter, who needs someone to understand and support. It was with Ekta that she produced their first film “Kyon Ki Main Jhoot Nahi Bolta’, but, unfortunately, the film didn’t fare well at the box office. After the creation of Balaji Motion Pictures, they produced another movie ‘Kucch Tho Hai” featuring Tusshar Kapoor and Anita Hassanandani Born as Natasha on the 14th of April, 1980, Anita >> Read More... , which was a failure at the box office. But later in the year 2010 and 2011, two successful films got released under the banner of Balaji Motion Pictures.

Satyajit Ray Hindi Actor

Satyajit Ray

Biographies reveal bare details about the maverick filmmaker Satyajit Ray. Even today not much is known about this extraordinary filmmaker. But people still have a passion for doing research upon his classic films as he is an extraordinary filmmaker. Satyajit Ray was India’s first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Academy Award (Honorary Oscar) in 1992. He is also a recipient of the honorary doctorate by Oxford University ( after actor Chaplin). The government of India has awarded him ‘Padma Bhushan(1965) and  Dadasaheb Phalke Award(1985) and the highest civilian honour’Bharat Ratna’(1992) too. In 1992, he was even posthumously awarded the Akira Kurosawa Award for Lifetime Achievement in directing at the San Francisco International Film Festival. The director was chosen once as No 7 in the list of list of "Top 10 Directors" of the world.  Satyajit Ray was born in Calcutta on 2 May 1921.  He completed his degree at Presidency College, Calcutta. After his graduation, he joined a British-run advertising agency (D.J.Keymer) as a junior Visualiser drawing eighty rupees per month. During 1947, he set up the ‘Calcutta Film Society’ with his colleagues that screened many foreign films. In 1950, he landed up in London where he watched 99 films. Ray had even once said that seeing some neorealist films had an impact, and he decided to become a filmmaker. Thus, he shot his film ‘Pather Panchali’ in late 1952. He shot this film with his personal savings and borrowed some funds, but that was not sufficient either. It took three years to complete the film. West Bengal Government funded the film and his first film ‘Pather Panchali’ released in 1955. The film won him international acclaim. The film was the adaptation from a novel written by Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay. This film ‘Pather Panchali’ even today is featured in lists of the greatest films ever made. This film established Ray as one of the country’s most distinguished filmmaker, and the film won in 1956 an award (Best Human Document award)  in the Cannes Film Festival. Later, Ray went to make a total of 36 films, including feature films, documentaries and short films. He had won 32 National Film Awards so far.   Ray has introduced Aparna Sen, Jaya Bhaduri, Sharmila Tagore, Soumitra Chatterjee to  Indian cinema and even worked with Waheeda Rehman, Simi Garewal, Amjad Khan, Shabana Azmi and Sanjeev Kumar. Satyajit Ray was in charge of scripting, casting, musical scoring, and editing, and designed his own credit titles and publicity material. In the International film world, Ray is well known for ‘Apu Trilogy’ which comprised three Bengali films ‘’Pather Panchali’’, ‘’Aparajito’’ and ‘’Apur Sansar’’ directed by Ray. He later made one of his classic films ‘Charulata’ based on Rabindranath Tagore’s novel. Although Ray considers ‘Charulata’ as his favourite film that he ever made, critics consider another film ‘Devi’ as his best. The film ‘Charulata’ fetched Ray the Silver Bear Award for Best Director at the Berlin International Film Festival. He received the same award for his earlier film ‘Mahanagar’ too. Though Ray never looked for dolled-up glamour for his films he personified the actresses’ beauty as intelligent beauty in many films and chose Waheeda Rehman, Sharmila Tagore, Aparna Sen, Simi Garewal, Madhavi Mukherjee in his films.  Satyajit Ray, who is considered as a true poet of cinema, has directed a Bengali film ‘Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne’ (1969) which was based on a story of his grandfather Upendra Kishore. Although Ray directed matinee idol Uttam Kumar in his two films ‘Nayak’ and ‘Chiriyakhana’, Ray could not succeed in directing Suchitra Sen. In 1958, the director made another classic film ‘Jalsaghar’ which made French people pay attention to Ray’s films. The film boasts of Chhabi Biswas’s superb performance and music by Ustand Vilayat Khan contributed to creating the right atmosphere in the film. Ray is also known for his films like ‘Kanchenjangha’(1962), ‘Ganashatru’ (1990), ‘Sonar Kella’ (1974), ‘Hirak Rajar Deshe’ (1980), ‘Aranyer Din Ratri’ (1969),’ Ashani Sanket’ (1973) and ‘Agantuk’ (1991) etc. The director passed away on 3 April 1992 in Kolkata. He left behind his wife, Bijoya Ray and son Sandip Ray. He was a towering personality and his encyclopedic knowledge, his charisma, and his vision of cinema always coincided with the hope of an emergent nation.

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Deeya Singh

Deeya Singh is a prominent Indian television producer. She and her real-life husband, Toni Singh, founded the Indian television shows Production Company, DJ’s Creative Unit. She is known for creating novel concepts and ideas, which brought innovation in the television industry. Deeya studied at Welham Girls’ School and later attended the Cathedral and John Connon School in Mumbai. Subsequently, she studied Arts at St. Xavier's College. She is the doting mother of Giaa Singh and Jashn Singh. Giaa is a trained western dancer and a classical vocalist. She has produced television shows like Banegi Apni Baat (1993-1997), Jabb Love Hua (2006-2007), Chotti Bahu (2008-2010), Choti Bahu 2 (2011-2012), Ek Mutthi Aasmaa (2013-2014), Just Mohabbat (1996-2000), Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin (2003-2006), Bhaskar Bharti (2009), Baat Hamari Pakki Hai (2010-2011), Parvarish – Kuchh Khattee Kuchh Meethi (2011-2013), Hum Hain Na (2014-2015), Left Right Left (2006-2008), Jugni Chali Jalandhar (2008-2010), I Luv My India (2012), Annu Ki Ho Gayee Waah Bhai Waah (2007-2008), Radhaa Ki Betiyaan Kuch Kar Dikhayengi (2008), Dharampatni (2011-2012), Mere Ghar Aayi Ek Nanhi Pari (2009), Aise Karo Naa Vidaa (2010), Maryada: Lekin Kab Tak? (2010-2012), Ek Nanad Ki Khushiyon Ki Chaabi… Meri Bhabhi (2013-2014) and Hamari Sister Didi (2014-2015). Recently, she has produced the Indian adaptation of the famous American sitcom, Everybody Loves Raymond, and the comedy sitcom was entitled as Sumit Sambhal Lega, which was aired on STAR Plus channel. She and Tony were the first ever producers who brought the international series to India, which will surely change the Indian television’s sphere. She is also working in the comedy crime television series, Police Factory on SAB TV; Zee TV’s Kaala Teeka and the sequel of Parvarrish – Kuchh Khattee Kuchh Meethi.

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Deeya Singh Hindi Actress