Vidhu Vinod Chopra is a classic filmmaker, who has given Indian audiences films like Parineeta, Munnabhai MBBS, 3-Idiots, PK and 1942-A Love Story. What distinguished him from other film maker was that, he always wanted to experiment cinema. Both in terms of his script and in terms of mise-en-scene, character development and pace of the film, we believe that most of his films were very successful in box-office. As an FTII student, he always wanted to learn by making his films; he selected films therefore like an intensive program. He has a reputation for being completely demanding during production and his moody, temperamental and control freaks always made him the perfect filmmaker before and behind the camera. He had captured and shown the lovely romance (‘’1942-A Love story’’),which dates back to British period that had hummable songs and the top performances by all actors in the film. In Parineeta (directed by Pradeep Sarkar), it was again love story of Shekhar and Lolita, so pure yet intense at the same time essayed 50 or 60 years back. Again, he made an award winning film like Munnabhai MBBS, which was so replete with laughter and emotions without being soppy. His other films like “3-Idiots”, “PK” or even ‘”Eklavya –The Royal Guard” throw up situations, landscapes and characters that correspond to the life. His success in films only threw up new vistas for his whole team (PK or 3-Idiots). “1942-A Love Story” was the beginning of his splendid journey to an eternity. It is still Chopra’s best film. But “Munnabhai MBBS” remains the definitive Chopra’s classic. Today, his production house remains the only trusted name assuring the public of good family entertainment grounded in social values.

Cinema these days have become a major asset to promoting understanding of different regions (PK & 3-Idiots are examples for it); these films will enable us to enjoy the beauty of new relations amongst various people like student-teacher relationship in 3-Idiots and an alien who pokes fun at India’s erring religions in PK. Earlier, Vidhu Vinod Chopra made films like Saazaye Maut, which was an adaptation to his own short film (Murder at Monkey Hill) assigned to him at FTII (film Institute, Pune) and the director made a full-fledged movie on the same script. This black and white film Saazaye Maut (1981), had fetched him a national award. His film PK is the highest grosser movie still and his next production Wazir, directed by Bijoy Nambiar starring Amitabh Bachchan, Farhan Akthtar and John Abraham is expected to release very soon.

Vinay Shukla

A well-known name in the field of writing, direction is the producer of the film ‘Godmother’,yes, he is Vinay Shukla, whose films are distinctly different from others not only for the success at the box-office but also for garnering critical acclaim and prestigious awards .He was associated with this performing art when he was 9 years old and began participating in radio plays at ‘Akashwani’, Jaipur. This creative passion of Vinay led him into the theatre, during his college, university days. He found the most powerful medium to express his views and talents and that is Cinema. His famous movies are ’Ship of Theseus’, in which he had acted and for the story and direction of his film ‘Mirch’ he is famous. Again in the movie ‘Maqbool’ he had acted too. But his film ‘Godmother’ had given him the honor to receive National Award. He went to Pune Film and Television Institute for the training of Film and Television acting, direction and for everything to flourish in this line. He had became a known and active scriptwriter and director of Hindi films over the last forty years. The high quality training and exposure at the institute had set the ground of Vinay, and as a result, his interest was not limited to, film making only, rather he developed the unique and vibrant narrative form which he had used in his films. From Pune Film Institute he came out with flying colors. He passed out with Gold Medal and without wasting any time he plunged his step in film making and script writing. His passion is to change the style of the story construction, screenplay format, or dialogue construction as we have seen in Satyamev Jayate, Ram Jaane, or in Virasat. He has also given off beat movies like ‘Parinay’ and ‘Tarang’. He has received many awards and has given box office success too. He believes that Bollywood movies are the best entertaining forms that can deal with serious issues and themes to be tackled in the screenplay. He is a director who has taken the film industry hundred years ahead with responsibility.

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Vinay Shukla Hindi Actor