Vijay Anand

Other names of Vijay Anand: Goldie Anand
Birthday: 22-01-1934
Date of death: 23-02-2004
Star sign: Aquarius

Vijay Anand also known as ‘Goldie‘ is an Indian filmmaker, producer, director, screenwriter and an actor who made some classic films to date. He is related to actor Dev Anand and directed many in-house films of ‘Navketan Films’ (owned by actor Dev Anand). He was born on 22 January 1934 in Punjab. As an actor, he acted opposite Jaya Bhaduri in ‘ Kora Kagaz’ which was critically applauded and was a hit film. Later, he also acted with Shabana Azmi. But his contribution to Indian cinema is understood as a director where he crafted classic film such as Guide, behind the camera lens. It was Guide that made him an acclaimed director of Indian cinema. The film was based on R.K. Narayanan’s novel and it had Waheeda Rehman and Dev Anand playing the lead roles. The film won him even international recognition. The other three films that he directed after Guide for Dev Anand are Johny Mera Naam (1970), Jewel Thief (1967) and Tere Mere Sapne(1971). All these three films were blockbusters in the box office. If Guide boosted Waheeda’s career, so did ‘Jewel Thief for Vyjayanthimala and ‘Johny Mera Naam’ did the same magic for Hema Malini.

Vijay Anand made his debut as a director with his film ‘Nau Do Gyarah’(1957) which had Dev Anand being pitted against Kalpana Karthik for the first time. After this movie, Dev Anand married Kalpana Karthik. This film was also was a blockbuster.

Vijay Anand’s directional venture ‘Tere Mere Sapne’ was remade In Bengali and Telugu languages too. In 1972, the film was made in Bengali as Jiban Saikate with Soumitra Chatterjee and Aparna Sen. In the year 1982, it was remade into Telugu as Madhura Swapnam. Vijay Anand is also known for shooting extraordinary dance sequences songs like ''O Haseena" ( Teesri Manzil ), "Kaaton Se Kheech" (Guide ) and "Honthon Mein Aisi Baat" (Jewel Thief), These songs were picturised on Asha Parkeh, Waheeda, and Vyjayanthimala.

Other than Navketan Banners (Dev Anand production house) Vijay Anand also directed some movies outside it. His first direction outside Navketan was ‘Teesri Manzil’ which was for producer Nasir Hussain. The film which had Shammi Kapoor and Asha Parekh in lead roles were a hit. R.D. Burman’s musical score gave some foot-tapping numbers for audiences to enjoy.
In most of his films except 'Guide' and 'Teesri Manzil', Vijay Anand had been the screenwriter. In 1973, he directed ‘Black Mail’ which featured Raakhee and Dharmendra in lead roles. The film was declared a hit.

After this film, he produced, directed and penned the script for ‘Chupa Rustom’ which failed in the box-office. In 1980, he directed ‘Ram Balram’ which had Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan being paired together after Sholay. The film was produced by Tito and had Zeenat Aman and Rekha being cast opposite Dharmendra and Amitabh. The film received average box office response due to the fact it had Amitabh and Dharmendra together.

Vijay Anand is well known for his other two films that were ‘Kala Bazar’ and ‘ Tere Ghar Ke Samne’ which had melodious music of S.D. Burman . The actor and director passed away on 23 February 2004 due to a heart attack.

Ratna Jain Hindi Actor

Ratna Jain

Ratan Jain is an Indian producer. He was born on 5th of October. He is a famous producer and is known for films like Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon, ‘Humraaz’, Akele Hum Akele Tum, ‘Dhadkan’, and much more. Girish Jain, Champak Jain, Bhawar Jain, Ramesh Jain, and Umed Jain are his brothers. Coming to his career, he started a business in the 1980s for manufacturing video cassettes under the Venus Records & Tapes manufacturing company. Originated in the 1980s, they diversified their business through hard work and began making movies. His first picture under the brothers production was ‘Khiladi’. Under their partnership, they made several videos, audios, and cable rights. Coming to his career, in 1995, he produced Akele Hum Akele Tum. Mansoor Khan directed it. Aamir Khan, Manisha Koirala, and Master Adil starred in it. Anu Malik composed the music for it. It is a romantic drama and is based on Kramer vs. Kramer. It released on 30th of November, in 1995. In 1997, he made Yes Boss, along with Umed Jain. Aditya Pancholi, Juhi Chawla, and Shah Rukh Khan had the lead roles. It had a remake in the Malayalam film industry, entitled as Junior Senior. It released on 18th of July, in 1997, under the Venus Records & Tapes distribution company. In 2000, he made ‘Dhadkan’. It is a romantic play directed by Dharmesh Darshan and produced by him. Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty, Shilpa Shetty, and Mahima Chaudhary featured in it. Critics have applauded it and was ranked fourth in the list of the highest grossing movie at the box office in that year. Sunil Shetty won the Best Villain Award at the Filmfare Awards. It was released on 11th of August, 2000. In 2002, he produced ‘Humraaz’. Abbas Mustan directed it under the production of Ganesh Jain. Bobby Deol, Akshaye Khanna, and Amisha Patel acted in it, and won the awards for the title of Best Film at the Filmfare Awards. It grossed a huge amount at the box office. His other production is 2002's Hathyar: Face to Face with Reality. He made it with his brother Ganesh Jain under Venus Records & Tapes Distribution Company. In 2004, he made ‘Hulchul’, and was an adaptation of the Malayalam picture titled ‘Godfather’. His other works include 2005's ‘Elaan’, 2004's Tum Dangerous Obsession, 2008's ‘Dhara’, and Maan Gaye Mughal-e –Azam. Recently, he made Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon, with the comedian Kapil Sharma as the actor. Recently, he attended her niece's marriage, Karishma Jain. She is the daughter of Girish Jain and tied the note with Abhishek Chhajer. He announced that in the future he would be working on making a sequel of ‘Baazigar’.

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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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