Birthday: 1968

Jaideep Sahni is an Indian screenwriter and lyricist known for his contribution in Bollywood. Born in 1968, Jaideep was brought up in New Delhi. In his school days, Jaideep could not understand the differences between the arts and science streams, as he loved these academic fields. Later, he opted for science subjects instead of arts. He continued his education at Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Bidar that is located in the state of Karnataka. Fondly known as JD during his college days, his friends considered him as an intelligent student who kept quiet in most of the time. He worked with NIIT Limited, a learning-based company as a computer engineer.

He turned his attention towards writing when he found Oscar-winning movie Gandhi’s screenplay in a New Delhi-based bookshop. He did not hesitate to become a lyricist after attending jam sessions with Palash Sen of Euphoria band. Jaideep used to work in advertising agencies where he was acquainted with Ram Gopal Varma who was looking for a new writer. After admitting that he had no prior experience of scriptwriting, the film director selected him for “Jungle.” Though critically panned, Jungle became a hit in terms of finance. His second outing, Company was well received by critics and audiences alike and won seven Filmfare awards.

However, people recognized Jaideep’s talent after watching Dibakar Banerjee’s Khosla Ka Ghosla, a film based on shady real estate dealings in New Delhi. Critics applauded Banerjee and Sahni for their efforts in the depiction of a common person’s fight against the corrupt world. Chak De! India won 2007 National Film Award in the Best Feature Film category. Jaideep has been associated with Yash Raj Films since 2005 where he began as the screenwriter for Bunty Aur Babli. Then, he wrote Chak De! India, based on Indian women‘s national hockey team. Starring Shahrukh Khan as the protagonist Kabir Khan, this sports drama also discussed issues such as sexism, ethnic and religious prejudice and the effects of the partition post-Independence.

It received positive reviews, hailing the screenplay and songs. The song “Chak De India” penned by Sahni became popular and has been considered as “sports anthem” of India. Sportspersons have cited the flick as a “wake-up” call for the administrators to improve the facilities meant for the players. Without any doubt, the film has achieved a cult status. He also wrote movies such as Aaja Nachle, Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year, Shuddh Desi Romance. While the former two could not fare well at the Box-Office, the latter was appreciated with the reviewers praising the script, which raised the issue of live-in relationships in India.

He is also known for his prowess as a songwriter, he has written lyrics for big screen projects such as Chak de! India, Aaja Nachle, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Shuddh Desi Romance, and Before. In an interview, he stated that his parents used to gift him books on his birthday every year. He is fond of reading books, which helped his imagination to expand. He admires Salim-Javed, Vishal Bharadwaj and Gulzar for their efforts in creative writing. He believes that writers should get their scripts registered and copyrights of them as well so that their work gets recognized.

Khwaja Ahmad Abbas Hindi Actor

Khwaja Ahmad Abbas

Khwaja Ahmad Abbas was also well-known as K. A. Abbas. Abbas was an Indian screenwriter, film director and novelist. He had also served as a Hindi, Urdu, English journalist. He has widely contributed to the most popular Hindi movies like Do Boond Pani, Saat Hindustani, Shehar Aur Sapna, Pardesi His movie were widely appreciated by everyone and hence he was honored with the National Film Award for the Best Feature Film on National Integration, His movies were even nominated at the Cannes Film Festival. He is measured as one of the most significant personalities whose movies were appreciated worldwide and he was the one who motivated everyone to showcase their special talent on an international platform. He used to write the for the column Last Page one of the longest and most read columns which featured in the Bombay Chronicle. After the paper shut down, he moved into Blitz. In 1969 he was privileged with the Padma Shri, by Government of India for his good work in the field of journalism. Born in Haryana, he was born into a house where everyone was rich in terms of knowledge. Khwaja Gulam Abbas, his grandfather served as a chief at the Rebellion movement from 1857. His father, Ghulam-Us-Sibtain is a master degree holder from the Aligarh Muslim University. Abbas's primary education was done from Panipat where he thought about the Quran and the Arabic language. In 1933 he did his graduation in B.A. with English Literature as the main subject, after which he completed LL.B. Degree from the Aligarh Muslim University. Abbas started his career as a journalist and joined a New Delhi paper National Call. During his LLB study, he used to write in the university students weekly Aligarh Opinion, which is regarded as the country’s first weekly at the time of the pre-independence period. After finishing his graduation in 1935 he joined the Bombay Chronicle. During his work in the paper he even worked as a film critic, but after a period of time the person who was encouraged by giving reviews died and hence Abbas was appointed as the editor of the film division. He even used to write the column Last Page which is termed as one of the longest and most read columns for the paper. It was during this time when he started writing stories for directors. At that time two movies of him were liked and picturized by famous directors like V. Shantaram for Dr. Kotnis Ki Amar Kahani and Neecha Nagar by Chetan Anand. He made his first step in direction with Dharti Ke Lal, a Bengali movie in 1945. The movie was appreciated by the Indian People's Theatre Association. He even founded a production company named Naya Sansar which produced films that were based on social issues like the Shehar Aur Sapna, Saat Hindustani, Anhonee, Munna, Rahi. He was a great expert in language and has written more than 74 books in various languages like Hindi, Urdu, and English. His famous work includes Inquilab, a fictional book based on Communal violence. The book was read by many and it impressed many scholars. The book was further translated into Arabic, Russian, French, Italian, and German. He has written scripts for famous movies like Henna, the super-hit and legendary Mera Naam Joker, Awaara, Bobby and Shri 420. In 1997 an autobiography of him released in the mane of Am Not an Island: An Experiment in Autobiography, the book was again published in 2010.


Juhi Chaturvedi

Juhi Chaturvedi is a screenwriter from India and had an advertising profession in Mumbai. She was born in the year 1975 in Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh. In her career she wrote scripts for Bollywood movies like Vicky Donor and Piku. In the year 2013, she won the Film fare award for the best story for Vicky Donor. She was felicitated with National Film Award for Best Original Screenplay and Best Dialogues, and 2016 Filmfare Award for Best Screenplay for Piku. She graduated from Lucknow College Of Arts. Chaturvedi started her career as a freelance illustrator with Times of India, Lucknow. After that she was shifted to Delhi in 1996, when she joined advertising with Ogilvy and Mather as an art director in 1999. Then she moved to the Mumbai office of the agency. She joined McCann followed by Bates in Mumbai in the year 2008, where she was a creative writer. She worked on ad films for brands like Titan watches and Saffola with director Shoojit Sircar. She also wrote dialogues for Shoebite. She was awarded IRDS film award for social concern for her story Vicky Donor. In July 2013, she joined advertising agency, Leo Burnett Mumbai as the Executive Creative Director. She worked in three movies where she had written the dialogues, the story and the screenplay. Vicky Donor is a 2012 movie where she wrote story, dialogues and screenplay of the movie, Madras Café is a 2013 movie in which she wrote dialogues of the movie, and Piku is a 2015 movie in which she wrote the story for the movie, their dialogues and screenplay. In the year 2013 and 2016 she got Film fare Awards for Best Story and Best Screenplay award respectively for movie Vicky Donor.In the year 2016 she got National Film Awards for Best Screenplay and dialogues for the movie Piku. In the year 2013 and 2016 she won IIFA Award for Best Story, Best Dialogues and Best Screenplay for the movies Vicky Donor and Piku respectively. Also in the year 2013 she got Star Guild Awards for Best Story and Best Dialogues for the movie Vicky Donor. In the year 2016 she got Star Screen Awards for Best Dialogue and Zee Cine Awards for the Best Story, Best Screenplay and Best Dialogue for the movie Piku.

Juhi Chaturvedi Hindi Actress