Saeed Akhtar Mirza

Other names of Saeed Akhtar Mirza: Akhtar Mirza

Saeed Akhtar Mirza is a screenwriter and director. He is known for Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyoon Aata Hai, which was released in 1980, then four years later another hit film- Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho! in 1984, then Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro in 1989 and six years later Naseem in 1995, which grabbed two National Film Awards in 1996. He also directed television serials like Nukkad in 1986 and in 1988 Intezaar, which was a hit on television. He was born on 30th of June 1943 in Bombay. He decided to become a screenwriter and took to documentary filmmaking at the beginning of his career but later got into films with Arvind Desai Ki Ajeeb Dastaan in 1978, which was about the mental trauma a youth went through after he found himself struggling in the midst of feudal money culture. Then in 1980 followed his very acclaimed work Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyoon Aata Hai, which portrayed an angry youth who strived in search of his class and cultural origins. Both of these films won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie for the year.

In the meantime, he also directed and produced popular television serials Nukkad and Intezaar. He had a huge contribution to Indian cinema. He has preached on Indian cinema at numerous universities in India and US. He often writes in Indian magazines and newspapers on current political debates and gives his review of films. His last film was Naseem, which was released in 1995 which brought Babri Masjid demolition era into light. He wrote his autobiography Ammi: Letter to a Democratic Mother, which was published in 2008. He is presently the life member of International Film And Television Club of Asian Academy of Film & Television and is currently working on his new project Ek Tho Chance.Also, he is one among the trustees of ANHAD, a Delhi-based NGO working for communal harmony.

Abhijat Joshi

Abhijat Joshi is a prominent Indian screenwriter, producer and director, known for working under the banner of Vinod Chopra Productions. He was born on December 1, 1969, in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, where he is also brought up. He came from a family of professors and he also works as a professor at the Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio. He studied at the Shri H. K. Arts College, which is affiliated to Gujarat University. He got his Master of Fine Arts at the University of Texas in Austin. Besides English, he is fluent in speaking and writing the Gujarati language.  Abhijat also attended Shree Vidyanagar High School in Ahmedabad and joined the Gujarati drama competitions in school. He won several accolades for his brilliant talent in acting. He also likes playing cricket. He worked at CU Shah Arts and Commerce College in Ahmedabad as an English professor, before shifting to US to take an MFA degree. Since childhood, it was always his passion to write stories and penned a number of plays in both English and Gujarati languages. He is a scholar of Sane Guruji, and just like his father, they are both persuaded by the profound notion of dharma by Sane Guruji. These have helped them enormously in penning stories.  Aside from teaching, he has been involved with theatres. His brother, Saumya Joshi, also works as a professor and is a prominent theatre personality. Both his parents were also professors. He worked for the Tamasha Theatre Company, a UK-based company, together with the Greenwich Repertory Company that performed in over 300 stage shows. In 1992, he penned A Shaft of Sunlight, a theatre drama that became critically acclaimed. When Vidhu Vinod Chopra of Vinod Chopra Films saw the play, they started working in the Bollywood film, ‘Kareeb’, in 1998, and the blockbuster hit film, Mission Kashmir, in the year 2000.  In the year 2006, he wrote the screenplay of Rajkumar Hirani’s comedy film, Lage Raho Munna Bhai, which was produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. This film earned him several major awards including the Best Screenplay at the National Film Award in the year 2007, Best Story, Best Dialogue and Best Screenplay at the Zee Cine Awards in 2006, among others. After the success of the film, he subsequently worked on the screenplay and co-produced the Bollywood drama film, Eklavya: The Royal Guard. In the year 2009, the talented writer penned the story and screenplay of another Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s production venture, 3 Idiots. This film became the highest box office film grossed for a Bollywood movie. Abhijat bagged the Best Screenplay award and the Best Story award at the Filmfare in the year 2009. He also won the Best Dialogue award at the Star Screen Awards in the same year.  In 2012, Abhijat penned the screenplay and story of the Tamil film, ‘Nanban’, together with Rajkumar Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra. He also worked in Aamir Khan-starrer, ‘PK’, in the year 2014. This film became very successful at the box office. In 2015, he worked on the screenplay of the Hindi drama film, ‘Wazir’, which stars Amitabh Bachchan, Farhan Akhtar, Aditi Rao Hydari, John Abraham, and Neil Nitin Mukesh, as well as the American mystery thriller film, Broken Horses, which was produced and directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra.

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