Women are increasingly making their mark in various fields whether it is astronomy, medicine, filmmaking or screenwriting. And one such leading female individual in the arena of Bollywood screenwriting and documentary filmmaking is that of Urmi Juvekar.

Urmi Juvekar pursued a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences and her first job was at the Xavier’s Institute of Communication, Mumbai. From her early days,UrmiJuvekar was keenly associated with theater. She started out as a documentary film writer and director. Darmiyaan: In Between (1997), directed by Kalpana Lajmi, marked her debut in the field of screenwriting for feature films. Urmi Juvekar made a short film called “The Shillong Chamber Choir.”Another of her documentary film Little Home School was screened at International Documentary Film Festival, Amsterdam in 2008. She has written several celebrated Indian feature films like Shararat (2002), followed by Rules: Pyaar Ka Superhit Formula (2003), and I Am (2010).

She is most popularly recognized for writing the screenplay for the films Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! (2008) and Shanghai(2012). Both of these films, which received wide critical and commercial success, were directed by Dibakar Banerjee. In another well-acclaimed film of his, Love Sex AurDhoka, Urmi partnered as the Creative Producer. Her most recent Bollywood work was screenwriting for the Dibakar Banerjee’s film “ Detective Byomkesh Bakshy”. Dibakar Banerjee has admitted that this film was one of his toughest films and he was adapting this Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay'sbook for the last six-seven years. And it was Urmi Juvekar who came in and added a valuable layer to the film.

The combination of Urmi and Dibakar provides some great creative chemistry in Bollywood. Since 2011 Urmi Juvekarhas also been closely associated with NFDC. She also renders her service as a consultant for it’s Film Bazaar. She is also one of the mentors of NFDC Screenwriters’ Lab. She has also been a concerned guide to new entrants in the field of screenplay writing and filmmaking helping them to refine their maiden creations.

Urmi explains her creative journey vis-à-vis the changing times with increasing acceptance and respectability of the persons associated with different aspects of filmmaking and not just the leading artists. She also elaborates that she took to screenwriting and filmmaking because it came quite naturally to her than something else. Urmi Juvekar is already a name to reckon with as a creative screenwriter for her innovative and engaging treatments.

Juhi Chaturvedi Hindi Actress

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.

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Upendra Sidhaye

Upendra Sidhaye is a well-known screenplay and story writer, actor and director in Hindi and Marathi Film Industry. He was born on 8 October 1980 and brought up in Pune, Maharashtra. He completed his graduation in Commerce. He pursued his post graduation in Mass Communication from Pune University. Due to his interest towards direction and story writing he started grooming himself by participating in several workshop related to direction and acting. He also got involved in theatre activities. He became a member of theatre group Maitree, Pune. He also participated in Purushottam Karandak in which he directed and acted in a Marathi play Enigma. In this event Upendra received the award for Best Direction. In 2003 Upendra wrote and directed two short films naming 3 Khwaab and Waiting Room. He has also worked as writer for UTV motion pictures. After working as writer in different projects he got big breakthrough in Bollywood by Nishikant Kamat to write screenplay for his film Mumbai Meri Jaan. He also worked as Assistant director in Mumbai Meri Jaan. From his debut Bollywood movie he won several honour and admiration. He received prestigious Filmfare Award and Cine Blitz Award for Mumbai Meri Jaan in the Best Screenplay category. He was also nominated for Asia Pacific Screen Awards in 2009.Mumbai Meri Jaan spoke about the spirit of Mumbai and Mumbaikar's and it touched everyone's heart. A lot of credit for its success goes to its Screenplay writer. After the immense admiration for his work in Mumbai Meri Jaan, he got work in Bollywood film Payback as a Screenplay writer. The movie was released in 2010. Some of his prominent movies are Manjha in which he worked as Dialogue writer, in Drishyam he worked as a screenwriter, in Killa which is a 2015 released movie he worked as a Dialogue writer, in Blood Money and Payback he worked as a screenwriter. He has also played cameo roles in movie Mumbai Meri Jaan as Hotel Receptionist and in 2011 movie Force he played the role of Actor Raja. He is working on his latest project which is a Marathi horror film called Episode 13.Apart from writing the script he is also acting in this film. As a writer he always wanted to try his hands on different genre. He is of the view that when you try anything new there is eagerness and excitement which helps you to explore and helps you to think in a different manner and try new approach. He believes in the saying Variety is an essential part of life.

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