Nandu Madhav is a famed Marathi theater, television and film actor. He started his acting career in the featured film “The square circle” directed by Amol Palekar. His breakthrough in the film industry however, came through the film “Sarkarnama” in the year 1998. He commendably played the character of a villager who fights for justice. The movie went on to become a huge hit. Nandu Madhav then acted in small roles in films like “Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hain” in 2000, Ashi Gyaneshwari in 2005 and had an important role in “Darpan Ke Peechhe.” After a break of 3 years, he acted in the film “Valu” which revolves around a village.

He went on to act in the iconic film titled “ Harishchandrachi Factory” directed by Paresh Mokashi. This movie was about the birth of Indian cinema when Dadasaheb Phalke made the first Indian feature-length black and white silent film titled “Raja Harishchandra.” Other lead actors were Vibhawari Deshpande and Atharva Karve. In 2010, Harishchandrachi Factory wasIndia’s official entry to the Oscar Awards. The period film “Shala” released in 2011 ,set in the backdrop of 70’s rural India was another benchmark for Nandu Madhav. It is the adaptation of the novel “Shala” written by Milind Bokil and was directed by Sujay Dhake.

The story revolves around four 9th grade kids who are from different cultures and background. The main plot deals with Joshi’s love towards his classmate Shirodkar. Nandu Madhav plays the role of Joshi’s father. He was also cast in an offbeat film titled “ Jana Gana Mana” in 2012 which proved to be crucial film of his career. Though it is a merry entertainer, the film pinpoints the fact that India has all the processes in place to be a great nation and what it lacks is a little extra effort in execution. The tale moves around Ramchandra Sontakke (teacher) played by Nandu Madhav and Katu (student). “Tapaal” is another period film in his list of movies. He has been a part of more than 20 plays. Already a successful actor and social activist, he joined politics in 2014.

He represented Aam Admi Party and fought assembly elections in his city, Beed. Unfortunately, he lost the election by securing only 4000 votes. In 2015, he played the role of an inspector in the film” Main Aur Charles” based on the life of notorious serial killer and conman, Charles Sobhraj. He has also acted in “Naam Hai Akira” a crime thriller which is a remake of the Tamil film “Mouna Guru” directed by A.R.Murugadoss. Recently, he played a role of an inspector in the short film “Azaad” directed by Rahul. V. Chittella. In a career spanning of numerous films of different genres, Nandan Madhav’s contribution to Indian cinema has been enormous till date.

Sanjay Patel Hindi Actor

Sanjay Patel

Sanjay Patel was born in London located in the United Kingdom in the year 1974. Due to his father's business, he moved to the United States of America at the age of four. His father purchased a motel, the Lido Motel in California where Sanjay spent his early childhood. He worked as an animator since 1996 in various projects. He was always interested in making animated films, and his interest led him to be a part of the 'Pixar Films.' Sanjay studied animation at two universities- The Cleveland Institute and The California Institute. He lives in Oakland with his two-year-old son and soon to be wife Based on the events of his childhood, Sanjay directed a short animation film, "Sanjay's Super Team" in the year 2015. His movie was nominated for the category of the Best Animated Film at the 88th Academy Awards and also at the 43rd Annie Awards in the category of Best Animated Short Subject. He worked as an animator for various Pixar movies like “Toy Story 2” in the year 1999 followed by “Monster's Inc”, “The Incredibles”, “Ratatouille”, and “Monsters University”. In a news article in Los Angeles Times, written by Rebecca Keegan, she mentioned about Sanjay being an immigrant from Gujarat, India. Though he was brought up in a foreign country, Sanjay never forgot the Indian ethics, traditions, and morals. He always performed meditation and prayer along with his father. Patel said that he wanted his name to be Travis instead of Sanjay as he felt conflicted by the difference in traditions. The inspiration for the film setting of Sanjay's super team came from a motel owned by his father in Patel's childhood. Nicole Paradis Grindle produced the cinema. The launch of the movie was held in France during the Annecy International Animation Film Festival on June 15, 2015. As a child, Sanjay was bored with the meditation and prayer and started imagining the Hindu Gods as Superheroes. That is how he got an idea for the film. Sanjay says that it took him a very long time to accept his identity without being at an inner battle with himself. When he joined in Pixar, the first movie he worked on was "A Bug's Life" and continued as an animator in many successful films. He also worked on "Life of Pi" and "Monsoon Wedding" which are Indian-set movies. In an interview, when asked about the initial resistance of making Sanjay's Super Team, he said that he was scared and felt intimidating to put his idea into motion through Pixar.

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Lalit Behl

Lalit Behl is an Indian actor, producer, director, and writer. He was born on 15 August 1949 and is 67 years old. He is married to the actor, director and playwright, Navninder Behl. His son, Kanu Behl, is the director of the movie “Titli”. Lalit is a prolific stage actor, who started acting from his college days. He won in numerous inter-varsity competitions. Along with some other theater enthusiasts, like Ravi Deep, Harjeet Wali, Satish Sharma and Pramod Moutho, Lalit laid the foundation of a theater group in Kapurthala, Punjab. He was the director of illustrious plays like “Nayak Katha”, “Hara Samander Gopichander”, “Kya Number Badlega”, “Suryast”, “Kumarswami” and “Chhatriya”. He won a Gold Medal from the Department of Indian Theater (Punjab University), Chandigarh. He has also performed in plays by Mohan Maharishi. After completing his diploma in Indian Theater, he moved to Delhi to join Shriram Center. He also became a stage actor at the National School of Drama Repertory Company. Even though Television was a new concept and was in its nascent stages in India, Lalit jumped into freelance as a director and producer. He directed and produced some of DD’s greatest hit telefilms like “Aatish”, “Tapish”, “Sunehri Jild” and “Happy Birthday”. Amongst the many TV serials, some noteworthy shows were “Ved Vyas Ke Pote”, “Khanabadosh”, “Mahasangram”, “Sada-E-Vadi” and “Viji”. He used art as a medium to highlight the political turmoil in Punjab even before the eminent poet ‘Gulzar’ made it the core of his works in “Maachis”. He also launched his son, at the age of 12, as an actor in the telefilm “Tapish”. Other than acting, he also engaged Kanu in giving him the task of being an Assistant Director. Lalit did not get the opportunity to branch into the film industry until his son, Kanu, offered him the role of Daddy in the film “Titli.” Although initially, due to having a tense relationship with his son, Kanu, Lalit did not want to be apart of “Titli,” but after a little deliberation and little convincing from his wife he decided to give it a try. Lalit claims that he was not given the entire script of the movie and had not had any idea what the film was about, it was later when the complete film premiered in France that he realized the central theme of the movie. Despite his personal disapproval of certain elements of the flick, he showed his professional finesse and he accepted that he could have a creative difference with the director and scriptwriter. In 2016, he played one of the lead role in the movie “Hotel Salvation” (Mukti Bhawan). The film was directed by Shubhashish Bhutiani, and Lalit’s character was that of Daya, a stubborn father who demands to die in Varanasi. His performance garnered some positive reviews.

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Lalit Behl Hindi Actor