An acclaimed author, a brilliant editor, and a smart columnist, Bharathi S. Pradhan has been there and done all that. Coming from a family of journalists, she did not want to walk the same path and instead, wanted to do something different. Her grandfather is believed to have started the first newspaper in Kerala that provided news in the English language. Her father worked with The Economic Times, a part of The Times of India, and her sister worked in Femina. In this spirit of rebellion, she chose commerce instead of arts, during her school days at Holy Angels’ Convent in Chennai, to distinguish herself from the rest of her journalist family. But destiny brought her back to the family business of writing and journalism somehow. It so happened that during her last year at school, some of her friends introduced her to Hindi films. Upon seeing the absurdity of these movies, she began writing her views on these films in the form of letters, and sent them to two of the most prominent magazines of that time-  Filmfare, and Star & Style. Her later meeting with the editors of these magazines earned her various job offers and helped kick start her career as a journalist.

Today, a critically acclaimed author, she has risen to fame through her works in the field of both fiction and nonfiction, alike. Some of her works are Valentine Lover, an imitation of a Mills and Boons novel, Colas, Mr. Bidi, Cars & Communal Harmony, and her biographies of Shatrughan Sinha and Medha Jalota titled Anything But Khamosh, and Heartfelt: The Inspirational Story of Medha Jalota, respectively. She is a film critic and has worked with Reader’s Digest, Mid-Day, Femina, Movie, and The Telegraph, as a Sunday columnist. Her other accomplishments include being a jury member for the Indian Panorama of IFFI 2015, and chairperson at the National Awards. She presided for the category of Best Writing on Cinema.

K.D. Satyam Hindi Actor

K.D. Satyam

K.D.Satyam, born on 29th December 1977 is a highly acclaimed Indian film screenwriter and director. One of his masterpiece writing, Gattu a film was in the list of India’s nominations to the Oscar in 2012. He was born in Bhilai and got did his graduation from the Annamalai University in 2000. He completed his master’s degree in Film Direction from the Zee Institute of Media Arts. Before starting his career in Bollywood, he used to create short-films, like Colours of Cinema and Hell or Heaven. He began as a Making Director in the Bollywood, later he debuted as a Director in the Admissions Open movie. He worked as a Casting Director and Second Assistant Director for the Aaloo Chaat movie. He was the Associate Director in B.A.Pass. It was after that he wrote the movie Gattu which acclaimed appreciations from all over the industry and was nominated for the Oscar in 2012. The movie Gattu has been a stepping stone for his career, at the Berlin Film Festival the movie bestowed upon him an award, and also, at the Indian Film Festival he won two awards organized in the city of Los Angeles. His latest project, Bollywood Diaries, he touched hearts with his realistic portrayal of characters and situations. He is the writer, and the director received a ‘Special Jury Mention Award’ at the 6th Dada Saheb Phalke Award. Also, the movie got a ‘Special Jury Award’ at the 2nd International Film Festival of Shimla, 2016. Not only that, it won the ‘Best Feature Film in South Asian Panorama Category’ at the Festival of Globe in San Francisco. Bollywood Diaries was selected officially for the 7th Jagran Film Festival. 

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Abrar Alvi

Abrar Alvi was born on 1st July, 1927. He was a distinguished and reputed Indian director, actor, and writer. He selflessly devoted more than 50 years to Indian cinema. In the 1950's and 60's, he executed projects with Guru Dutt that ignited a fire in the film industry. It was an accident of fate that he met Guru Dutt on the shooting sets of ‘Baz’, in 1953, when Dutt was facing certain problems with the dialogues, and in turn was assisted and helped by him. Dutt was so impressed by his talent that he extended him the offer for writing ‘Aar-Par’, from where he embarked on a new journey with the actor, and essentially became the most integral part of his team. His classical writings have earned him recognition and glory, all around the world. Aar-Par, Mr. and Mrs., Kaagaz Ke Phool, ‘Pyaasa’, and Chaudhvin Ka Chand were some of his movies that triumphed. Guru Dutt established and founded his personal studio sets after a round of success of his films like ‘Baazi’, 'Jaal’, Aar Paar, and ‘CID’. In 1962, Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam, was a Hindi film directed by Abrar Alvi and Guru Dutt being its producer. The concept is derived from Bimal Mitra's novel and gives an insight into the catastrophic decline of feudalism in Bengal during imperial rule. It's well known for its cinematography. The film emerged as a commercial and critical uproar. Meena Kumari's performance, as stated by critics, is considered to be one of the most unbeaten shows of Hindi cinema. The film won four Filmfare Awards and got nominated at the 11th Berlin International Film Festival for the Golden Bear, which marked India's official entry to the Oscars. Abrar's work was recognized, and he received the President's Award for Best Feature Film- Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam, in 1962. He has also been adjudged as the Filmfare Best Director, in 1962. However, the direction of the movie under whom proved to be a controversial subject. Some regarded that it was Guru Dutt, alone, who was responsible and some credited Abrar. He made his premier debut in Laila-Majnu, a film of 1976, by making a guest appearance and in 12 o'clock (1958), as the police inspector. His last appearance is considered as his contribution to Guru Dutt's documentary, remembering the time spent with him and his team, calling it the golden period of his career. However, he continued to pen down dialogues and screenplays for several other movies like ‘Professor’, ‘Prince’, ‘Saathi’, Laila-Majnu, and many others. His last work was ‘Guddu’, that released in 1995. He passed away on 18th November, 2009, at Lokhandwala, Andheri West Mumbai, after suffering an acute stomach compilation. He lived for 82 years. His contributions to the field go beyond any doubt and constitute the glorious years of Indian cinema.

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