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Aari Arujunan
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Aari Arujunan
Nationality Indian
12-2-1986 born
Occupation Actor
Years active 2004–present
Spouse(s)
Nathiya
​(m. 2015)​
Children 1

Aari Arujunan, known by the mononym Aari, is an Indian actor who has appeared in Tamil language films. He made his feature film debut in Rettaisuzhi (2010) produced by director Shankar, before having a breakthrough performance as Murugan in Nedunchaalai (2014) and starring in the supernatural thriller Maya. In 2021, he emerged as the title winner of the Tamil reality television show Bigg Boss Tamil Season 4.

Career

Aari, before entering films, had background in theatre featuring in productions by Magic Lantern, Theatre Nisha and Inland Theatres. He was cast the role of Muthu in Aadum Koothu (2005). Aari made his feature film debut in Rettaisuzhi, produced by director Shankar. He appeared as Murthy, an army man, returning to his village.

In October 2011 it was announced that Aari would feature in Maalai Pozhudhin Mayakathilaey and would star alongside winner of Miss South India 2010, Shubha Phutela. Aari mentioned that it was "really challenging to play an ordinary guy", as he had to consciously keep his emotions to a minimum at all times.

Aari portrayed the lead role in N. Krishna's third venture, a romantic road trip film titled Nedunchaalai (2014), a period film set in the 1980, which took two years to complete. Post-release, a critic noted "Aari immerses himself in the central character of Murugan with such conviction and controlled flair that it becomes impossible to separate the actor from the part".The film opened to positive reviews. His following venture, the comedy Kadai Enn 6, remains unreleased. Another venture Dharani directed by newcomer Guhan Sambandham, released in 2015, which did not perform well. In the same year he played a pivotal role in Maya, supernatural thriller alongside Nayanthara. Maya was a huge success at the box office and was critically acclaimed. He was again cast in a lead role in N.Krishna's next venture, Maane Thene Paeye, a romantic comedy opposite Subhasree Ganguly, which was dropped halfway. In 2016, he was seen in Unnodu Ka, a commercial entertainer opposite to Maya ,which performed average in the box office. Later, he was cast in horror comedy Nagesh Thirayarangam in lead role opposite Ashna Zaveri. His next ventures to be released include Ellam Mele Irukkuruvan Pathuppan, a sci fi movie with alien backdrop, then Aleka, a romantic thriller and Bagavan mythological drama. He has also been roped in to play a significant role in Nenjuku Needhi , alongside Udhayanidhi Stalin directed by Arunraja Kamaraj, the official remake of critically acclaimed Hindi film Article 15.

In January 2021, he emerged as the title winner in the reality show Bigg Boss Tamil 4.

Personal life

He married Nathiya (Sri Lankan) - UK citizen and HR Manager Chennai on 18 November 2015 and the reception was held on 19 November 2015 in Taj Connemara.The couple has one child named Riya.

He is also a body sculptor and fitness coach, who has mentored actors CheranAmeerSasikumarParthibanJiivaAadhi Pinisetty, etc.

As a social activist, he has supported Tamil culture, language and agriculture. In 2018, he started a 'தமிழ் கையொப்பம்' (Tamil Signature) movement where he wanted all the Tamil people to sign documents in Tamil script. He holds the Guinness Book of World Records for most signatures on a whiteboard. He also holds the Guinness World Record for planting approximately 30,000 seedlings with 20,000 participants, in a 15-acre land, in collaboration with Sathyabama University. In 2017 he actively participated in Jallikattu protests held in Marina beach, Chennai.
Ashok Amritraj
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Ashok Amritraj
Amritraj in March 2008
Born 22 February 1956 

Citizenship American

Ashok Amritraj (born 22 February 1956) is Chairman and CEO of the Hyde Park Entertainment Group and was formerly CEO of National Geographic Films.

Career

As a producer, Amritraj has made over 100 films during the span of his 35-year career, with worldwide revenues in excess of $2 billion. He has partnered with every major studio in Hollywood and produced films starring the likes of Dwayne "The Rock" JohnsonRobert De NiroBruce WillisSandra BullockSylvester StalloneAngelina JolieCate BlanchettDustin HoffmanAndrew GarfieldSteve MartinRajinikanthAntonio BanderasJennifer Aniston,Nicolas Cage, and many more.

In 2016, Amritraj was appointed as the first United Nations India Goodwill Ambassador for the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. In December 2018, by decree of the President of the Republic of France, Amritraj was appointed a Chevalier (Knight) of the Ordre National du Merité.

Amritraj has had box office hits such as Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, starring Nicolas Cage, Bringing Down the House, starring Steve Martin, Premonition, starring Sandra Bullock, Walking Tall starring The Rock. His filmography also comprises critically acclaimed titles including 99 Homes starring Andrew Garfield and Michael ShannonBlue Valentine starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, and Shopgirl, starring Steve Martin and Claire Danes.

Amritraj's current projects include: Tennis player Arthur Ashe's Biopic in Partnership with Warner Music Group, The Man Who Lived Underground,  in partnership with Kenya Barris’ Khalabo Ink Society and Paramount Pictures, Pashmina, a Major Animated Musical in partnership with Netflix, to be directed by Gurinder Chadha, Amnesty, to be written & directed by Ramin Bahrani, Rubik's Cube, based on the worldwide best selling toy, in partnership with Endeavor Content, Remote Control starring Gerard Butler in Partnership with STX Films, the remake of the Blake Edwards’ film "10" with Warner Brothers.

The recently announced Hyde Park Asia slate includes the Pulitzer Prize runner-up Maximum City to be directed by Anurag Kashyap and the best-selling novel Paradise Towers with filmmaker Zoya Akhtar.

Amritraj serves on the Producer's A2025 committee to advance inclusion & equitable opportunities at the Academy of Motion Pictures & Arts, and on the advisory board for the Dodge Film School at Chapman University. In 2015, he was bestowed an honorary Doctorate of the Arts from the University of East London.

Filmography

He was a producer in all films unless otherwise noted.
Aadi (actor)
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Aadi
Born
Aditya Pudipeddi
23 December 1986 

Other names Aadi Saikumar
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s)
Aruna
​(m. 2014)​
Children 1
Parent(s)

Sai Kumar (father)
Relatives

P. J. Sarma (grandfather)

Aditya Pudipeddi (born 23 December 1989), better known as Aadi, is an Indian actor who works in Telugu films. Aadi made his debut with Prema Kavali (2011). He won the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut – South and SIIMA Award for Best Male Debut (Telugu) for the film. He went on to be starred in successful films such as Lovely (2012) and Sukumarudu (2013).

Early life

Aditya Pudipeddi was born on 23 December 1989 in AmudalavalasaSrikakulam districtAndhra Pradesh. Son of actor Sai Kumar, Aadi was schooled in Chennai in Padma Sheshadri till 7th standard and then moved to St. Andrews School in Hyderabad, followed by St Johns for Intermediate and completed his graduation from Bhavan's Vivekananda College. He excelled in studies, and had an inclination towards acting. He was an all-rounder in Cricket and he was selected for the under-19 Ranji Cricket Team. He played under the captaincy of Ambati Rayudu, and Pragyan Ojha, the Indian Team player was his roommate during their Sri Lanka trip.

Aadi married Aruna, a software professional from Rajahmundry, in December 2014, and the couple has a daughter.

Career

Aadi debuted in 2011 with K. Vijaya Bhaskar's directorial Prema Kavali. In this love story, he played the role of Srinu, a NCC Cadet who sets out to find the one who tortures his lover, thus trying to regain her heart after a break-up. Oneindia Entertainment commented on his performance stating "Aadi has done his role with good ease and his in dialogue delivery is as good as his father. He is quite comfortable in emoting the love and emotional scenes and he is also good at dances and action scenes. However, he should further improve his body language, as he appeared a little rigid in some scenes. But for a debutant hero, such situations are unavoidable." Aadi has won the Hyderabad Times award 2011 for Promising Newcomer Male, CineMAA Awards (2012) for best Debut Actor of 2012 and Filmfare Awards South (2012) for Best Male Debut – South of 2011.The movie ran for 100 days.

His next release was B. Jaya's directorial Lovely (2012), was released on 30 March 2012. He played the role of Akash, a jovial person who hates father-daughter relationships, but starts respecting it after he meets with the father of the girl he loved. The film completed a hundred-day run on 7 July 2012 in 12 centres. In 2013, Aadi starred in Sukumarudu which was released on 4 May 2013 which was moderately successful. He then starred in Rough, directed by C. H. Subba Reddy.
Anu Mohan (Tamil actor)
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Anu Mohan
Born 3 December 1957 

Coimbatore, India
Occupation Actor
Years active 1987–present

Anu Mohan (born 3 December 1957[citation needed]) is an Indian film actor and director who has worked in Tamil language films. Beginning his career as a director, Anu Mohan has gone on to play secondary comedy roles in films, notably portraying a character in Padayappa (1999)

Career

Anu Mohan started his career in the late 1980s, making two feature films Idhu Oru Thodar Kathai (1987) and Ninaivu Chinnam (1989). He appeared in acting roles in the 1990s and notably portrayed a comedy role in K. S. Ravikumar's Padayappa (1999), which garnered him further offers during the period. In the 2000s, he appeared in primarily low budget films portraying a comedian. He was recalled by K. S. Ravikumar to feature in Lingaa (2014).

In 2014, his son, Arun Mohan, made his directorial debut with the thriller film Sarabham, produced by C. V. Kumar.
Aditya Kapadia
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Aditya Kapadia
Born 14 November 1986 
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actor
Years active 1994–present
Spouse(s) Tanvi Thakkar (m.2021)

Aditya Kapadia (born 14 November 1986) is an Indian film and television actor. He was last seen in Code Red on Colors.

Early life

Aditya Kapadia is a Gujarati. born and brought in Mumbai. He has acted in both Hindi and Gujrati films.

Personal life

Aditya got engaged to his co-star Tanvi Thakkar from Ek Doosre Se Karte Hain Pyaar Hum on 24 December 2013. The two tied the knot on 16 February 2021, in a simple court marriage.

Career

Aditya made his television debut with Idhar Udhar and Just Mohabbat as a child artist. After that he also played as a child in the Bollywood film Jaanwar. He did serials like Shaka Laka Boom Boom as Jhumru, Ek Doosre Se Karte Hain Pyaar Hum as Shashwat Nikhilesh Majumdar and Cambala Investigation Agency as Ishaan Mehra. He also played a role in Adaalat as Mukul Shrivastav. He did Bade Acche Lagte Hain as Khush Siddhant Kapoor/Khush Ram Kapoor, but was replaced by Ankit Narang.

Filmography
Television

1996–2000 Just Mohabbat Gautam
1998 Idhar Udhar Abhishek Sharma
2001-2004 Fox Kids Funtoosh
2002–2003 Shaka Laka Boom Boom Jhumroo
2003-2004 Son Pari Anokha Abhijeet
2007–2009 Cambala Investigation Agency Ishaan Mehra
2010 Aahat
2012 Ek Doosre Se Karte Hain Pyaar Hum Shashwat Nikhilesh Majumdar
2013 Adaalat Mukul Srivastav
2015 Twist Wala Love Yash Kashyap
2017 Trideviyaan Prem/Promila
2017 Aav Taru Kari Nakhu Himanshu
2015 "Bas ek chance" Brijesh patel

Films
Jaanwar as Raju
Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami as young Purushotam Narayan Joshi
Sons of Ram as voice of Luv
Aarani Satyanarayana
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Aarani Satyanarayana
Born 11 November 1898

Died 2 July 1969 (aged 70)

Occupation Actor

Aarani Satyanarayana or Arani Satyanarayana (Telugu: ఆరణి సత్యనారాయణ) (11 November 1898 – 2 July 1969) was a Telugu film and drama actor during the early period of Telugu cinema.

He was born in Sangadi Gunta village in Guntur district in 1898. He acted in Gayopakhyanam drama as Satyabhama at the age of 14 in 1912.

He entered the cinema industry during the silent era, where he was introduced by R. S. Prakash in 1921. He later acted in Ramadasu (1933) of Ghantasala Balaramayya. He got a good name for portraying the role of Vidura in Draupadi Vastrapaharanam (1936) from Saraswati Talkies. He acted in Kanakatara, Balayogini, Dharmangada, Ratnamala, and Laila Majnu and played various roles.

He joined Vinoda Pictures as an accountant and acted in their Devadasu and Shanti films.

Filmography

Ramadasu (1933) .... Thanisha
Balayogini (1936/I)
Draupadi Vastrapaharanam (1936) ... Vidura
Kanakatara (1937)
Chandika (1940)
Ratnamala (1947)
Dharmangada (1949)
Laila Majnu (1949)
Shanti (1952)
Devadasu (1953) .... Dharmanna
Ashok Selvan
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Ashok Selvan
Selvan in 2017
Born 8 November 1989 
Alma mater Loyola College
Occupation Film actor
Years active 2013–present
Known for Soodhu Kavvum

Ashok Selvan is an Indian actor who works prominently in Tamil cinema. He made his breakthrough playing one of the lead roles in Soodhu Kavvum (2013), before gaining critical acclaim for his performances in C. V. Kumar's productions Pizza II: Villa (2013) and Thegidi (2014). His recent blockbuster is Oh My Kadavule (2020).

Early life

Ashok was born to Panneerselvam Gounder and Malar on 8 November 1989 in Sivagiri, ErodeTamil NaduIndia. He moved to Chennai at age three, and completed his schooling at Santhome Higher Secondary School, Chennai before graduating in Visual Communication from Loyola College. In college, Ashok Selvan participated in short films, completing a dozen short films as an actor as well as directing a few, including Green, which won Best Film at the 2012 International Tamil Thoth Conference held in Singapore.

Film career

After graduating from college, Ashok sought opportunities in films as an actor and auditioned for roles including in Prakash Raj's production Inidhu Inidhu and Bharat Bala's 19th Step but was rejected. During the period, he applied to work as an assistant director to S. J. Surya and was given the opportunity to feature in a few scenes as Suriya's friend in the director's venture 7aam Arivu, though his scenes did not make the final version. He was also featured in the title card of Chakri Toleti's Billa 2, with a childhood picture of Ashok Selvan used to represent a younger version of Ajith Kumar's titular character. He then also auditioned unsuccessfully for a role in Pizza, before Nalan Kumarasamy offered him the role of Kesavan in his black comedy film, Soodhu Kavvum (2013) after seeing him in a commercial. Featuring alongside an ensemble cast including Vijay SethupathiBobby Simha and Sanchita Shetty, Soodhu Kavvum became a commercial success, with Ashok being described as "fantastic" in his role of an unemployed graduate.

Ashok was then selected to replace Vaibhav Reddy in Deepan Chakravarthy's psychological thriller Pizza II: Villa, a second film in C. V. Kumar's Pizza franchise. Portraying an English novel writer in the film, the film told the story of eerie happenings in a villa owned by Ashok's character. In order to portray the role of a 30-year-old writer, he gained weight and grew a beard within two weeks. The film opened to positive reviews and above average box office collections, with a critic noting that "Ashok delivers an outstanding performance". He collaborated with C. V. Kumar again in his third film, Thegidi, a murder mystery story directed by another newcomer P.Ramesh. Portraying a detective, Ashok featured opposite Janani Iyer, and won positive reviews for his acting in the film. A critic from Sify.com noted he "is subtle and conveys a lot through his body language and pleasing face", while another reviewer wrote "he seems to be quite proficient". His recently released movies are Kootathil Oruthan and Sila Samayangalil. Kootathil Oruthan deals with the love story of a middle bencher and its trailer has had a very positive reaction from the audience and the media. Sila Samayangalil directed by Priyadharshan was released in Netflix and made its way to the final round at Golden Globes. The film tells the story of eight characters who arrive at a pathology lab at 9 a.m. to give their blood for an AIDS test. However, it all ends at 5 p.m. when the results arrive. The film has been lapping appreciations in many festival circuits and in the recently held 9th annual Jaipur International Film Festival, Sila Samayangalil won awards for Best Film with a Global Message, Best Upcoming Release and the overall Best Film from the Asian Continent award. He is acting in a movie titled Oxygen directed by Ananda Krishnan and Nenjamellam Kadhal directed by Nirman. Oh My Kadavule was released on 14 Feb 2020 and was produced by his own banner Happy High Pictures in association with Axess Film Factory. Oh My Kadavule received positive reviews from critics and was a blockbuster hit at the box office

Ashok made his Tollywood debut with the film Ninnila Ninnila along directed by Ani. I. V. Sasi in 2021. The movie star cast also includes Ritu VarmaNithya Menen.
Antony Mitradas
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Antony Mitradas
Born 3 November 1913
Madurai, Tamil Nadu
Died February 20, 2017 (aged 103)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Occupation director

Antony Mitradas (3 November 1913 – 20 February 2017) was an Indian film director who directed films in three languages: Tamil, Malayalam and Sinhalese.

Early life

Mitradas was born in Madurai on 3 November 1913. He did his B.A. Statistics at American College, Madurai. His passion for film direction took him to Calcutta, and he enrolled in an institute run by Mr. Balchandani. There the noted director Ellis R. Dungan had come to deliver a guest lecture. Dungan was much impressed by Mitradas and recommended him to T. R. Sundaram of Modern TheatresSalem. Thus he got the opportunity to direct his first film Dayalan starring P. U. Chinnappa in 1941, as soon as he finished his studies at the film institute.

Career

Mitradas' best known films are BaalyasakhiAvakasi and Pizhaikkum Vazhi. Avakasi was a turning point in the career of Prem Nazir. Duppathage Duka (1956) is the remake of the Tamil hit Ezhai Padum Padu and was a huge hit in Sinhalese. With the outbreak of the World War II, he felt the necessity to serve the nation. He joined the army and was posted in Singapore and Chittagong during 1942-1945. At the end of the war, he restarted his film career and directed a few films.

Death

He died at the age of 103 on 20 February 2017 at Chennai.

Filmography

S. NoFilm NameLanguageYearActors
1. Dayalan Tamil 1941 P.U. Chinnappa, T.R. Mahalingam, K.V. Jayagouri
2. Pizhaikkum Vazhi Tamil 1948 T. S. Durairaj, T. A. Jayalakshmi, T. S. Balaiah
3. Baalyasakhi Malayalam 1954 Prem Nazir, Kumari Thankam, Miss Kumari
4. Avakasi Malayalam 1954 Prem Nazir,Miss Kumari
5. Harishchandra[2] Malayalam 1955 Thikkurisi Sukumaran Nair
6. Duppathage Duka Sinhalese 1956 Laddy Ranasinghe, Gerly Gunawardana
7. Sivagami Tamil 1960 M.K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar,Devika
Aditya Babu
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Aditya Babu is a Tollywood producer and actor. He is the son of the late J. D. Sompalli, a Tollywood producer.

Career

Aditya Babu was interested in acting since childhood, and went on to become an actor and also into film production to nurture his skills. He debuted as hero in a Kannada movie titled Anthu Inthu Preethi Banthu, directed by Veera Shankar. The female lead was Ramya. His first Telugu film was Chalaki
Amitash Pradhan

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Amitash Pradhaan
Born
Amitash Pradhaan
12 October 1990 
Occupation Actor
Parent(s) Girish Pradhan
Weena Pradhan

Amitash (born 12 October 1990) is an Indian actor who primarily works in Tamil films. He has starred in films such as Vaaranam Aayiram (2008), Velaiilla Pattadhari (2014), Bruce Lee - The Fighter (2015), Telugu Film Heartbeats (2016), and Vaanam Kottatum (2020). His current film Thalli Pogathey is due for release on 29 January 2021.

Personal life

Amitash was born and brought up in Chennai. Amitash did his schooling in Bala Vidya Mandir, and master's degree in Electronic Media from Anna University. With his passion for acting, he did his Diploma in acting from Anupam Kher's institute in Bombay called An Actor Prepares.

Early career - theatre

His fascination and passion for movies began at the age six after watching a Shah Rukh Khan movie with his mother. When he turned 8, Amitash was enrolled in Little Theatre, a popular theatre group in Chennai, and came on stage in his first play with them. Grooming at Little Theatre laid a good foundation and he went on to pursue his acting talent in many of their plays as well as school plays. His association with several experienced and eminent theatre directors and theatre groups like Madras Players shaped his perspectives on acting. He founded Theatron, a theatre club in Anna University, the first of its kind in that institution and introduced many students to stage plays. Under that banner, he directed several plays. He has also directed many other plays.

Vaaranam Aayiram was his introduction to cinema, albeit a tiny role, just as he completed his schooling.

Cinema

His professional acting breakthrough came in 2014 with the blockbuster Tamil film Velaiyilla Pattadhari, in which he plays the role of the main antagonist against Dhanush. The film went on to make waves as the highest grossing Tamil film of 2014 and Amitash got overnight recognition and critical acclaim, one of them being the Best Male Debutante by V4 Entertainment.

Telugu film director Srinu Vaitla, after seeing his potential cast him in his Telugu film Bruce Lee - The Fighter, starring Ram Charan. That was his formal debut in Tollywood though Velaiyilla Pattadhari had been dubbed in Telugu and Amitash had become a familiar and loved face. The Telugu version is called Raghuvaran BTech, again a massive hit.

Hollywood debut in the year 2015 with playing male lead in the movie Heartbeats directed by Duane Adler of the Step Up series was a significant phase for Amitash. He plays the role of Aseem Kapoor, an Indian choreographer with whom Krystal Ellsworth, an American dancer falls in love and the film celebrates their love and the tough path they had to tread. Top cinematographer Ravi Varman wielded the camera for Heartbeats and weaved his magic throughout the film.

Vaanam Kottatum ( transl. Let it rain), a Tamil film marked his association with the Madras Talkies. Directed by Dhana Sekaran, the film is co-written by Maniratnam.

His next film Thalli Pogathey, a remake of the Telugu blockbuster Ninnu Kori sees Amitash as one of the two male leads alongside Atharva and Anupama Parameswaran , being directed by R Kannan.

Amitash is a part of an anthology called Kutty Love Story by four eminent directors of South and he features in A L Vijay's episode along with Megha Akash. The anthology is slated for release soon.

Music

Amitash is a singing actor, with music being his first love. Gifted with a mellifluous voice, he has to his credit a Cover Sing For The Moment, which is a tribute to Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Laal Ishq.

During the pandemic lockdown of 2020, he has sung and performed in an independent Tamil music video called "Corona Kannala" which has hit 2.2 million views and has been widely appreciated. The music video has been produced by Kavi Creations in association with Sony Music (south)
Ashok (Kannada actor)
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Ashok
Born 12 September 1951 

AnekalKarnataka, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actor

Ashok (born 12 September 1951) is an Indian actor in the Kannada film industry, known for drama roles. His notable films include Ranganayaki, Sanadi Appanna, Vijayavani, Archana, Chellida Rakta, Thayiya Madilalli, Raja Maharaja and Krantiyogi Basavanna.

Early life

Ashok was born to V. Lakshmi Narasimhaiah, a police inspector and Puttamma in Anekal. To become a film star was his childhood ambition. No sooner had he completed his degree, than he applied to NSD, FTTI, Pune and the Madras Film Institute. He was admitted to the Madras Film Institute and even topped the course.

Career

His first Kannada film was Hennu Samsarada Kannu opposite Sridevi. He mainly acted in romantic movies opposite top heroines Aarati and Manjula during the late seventies and early eighties.

He also set up a small-scale industry, which is his main source of income. In 1986, he became the founding president of the Karnataka Film Artists, Workers and Technicians Union. He is also an activist in many movements, including the Gokak movement and Raitha Sangha protests.
Appukutty
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Appukutty
Born
Sivabalan
22 August 1984 

Nathankinaru, Thootukudi district, Tamilnadu
Occupation Actor
Years active 1994–present

Sivabalan, better known as Appukutty, is an Indian actor and comedian, who mainly appears in Tamil films. He became recognized following his performance in Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu. His role as Azhagarsami in Azhagarsamiyin Kudhirai was praised by film critics and fetched him the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Career

Sivabalan hails from a village Nathan Kinaru in Thoothukudi districtTamil Nadu. He moved to Chennai in 1994, initially in search of a job for survival only. He was working as a cleaner in hotels, when he was spotted by film personalities and received acting offers from them. He then began acting in small character roles. In an interview in 2011, he stated that he always wanted to be a comedian and that he had appeared in several minor roles for over 17 years, before gaining recognition in Suseenthiran's Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu. Suseenthiran went on to cast him in the lead role in his comedy drama film Azhagarsamiyin Kudhirai (2011). For his performance in the film, Appukutty won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor, while the film was named the Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment of 2011. In 2011 he also appeared in an important role in the film Kullanari Koottam and played a character role in Mohanlal's 300th film Snehaveedu. He is currently acting in Mannaru.
Anand Babu
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Anand Babu
Born 30 August 1963 

Nationality Indian
Occupation Actor
Years active 1983-1999
2009-present
Spouse(s) Shanthi
(m.1985; div.2013)
Children Bijesh
Gajesh
Yogesh
Suprina
Parent(s) Nagesh
Regina

Anand Babu (Tamil: ஆனந்த் பாபு) is an Indian film actor who is working in Tamil and Telugu films. He is the son of legendary comedy actor Nagesh.

Career

He first entered the film industry with Tamil films and also played leading roles in Telugu as well as supporting roles. He is also well known for his best dancing abilities. Anand's acting debut was in the Tamil film Thangaikkor Geetham in 1983 directed by T. Rajendar.

He appeared in many films in the early 1990s. Despite his solid beginning in film industry, he has faced a steady decline. His Telugu films include Bhale Mitrulu (1986), Mamasri (1990), Illu Illalu Pillalu (1991), Maa Variki Pelli (1993) and Kishkinda Kanda (1994). He has also acted in some Telugu and Tamil TV serials.

After long back, he appeared in Aadhavan (2009) directed by K. S. Ravikumar.

Anand Babu appears on the big screen after a long time in Pyaar Prema Kaadhal (2018).

Personal life

He attended School at Campion anglo Indian School Trichy and graduated at Loyola college of arts and science Chennai.[citation needed] Anand married Shanthi on 8 December 1985. The couple has three sons and a daughter. Their second son Gajesh is an actor in the Tamil film industry. Their eldest son, Bijesh is an actor.
Ashish Duggal

Ashish Duggal is an Indian film actor. He is also known by his other professions such as producer. He was born on 10th of April in Guwahati, Assam, India. His real name is Ashish Duggal. His father name is NA, and mother is NA. Ashish Duggal gets married to Dishi Duggal, and they have children as Adish Duggal (Son), and NA (Daughter). He is active in the film industry since 1994. The first movie of Ashish Duggal was “Main Khiladi Tu Anari” in 1994. There is a list of Ashish Duggal movies: Jora 10 Numbaria, Blackia, Punjab Singh, Rang Panjab, etc.

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Full Name: Ashish Duggal
Date of Birth: 10 April
Birth Place: Town Sahnewal, Ludhiana, Punjab, India
Height: 5 feet 10 inches
Weight: 75 Kilograms
Religion: Hindu
Education: M.A in Dramatics
Star Sign/ Zodiac Sign: Aries
Professions/Occupation: Actor, Producer
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Wife Name: Dishi Duggal
Children: Adish Duggal
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Amlan Das
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Amlan
Born
9 March 1992, Amlan Das
CuttackOdisha,india
Alma mater SRM Institute of Science and Technology
Occupation Actor
Years active 2013 – present
Parent(s) Mihir Das, Sangita Das

Amlan Das is an Odia actor mostly viewed in Ollywood films and advertisements. He is the son of Famous Odia actor Mihir Das. He started his career just after completing his graduation in 2013.

Biography

Amlan was born as the elder son of Mihir Das and Sangita Das at Cuttack. He completed his schooling and college at DAV school, CDA. Cuttack joined for his graduation in the Sivaji Ganesan Film Institute of SRM Institute of Science and Technology located in Chennai. In 2013 he completed his graduation and started his film career in the movie Target with direction from SK Muralidharan. But his first performance failed to attract a wider audience. He grew in popularity after appearing in Tu mo dehara chhai but later on he failed to impress the Odia viewers with his performance. He failed to increase his popularity and audience attention due to continuous flop movies.

Filmography
Anna Salunke
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Anna Salunke

Salunke as Sita in Lanka Dahan
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actorcinematographer

Anna Hari Salunke, also known as A. Salunke and Annasaheb Saluke, was an Indian actor who performed female roles in early Indian cinema and also a cinematographer. He is credited as the first person to perform as a heroine in Indian cinema when he played the role of Rani Taramati of King Harishchandra in Dada Saheb Phalke's first full-length film, Raja Harishchandra (1913). In 1917, Salunke became the first to play a double role in Indian cinema, by playing the roles of both the hero and heroine in Lanka Dahan.

Career

Salunke portrayed the heroine in Raja Harishchandra (1913), the first full-length Indian feature film. He played the role of Queen Taramati, the consort of king Harishchandra, whose tale is told in Hindu mythology. Salunke worked as a cook or waiter in a restaurant on Grant RoadMumbai, frequented by Dhundiraj Govind Phalke (Dadasaheb Phalke), the director and producer of the film. Phalke could not find a woman who agreed to act in the film; even prostitutes and dancing girls refused. Phalke saw Salunke, who had an effeminate figure and slender hands, and convinced him to play a female role. While Salunke was working for a monthly salary of 10 rupees, Phalke offered him 15 and Salunke agreed.

Salunke also acted in Phalke's Lanka Dahan (1917), played in the Hindu epic Ramayana. Salunke played the first double role in Indian cinema, by playing both the male role of the hero Rama and the female role of his wife Sita, the heroine. However, Salunke had developed a more muscular physique by then, and the audience could see his biceps even as he played the goddess Sita.

Salunke also acted in Satyanarayan (1922) directed by V.S. Nirantar and Phalke's Buddha Dev (1923). He was also the cinematographer on both films. Later, Salunke abandoned his acting career and fully concentrated on cinematography. Besides Nirantar and Phalke, he worked with G. V. Sane (who acted with Salunke in Raja Harishchandra) and Ganpat G. Shinde (co-starred with Salunke in Lanka Dahan) as directors. The last of his films as cinematographer were in 1931.

Films

Salunke, during his film career spanning 18 years from 1913 to 1931, acted in various films including five in the female role, most of them were on Hindu mythological themes. He was also a cinematographer in a few films.
A. B. Raj
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A. B. Raj
Born
Antony Basker Raj
21 April 1925

Died 23 August 2020 (aged 95)

Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Occupation Director
Producer
Screenwriter
Years active 1951–1986
Relatives Saranya Ponvannan (daughter)

Antony Basker Raj (21 April 1925 – 23 August 2020), also known as A. Bhaskar Raj in Sinhala cinema, was an Indian director of Malayalam movies. Since 1951 to 1960, he directed ten Singalese (Sinhala) movies followed by directing 65 Malayalam movies from 1963 till 1984. He also directed two Tamil movies. He was the father of National Award-winning actress Saranya Ponvannan. She is a leading actress in Tamil cinema. A. B. Raj was the Second Unit Assistant Director of The Bridge on the River Kwai by David Lean

He died on 23 August 2020 due to a heart attack. He was 95.
Asif Basra
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Asif Basra
असिफ बसरा


Basra in 2016
Born 27 July 1967

AmravatiMaharashtra, India
Died 12 November 2020 (aged 53)

DharamshalaKangraHimachal Pradesh, India
Alma mater Bombay University
Occupation Actor
Years active 1998–2020

Asif Basra (Marathi: असिफ बसरा; 27 July 1967 – 12 November 2020) was an Indian actor, best known to Western audiences for his role in Outsourced. Asif appeared in many Bollywood films. On 12 November 2020, he was found hanging in his apartment with the causes of his suicide being investigated.

Early life and education

Basra was born on 27 July 1967 in AmravatiMaharashtra, India.

In 1989, he moved to Mumbai and attended Mumbai University, and acted in college productions. He regularly won prizes for the characters he played in college time. He graduated with a Bachelor's degree of Physics.

Career

He performed in Anurag Kashyap's Black Friday and Rahul Dholakia's Parzania, which received much critical appreciation. He appeared in Michael O. Sajbeland's One Night with the King with veteran actors like Omar Sharif and Peter O'Toole. He played a tailor in the Hindi movie Lamhaa; he was in Bollywood's 2010 top grossing film Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai as Shoaib's (Emraan Hashmi) father. Basra was also known for his theatrical performances from playing five characters in Feroz Abbas Khan's production of Mahatma v/s Gandhi, a play that is considered one of the most successful in Indian theatre. Other performances include a child with spina bifida in Main Bhi Superman and Horatio in Hamlet.

In 2020, he appeared in two web series: Paatal Lok streamed on Amazon Prime and Hostages on Hotstar. He worked in Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil, and Malayalam films.
Death

Asif was found hanging in a private complex in McLeod Ganj, in DharamshalaHimachal Pradesh on 12 November 2020. Currently, the police and the forensics team are investigating the matter.
Akshay Anand
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Akshay Anand
Born
John Gardner
30 January 1967

India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actor
Years active 1985-present
Spouse(s) Roma Gardner

John Gardner (born 30 January 1967), known professionally as Akshay Anand is an Indian actor who appears mainly in Hindi films & television. He was discovered by actor Dev Anand, who cast him to play the protagonist in one of his directorial ventures Hum Naujawan. Anand has acted in numerous films and TV series across multiple languages. Besides acting, he writes stories and screenplays.

Early life and career

Anand was born as John Gardner and he assumed the name Akshay inspired by his character in his television debut Indradhanush. The name Anand had been given to him by his mentor, actor and director Dev Anand, during his association with Dev Anand while filming Hum Naujawan. He studied economics at St. Xavier's College, Mumbai before getting into acting.

His television debut was made in 1989 with the 13-episode TV series Indradhanush which was based on time travel.

He also mentors at his acting academy, Akshay Anand Acting Academy. He is also active as producer and director for various web series under the banner Akshay Anand Academy Production.

Personal life

Anand is married to Roma Roy
Arvind Rathod
Arvind Rathod
Actor
Died : 1 July 2021
A photojournalist-turned-actor Arvind Rathod began his career in the 1970s and is known for his work in Hindi and Gujarati cinema. Arvind has appeared in Gujarati movies such as Baba Ramdev Peer (1976), Raja Gopichand (1979), Shetal Tara Oona Pani (1986), and Dikrine Na Desho Koi Pardesh (2011).


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Abhinav Gautam
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Abhinav Gautam is known for short films such as Matchstick, Post Heist and The Bribe.
Abhinav Gautam.

Born : 1 January 1986
Abhinav Gautam is an award-winning Indian model and film actor, having won awards at pageants such as the first runner-up at the Gladrags Manhunt and Megamodel Contest and the Best Asian Model at the Best Model of The World pageant, Istanbul, Turkey.

Abhinav Gautam was born in Meerut (Uttar Pradesh) in a zamindar family. His father Naresh Chandra Tyagi is a landlord and his mother Mridula Tyagi is a homemaker. His mother belongs to the Royal Family of Ratangarh Riyasat (district Bijnor) in Uttar Pradesh. Abhinav Gautam has completed his schooling at Government Inter College (GIC) in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. Abhinav Gautam followed his formal education with an acting course at Imago Acting School with Barry John and a dance course with Shiamak Davar. Abhinav Gautam has a brother Abhishek Tyagi, a software engineer settled in the United States of America.

As a child, Abhinav Gautam was quite enthusiastic about being a cricketer.

“During my student years, I was an avid cricketer. Somehow, in my teens, I did not pursue the same due to lack of direction. My second love had always been modelling and acting. I had grown up seeing the ramp walks of Milind Soman and Arjun Rampal on TV and had aspired to do the same. Amitabh Bachchan, whose acting I used to watch since childhood, captivated me and I knew that modelling and the Indian film industry is where my destination lay. A chance form filling of Gladrags Manhunt and Megamodel contest and I won the first runner-up title in 2001. From then on, there was no looking back.”

Abhinav Gautam is known for short films such as Matchstick, Post Heist and The Bribe. Abhinav is also seen in TVCs, Music Videos, TV series, Print ads, Magazines & Ramp shows.

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Arindam Sil
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Arindam Sil
Born 12 March 1964 
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actorfilm director and film producer

Arindam Sil is an Indian film actor, film director and line producer.

Early life

Sil was born on 12 March 1964 in North Calcutta to a traditional joint family. He was a student of St. Joseph's College, Calcutta, and St Xavier's College, Calcutta, from where he passed ICSE, ISC & B Com (Hons) examinations. He then pursued M.B.A. in Marketing from the Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management at the University of Calcutta. He gave up his PhD at USA to pursue his interest in becoming an actor. In 2012 he directed a movie Aborto. Sil and his company, Nothing Beyond Cinema, has managed the line-production of films like The Bong Connection, Via Darjeeling, 033, Brake Fail, Shukno Lanka, Nobel Chor, Kahaani, Detective Byomkesh Bakshi, TE3N, Meri Pyari Bindu', among others.

Filmography

Director
2013 Aborto
2022 Mahananda
Tirandaj Shabor
Byomkesh
Iskaboner Bibi

Actor
Eagoler Chokh (2016) (cameo)
Har Har Byomkesh (2015) (cameo)
Shudhu Tomari Jonyo (2015) Nayantara's Father
Buno Haansh (2014)
Asbo Aar Ekdin (2012)
Laptop (2012) Raya's Father
Nobel Chor (2012)
Arekti Premer Galpo (2010)
Ekti Tarar Khonje (2010)
Brake Fail (2009)
Via Darjeeling (2008)
Tolly Lights (2008)
Bose : The Forgotten Hero (2005)
Dwitio Paksha (2004)
Mahulbonir Sereng (2004)
Annadaata (2002)
Debdas (2002)
Moner Majhe Tumi (2002)
Cancer (2001)
Hey Ram (2000)
Shesh Thikana (2000)
Sankha Sindurer Dibyi (1999)
Shatru Mitra (1999)
Swapno Niye (1999)
Tumi Ele Tai (1999)

Executive producer
Te3n (2016)
Gunday (2014)
Kahaani (2012)
Nobel Chor (2012)
Shukno Lanka (2010)
033 (2010)
Brake Fail (2009)

Arun Pandian
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Arun Pandian

In office
11 May 2011 – 11 May 2016
Preceded by M. V. R. Veera Kabilan
Succeeded by M. Govindarasu
Constituency Peravurani
Personal details
Born 13 July 1958
Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu
Spouse(s) Vijaya Pandian
Children kavitha pandian, kirana pandian , Keerthi Pandian
Relatives Ramya Pandian (niece)
Occupation Actordirectorproducer, politician

Arun Pandian is an Indian film actordirectorproducer and politician. He began his career as an actor as part of the critically acclaimed film Oomai Vizhigal (1986). After retiring from acting, he took the post of chief producer for the London-based Ayngaran International, a film production and distribution company, however, he later started his own production and distribution company A&P Groups.

He is the secretary of South Indian Film Financiers Association (Siffa) and he is also the president of South Indian Film Exporters Association (Sifea).

Politics

He became a Member of Legislative Assembly in 2011 after contesting in the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly election as a Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) candidate for the constituency of Peravurani. On 21 February 2016, Arun Pandian and nine other MLAs tendered their resignations prior to the Assembly election in the state. On 25 February 2016, he joined the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) in the presence of party general secretary and Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa.
Family and education

He is son of retired Lieutenant colonel D. P. Chellaiah and resides in Tirunelveli. His late brother C. Durai Pandian directed the film Uzhiyan (1994) with Arun Pandian starring in the lead role. He has three daughters, named Kavitha Pandian, Kirana Pandian, and Keerthi Pandian. He holds a Bachelors in economics from Madras University. His daughter Keerthi Pandian and his niece Ramya Pandian are working as actresses.
Amrit Keshav Nayak
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Amrit Keshav Nayak

Amrit Keshav Nayak
Born 14 April 1877
AhmedabadGujarat
Died 18 July 1907 (aged 30)
Bombay
Pen name Shivsambhu Sharmano Chiko
Occupation actor, director, poet, writer
Language Gujarati
Nationality Indian
Notable works M. A. Banake Kyon Meri Mitti Kharab Ki? (1908)
Spouse Parvati
Partner Gauhar Jaan
Children Saroj

Amrit Keshav Nayak (14 April 1877 – 18 July 1907) was a Parsi theatre actor-director, lyricist and Gujarati author. He joined theatre at early age and later directed several plays including adaptations of plays of Shakespeare. He wrote plays and novels also.

Early life

Nayak was born in Ahmedabad on 14 April 1877 (Vaishakh Shukla 1 Vikram Samvat 1933) to Nayak family. He lived in Mata ni Pol in Kalupur area of the city. He studied only four grades and two grades in Urdu. Nayak moved to Bombay with his father.

Theatre and lyricist career


In 1888, he joined Alfred Company at the age of eleven at the salary of forty rupees a month. After his successful roles of Baheram Irani and Pumba in Bamanji Kabraji's Gamde ni Gori (Village Nymph, 1890) and Bimar-e-Bulbul respectively, he went to Lucknow to study theatre under Bindadin Maharaj. He learned music there. After his return in 1891, he directed Allauddin and played Laila himself whose success elevated him to post of Assistant Manager at the age of 15. He pioneered the adaptation of plays of Shakespeare in Urdu. He directed Mehdi Hasan Ahsan's Khun-e-Nahaq (Unjustified Murder, 1898, based on Hamlet) and Bazum-e-Fani (Fatal Union, 1898, based on Romeo and Juliet) for Kavasji Palanji Khatau's Alfred Theatre Company. He directed several plays of Urdu dramatist Agha Hashar Kashmiri including his adaptation of Shakespeare's play, Murid-e-Shaque (Victim of Suspicion, 1899, based on A Winter's Tale) and Shahid-e-Naaz (Measure for Measure, 1904) . Following differences with Khatau in 1904, he left the Alfred Company joined Framji Apu's Parsi Natak Mandali as a director. He produced Shakespeare's Cymbeline in Urdu as Meetha Zahar ('Sweet Poison'). He was married to Parvati, an illiterate girl from Kadi at an early age. They had a daughter named Saroj. He had a brief relationship with singer and dancer Gauhar Jaan whom he met around 1904–05 in Bombay and together they wrote and composed several hit songs like Pardesi Saiyyan Nena Lagake Dukh De Gaye, Sar Par Gagar Dhar Kar, Dilenadaan Ko Hum Samjhate Jayenge, Aan Baan Jiya Mein Laagi. He was working on his new production Narayan Prasad Betab's Zahari Saanp before he died on 18 July 1907 (Ashadh Sukla 8 Vikram Samvat 1963) in Bombay following heart attack.

Literary career


Aankho Thi Vahe Chhe Dhara, a ghazal by Nayak

Nayak's pen-name was Shivsambhu Sharmano Chiko (Gujarati: શિવશંભુ શર્માનો ચિકો).

Nayak wrote a column for Amrita Bazar Patrika and Gujarati periodicals. Chiththa Lekhanmala column in Gujarati has some influence on the Indian independence movement. He wrote a play, Bharat Durdasha Natak (1909) about prevalent condition of India. His novel M. A. Banake Kyon Meri Mitti Kharab Ki? (1908) was about shortcomings of education system. His another novel, Mariyam was about a Muslim life. His incomplete and unpublished works are Sanskrit ane Farsi Bhasha no Paraspar Sambandh (Relationship of Sanskrit and Persian languages) and Nadirshah. Apart from lyrics for songs for his plays, he wrote Gazals in Gujarati too.

Legacy


The Amrit Keshav Nayak Road behind Khadi Bhandar in Fort area of Mumbai is named after Nayak
Arjun Mathur
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Arjun Mathur
Born 18 October 1981

Education St. Columbas School, New Delhi

St. Mary's School I.S.C., MumbaiThe British School, New Delhi
Occupation Actor
Years active 2007–present

Notable work 'Made In Heaven', 'Indian Summers', 'Long Live Brij Mohan', 'Luck By Chance'
Partner(s) Tiya Tejpal
Parent(s) Rakesh Mathur (Father), Late Reynoo Mathur (Mother)
Relatives Gautam Mathur (Brother), Sonia Mathur Kaul (Sister)
Awards International Emmy Nomination for 'Best Performance by an Actor' (2020)

Arjun Mathur (born 18 October 1981) is an International Emmy nominated, British Indian actor working predominantly in Bollywood, independent films and television. He was seen internationally in the British drama series, 'Indian Summers' and plays the lead character in the Amazon Original series, 'Made in Heaven', which earned him an International Emmy award nomination for 'Best Performance by an Actor.

Early life and education

Arjun Mathur was born in LondonEngland. but grew up between New Delhi and Mumbai, India. His father, Rakesh Mathur, is a hotelier. He has an older brother, Gautam and a younger sister, Sonia. His mother Reynoo, died in a car accident when he was just thirteen years old.

Mathur studied at St. Columbas School, New Delhi, St. Mary's School, Mumbai, The British School, New Delhi and Oaklands CollegeSt Albans, Hertfordshire, where he completed his A-Level schooling.

He chose to not pursue a college degree and instead, trained as an actor at Barry John's institute as well as the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York. Before he started acting, he worked as an Assistant Director on several big-budget Indian films such as 'Bunty Aur Babli' and 'Rang De Basanti (The Colour of Spring)'.

Career

Arjun was discovered by Mira Nair and Farhan Akhtar simultaneously, through their respective short films, 'Migration' and 'Positive' for the 'Aids Jaago' project, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, 2007. This was followed by several remarkable performances in mainstream Indian films like 'Luck By Chance''My Name Is Khan' and 'Ankur Arora Murder Case', as well as critically acclaimed independent films like 'Barah Aana''Coffee Bloom', the National-Award winning 'I Am' and the English language film, 'Fireflies', for which he received a Best Actor nomination at the New York Indian Film Festival, 2013.

In 2012, he garnered praise for the youth-centric mini-series, 'Bring On The Night', which was the first of its kind produced in India, before the streaming revolution took hold. Arjun has appeared in numerous television commercials and was a brand-ambassador for the leading Indian lifestyle brand, 'Godrej' from 2013 till 2016. He was also seen in Channel 4's British drama series, 'Indian Summers' as the volatile nationalist, 'Naresh Banerjee'. The 2018 Netflix original film, 'Brij Mohan Amar Rahe (Long Live Brij Mohan)' saw Arjun step away from his image and impress audiences and critics as an underwear salesman from Delhi, who tries to fake his own death and fails miserably.

In 2019, Arjun played the lead in Zoya Akhtar's Amazon original series, 'Made In Heaven' and received a nomination in the 'Best Performance by an Actor' category at the International Emmy Awards 2020, for his nuanced portrayal of a gay man living in urban India at a time when homosexuality was illegal. The show itself received worldwide audience and critical acclaim and will return for a second season.

He was last seen in 'The Gone Game', a suspense thriller series that was set, conceived, shot and released during the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020.
Anurag Niram


Anurag Niram is an Indian TV actor from Lucknow, then he later moved to Mumbai. He became popular for a vital role he performed in the Indian soap, on Star Plus. He played the role of Dhruv in the show. Anurag was also part of the drama serial, Sarvaggun Sampanna on Imagine TV. After this, he took a hiatus from his TV career for few years and came back to the small screen on the longest running show, Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai on Star Plus. He was the good looking Math teacher and the love interest of Chikki (Navika Kotia). Anurag previously appearanced in Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi on Star Plus, Shakira, Santaan and Prithviraj Chauhan.

Anurag said in one of his interview that, he was only three when he used to watch Ramayana on television. Since then, he decided that he will have people to watch him on TV someday. So his family was not surprised when he went to Mumbai. Before that, when he passed the Class 12, he joined the Lucknow’s, Bhartendu Natya Akademi. He also joined a workshop in National School of Drama.

Anurag has been a part of the Hindi TV drama serial, '' where he played the parallel lead as Prakash. In 2013, he also did an episodic and a cameo role as Chanchal in the mystery show, Haunted Nights on Sahara One along with Parull Chaudhary.
Ankkush Baali

Ankush Bali Born 7 November 1984, is an actor, known for Shuddh Desi Romance (2013), Jai Gangaajal (2016) and Nanhi Si Kali... Meri Laadli (2010).

Ankkush Baali. Address, B-3, Swagat, Opp. Fantasy Land, Jogesgwari Vikhroli Link Rd, Andheri (E),. Email, baliankush@gmail.com.

Adarsh Gautam

Adarsh Gautam

Adarsh Gautam is an Actor from India. Born 05 December 1986 in India. So far Adarsh Gautam has worked in Bollywood and his artwork has been released in Hindi and Telugu language movies.

Biography

Full Name Adarsh Gautam
Occupation Actor
Gender Male
Date of Birth 05 December 1986
Birth Place India
Residence Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Ammy Virk
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Ammy Virk

Virk in 2019
Born
11 May 1992, Amninderpal Singh Virk

NabhaPunjab, India
Occupation

Actor
singer
producer
Years active 2012–present
Musical career
Labels

Speed
T-Series
Rhythm Boyz

Website Ammy Virk on Facebook

Amninderpal Singh Virk, better known as Ammy Virk, is an Indian singer, actor and producer who works in Punjabi and Hindi films. He started the production house Villagers Film Studio and a distribution company In House Group. He is best known for playing the role of Nikka in Nikka Zaildar series, Shivjit in QismatHarjeet Singh in Harjeeta, and Haakam in Angrej.

He started his acting career with the role of Hakam in the historical romance Punjabi film Angrej (2015) for which he won Best Debut Actor Award at PTC Punjabi Film Awards. Also, he had starred in other films including BambukatArdaas, Nikka Zaildar, Laung Laachi and Qismat. Gurnaaz Kaur of The Tribune described Virk as Nikka as one of the most loved characters of Punjabi cinema. He is known for his Patiala-Shahi turban. His films Angrej and Qismat are one of the highest grossing Punjabi films of all time. He is making his Bollywood debut with film 83 (2020) directed by Kabir Khan based on 1983 Cricket World Cup.

Early life

Virk was born Amninderpal Singh Virk. In an interview with The Tribune he said, "It was my mother who told me that I should try singing. I have learnt it. I am a singer because of my mother and I love her for having faith in me."


Discography

YearAlbumRecord LabelMusicTracks
2011 Chandigarh Diyan Kudian Speed Records Bhinda Auijla 7
2013 Jattizm Lokdhun Punjabi Gupz Sehra 12


Film career

Virk started his film career with Angrej produced by Rhythm Boyz Entertainment released in 2015. He played the role of Haakam which shows a negative role. Jasmine Singh of The Tribune said, “Angrej is also the ground for singer Ammy Virk, who opens his innings here. If it were just looks, the singer gets a five on five; as far as dialogue delivery goes, there is more work that needs to be done. All the same, he makes his character look and sound real.” Also, he won Best Debut Actor Award at PTC Punjabi Film Awards for his role in the film.

In 2016, his second film Ardaas directed by Gippy Grewal was released. In the film he played supporting role of Agyapal Singh(Aasi). Divya Pal of News18 said, “It is interesting to see how the film’s supporting actors serve up strong performances. Ammy Virk is suitably striking as Aasi [...]” Uttam of Punjabi Teshan said, “[...] Ammy Virk has improved so much, he acted like a good theatre artist. [...]” Later in July, his film Bambukat was released being his second collaboration with Rhythm Boyz Entertainment. The film was directed by Pankaj Batra and was Virk's first film as a lead Actor. Gurlove Singh of BookMyShow said, "Ammy Virk is a revelation. He has proven that he chooses his scripts carefully. [...] he packs a solid punch in Bambukat. He has definitely grown as an actor. He is exceptional in the emotional scenes. [...] your heart goes out to Channan, and that’s only because of Ammy Virk’s effective portrayal." He won Best Actor Award at PTC Punjabi Film Awards shared with Amrinder Gill for his role of "Channan Singh" in the film and Best Actor Critics Award at Filmfare Awards Punjabi shared with Gurpreet Ghuggi. In September, he starred in Nikka Zaildar as Nikka.

In 2017, he started with playing a special appearance in the Tarsem Jassar's starrer Rabb Da Radio song "Akh Boldi". In May, his thriller film Saab Bahadar was released. Jasmine Singh of The Tribune, said "Now, it’s time for the Saab Bahadur to come in- Punjabi singer-actor Ammy Virk plays the real cop, the Saab Bahadur in the film [...] he nails it this time too." Gurlove Singh of BookMyShow said, "There’s no denying the fact that Ammy Virk is the heart and soul of Saab Bahadar. He is portraying the titular role and has introduced us to a new brand of cop with his spellbinding performance. He enacts his character with earnestness and authenticity. He is brilliant in every frame and charges assertively through the film. His portrayal of Saab Bahadar stamps the fact that he is one of the most sought-after actors of Punjabi film industry these days."The film was critically praised but commercially it was not that good.

You can't experiment much. If you make an experimental film in Punjab, then I don't think it will work right now as the market is not that big. If the market grows, then more type of genres like action and suspense can also do well.

-Ammy Virk

In September 2017, his film Nikka Zaildar 2 sequel to Nikka Zaildar was released. The film was set in bygone era and upon its release was announced HIT by Box Office India. Jasmine Singh of The Tribune said, "Actor-singer Ammy Virk melts into his character, just like he did in Nikka Zaildar. With a line of hits to his credit, Ammy is only growing as an artiste. He has a bang on comic timing, and the same can be said about his emotional scenes." Later, in December Sat Shri Akaal England was released. In the film Virk played role of Major German Singh Mann. The film was not critically and commercially successful but Virk's performance was appreciated. Manjit Singh of Santa Banta said, "Ammy is a natural actor who doesn't require any much effort to bring out his best."

In 2018, he started Laung Laachi with a negative supporting role of Ajaypal Singh. The film was written and directed by Amberdeep Singh also he starred in the film as a lead Actor. The film was commercially successful and also the one of highest grossing Punjabi films of 2018. Later, in May Harjeeta was released. The film was based on Harjeet Singh a hockey player who served as captain for Indian Hockey Team and won World Cup. Jasmine Singh of The Tribune praising his performance said, "It is hard not to notice the actor’s hard work, whether it is adopting the real Tuli’s young looks, his mannerism and his style. Ammy delivers an award winning performance. Ammy has taken to the character like chalk and cheese."

In September, Qismat was released. The film was named after a song sung by himself only because similarity in lead cast, crew and emotions. The film was written and directed by Jagdeep Sidhu. In the film Virk played role of Shivjit Singh Gill opposite to Sargun Mehta in the film. Gurlove Singh of BookMyShow said, "Qismat belongs to Ammy Virk and Sargun Mehta. They are the heart and soul of the movie. They both give equally good, well-balanced and superlative performances. You cannot help but fall in love with their on-screen chemistry. They make you smile and cry a number of times in those two hours. It’s hard to believe anyone else portraying Shivjit and Bani’s roles." Jasmine Singh of The Tribune also praised lead cast, saying, “Ammy Virk and Sargun Mehta share a strong onscreen chemistry. Ammy, makes every word he says achievable in real life. He is one effortless actor who can make the audiences laugh, cry and now, believe in true love.”

In 2019, his films Muklawa and Nikka Zaildar 3 were released. In Muklawa he co-starred with Sonam Bajwa for the third time after Nikka Zaildar and Nikka Zaildar 2. Also, in the same year his Chhalle Mundiyaan was released and Guddiyan Patole starring Gurnam Bhullar on other hand produced by him.

He is also making debut in Bollywood with film 83 directed by Kabir Khan. The film is based on the life of Indian cricket player Kapil Dev. Virk will play the role of fast bowler Balwinder Sandhu Later, he also signed another Bollywood film Bhuj where he will play role of a fighter pilot.
Amrit Maan
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Amrit Maan
Born 14 April 1992
Goniana Mandi, India
Occupation(s)

Singer
lyricist
actor
Instruments Vocal
Years active (2014 –present)
Labels White Hill Music
Bamb Beats
Speed Records
Associated acts Jazzy B
Jasmine Sandlas
Diljit Dosanjh
Jass Bajwa
Ammy Virk
Sidhu Moosewala
Website Amrit Maan on Instagram

Amrit Maan is an Indian singer, lyricist and actor associated with Punjabi film and music. He rose to fame after the release of his debut, Desi Da Drum in 2015. He is also known for his debut film Channa Mereya.

Career

Maan started his career in 2014 as a songwriter. His first song Jatt Fire Karda sung by Punjabi Music Industry's superstar Diljit Dosanjh, was a big hit. After that Maan's career grew very quickly. He wrote many hit songs like Yaar Jundi de,. After getting success as a lyricist, he released his debut song Desi Da Drum. Other notable songs of Mann include Kaali Camaro, Bamb Jatt and Peg Di Washna.

Discography

Key Denotes films that have not yet been released

YearSongLabelNotes2015 Desi Da Drum Speed Records Debut Song
Muchh Te Mashook
2016 Kaali Camaro

Pagg Di Pooni From Vaapsi
Shikaar Won Best Duo/Group Award
Sach Te Supna

Akh Da Nishana

2017 Bamb Jatt White Hill Music
Lalkara From Channa Mereya
Peg Di Waashna Speed Records

Guerilla War

2018 Logo Muchh De T-Series from Laung Laachi
Trending Nakhra Bamb Beats

Difference

Pariyaan Toh Sohni Crown Records

Blood Wich Tu Lokdhun Punjabi from Aate Di Chidi
Love You Ni Mutiyare
Collarbone Bamb Beats
2019 German Gun Speed Records

Mithi Mithi Crown Records with Jasmine Sandlas[citation needed]
Combination Humble Music

The King Speed Records

Jatt Fattey Chakk

My Moon Planet Recordz

2020 Subah Jatt Da Bamb Beats Music by Gur Sidhu
Bambiha Bole Sidhu Moose Wala with Sidhu Moose Wala
2021 All Bamb  Bamb Beats Music by Ikwinder Singh
Sira E Hou Speed Records with Nimrat Khaira

Filmography

Key Denotes films that have not yet been released

YearFilmRoleNotesLanguage2017 Channa Mereya Balli Dhillon Nominated for Best Debut Actor Filmfare Awards Punjabi/Nominated for Best Negative Role at PTC Punjabi Film Awards Punjabi
2018 Laung Laachi Singer Jagtaar Maan
Aate Di Chidi Vikram With Neeru Bajwa
2019 Do Dooni Panj TBA
Arjun Jena
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Arjun Jena
Born 6 March 1971
Occupation Cinematographer
Years active 1990–present

Arjun Jena is an Indian cinematographer from Chennai.
Career


Early days

During the 1990s, Jena joined cinematographer P. C. Sreeram's unit as an assistant cameraman. He worked under Sreeram in films such as Thevar Magan (1992), Thiruda Thiruda (1993), May Madham (1994), Subha Sankalpam (1994) and Kurudhipunal (1995). Later in 1996, he joined cinematographer Jeeva, a former assistant of Sreeram, as an operating cameraman. He apprenticed under Jeeva in Indian (1996), Ullasam (1997), Vaali (1999), Kushi (2000), Run (2002), ZorHera Pheri and Yeh Teraa Ghar Yeh Meraa Ghar.


Independent work

Jena got his first break with the short film Silent Scream, directed by Vikram Kumar. It won the National Film Award for Best Educational/Motivational/Instructional Film at the 46th National Film Awards in 1998. He made his feature film debut with Kathir's Tamil feature film Kadhal Virus (2000), which won him the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Cinematographer. His other works include Oka Oorilo, AeganLove Khichdi and Ala Modalaindi.
Ankush Hazra

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Ankush Hazra


Born 14 February 1989
Nationality Indian
Occupation - Actor, dancer

Years active 2010–present

Notable work See filmography

Ankush Hazra is an Indian actor associated with Bengali language films. His debut film was Kellafate released in 2010.

Career

Hazra caught the attention of film director Pijus Saha who starred him in his romantic comedy film Kellafate of Banner-Prince Entertainment P4. This film was also produced by Saha. Hazra was paired opposite newcomer Rupashree. The backdrops of the song sequences were appreciated a lot which ultimately led to the conclusion by viewers that Hazra was an extraordinary dancer and enhanced his popularity as a great dancer in Tollywood.

Later, Hazra starred in the Bengali romantic drama film Idiot of Eskay Movies, directed by Rajib Biswas. In this film, Hazra was paired opposite Bengali actress Srabanti Chatterjee. He returned with his Bengali film Kanamachi. His recent success includes the multistarrer-romantic-comedy film Jamai 420.

Personal life

As of July 2020, Hazra is in a relationship with fellow actress Oindrila Sen.
Ashok Shinde


ASHOK SHINDE
Actor
Born - January 01, 1976 in Mumbai, India

Ashok Shinde is a popular Actor. Latest movies in which Ashok Shinde has acted are Menka Urvashi, Rocky, Tu.Ka.Patil, Aadesh: The Power Of Law and Dandit. Ashok Shinde was born on January 01, 1976.

Biography / Profile:


Known for his simplicity, modesty, commitment and positive attitude, veteran Marathi actor Ashok Shinde, is very popular in Marathi entertainment industry. Originally from Pune, his father was a commercial makeup artist. After completing his B.E. degree, he worked in Telco for 6 months. He also worked as a makeup artist for a few days, with his friend Vikram Gaikwad. But, soon thereafter, he left this work and since 1987, opted for acting as a full time career. Presently, he lives in Mumbai, with his wife Pooja and daughters Neha and Yojana who are MBA and Interior Designer respectively.

During the 27 years of his career in the field of acting, he has worked on stage, television and films, as a hero, villain and anti hero. As on date, he has done 111 films and 100 TV serials, apart from 42 daily soaps on Sahyadri Channel . After successfully completing 1200 episodes of ‘Swapnanchya Palikadale’ in the prominent role of Yashwant Patkar , he has come with new avatar in ‘Lagori – Maitri Returns’ on Star Pravah, which is his 100th TV Serial. He also did a guest appearance, in Nana Patekar’s Hindi film Yashwant
Amal Neerad 

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Amal Neerad

Born
7 October 1976
Kollam, Ke

rala, India

Alma mater
Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute

Occupation
Cinematographer,Film director, Film producer

Years active
2004–present

Organization
Amal Neerad Productions

Spouse(s)
Jyothirmayi (2015–present)

Parent(s)
C. R. Omanakuttan, S Hemalatha

Amal Neerad (born 7 October 1976) is an Indian film director, cinematographer and producer. He attended the Satyajit Ray Film And Television Institute of India, Kolkata (first batch). He was awarded the National Film Award for best cinematography (special mention) in 2001 for his diploma film Meena Jha (short feature section).

Early life and family

Amal Neerad born in Kollam,Kerala. He attended school and college in Ernakulam. He was the college union chairman of Maharaja's College, Ernakulam in two consecutive terms (1992–93 and 1993–94).
He married actress Jyothirmayi on 4 April 2015.

Career

Amal joined Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute in 1995. He is a winner of National Film Awards for best cinematography. After his graduation from the institute he worked as a cinematographer with Ram Gopal Varma's production company for the films such as JamesDarna Zaroori Hai and Shiva. His debut movie in Malayalam as cinematographer was Black, directed by Ranjith.

In 2007, he made his directorial debut Big B starring Mammootty and Nafisa Ali. The movie also introduced cinematographer Sameer Thahir and editor Vivek Harshan. His next film was Sagar Alias Jacky starring Mohanlal, a sequel of 1987 film Irupatham Noottandu. In 2010, He directed Anwar with Prithviraj and Prakash Raj in lead roles.

Amal Neerad launched his production company Amal Neerad Productions through the 2012 film Bachelor Party directed by himself. In 2013, he produced the anthology film, 5 Sundarikal. Amal directed the segment Kullante Bharya starred Dulquer Salmaan and handled camera for the segment Aami, directed by Anwar Rasheed. He directed and co-produced (with Fahad Faasil) the period thriller Iyobinte Pustakam starring Fahadh FaasilLal, and Jayasurya in 2014. In 2017, he produced and directed Comrade In America starring Dulquer Salmaan. His latest movie is Fahadh Faasil starred Varathan (2018) was jointly produced by Neerad and Fahadh Faasil. He announced a sequel to Big B in 2017 to be released in 2020.
Arun Bali

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Arun Bali



Born 23 December 1942

LahorePunjabBritish India
Occupation Actor
Years active 1990–present

Arun Bali (Punjabi: ਅਰੁਣ ਬਾਲੀ, Hindi: अरुन बाली; born 23 December 1942) is an Indian actor who has worked in numerous films and television series. He played the part of King Porus in the 1991 period drama Chanakya, Kunwar Singh in the Doordarshan soap opera Swabhimaan and the Chief Minister of undivided Bengal, Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy, in the controversial and critically acclaimed 2000 film Hey Ram. In the 2000s, he became known for his "grandfatherly" roles like that of Harshvardhan Wadhwa in Kumkum and has even garnered popular awards for the same. He is also a National Award-winning producer. He hails from a Punjabi Muhiyal (Brahmin) Family.


In 2001, the prominent writer, actor and director Lekh Tandon counted Bali amongst one of his favorite actors.

Abhinay Banker

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Abhinay Banker

Abhinay Banker at The Mug event
Born
AhmedabadGujarat, India
Nationality Indian

Education

Bachelor of Performing Arts in Theatre
Bachelor of Commerce
Alma mater Gujarat University
Occupation Actor, Director, Screenwriter, Playwright
Years active 2006–present
Organization Aarambh Arts Academy

Abhinay Banker (Gujarati: અભિનય બેન્કર) (Hindi: अभिनय बेंकर) born on 14 September) is an actor, director, and writer who works in Gujarati cinema and theatre. After several theatre performances in his early career, he received recognition for his performance in Gujarati play Welcome Zindagi (2010), written and directed by Saumya Joshi, which has been performed over 650 times worldwide. He acted in Gujarati film Kevi Rite Jaish (2012).

Early life
Banker is born in AhmedabadGujarat, India in a Gujarati Hindu family. During his studies, he worked as a freelance photo journalist for several news agencies from 2002–2005. He completed his Bachelor of Performing Arts in theatre from Gujarat University in April 2009 and received Gold medal. Since 2014, he is a contributing faculty cum mentor at School of liberal studies, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU).

Career

Abhinay Banker has acted in number of plays. His debuted in 2005 in a play, Natsamrat. In 2006, he became a theatre trainer and practitioner. He served as the head of the drama department at Darpana Academy of Performing Arts during 2012–2015.He is a founder-member of Actor's Theatre Ahmadabad, a group of theatre artist, and is a founder director of Aarambh Arts Academy.

In 2007, he acted as Anand in Mallika Sarabhai's Unsuni (Unheard Voices) which is an adaptation of former IAS officer Harsh Mander's novel of the same name. Despite facing the heat from Censor Board, it completed more than 150 performances.

He was appreciated by audience as a director-actor for his musical demonstration, based on Amrita Pritam's life, Main Tenu Phir Milangi (2011). Her love tale is about aside from others, as it talks about the purest unconditional love.

When Urdu writer Saadat Hasan Manto left Mumbai to visit Delhi, he said "Main khud ek chalta phirta Bambai hun" (I myself am a travelling Mumbai), to explain his connection to the city. Thus one of his plays has been named as Chalta Phirta Bambai (2012). In it, three joined stories unobtrusively depict the truth of life and all the while challenge the thought of innocence, love, ethics, morality, virtuousness and self-respect, but then ends in the nakedness and blatancy existent in our general public.

Banker has acted in the play, Akoopar (2013), based on the novel by Dhruv Bhatt. The play focuses on the existence of the Maldharis (animal breeders), who live within the Gir forest, the last home of the Asiatic lion. Directed by Aditi Desai, daughter of the theatre artiste late Jaswant Thakar, the play has been performed at the Bharat Rang Mahotsav at National School of Drama (NSD) Delhi. It has been additionally announced as the best play at Transmedia awards 2013.

The play Koi Pan Ek Phool Nu Naam Bolo To (Name any one flower) (2014) is a psychological murder mystery. It had been at first written with the aid of Gujarati writer Madhu Rye nearly five decades ago. In 1969, Kailash Pandya, who became the first head of the drama department of Darpana Academy of Performing Arts, directed the play. Forty-five years later, Abhinay Banker and his group performed it on the same stage. It had been also nominated for best drama production at 14th Transmedia Gujarati Screen & Stage Awards.

Director, actor and writer of the play Haji Ek Varta (2014), Abhinay Banker, portrayed it as a play that has the strings of immaculate humorousness, warmth and joy weaved suitably. It is a progression of six distinctive stories falling in a steady progression penned by various Gujarati writers. After its debut at the National Centre for the Performing Arts's (India) Gujarati Vasant Natyotsav 2014, the play was performed in Habitat Conclave, Ashapalli Festival at Ahmadabad in early 2016.

Banker is playing lead role in Aditi Desai's play Samudramanthan (2016). The story, delineating the battle for good over malice, is an anecdotal thought on the lives of Gujarati group of Kharwas (who live by the ocean) enlivened by an old book of the same name. It is genesis of a Nakhuda, the term utilized for a captain of the boat in Kharwas and demonstrates the agitating in the mid ocean that draws out all the nine rasa of human emotions. The play had been performed in19th Bharat Rang Mahotsav 2017 at National School of Drama.

Happy Journey (2016), a play written and directed by Abhinay Banker for H L Institute of Commerce, Ahmedabad University, demonstrated the life of today's youth as an understudy seeking after her interests and who experiences thick and diminishes of being in a relationship leading her into melancholy and how benevolently leaves it with the well-built backing of her father. It won first prize, received numerous awards in various categories as well as lifted a standout amongst the most pined for trophies in the field of theatre by INT (Indian National Theatre).
Ashok Lokhande

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Ashok Selvan

Ashok Selvan at HCL 2013 Year End Celebrations, Chennai
Ashok Lokhande
Born 9 September 1962

MumbaiMaharashtraIndia
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actor
Years active 1990 - Present
Known for Diya Aur Baati Hum
Children Mallika Lokhande

Ashok Lokhande (born 9 September 1962) is an Indian filmtelevision and theatre actor. He is best known for playing the role of Arun Rathi(Bhabasa) in Star Plus Show Diya Aur Baati Hum and its sequel Tu Sooraj, Main Saanjh Piyaji.

Education
He is an alumnus of the National School of Drama in New Delhi, India. He is also alumnus of LOK-HIT Higher Secondary School, Pusad.

Career
Lokhande has appeared in small parts in television series including Chanakya (1990), Just Mohabbat (1997) and Saans (1999). He has also acted in films including Khamoshi: The Musical (1996) and Sarfarosh (1999).

Education

He is an alumnus of the National School of Drama in New Delhi, India.

Career
Lokhande has appeared in small parts in television series including Chanakya (1990), Just Mohabbat (1997) and Saans (1999). He has also acted in films including Khamoshi: The Musical (1996) and Sarfarosh (1999).

Amol Gole
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Amol Gole
Born
Amol Gole
2 January 1979

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Cinematographer, Photographer, Producer
Years active 2003–present
Spouse(s) Swati Shinde Gole

Amol Gole is an Indian cinematographer who shot Hindi films like Stanley Ka DabbaHawaa HawaaiElizabeth EkadashiTouring Talkies (film)Investment (film) etc. He debuted as an Independent cinematographer with the film Stanley Ka Dabba directed by Amol Gupte. As cinematographer Amol used a still DSLR camera, Canon's 7D, to make sure the kids (who were shot without missing school, only on Saturdays and during vacation-time) could be themselves, free and feckless and open to constant improvisation. The results are striking, a film that feels both stunningly real and yet beautifully textured, color-corrected immaculately enough to look markedly un-digital on the big screen. Besides feature films, he has also shot many ad films, documentaries and short films.

Gole has also shot the internationally acclaimed documentary -- 'Nero's Guests' based on Journalist Palagummi Sainath's work in Vidarbha on issues related to the agrarian crisis.

Marathi film 'Gajaar' has become the first film in the history of Marathi Cinema to be shot entirely using a digital camera. The film, which has been shot live on the annual pilgrimage of Saint Dnyaneshwar from Alandi in Pune to Pandharpur in Solapur, has been shot on a Canon 7D, a digital SLR camera.

Personal life

Amol is studied from Sir J. J. School of Commercial Arts, Mumbai. He is married to Swati Shinde Gole. She is a senior journalist and worked with Times of India as Special Correspondent. Amol and Swati have a son.

Awards

Sant Tukaram " Best International Marathi Film Award for the Rangaa Patangaa at PIFF - Pune International Film Festival, 2016

Best Cinematographer' for Elizabeth Ekadashi at PIFF - Pune International Film Festival, 2015
Best rural film at Maharashtra state film awards 2016.
Alaukik Rahi

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Alaukik Rahi

Born 3 October 1982

DeoriaUttar Pradesh
Occupation Lyricist, Writer, Director
Years active 2011–present

Alaukik Rahi is an Indian lyricist, writer and director who works in Bollywood.

Early life and education

Alaukik Rahi was born in Deoria, Uttar Pradesh, he did his schooling there and later moved to Lucknow, UP for higher education, where he completed his post graduation in Mass Communication and Journalism.

Career

He started his career as a Video Editor and Content writer and later on was promoted to Programming Head of the channel. Subsequently, moved to Mumbai to pursue a career in Bollywood. Also, he has directed his début film set up in Uttar Pradesh; Pitamah to be released in 2020. He has written and directed various TV commercials for Cbazaar.comBank of IndiaKaran Kothari jewellersAparna BuiscuitQ EmporiumAdani Group and many more.

Personal life

He started his career in Delhi with various TV channels and Production Houses.


Projects

YearNameGenreContributionMusicDirectorProduction2010 Lanka Diary Documentary Writing & Direction Sanjay Chauhan Alaukik Rahi Sanatan TV
2011 Dhaani Dhaani Album Lyricist Tanishk Bagchi Sarosh Kafeel Greater Kashmir Media
2013 Paisa tu hai Kameeni cheez Album Lyricist Tanishk Bagchi Ashish Kashyap
2013 Dil Karela Kadwa Saala Album Lyricist Tanishk Bagchi Ashish Kashyap
2015 What the Jatt Punjabi Movie Lyricist Rishi Siddharth Saket S Behl ASA Productions
2015 I am the only Sexy Lady Music Album Lyricist Amjad Nadeem Ajay Lovel (Colossus) Venus
2015 Saadey CM Saab Punjabi Movie Lyricist Rishi Siddharth Vipin Parashar Unisys Infosolutions

Grandson Films

2016 The Legend of Michael Mishra Hindi Movie Lyricist Rishi Siddharth Manish Jha Eye Candy Films
2016 Pitamah Hindi Movie Writing & Direction Joy Chakraborthy Alaukik Rahi Rampus Films
2016 Meri Awaaz Hi Pehchaan Hai TV Serial (Hindi) Lyricist Shivi R Kashyap Nivedita Basu (Producer) The House Of Originals
2017 Baaraat Company Hindi movie Lyricist Rishi Siddharth Syed Ahmad Afzal New Age Cinema
2017 Mr. Kabaadi Hindi movie Lyricist Ali-Ghani Seema Kapoor Anup Jalota films
2017 Bado Bahu TV serial Lyricist Dangal song Shivi Kashyap Sunny Side Up & Hum Tum Tele-Films Private Limited
2018 3 Storeys Hindi movie Lyricist Amjad-Nadeem Arjun Mukherjee Excel Entertainment
2019 One Day Hindi Movie Story Screenplay Dialogs & Lyrics Ashok Nanda D Neevs & Cinema Friday
Arun Sagar
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Arun Sagar
Born 23 October 1965

Sagara, Karnataka, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actorart directorcomedian
Years active 1997–present
Television
Tarrle (2006)
Maja with Sruja (2011)
Koyyam Kotra (2013)
Comedy Circle (2014)
Simpallag Ondu Singing Show
Bengaluru Benne Dose (2015)
Spouse(s) Meera
Children Surya Sagar, Aditi Sagar

Arun Sagar (born 23 October 1965) is an Indian film actor, art director and comedian who mainly works in the Kannada film industry. He has been recognized as a leading art director throughout his career starting from his first movie, Bhoomi Geetha which won the national award for best environmental film. He has worked with veteran directors like Poori Jagannath, Meher Ramesh, Veerashankar and K Raghavendra Rao. He has received Karnataka state award for best art direction for his contributions in the movie Sri Manjunatha. He ran a show on Kasturi TV called 'Tarrle' that resembled a popular show M.A.D. from Pogo TV that taught children about art, painting and crafting. He became popular during the telecast of Maja with Sruja that aired on Asianet Suvarna where he played various comical roles that parodied celebrities and politicians. The show was a huge hit for its satire-comedy structure. Arun Sagar was later roped in as the first contestant of Bigg Boss Kannada Season 1, where he emerged as the runner-up for the season. He later reprised the comedy genre with a new show, Comedy Circle that was aired on ETV Kannada. The show was successful, however for unknown reasons, he opted out of the show after few episodes. He also hosted a one-man-show on the same genre known as Koyyam Kotra on TV9 (Kannada).

Awards and honours

Karnataka State Award: Best Art Director (2002)
3rd Suvarna Film Awards: Best Art Director (2010)
Nominated – SIIMA Award for Best Actor IN a Supporting Role – Male – Kannada
Nominated – Sandalwood Star Award for Best Comedian
Amey Wagh
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Amey Wagh

Wagh (L) at Karwaan screening

13-11-1987 Born 

Career

Wagh is part of the theatre group, Natak Company. He auditioned for the role of Chatur in 3 Idiots (2009) but was rejected. He made his Bollywood debut in 2012 through the movie, Aiyyaa, where he played Nana. He made his marathi film debut through Satish Rajwade directorial, Popat (2013). In 2014, he was in an English play titled The Government Inspector. In the same year he was also seen in Shutter (2014). He was also in the play Bombed in 2015. The Marathi play, Amar Photo Studio, had Wagh in a lead role. He also starred in two popular Marathi TV serials Dil Dosti Duniyadari and its sequel Dil Dosti Dobara.

He hosted the show Super Dancer Maharashtra in 2018. He also co-hosted Jio Filmfare Awards Marathi 2018, alongside Suvrat Joshi. He is part of the YouTube channel Bharatiya Digital Party, where he hosts a celebrity talk show called Casting Couch with Amey & Nipun. He was ranked 5 in the Times of India-Pune's Most Desirable Men list in 2018. His movie, Girlfriend, has released in July 2019. He hosted the food show Mrs.Annapurna (2014) on ETV Marathi and the dance reality show 2 MAD (2017) on Colors Marathi.He has also acted in the movie Mee Vasantrao, which was releasing on 1st May 2020 but is postponed due to the lockdown in India.
Arya (actor)

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Arya

Arya in 2012
Born
Jamshad Cethirakath
11 December 1980

TrikaripurKasaragod DistrictKeralaIndia
Nationality Indian
Alma mater Crescent Engineering College, Chennai
Occupation Actor, Producer
Years active 2005–present
Spouse(s)

Sayyeshaa
​(m. 2019)​
Relatives Sathya (Brother)

Jamshad Cethirakath (born 11 December 1980), known by his stage name Arya, is an Indian film actor and producer, who mainly appears in Tamil films besides appearing in a number of MalayalamTelugu and Kannada productions. Arya has won the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut – South and received two nominations each for Filmfare Awards and Vijay Awards. He was included on the 2015 edition of the Forbes India Celebrity 100, a list based on the top earning Indian celebrities.

He made his breakthrough portraying rogue characters in Vishnuvardhan's Arinthum Ariyamalum (2005) and Pattiyal (2006). He later won critical acclaim for playing an Aghori in Bala's Naan Kadavul (2009). Arya gained further commercial success with the release of the period drama Madrasapattinam (2010), the comedy film Boss Engira Bhaskaran (2010), family action film Vettai (2012) and Atlee's family film Raja Rani (2013). In 2013, he appeared in three more Tamil films: R. Kannan's comedy film Settai, Vishnuvardhan's action thriller Arrambam and Selvaraghavan's fantasy film Irandam Ulagam.

Personal life

Arya was born in TrikaripurKerala in 1980. He did his schooling in SBOA Matriculation and Higher Secondary School, Chennai[citation needed] and then graduated with an engineering degree from Crescent Engineering College in VandalurChennai. His younger brother Sathya has also appeared in Tamil films.

Arya participated in the Vätternrundan Motala cycle race and won a medal. Arya was the prospective bridegroom on the show Enga Veetu Mapillai aired on Colors Tamil searching for a perfect bride from the 16 contestants.

On 14 February 2019, Arya announced his engagement to actress Sayyeshaa, and the two were married 10 March 2019.
Career
2005–2007

While working as an assistant software engineer, Arya was approached by the cinematographer Jeeva to audition for his Ullam Ketkumae in 2003. The pair had lived in the same neighbourhood. Arya signed on for the project and was given the stage name by Jeeva. The film was delayed. Hence, Arya's first appearance was as Kutty, in Vishnuvardhan's Arinthum Ariyamalum. The film featured Arya as the adopted rogue son of a gangster . Critics reported that Arya in a supporting role "walks away with all the applause" and "has everything in him to make the big league". In an interview several years later, Arya also stated, "If people know Arya, it is because of the "Thee pidika" track", a song from the film's soundtrack, creditting and expressing gratitude to its composer Yuvan Shankar Raja. His next release, the delayed Ullam Ketkumae, portraying Arya as a college cricketer, also carried good reviews and was a successful venture at the box office. His third release in 2005, was the campus romance story, Oru Kalluriyin Kathai opposite Sonia Agarwal, took a strong opening but failed to find commercial acceptance. However, after also gaining favourable reviews for his performance, Arya was labelled as the new "pin-up" of Tamil cinema at the time and attracted offers for films.

His next, Igor's thriller Kalabha Kadhalan, where he played an engineer pursued romantically by an aggressive sister-in-law, won favourable reviews from critics but failed commercially. Arya collaborated with Vishnuvardhan again in the successful gangster flick, Pattiyal, where Bharath also played another leading role. The film, was shot across the slums of Chennai and told the story of two ruthless underworld hitmen, with Pooja and Padmapriya also playing major roles. Upon release, the film gained positive reports and the lead pair's performances were praised with a critic claiming that scenes between Arya and Bharath were "touching" while Arya's use of facial expressions and body language "fits exactly for the kind of role he plays". The film consequently became a big box office success and placed Arya as a leading actor in Tamil cinema. Arya subsequently appeared in the action film Vattaram as Burma, but the film's release coincided with bigger budgeted releases and the film was crowded out from box office success, despite gaining favourable reviews. In 2007, Arya played a guest appearance in Cheran's Maya Kannadi as himself before his long-delayed Oram Po, previously known as Auto, released in late 2007. Prior to release the film gained cult status for its innovative trailer, with Arya playing a Chennai-based auto driver who competes in races at nights, while Pooja was his pair again. The film directed by duo Pushkar-Gayathri opened to very positive reviews, with most critics claiming that the film was a "riot" and "entertaining", praising characterisations. Critics from the Hindu labelled Arya as "terrific as the cocky yet lovable Chandru" saying that his "good physique should cement his 'heartthrob' status".
2009–2012

Arya's next release was in 2009, with Bala's long delayed drama film on Aghori'sNaan Kadavul. The film was initially launched with Ajith Kumar in early 2005, but after he dropped out Arya signed on in mid 2006 The three previous films made by Bala were known notoriously for their dark themes, their rogue leads and their long delays in production but also that his two previous protagonists Vikram and Suriya had risen from obscurity to stardom after featuring in his films. As per, the film took three years to complete with Arya growing a full length beard for the production thus making him unable to sign other projects, while he often cited the intense pressure and the hardships of the shoot. Arya appeared as an Aghori in the film situated in Kasi but is forced to relocate to Tamil Nadu, where he duly encounters an underworld which gains collections through the torture of the handicapped, with Pooja, yet again playing a significant role. The film opened to positive reviews with unanimous praise on Arya's portrayal of Rudran, with a critic from Sify citing "Arya pumps life and blood and gets under the skin of Rudran, making his animal like character so convincing" while adding that "he has delivered a performance that is hard to forget even days after you've watched the film". Though he was highly expected to win several awards for the portrayal, he failed but garnered two nominations from notable award committees. After a guest role in Rajesh's Siva Manasula Sakthi, he then collaborated with Vishnuvardhan for the third time in his romantic-thriller, Sarvam, an anthology film also featuring Trisha KrishnanJ. D. Chakravarthy, Rohan Shiva and Indrajith. Arya played a carefree young architect who falls in love and pursues Trisha, before another thread in the film interlocks with his portions and changes his situation. The film however only went to gain average reviews from critics, and eventually became a surprise failure at the box office.

2010 became a career-defining year for Arya, with the widespread success of his films establishing him as a leading actor in South Indian films. His first release was his debut in Telugu films, where he played the antagonist in Varudu co-starring Allu Arjun. Despite opening to positive reviews, the film failed to match expectations at the box office, although Arya's performance was praised by critics, claiming that "powerful, menacing, quiet yet indomitably spirited" in his role while another reviewer claimed he outshone Allu Arjun. His next venture was the period film Madrasapattinam depicting a love story from the 1940s, co-starring newcomer Amy Jackson and directed by A. L. Vijay. The big budget film progressed with its schedules with little publicity for a year, with Arya portraying the role of Ilamparithi, a dhobi situated in a community of Washermanpet who falls in love with the daughter of a governor. The film gained mostly positive reviews from critics and became successful at the box office, although most reviewers agreed his performance was outshone by Jackson's. While a critic cited that Arya "looks stone-faced no matter what the situation", another cited the performance was "awe-inspiring". He then appeared in Rajesh's comedy film Boss Engira Bhaskaran, which Arya's production house, The Show People, also co-produced. The film portrayed Arya as a spoiled, carefree Kumbakonam youth and his comic timing in the film alongside Nayantara and Santhanam received positive responses from critics. Furthermore, the film went on to become his first blockbuster, running for over hundred days in multiplexes. His final release in 2010 was in a dual role in the romantic travelogue film, Chikku Bukku by Manikandan, featuring Shriya Saran and Preetika. The film, shot extensively in London and Karaikudi, received a mixed response and fared averagely at the box office, with Arya's performance being described by critics as from "watchable and dependable" to "morose and silent".

In 2010 Arya made a speech at an awards function in Dubai, organised by a Malayalam television channel. The Film Employees Federation of South India (FESFI) president V. C. Guhanathan, without directely referring to Arya by name, accused him of having "belittled the Tamil film industry". The South Indian Film Artistes Association (SIFAA), however, supported Arya, condemning Guhanathan "for making irresponsible and false statements" about an actor who "strives for the welfare of Tamil film industry." Arya eventually clarified in a letter, that he had "never made derogatory statements about the Tamil film industry", which was his "bread and butter", further quoting: "I can never forget such a support extended by my fans. If I had hurt anyone's feelings, I am really sorry about that."

Arya's first release in 2011 was a cameo appearance in Santhosh Sivan's Malayalam historical-fantasy film Urumi, where he played two characters. The film which also featured PrithvirajGenelia D'Souza and Nithya Menen, won positive reviews with reviewers from Sify.com labelling it a "miniature masterpiece of moods". In March 2011, he was signed by director Mani Ratnam to essay the role of Arulmozhi Varman in his epic film Ponniyin Selvan, based on the same-titled novel by writer Kalki Krishnamurthy, which however did not materialize. Arya then appeared in his second film with Bala in Avan Ivan, where he portrayed the lead role of Kumbedran Sami alongside Vishal. The film opened to mixed reviews but the performance of the lead actors won acclaim with the critic from The Hindu citing that "Arya is a perfect foil for Vishal — his brash demeanour and genuine affection for his stepbrother come out well in many of the scenes" and that "he deserves appreciation for taking up a role that isn't as heroic as Vishal's and presenting it convincingly". Arya next appeared in Linguswamy's Vettai, an action entertainer featuring an ensemble cast of MadhavanAmala Paul and Sameera Reddy. The film opened to positive reviews in January 2012 and went on to become a commercial success, with critics praising Arya's performance in the film as a rogue youngster who defends his timid police officer brother. He went on to appear in the promotional song for Kazhugu alongside several other actors and then played a cameo role in the climax of Rajesh's Oru Kal Oru Kannadi of a village chieftain.
2013-present

In 2013 he was seen in four Tamil films. He first appeared alongside Santhanam and Premji Amaren in R. Kannan's comedy film Settai, a remake of the 2011 Hindi film Delhi Belly. The film opened to mixed reviews and average collections, with a critic noting Arya looks "wooden, tired and disinterested". He had three more releases in the latter half of the year, Atlee's romantic comedy Raja Rani that had him acting amongst an ensemble cast of NayantaraJai and Nazriya NazimVishnuvardhan's action thriller Arrambam which featured him alongside Ajith KumarNayantara and Thapsee Pannu and Selvaraghavan's magnum opus fantasy film Irandam Ulagam with Anushka Shetty. He had worked out to build a huge frame and six-pack abs to fit the muscular lead role in Irandam Ulagam. Raja Rani and Arrambam were highly successful at the box office.

He also acted in UTV Motion PicturesPurampokku to be directed by S. P. Jananathan and the thriller Meagamann directed by Magizh Thirumeni. He will also be working with Rajesh in a romantic comedy which will be produced by his home production house The Show People. He will have guest appearances in three forthcoming films: Madha Gaja Raja, Parimala Thiraiyarangam and Kadhal 2 Kalyanam, which features his brother, Sathya in the lead role. In September 2014, he was named as the replacement for Fahadh Faasil in Lijo Jose Pellissery's Double Barrel .

In 2018 Arya made his Kannada-language debut in the comedy film Rajaratha and he also appeared in the film Ghajinikanth, a Tamil remake of the Telugu film Bhale Bhale Magadivoy. His next film was Kaappaan, which was released in 2019.

He produces films under his production companyThe Show People and is a partner in the Trivandrum-based Malayalam production company August Cinema.
Other work

In 2010, Arya ventured into film production in order to promote new talents and help funding small budget films. He established the banner The Show People and first produced the comedy film Boss Engira Bhaskaran he himself starred in, following which he produced Sukanth's Padithurai, which remains unreleased. He also ventured into film distribution in 2013, as he bought the FMS (Singapore and Malaysia) theatrical rights of his own film Irandaam Ulagam.

Arya is the ambassador of television and print marketing campaigns of Otto, the flagship brand of Pothys Clothing

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Aishwarya Nigam



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Aishwarya Nigam

Birth name
Aishwarya Ranjan

Born
4 July 1989
Muzaffarpur, Bihar, India

Genres
Bollywood

Occupation(s)
Singer

Instruments
Vocals

Years active
2005 – present

Aishwarya Nigam (born 4 July 1989) is an Indian singer.He is best known as a playback singer in Hindi films, particularly for films like Dabangg. He has received several awards for the song "Munni Badnaam Hui" from Dabangg.

Early and family life


He was born in Muzaffarpur, Bihar. His mother Arti Ranjan works as lecturer in Mukherjee Seminary, Muzaffarpur while his father Mukesh Ranjan is a manager in Punjab National Bank. He has done his schooling from Sun Shine Prep High School, Muzaffarpur.
Nigam has lived his childhood in New Colony Sherpur, Muzaffarpur.
Career

Aishwarya Nigam has participated in the Music competition Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Ek Main Aur Ek Tu 2006 for Zee TV. Nigam and Ujjaini Mukherjee were declared the winners on 24 June 2006. Nigam was one of the contestants of Jo Jeeta Wohi Superstar, a singing competition on Star Plus channel. He represented the Champions team. He was eliminated on 25 April 2008. Aishwarya was one of the contestants of music competition show IPL Rockstar on Colors TV channel. He was among the top three finalists of IPL Rockstar. He is much inspired from Sonu Nigam: that made him keep title as "Nigam".

He sang the title track of Kitani Mohabbat Hai for seasons I and II, a daily soap on NDTV imagine. He has worked with renowned music directors like Lalit Pandit, Anu Malik, Pritam, Sajid-Wajid, Shameer Tandon. He sang a song for the serial Dill Mill Gayye.
Aishwarya is fondly known for singing the famous item song "Munni Badnaam Hui" from Salman Khan starer Dabangg. He has sung "Maara re Sixer Maara Re Four" from the movie Ferrari Ki Sawaari, a movie by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. The Hit Item number "Tere Mohalle" from the movie "Besharam" starring Ranbir Kapoor is also sung by Aishwarya Nigam.

Anjul Nigam
Anjul Nigam
Actor Information


Birthplace, Kanpur, India

Born : December 15, 1965
Character Information

Anjul Nigam served as the lead Producer on the feature film CROWN VIC with Alec Baldwin. Starring Thomas Jane, Luke Kleintank, Bridget Moynahan and David Krumholtz the film had its World Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival and will release in theaters in Fall 2019. Previously, Nigam was lead Producer on the film BAYOU CAVIAR, Oscar Winner Cuba Gooding Jr.’s directorial debut in which Gooding stars opposite Oscar Winner Richard Dreyfuss, Famke Janssen and Katharine McPhee; it released theatrically in October 2018. Prior to that, Nigam produced, co-wrote, and starred alongside Jason Lee in the movie GROWING UP SMITH, which had a theatrical release in forty cities in the United States and Canada. A graduate of NYU Tisch School of Arts / Drama Dept., Nigam has starred in or had significant roles in a dozen motion pictures and numerous landmark TV series.

Nigam appeared in the recent theatrical film “Trafficked” with Ashley Judd, and had a supporting lead in Focus Features’ “Bad Words” for director/star Jason Bateman; a lead alongside Rosario Dawson in 20th Century Fox’s “The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest”; and a supporting lead in Universal's “Speaking of Sex” with Bill Murray. Nigam has also appeared in blockbuster movies “Terminator: Salvation” for Warner Bros. and “Cloverfield” for Paramount.

In TV, Nigam currently recurs on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy" and has had recurring roles on HBO’s “True Detective” and ABC's “MDs.” He was one of the leads in the ABC miniseries "Tom Clancy's NetForce" and Showtime's "Silver Strand,” and guest-starred on more than 50 primetime series including "Battle Creek," "Revenge," "Children's Hospital," "Ghost Whisperer," "Lie To Me," "Crash," "Supernatural," “CSI," "CSI: New York," "Medium", "Huff," "Shark," "ER' and "NYPD Blue."

In theater, Nigam starred alongside former NYU classmate and friend, Philip Seymour Hoffman in "The Merchant of Venice" directed by Peter Sellars at the RSC (London) and Goodman Theatre (Chicago). (https://www.linkedin.com/in/anjul-nigam-54038011)
Ashvin Raja(aka) Kumki Ashwin
Actor


Ashvin Raja is an Indian film actor who has appeared in Tamil language films. Son of producer Swaminathan of Lakshmi Movie Makers, Ashvin Raja made his film debut portraying the student Paalpandi in Rajesh's comedy film Boss Engira Bhaskaran.
Born: 21 November 1989 , Chennai
ParentsVenkataraman Swaminathan
Other name: Raja
Upcoming movieKaadan

TV shows: Sumangali

Abhijeet Chavan

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Abhijeet Chavan

Native name
अभिजित चव्हाण

Born
10 April 1981, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Residence
Thane

Nationality
Indian

Occupation
Actor

Notable work
Role of "Master", Comedy Express series

Abhijeet Chavan (Devanagari: अभिजित चव्हाण) is a Marathi and Hindi film, television and stage actor, notable for his comic roles in Marathi theatre and Marathi films and television from India. He is currently acting in the daily soap Asa Saasar Surekh Bai on Colors Marathi channel. He also works in the web series known as Struggler Saala, available on YouTube.

Description

Abhijeet Chavan is a Marathi and Hindi film, television and stage actor, notable for his comic roles in Marathi theatre and Marathi films and television from India. He is currently acting in the daily soap Asa Saasar Surekh Bai on Colors Marathi channel.
Anant Nag

Anant Nag

Nag in 2016
Born

Anant Nagarakatte
4 September 1948

BombayBombay StateDominion of India (present-day MumbaiMaharashtra)
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actor
Years active 1973 - present
Spouse(s)

Gayatri
( m. 1987)
Children Aditi
Family Shankar Nag (brother)
Arundathi Nag (sister-in-law)

Anant Nagarkatte (born 4 September 1948), better known as Anant Nag, is an Indian actor whose predominant contribution has been in Kannada cinema. He has acted in over 300 titles which includes over 200 Kannada films and MarathiTamilMalayalamTelugu and Hindi films. He has featured in theatre playsparallel cinema and television shows. He is considered to be a versatile artist in Kannada cinema.


Nag made his feature film debut through Sankalpa (1973). His foray into parallel cinema was through Shyam Benegal's Ankur (1974). His commercially successful Kannada movies have been Naa Ninna Bidalaare (1979), Chandanada Gombe (1979), Benkiya Bale (1983), Hendthige Helbedi (1989), Ganeshana Maduve (1990), Gowri Ganesha (1991), Mungaru Maley (2006) and Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu (2016).
He acted in Malgudi Days, a Doordarshan aired[9] television series based on the stories of R. K. Narayan. He is a recipient of six Filmfare Awards South and five Karnataka State Film Awards. He was the elder brother of acclaimed director and actor Shankar Nag.

Early life
Anant Nag was born in a Konkani-speaking family on 4 September 1948 to Anandi and Sadanand Nagarkatte in the Chowpatty suburb of Mumbai. He has an elder sister, Shyamala and his younger brother was Shankar Nag.
Nag did his early schooling in a catholic school in Ajjarkad, Udupi, Ananda Ashrama in Dakshina Kannada and Chitrapur Math in Uttara Kannada districts of the erstwhile Mysore State (now Karnataka). In class 9th standard, he was sent to Mumbai for further study. He attempted to join the armed services but was rejected by the Army for being underweight and by the Air Force for poor eyesight. He was drawn towards the theatre movement of Mumbai and he was selected to act in Konkani, Kannada and Marathi-language plays which he did until he turned 22.

Career
Theatre

He began his career by three act Konkani plays. He went on to work in plays of Satyadev DubeyGirish Karnad and Amol Palekar. For a period of about five years, he acted in Konkani, Kannada, Marathi and Hindi plays.

His arrival into Kannada movies was through G. V. Iyer's Hamsageethe (1975). Anant Nag plays the role of a disciple of carnatic singing. The film went on to win the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Kannada.

Anant Nag acted in 13 episodes of the television series, Malgudi days which were based on the stories by R. K. Narayan and directed by his brother Shankar Nag.

His portrayal of an Alzheimer's patient in Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu (2016) has received critical acclaim and contributed to making this experimental movie, a commercial success.

Personal life
Nag married Gayatri on 9 April 1987. They have a daughter, Aditi.


Political career

He was a MLC, MLA and a minister in J. H. Patel government. In 2004, he unsuccessfully contested the Chamarajpet constituency, Bangalore assembly election from Janata Dal (Secular). He was pitched against then Chief minister of Karnataka, S. M. Krishna from Indian National Congress and fellow actor Mukhyamantri Chandru from Bharatiya Janata Party.

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Bosskey
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Boski
Born 11 February 1962 
Occupation Television anchor, actor
Years active 1977-present

Bosskey is an Indian actor, Radio Jockey, Cricketer, Television anchor, stand-up comedian and film critic working in the Tamil film (Kollywood) and media industry. He has anchored TV shows such as Hari Giri Assembly (1000 daily comedy interviews) and Siri Giri Statio in Jaya TV and appeared in 18 Tamil films in comedy and character roles. He presented Sollunga Boss program (1000 shows) in Sun TV and Kashayam with Bosskey a Tamil cinema review program (300 film reviews) in YouTube's Indiaglitz Tamil channel. He has presented around 5000 radio shows in Radio Mirchi, Big FM and Suryan FM. He has also written 17000 jokes for Ananda Vikatan magazine. He also ran Giri Giri column in Ananda Vikatan. He hosted as a Stand-up comedian in Idhu Epdi Irukku show in Vijay TV. He also worked as an anchorman for Kishkinta's Manthira Arai. Bosskey's Indepth and Troll review of IPL 2020 can be seen on Behindwoods Air,YouTube channel after the end of every single match and the show is received well amongst the Tamil cricket fans

Filmography

YearFilmCharacter
2000 Unakkaga Mattum Fruitseller
2002 Youth Giri
2003 Dhool News Editor
2004 Ethiri Doctor
2005 Sivakasi Leo
2008 Poi Solla Porom Asif Bhai
2010 Nagaram Marupakkam Inspector Venatesh
2012 Ambuli Velpari
2012 Mirattal
2013 Thillu Mullu Special Appearance
2013 Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru Kumar's brother-in-law
2013 Moondru Per Moondru Kadhal Interviewer
2019 Jiivi
2021 Pei Mama Rajagopal

Babbu Maan
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Babbu Maan

Maan launching "Baarish Ke Bahaane"
Background information
Born 29 March 1975
Khant Maanpur, Punjab, India
Genres FolkBhangra, Pop, Ghazals
Occupation(s)

Singer
lyricist
music director
actor
producer
screenwriter
Years active 1997–present


Labels Catrack, T-Series, Point Zero, Eros International, Swag Music, Speed Records, Zee Music CompanySony Music
Associated acts Sukhwinder SinghJaspinder NarulaMonty SharmaJaidev KumarHarjit HarmanHarbhajan MannBhagwant MaanGurdas MaanMukul DevSardar SohiMouni RoyMandy TakharShraddha AryaPritamShreya GhoshalSunidhi Chauhan

Tejinder "Babbu" Maan, is an Indian singer-songwriter, actor and film producer. Most of his artistic work focuses on Punjabi music and films.

Early life

Maan was raised in Khant Maanpur in the Fatehgarh Sahib district of Punjab, India.
Career


Maan performing live in 2010

Maan's main target audience is the Punjabi-speaking population of the world. Since 1999, he has released eight studio albums and six compilation albums; has written screenplays for, acted in and produced Punjabi films; and has contributed significantly to regional and Bollywood film soundtracks. Maan is the ambassador for One Hope, One Chance, a non-profit organisation based out of Punjab.
Music

Babbu Maan recorded his first album Sajjan Rumaal De Geya in 1997[1] but revised and re-released most of the songs in his subsequent albums. Maan's first official debut album Tu Meri Miss India was released in 1999.

In 2001, Babbu Maan released his third album Saaun Di Jhadi, featuring songs such as Chan Chanani, Raat Guzarlayi, Dil Ta Pagal Hai, Ishq, Kabza and Touch Wood, and in 2003, he wrote and sang for his first film soundtrack Hawayein where he worked alongside Indian playback singers Sukhwinder Singh and Jaspinder Narula. Maan released his fourth album Ohi Chann Ohi Rataan in 2004, followed by Pyaas in 2005, one of the best-selling Punjabi albums of the time. In 2007, Maan released his first Hindi album entitled Mera Gham, and in 2009, his first religious album Singh Better Than King. A song from the latter, Baba Nanak, a reaction to fake saints and preachers in Punjab, caused various debates about the growing phenomenon in the state. In 2010 he won "Best International Artist" at the Brit Asia TV Music Awards.

On 4 July 2013, Maan released Talaash: In Search Of Soul, his first Punjabi commercial album after eight years. The album entered top 10 in World Albums chart by Billboard. In 2015, the album named Itihaas was released and in 2018 Ik C Pagal was released.

In addition to Hawayein, Babbu Maan has sung in Punjabi films Waagah and Dil Tainu Karda Ae Pyar as well as for Bollywood productions Vaada RahaCrookSaheb, Biwi Aur GangsterTitoo MBA, and 31st October.

Babbu Maan has performed in shows across Asia, Australasia, Europe, North America and the Middle East. In 2014, Maan was a winner of four World Music Awards: World's Best Indian Male Artist, World's Best Indian Live Act, World's Best Indian Entertainer and World's Best Indian Album for Talaash: In Search of Soul

Maan also won two daf BAMA Music Awards Germany in 2017.
Films

Babbu Maan debuted in a supporting role in Hawayein, a 2003 film based on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Although banned in India, the film was a success overseas. In 2006, Maan starred in his first Punjabi film as the main lead in Rabb Ne Banaiyan Jodiean. Dissatisfied with certain scenes and the fate of the film, Maan returned to form in 2008 with Hashar (A Love Story) He has since written, produced and acted in his own films EkamHero Hitler in Love and Desi Romeos. Babbu Maan is a partner in Maan Films Pvt. Ltd, and in 2010, constructed a film set called Ishqpura in his native village. In 2018, he acted in the film Banjara which is based on the life of truck drivers.

Bhagwan Dada
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Bhagwan Dada (Marathi,1 August 1913 – 4 February 2002), also credited as Bhagwan, was an Indian actor and film director who worked in Hindi cinema. He is best known for his social film Albela (1951) and the song "Shola Jo Bhadke"..

Bhanu Chander

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Bhanu Chander
Born
Madduri Venkatastya Subramanyeswara Bhanuchander Prasad
2 July 1952

Nationality Indian
Occupation Film actor
Years active 1978–present
Title Black belt in Karate
Parent(s) Master Venu

Madduri Venkatastya Subramanyeswara Bhanuchander Prasad is an Indian film actor, director and producer known for his works predominantly in Telugu and Tamil cinema. He is the son of veteran composer Madduri Venugopal. He is known for his association with directors like K. ViswanathBalu MahendraB. Narsing RaoK. Balachander and S. S. Rajamouli. In 1990, he starred in Sutradharulu, which won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu for that year.
Bandi Rajan Babu
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Bandi Rajan Babu
Born 9 February 1938
Korutla, in the Karimnagar district of Telangana
Died 25 August 2011 (aged 73)
Nationality Indian
Occupation Photographer

Bandi Rajan Babu (9 February 1938 – 25 August 2011) was an Indian photographer. He is known for his black and white pictures of tribal people. He owned the Rajan School of Photography.

Early life

Bandi Rajan Babu was born at Korutla, in the Karimnagar district (Jagtial district) of the Indian state of Telangana.

Early life

Rajan took to serious photography in 1960 after joining the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University.

Rajan Babu was all set to become a painter until given a Kodak camera. "One of my cousins presented me with a camera when I was in my seventh class and I casually clicked some photos that were appreciated by all, and that was the seeding of a photographer in me. Later, when I joined the five-year diploma course in commercial art, I came across Raja Triambak Raj Bahadur, a pioneer in pictorial photography. It was he who inspired me to wield the camera. And here I am today from a painter to a photographer."

Career

He started as a lecturer at JNTU Fine Arts College. Later, he established his own school and mastered the craft of ‘pictorial photography'. He was a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, an Associate of the International Federation of Photographic Art, France, and an Honorary Fellow of the AP State Akademi of Photography.

He became a pictorial, fashion and glamour, industrial and advertising photographer. He drew inspiration from Raja Triambak Raj Bahadur, the first from former Andhra Pradesh to be honored with the status of Associate of Britain's Royal Photographic Society.

He later worked as a scientific photographer in International Crop Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics.

He opened his studio in 1978 and thereafter, was among India's leading photographers.

Personal life

He married and had three kids. He has five grand children.

Recognition

Rajan got his first international honor from Belgium, received the APRS honor in 1983, and followed it up with the Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society in 1987. Apart from winning national and international awards, he is the only Fellow of Royal Photographic Society from AP.
B. Kannan
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B. Kannan
Born 10 January 1951
Died 13 June 2020 (aged 69)
Occupation Cinematographer
Years active 1980–2018
Spouse(s) Kanchana Kannan
Relatives

A. Bhimsingh (father)
B. Lenin (brother)

Bhimsingh Kannan (10 January 1951 – 13 June 2020) was an Indian cinematographer who worked in Tamil and Malayalam films. He was known for his association with Director Bharathiraja and was referred to as "Bharathirajvin Kangal" (Bharathirajas's Eyes).

Personal life

Kannan was the son of film-maker A. Bhimsingh and the younger brother of editor B. Lenin. He was married to Kanchana and has two daughters namely MadhuMathi Kannan and Janani Kannan.

Career

Kannan was known for his recurrent association with Bharathiraja.

Filmography
Tamil

Nizhalgal (1980)
Tik Tik Tik (1981)
Mann Vasanai (1983)
Karuththamma (1994)
Priyanka (1994)
Pasumpon (1995)
Senathipathi (1996)
Looty (2001)
Ayul Regai (2005)
Bommalattam (2008)
Uliyin Osai (2011)

Malayalam
Vasudha (1992)
Telugu[edit]
Aradhana (1987)

Awards

He won the Shantaram Award for Best Cinematography for his work in Kadal Pookkal in 2001.[3] He was also a recipient of the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Cinematographer twice for Alaigal Oivathillai (1981) and Kangalal Kaidhu Sei (2004).

Death

Kannan died on 13 June 2020 at the age of 69 due to heart complications.

Bhagwan Dada

Born
Bhagwan Aabaji Palav
1 August 1913

Bilwas , malvan, India
Died 4 February 2002 (aged 88)

Mumbai, India

Early life

Bhagwan Dada was born in 1913 as Bhagwan Abhaji Palav in Amravati, Maharashtra. He was the son of a textile-mill worker who worked in Mumbai textile mills and was obsessed with films. He worked as labour, but dreamt of films. He got his break with bit roles in silent films and got totally involved with the studios. He learned film-making and at one stage used to make low-budget films (in which he arranged for everything including the design of costumes and arranging meals for the cast) for Rs. 65,000.
Career


Bhagwan Dada

Bhagwan Abhaji Palav, popularly known as Bhagwan dada, mainly due to his love for wrestling, made his debut in the silent era with the film Criminal.

He co-directed his first film Bahadur Kisan with Pawar in 1938. From 1938 to 1949 he directed a string of low-budget stunt and action films that were popular with the working classes. He usually played a naive simpleton. One of the notable films that he made during this period was the Tamil film Vana Mohini (1941) that starred M. K. Radha and Sri Lankan actress Thavamani Devi.

In 1942, as part of a scene, he had to slap actress Lalita Pawar hard. He accidentally slapped her too hard, which resulted in facial paralysis and a burst left-eye vein. After three years of treatment, Pawar was left with a disabled left eye.

He turned producer in 1942 with Jagruti Pictures, purchased some land and set up Jagriti Studios in Chembur in 1947. On advice from Raj Kapoor, he turned to making a social film called Albela, starring Bhagwan and Geeta Bali, and featuring music by his friend Chitalkar, or C. Ramchandra. The songs of the film, in particular "Shola jo bhadke" are still remembered. Albela was a huge hit. After Albela, Bhagwan got C. Ramchandra and Geeta Bali together again in Jhamela (1953), where he tried to recreate the formulaic success of Albela with little success. He also directed and acted in Bhagam Bhag in 1956.
Later life

After that, Bhagwan did not have any more hits and eventually had to give up producing and directing films, and sell his 25-room waterfront bungalow in Juhu and his fleet of seven cars (one for each day of the week).[5] He took whatever roles he could get, but apart from Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baje and Chori Chori, none were roles of note, and he eventually took on bit parts in which he did his famous dance (made even more famous by Amitabh Bachchan using it as his default dance step).

Most of Bhagwan's associates left him in his time of need, apart from C. RamchandraOm Prakash and lyricist Rajinder Krishan, who continued to meet him even in his chawl. Bhagwa
In popular culture

n died of a massive heart attack at his residence in Dadar on 4 February 2002.
In popular culture

In 2016, a Marathi movie Ekk Albela released which was a biopic of the actor.
Bhagwan Dada
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Bhagwan Dada (Marathi,1 August 1913 – 4 February 2002), also credited as Bhagwan, was an Indian actor and film director who worked in Hindi cinema. He is best known for his social film Albela (1951) and the song "Shola Jo Bhadke".

Bhagwan Dada

Born
Bhagwan Aabaji Palav
1 August 1913

Bilwas , malvan, India
Died 4 February 2002 (aged 88)

Mumbai, India

Early life

Bhagwan Dada was born in 1913 as Bhagwan Abhaji Palav in Amravati, Maharashtra. He was the son of a textile-mill worker who worked in Mumbai textile mills and was obsessed with films. He worked as labour, but dreamt of films. He got his break with bit roles in silent films and got totally involved with the studios. He learned film-making and at one stage used to make low-budget films (in which he arranged for everything including the design of costumes and arranging meals for the cast) for Rs. 65,000.
Career


Bhagwan Dada

Bhagwan Abhaji Palav, popularly known as Bhagwan dada, mainly due to his love for wrestling, made his debut in the silent era with the film Criminal.

He co-directed his first film Bahadur Kisan with Pawar in 1938. From 1938 to 1949 he directed a string of low-budget stunt and action films that were popular with the working classes. He usually played a naive simpleton. One of the notable films that he made during this period was the Tamil film Vana Mohini (1941) that starred M. K. Radha and Sri Lankan actress Thavamani Devi.

In 1942, as part of a scene, he had to slap actress Lalita Pawar hard. He accidentally slapped her too hard, which resulted in facial paralysis and a burst left-eye vein. After three years of treatment, Pawar was left with a disabled left eye.

He turned producer in 1942 with Jagruti Pictures, purchased some land and set up Jagriti Studios in Chembur in 1947. On advice from Raj Kapoor, he turned to making a social film called Albela, starring Bhagwan and Geeta Bali, and featuring music by his friend Chitalkar, or C. Ramchandra. The songs of the film, in particular "Shola jo bhadke" are still remembered. Albela was a huge hit. After Albela, Bhagwan got C. Ramchandra and Geeta Bali together again in Jhamela (1953), where he tried to recreate the formulaic success of Albela with little success. He also directed and acted in Bhagam Bhag in 1956.
Later life

After that, Bhagwan did not have any more hits and eventually had to give up producing and directing films, and sell his 25-room waterfront bungalow in Juhu and his fleet of seven cars (one for each day of the week).[5] He took whatever roles he could get, but apart from Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baje and Chori Chori, none were roles of note, and he eventually took on bit parts in which he did his famous dance (made even more famous by Amitabh Bachchan using it as his default dance step).

Most of Bhagwan's associates left him in his time of need, apart from C. RamchandraOm Prakash and lyricist Rajinder Krishan, who continued to meet him even in his chawl. Bhagwa
In popular culture

n died of a massive heart attack at his residence in Dadar on 4 February 2002.
In popular culture

In 2016, a Marathi movie Ekk Albela released which was a biopic of the actor.

Bhisham Sahni
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Bhisham Sahni
Born 8 August 1915
Died 11 July 2003 (aged 87)
Delhi, India
Occupation

Writer
playwright
actor
Nationality Indian
Period 1955–2003

Political party Communist Party of India

Bhisham Sahni (8 August 1915 – 11 July 2003) was an Indian writer, playwright in Hindi and an actor, most famous for his novel and television screenplay Tamas ("Darkness, Ignorance"), a powerful and passionate account of the Partition of India. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan for literature in 1998, and Sahitya Akademi Fellowship in 2002. He was the younger brother of the noted Hindi film actor, Balraj Sahni.

Biography

Bhisham Sahni was born on 8 August 1915 in Rawalpindi, in undivided Punjab. He earned a master's degree in English literature from Government College in Lahore, and a Ph.D. from Punjab University, Chandigarh in 1958.

He joined the struggle for Indian independence. At the time of Partition, he was an active member of the Indian National Congress and organized relief work for the refugees when riots broke out in Rawalpindi in March 1947. In 1948 Bhisham Sahni started working with the Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA), an organization with which his brother, Balraj Sahni was already closely associated. He worked both as an actor and a director. At a later stage, he directed a drama ‘Bhoot Gari’. This was adapted for the stage by film director, screenwriter, novelist, and journalist Khwaja Ahmed Abbas. As an actor, he appeared in several films, including Saeed Mirza's Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho! (1984), Tamas (1986), Kumar Shahani's Kasba (1991), Bernardo Bertolucci's Little Buddha (1993), and Aparna Sen's Mr. and Mrs. Iyer (2002).

As a result of his association with IPTA, he left the Congress and joined the Communist Party of India. Thereafter, he left Bombay for Punjab where he worked briefly as a lecturer, first in a college at Ambala and then at Khalsa College, Amritsar. At this time he was involved in organizing the Punjab College Teachers’ Union and also continued with IPTA work. In 1952 he moved to Delhi and was appointed Lecturer in English at Delhi College (now Zakir Husain College), University of Delhi.

From 1956 to 1963 he worked as a translator at the Foreign Languages Publishing House in Moscow, and translated some important works into Hindi, including Lev Tolstoy’s short stories and his novel Resurrection. On his return to India, Bhisham Sahni resumed teaching at Delhi College, and also edited the reputed literary magazine Nai Kahaniyan from 1965 to 1967. He retired from service in 1980. Sahni was fluent in Punjabi, English, Urdu, Sanskrit, and Hindi.

Bhisham Sahni was associated with several literary and cultural organizations. He was General Secretary of the All India Progressive Writers Association (1975–85) and Acting General Secretary of the Afro-Asian Writer’ Association and was also associated with the editing of their journal Lotus. He was the founder and chairman of 'SAHMAT', an organization promoting cross-cultural understanding, founded in memory of the murdered theatre artist and activist Safdar Hashmi.

Literary works

Bhisham Sahni's epic work Tamas (Darkness, Ignorance 1974) is a novel based on the riots of 1947 Partition of India which he witnessed at Rawalpindi. Tamas portrays the horrors of senseless communal politics of violence and hatred; and the tragic aftermath – death, destruction, forced migration and the partition of a country. It has been translated to English, French, German, Japanese and many Indian languages including Tamil,Gujarati, Malayalam, Kashmiri, and Manipuri. Tamas won the 1975 Sahitya Akademi Award for literature and was later made into a television film in 1987 by Govind Nihalani. Two of his masterpiece stories, Pali and Amritsar Aa Gaya Hai, are also based on the Partition.

Sahni's prolific career as a writer also included six other Hindi novels: Jharokhe (1967), Kadian (1971), Basanti (1979), Mayyadas Ki Madi (1987), Kunto (1993) and Neeloo, Nilima, Nilofar (2000)., over hundred short stories spread over ten collections of short stories, (including Bhagya Rekha (1953), Pahla patha (1956), Bhatakti Raakh (1966), Patrian (1973), Wang Chu (1978), Shobha Yatra (1981), Nishachar (1983), Pali (1989), and Daayan (1996) ; five plays including Hanoosh, Kabira Khada Bazar Mein, Madhavi, Muavze, Alamgeer, a collection of children's short stories Gulal ka keel'. But his novel named Mayyadas Ki Mari (Mayyadas's Castle) was one of his finest literary creation, the backdrop of this narrative is historical and depicts the age when the Khalsa Raj was vanquished in Punjab and the British were taking over. This novel is a saga of changing social order and decadent set of values. He wrote the screenplay for Kumar Shahani's film, Kasba (1991), which is based on Anton Chekhov's story,In the Gully. Although Sahni had been writing stories for a long time, he received recognition as a story writer only after the publication of his story ‘Chief Ki Daawat’(The Chief’s Party) in the Kahani magazine in 1956.

Bhisham Sahni wrote his autobiography Aaj Ke Ateet (Today's Pasts, Penguin 2016) and the biography of his brother Balraj Sahni, Balraj My Brother (English).

Plays

Hanoosh (1977), staged by theatre director Rajindra Nath and Arvind Gaur (1993). it was adapted into Kashmiri as "Waqtsaaz" by Manzoor Ahmad Mir and was performed by the Artists participating in month-long Educational Theatre workshop organized by National School of Drama, at Srinagar Kashmir under the Direction of Sh. M. K. Raina in the year 2004.

Kabira Khada Bazar Mein (1981): Many Indian theatre directors like M.K. Raina Arvind Gaur and Abhijeet Choudhary have performed this play.

Madhavi (1982): First staged by theatre director Rajendra Nath. Later US-trained actress Rashi Bunny performed Madhavi as a solo play. This solo won many awards in international theatre festivals

Muavze (1993): First performed by National School of Drama rep. with Bapi Bose. This is a very popular play among theatre groups Swatantra Theatre, Pune also performed various times.

Literary style


Bhisham Sahni was one of the most prolific writers of Hindi literature. Krishan Baldev Vaid said, "His voice, both as a writer and a man, was serene and pure and resonant with humane reassurances. His immense popularity was not a result of any pandering to vulgar tastes but a reward for his literary merits—his sharp wit, his gentle irony, his all-pervasive humor, his penetrating insight into character, his mastery as a raconteur, and his profound grasp of the yearnings of the human heart.


Noted Writer, Nirmal Verma, stated, "If we see a long gallery of unmatched characters in his stories and novels, where each person is present with his class and family; pleasures and pains of his town and district; the whole world of perversions and contradictions; it is because the reservoir of his (Bhisham Sahni's) experience was vast and abundant. At the request of his father – would anyone believe? – he dabbled in business, in which he was a miserable failure. With his high-spirits and passion for life of the common people, he traveled through villages and towns of Punjab with the IPTA theatre group; then began to teach to earn a living; and then lived in the USSR for seven years as a Hindi translator. This sprawling reservoir of experience collected in the hustle-bustle of various occupations ultimately filtered down into his stories and novels, without which, as we realize today, the world of Hindi prose would have been deprived and desolate. The 'simplicity of his work comes from hard layers of experience, which distinguish and separate it from other works of 'simplified realism. ... "Bhisham Sahni is able to express the terrifying tragedy of Partition with an extraordinary compassion in his stories. Amritsar Aa Gaya Hai ('We have reached Amritsar') is one such exceptional work where Bhisham gets away from the external reality and points to the bloody fissures etched on people's psyche. This is possible only for a writer who, in the darkness of historic events has seen the sudden 'accidents' that happen inside human hearts from up close." ... "After reading his last collection of stories Daayan (Witch), I was amazed that even after so many years there seemed no repetition or staleness in his writing. Each of his stories seemed to bring something sudden from newer directions, which was as new for him as it was unexpected for us. That Bhisham never paused, never halted in such a long creative journey is a big achievement; but what is bigger perhaps is that his life nurtured his work and his work nurtured his life, both nurtured each other continuously.


Kamleshwar, "Bhisham Sahni's name is etched so deeply into the twentieth century of Hindi literature that it cannot be erased. With Independence and till the 11th. July 2003, this name has been synonymous with Hindi story and playwriting. Bhisham Sahni had gained such an unmatched popularity that all kinds of readers awaited his new creations and each and every word of his was read. There was no need to ask a general reader if he had read this or that writing by Bhisham. It was possible to begin a sudden discussion on his stories or novels. Such a rare readerly privilege was either available to Premchand or, after Harishankar Parsai, to Bhisham Sahni. This too is rare that the fame he received from Hindi should, during his lifetime, become the fame for Hindi itself.


Krishan Baldev Vaid. "Bhisham Sahni's last published book, an autobiography with the quiet title Aaj Ke Ateet (The Pasts of the Present), is a beautiful culmination of a lifetime of excellent writing. Apart from giving us an intimate account of some of the salient phases of his life, it epitomizes his literary qualities. It is full of fun and insights; it is variegated; it is fair; it is unsmug; it is absorbing; it is also his farewell to his family, his milieu, his readers, and his friends.


He begins at the beginning and ends very near the end. The book glows with the sense of ending without, however, any trace of morbidity or self-pity. The early part, where Bhisham tenderly evokes his earliest memories and records his childhood in an affectionate middle-class family in Rawalpindi, is for me the most moving part of this self-portrait. With characteristic elegance and an unfailing eye for significant detail, the elderly author looks back with nostalgic longing at the world of his childhood and achieves a small but brilliant portrait of the artist as a little child.

Awards and honours



Sahni on a 2017 stamp of India


During his lifetime, Bhisham Sahni won several Awards including Shiromani Writers Award,1979, Uttar Pradesh Government Award for Tamas, 1975, Colour of Nation Award at International Theatre Festival, Russia for Play Madhavi by Rashi Bunny,2004, Madhya Pradesh Kala Sahitya Parishad Award, for his play 'Hanush', 1975 the Lotus Award from the Afro-Asian Writers' Association, 1981 and the Soviet Land Nehru Award, 1983, and finally the Padma Bhushan for literature in 1998, Shalaka Samman, New Delhi 1999=2000, Maithlisharan Gupta Samman, Madhya Pradesh, 2000–2001, Sangeet Natak Academy Award 2001, Sir Syed National Award for best Hindi Fiction Writer 2002, and India's highest literary award the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship in 2002.

On 31 May 2017, India Post released a commemorative postage stamp to honour Sahni

Bruce Campbell
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Bruce Campbell
Bruce Campbell at the 2014 Phoenix Comicon
Born
Bruce Lorne Campbell
June 22, 1958 

Occupation Actor, producer, writer, director
Years active 1976–present
Spouse(s)

Christine Deveau
​(m. 1983; div. 1989)​
Ida Gearon
​(m. 1991)​
Children 2

Bruce Lorne Campbell (Bornn June 22, 1958) is an American actor, voice actor, producer, writer and director. One of his best-known roles is Ash Williams in Sam Raimi's Evil Dead franchise, beginning with the 1978 short film Within the Woods. He has starred in many low-budget cult films such as Crimewave (1985), Maniac Cop (1988), Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat (1989), and Bubba Ho-Tep (2002).

In television, Campbell had lead roles in The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. (1993–94) and Jack of All Trades (2000), and a recurring role as AutolycusKing of Thieves, in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess (1995–99). He played Sam Axe on the USA Network series Burn Notice (2007–13) and reprised his role as Ash Williams on the Starz series Ash vs. Evil Dead (2015–18).

Campbell started his directing career with Fanalysis (2002) and A Community Speaks (2004), and then with the horror comedy feature films Man with the Screaming Brain (2005) and My Name Is Bruce (2007), the latter being a spoof of his career. He can also be seen as the role of the father in The Escort (2015).

Early life

Campbell was born in Royal Oak, Michigan, the son of Joanne Louise (née Pickens), a homemaker, and Charles Newton Campbell (April 27, 1928 – November 3, 2004), who worked in advertising for 35 years in roles ranging from traveling billboard inspector to company vice-president, later teaching at nine colleges as an adjunct professor, and was also an actor and director in local theater.

Campbell has an older brother, Don, and an older half-brother, Michael Rendine. He is of Scottish and English descent.

Career

Early years
Campbell signing a VHS copy of The Evil Dead at a fan meet-and-greet

Campbell began acting as a teenager and soon began making short Super 8 movies with friends. After he met Sam Raimi in Wylie E. Groves High School, the two became very good friends and started making movies together. Campbell would go on to attend Western Michigan University while he continued to work on his acting career. Campbell and Raimi collaborated on a 30-minute Super 8 version of the first Evil Dead film, titled Within the Woods, which was initially used to attract investors.

Major film roles

A few years later, Campbell and Raimi got together with family and friends and began work on The Evil Dead. While starring in the lead role, Campbell also worked behind the camera, receiving a "co-executive producer" credit. Raimi wrote, directed and edited, while fellow Michigander Rob Tapert was producer. Following an endorsement by horror writer Stephen King, the film slowly began to receive distribution.Four years following its original release, it became the number one movie in the UK. It then received distribution in the United States, spawning two sequelsEvil Dead II and Army of Darkness.

Campbell was also drawn in the Marvel Zombie comics as his character, Ash Williams. He is featured in five comics, all in the series Marvel Zombies vs. Army of Darkness. In them, he fights alongside the Marvel heroes against the heroes and people who have turned into zombies (deadites) while in search of the Necronomicon (Book of the Names of the Dead).

He has appeared in many of Raimi's films outside of the Evil Dead series, notably having cameos in the director's Spider-Man film series. Campbell also joined the cast in Raimi's Darkman and The Quick and the Dead, though having no actual screen time in the latter film's theatrical cut.
Campbell at WonderCon in 2013

Campbell often takes on quirky roles, such as Elvis Presley in the film Bubba Ho-Tep. Along with Bubba Ho-Tep, he played a supporting role in Maniac Cop and Maniac Cop 2, and spoofed his career in the self-directed My Name is Bruce.

Other mainstream films for Campbell include supporting or featured roles in the Coen Brothers film The Hudsucker Proxy, the Michael Crichton adaptation Congo, the film version of McHale's NavyEscape From L.A. (the sequel to John Carpenter's Escape From New York), the Jim Carrey drama The Majestic and the 2005 Disney film Sky High.

Campbell had a starring voice role in the hit 2009 animated adaptation of the children's book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and a supporting voice role in Pixar's Cars 2.

Campbell produced the remake of The Evil Dead, along with Raimi and Rob Tapert. Campbell appeared with the expectation he would reprise that role in Army of Darkness 2.
Television roles

Outside of film, Campbell has appeared in a number of television series. He starred in The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. a boisterous science fiction comedy western created by Jeffrey Boam and Carlton Cuse that ran for one season. He played a lawyer turned bounty hunter who was trying to hunt down John Bly, the man who killed his father. He starred in the television series Jack of All Trades, set on a fictional island occupied by the French in 1801. Campbell was also credited as co-executive producer, among others. The show was directed by Eric Gruendemann, and was produced by various people, including Sam Raimi. The show aired for two seasons, from 2000 to 2001. He had a recurring role as "Bill Church Jr." based upon the character of Morgan Edge from the Superman comics on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.

From 1996 to 1997, Campbell was a recurring guest star on the show Ellen as Ed Billik, who becomes Ellen's boss when she sells her bookstore in season four.

He is also known for his supporting role as the recurring character Autolycus ("King of Thieves") on both Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess, which reunited him with producer Rob Tapert. Campbell played Hercules/Xena series producer Tapert in two episodes of Hercules set in the present. He directed a number of episodes of Hercules and Xena, including the Hercules series finale.

Campbell also landed the lead role of race car driver Hank Cooper in the Disney made-for-television remake of The Love Bug.

Campbell made a critically acclaimed dramatic guest role as a grief-stricken detective seeking revenge for his father's murder in a two-part episode of the fourth season of Homicide: Life on the Street. Campbell later played the part of a bigamous demon in The X-Files episode "Terms of Endearment". He also starred as Agent Jackman in the episode "Witch Way Now?" of the WB series Charmed, as well as playing a state police officer in an episode of the short-lived series American Gothic titled "Meet the Beetles".

Campbell co-starred on the television series Burn Notice, which aired from 2007 to 2013 on USA Network. He portrayed Sam Axe, a beer-chugging, former Navy SEAL now working as an unlicensed private investigator and occasional mercenary with his old friend Michael Westen, the show's main character. When working undercover, his character frequently used the alias Chuck Finley, which Bruce later revealed was the name of one of his father's old co-workers. Campbell was the star of a 2011 Burn Notice made-for-television prequel focusing on Sam's Navy SEAL career, titled Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe.

In 2014, Campbell played Santa Claus in an episode of The Librarians. Campbell played Ronald Reagan in season 2 of the FX original series Fargo. More recently Campbell reprised his role as Ashley "Ash" Williams in Ash vs Evil Dead, a series based upon the Evil Dead franchise that launched his career. Ash vs Evil Dead began airing on Starz on October 31, 2015, and was renewed by the cable channel for second and third seasons, before being cancelled.

In January 2019, Travel Channel announced a reboot of the Ripley's Believe It or Not! reality series, with Bruce Campbell serving as host and executive producer. The 10-episode season debuted on June 9, 2019.

Voice acting

Campbell is featured as a voice actor in several video game titles. He provides the voice of Ash in the three games based on the Evil Dead film series: Evil Dead: Hail to the KingEvil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick and Evil Dead: Regeneration. He also provided voice talent in other titles such as Pitfall 3D: Beyond the JungleSpider-Man: The MovieSpider-Man 2Spider-Man 3The Amazing Spider-Man, and Dead by Daylight.

He provided the voice of main character Jake Logan in the PC title, Tachyon: The Fringe, the voice of main character Jake Burton in the PlayStation game Broken Helix and the voice of Magnanimous in Megas XLR. Campbell voiced the pulp adventurer Lobster Johnson in Hellboy: The Science of Evil and has done voice-over work for the Codemaster's game Hei$t, a game which was announced on January 28, 2010 to have been "terminated". He also provided the voice of The Mayor in the 2009 film Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, the voice of Rod "Torque" Redline in Cars 2 and the voice of Fugax in the 2006 film The Ant Bully.

Despite the inclusion of his character "Ash Williams" in Telltale Games' Poker Night 2, Danny Webber voices the character in the game, instead of Bruce Campbell.

He has a voice in the online MOBA game, Tome: Immortal Arena in 2014. Campbell also provided voice-over and motion capture for Sgt. Lennox in the Exo Zombies mode of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

Writing

In addition to acting and occasionally directing, Campbell has become a writer, starting with an autobiography, If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor, published in June 2001. The autobiography was a successful New York Times Best Seller. The paperback version of the book adds a chapter about the reaction of fans at book signings.

"Whenever I do mainstream stuff, I think they're pseudo-interested, but they're still interested in seeing weirdo, offbeat stuff, and that's what I'm attracted to".

If Chins Could Kill follows Campbell's career to date as an actor in low-budget films and television, providing his insight into "Blue-Collar Hollywood".

Campbell's next book, Make Love! The Bruce Campbell Way was published on May 26, 2005. The book's plot involves Bruce (depicted in a comical way) as the main character struggling to make it into the world of A-list movies. He later recorded an audio play adaptation of Make Love with fellow Michigan actors, including longtime collaborator Ted Raimi. This radio drama was released through the independent label Rykodisc and spans 6 discs with a 6-hour running time.

In addition to his books, Campbell also wrote a column for X Ray Magazine in 2001, an issue of the popular comic series The Hire, and comic book adaptations of his Man with the Screaming Brain. Most recently he wrote the introduction to Josh Becker's The Complete Guide to Low-Budget Feature Filmmaking.

In late 2016, Campbell announced that he would be releasing a third book, Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B Movie Actor, which will detail his life from where If Chins Could Kill left off. Hail to the Chin was released in August 2017, and accompanied by a book tour across the United States and Europe.

Campbell maintained a blog on his official website, where he posted mainly about politics and the film industry. The blog has since been discontinued.
Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival

Since 2014, the Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival, narrated and organized by Campbell, has been held in the Muvico Theater in Rosemont, Illinois. The first festival had his original run from August 21 to 25, 2014 presented by Wizard World, as part of the Chicago Comicon. The second festival ran from August 20 to 23, 2015, with the guests Tom Holland and Eli Roth. The third festival took place over four days in August 2016. Guests of the event were Sam RaimiRobert Tapert and Doug Benson.

Personal life

Campbell's first wife was Christine Deveau, whom he married in 1983. They had two children, and divorced in 1989. Campbell currently lives in JacksonvilleOregon, with his second wife, costume designer Ida Gearon, whom he met on the set of the movie Mindwarp.

Brahmanandam
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Brahmanandam


Born , Kanneganti Brahmanandam
1 February 1956 (age 63)
Sattenapalli, Andhra State, India

Residence: Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Occupation: Actor, comedian

Years active : 1986–present

Spouse(s) : Lakshmi Kanneganti

Children : 2 (Raja Goutam Kanneganti, Sid Kanneganti)

Parent(s) :
Kanneganti Nagalingachari
Kanneganti Lakshmi Narsamma

Awards : Padma Shri (2009), Guinness World Record for the most screen credits for a living actor

Brahmanandam Kanneganti (born 1 February 1956) is an Indian film actor and comedian, known for his works predominantly in Telugu cinema. He currently holds the Guinness World Record for the most screen credits for a living actor. He was honoured with the Padma Shri, for his contribution to Indian cinema in 2009. Brahmanandam is regarded as one of the finest comic actors of India, noted particularly for his comic expressions. He has acted in more than 1,000 films to date and has been one of the most highly paid comedy actors in Indian Cinema. Brahmanandam has garnered five state Nandi Awards, one Filmfare Award South, six CineMAA Awards, and three South Indian International Movie Awards for best comedy.

Personal life
Brahmanandam was born in Sattenapalli, Guntur District in Andhra Pradesh. Prior to films, he was a Telugu lectur in Attili, a town in West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh.

Bramhanandam married Lakshmi and has two sons, Raja Gautam and Siddarth, with her. He became a grandfather in 2017 with the birth of Raja Gautam's son.

On 14th January 2019, Brahmanandam underwent a successful heart bypass surgery at Asian Heart Institute (AHI) in Mumbai.

Guinness World Record for the most screen credits for a living actor.

Filmfare Awards

Film fare Best Comedian Award (Telugu) - Babai Hotel (1992)

Nandi Awrds :

Nandi Award for Best Male Comedian - Money (1993)
Nandi Award for Best Supporting Actor - Anna (1994)
Nandi Award for Best Male Comedian - Anaganaga Oka Roju (1995)
Nandi Award for Best Male Comedian - Vinodham (1996)
Nandi Award for Best Male Comedian - Ready (2008)
Nandi Award for Best Male Comedian - Race Gurram (2014)

Siima Award for Best Comedian - Dookudu, Baadshah & Race Gurram

Other

Hyderabad Times Film Awards Best Actor in a Comic Role - Dookudu (2011)

Biju Pappan




Biju Pappan (born 9 March 1969), is a Malayalam actor, His career began in movie in 1991 and continued both in television and films. He is well known for his anti hero roles in Naran and Kayyoppu, which were uniformly financial successes. He has also appeared in over forty-five films, including box office successes like Chinthamani Kolacase, Achuvinte Amma etc.

Early life (1969-90)

Biju Pappan was born in Kannanmoola, Thiruvananthapuram district,to Late M.P.Padmanabhan, an outstanding Mayor of Thiruvananthapuram Corporation. and M.S.kumari. He attended the St.Marys school and later enrolled in the junior technical School Nedumangadu. He attended Sree Narayana Polytechnic in Kottiyam for his Diploma in Civil Engineering.

He was elected as the General Secretary, cine arts club secretary and sports general secretary of the college. He was an inter- poly champion in all throwing events. During the college days, he was closely associated with cultural events that inspired him to the world of art and movies.

Personal life

Marriage and family: Biju Pappan married Sheeba on 15 January 1998 and had two sons: Karthik mb and Krishna mb.

Father: Late Comrade M.P.Padmanabhan, belongs to Mudumbil family, was the legendary councilor for 35 years till his death, who was the five time Mayor of Trivandrum city in different years. He is considered as one of the pioneer communist leaders in kerala; actively participate in theater arts along with Mr.Madhu a legendary Malayalam actor.
Mother: M.S.Kumari House wife
Brother: M.P.Saju, a Known Politician and Advocate.
Brother: M.P.Baiju, Business man, stationed at Middle east.
Sister: Siji

Early years (1991-2000)

Biju Pappan's first film was 'Samooham' (1991) By Satyan Anthikkadu,a successful film maker. His breakthrough in television Serials happens, when his characters in Valsalyam, Thaali, Vava, Kavyanjali, Sthree Oru Santwanam were widely addressed among Malayalam channel viewers as popular hit episodes.
Business ventures

Proprietor M.S.K. wood industries, An exclusive furniture,interior production center at Veli Industrial estate, Herbal wood Pvt. Ltd, An signature Eco-friendly wood product manufacturing and exporting company in Thiruvananthapuram. Chairman of Vandya group of companies. Vandya Builders, Vandya Financiers etc.

Spirituality

He believes in the Doctrines of Sree Narayana Gurudevan, who has inspired the millions of people across the world by his teachings and practices. He considers GURUDEVA DARSANAM as the foundation of the success in his life.
Social activities

A major turning point in Biju Pappan's life was getting mentor-ship by Swami Saswathikananda a pious and committed disciple of Sree Narayana Guru Devan. Swami Saswathikananda guided Mr.Biju Pappan to organize the movement called SIVAGIRI YUVAJANA VEDI in order to spread the GURU DEVA DARSANAM and its application among the youth around the world.(https://peoplepill.com/people/biju-pappan/)

Birendra Paswan

Summary

I was bengal theatre , now I am working tv & film

Experience : director producer
working a hindi movie

director & writer : so many house

Education : barakar adarsh vidyalaya

Languages : English , Hindi

Birendra

Bhojpuri films: Nautanki (2006/ writer); Najariya Kahe ke Ladavla (2003/ writer-director)

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बादल सरकार

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बादल सरकार, अभिनेता, नाटककार, निर्देशक और इन सबके अतिरिक्त रंगमंच के सिद्धांतकार थे। वह भारत के बहुचर्चि‍त नाटककारों में एक थे।

बादल सिरकार जिसे भी सरकार, के रूप में जाना जाता है, एक प्रभावशाली भारतीय नाटककार और थियेटर निर्देशक था, जो 1 9 70 के दशक में नक्सली आंदोलन के दौरान उनके विरोधी-विरोधी नाटक के लिए जाने जाते थे और थिएटर को प्रोसेनियम और सार्वजनिक क्षेत्र में, जब उन्होंने 1 9 76 में शताब्दी की खुद की थिएटर कंपनी की स्थापना की थी। उन्होंने पचास से अधिक नाटकों की रचना की, जिसमें से इगोंग इंद्रजीत, बसी, और साड़ी रात प्रसिद्ध साहित्यिक टुकड़े, सड़क के रंगमंच में अग्रणी भूमिका निभाई अपने समतावादी "थर्ड थिएटर" के साथ प्रयोगात्मक और समकालीन बंगाली थियेटर में, उन्होंने अपने आंगनमानच (आंगन मंच) के प्रदर्शन के लिए लिखित लिपियों को उजागर किया, और सबसे अनुवादित भारतीय नाटककारों में से एक रहा।


कैरियर


भारत, इंग्लैंड और नाइजीरिया में एक नगर नियोजक के रूप में काम करते समय, उन्होंने एक अभिनेता के रूप में थिएटर में प्रवेश किया, दिशा में चले गए, लेकिन जल्द ही नाटक लिखने लगे, कॉमेडीज़ के साथ शुरू बादल सिकर ने नाटकीय वातावरण जैसे मंच, वेशभूषा और प्रस्तुति के साथ प्रयोग किया और "तीसरी थियेटर" नामक एक नई पीढ़ी के थिएटर की स्थापना की। तीसरे थियेटर दृष्टिकोण में, उन्होंने श्रोताओं के साथ सीधा संपर्क बनाया और यथार्थवाद के साथ अभिव्यक्तिवादी अभिनय पर जोर दिया। उन्होंने 1951 में अपने अभिनय करियर की शुरुआत की, जब उनके खुद के खेल में अभिनय किया, बार्ची तृष्णा, चक्र द्वारा प्रस्तुत, एक थिएटर समूह

आखिरकार अभी भी नाइजीरिया में कार्यरत हैं, उन्होंने 1963 में अपना ऐतिहासिक खेल ईगांग इंद्रजीत (और इंद्रजीत) लिखा था, जिसे पहली बार प्रकाशित किया गया था और 1965 में उन्हें प्रदर्शन किया गया था और इसे तत्काल प्रसिद्धि में कैप्चा कर दिया गया था, क्योंकि यह "स्वतंत्रता के निराशा के साथ स्वतंत्रता के बाद शहरी युवाओं के अकेलेपन पर कब्जा कर लिया था "। उन्होंने बाकी इतिहाश (शेष इतिहास) (1965), प्रलाप (डेलीरियम) (1966), टिंघा शताब्दी (तीसरी शताब्दी) (1966), पगला घोड़ा (पाद हॉर्स) (1967), शेश नाई (ना का अंत ) (1969), सबको सुम्भु मित्र के बोहुरूपी समूह द्वारा किया गया।

साहित्य समीक्षक चिन्मय गुहा का कथन


प्रसिद्ध कला और साहित्य समीक्षक चिन्मय गुहा ने बादल सरकार के जीवन और कृतित्व पर चर्चा करते हुए 'आनंद बाज़ार पत्रिका' में लिखा है, जो बेहद गौरतलब है - 'आज से सौ वर्ष बाद शायद इस बात पर बहस हो कि क्या बीसवीं और इक्कीसवीं सदी के संधि काल में, एक ही साथ तीन-तीन बादल सरकार हुए थे जिनमें से एक ने सरस पर बौद्धक रूप से प्रखर संवादों से भरे, कॉमिक स्थितियों की बारीकियों पर अपनी पैनी नज़र साधे, बेहद प्रभावशाली हास्य नाटक लिखे थे। दूसरे, जिन्होंने समाज में हिंसा के, विश्व राजनीतिक खींचातानी के चलते युद्ध की काली परछाई के, परमाणु अस्त्रों के, आतंक के और समाज में बढ़ती आर्थिक असमानता के ख़िलाफ़ अपनी आवाज़ को अपने नाटकों में दर्ज किया था और तीसरे, जिन्होंने प्रेक्षागृहों के अंदर कैद मनोरंजन प्रधान रंगमंच को एक मुक्ताकाश के नीचे आम जनता तक पहुंचाने का सपना देखा था।'


भारतीय रंगमंच का विकास


आज से सौ वर्ष बाद के पाठकों को शायद इन तीनों बादल सरकार को एक ही व्यक्तित्व के रूप में चिह्नित करने में कठिनाई होगी। लेकिन राहत की बात कि भारतीय जनता के सुख-दुख, उनकी चिंताओं, उनकी समस्याओं और सत्ता द्वारा उनके शोषण की समानता के चलते उनकी जो एक विशिष्ट पहचान बनी थी- भाषा, प्रांत और संस्कृति के बीच की दीवारों को तोड़े कर बनी थी। इसी विशिष्ट पहचान को आधार मानकर भारतीय रंगमंच का विकास संभव हुआ था। सिनेमा-टेलीविजन और तमाम अन्य मनोरंजन के साधनों के जरिए जहां सत्ता की संस्कृति जन संस्‍कृति के ख़िलाफ़ व्यापक रूप से सक्रिय हो रही थी और जनता के सरोकारों और सवालों से उन्हें भ्रमित करने में लगी थी, तब समाज परिवर्तन के उद्देश्य से न सही, महज एक देशव्यापी प्रतिरोध की संस्कृति को ज़िंदा रखने के लिए, तीसरे रंगमंच ने एक महत्त्वपूर्ण भूमिका निभाई थी।

पुरस्कार और मान्यता

1 9 71 में सरकार ने 1 9 71 में प्रतिष्ठित जवाहरलाल नेहरू फैलोशिप, 1 9 72 में भारत सरकार द्वारा पद्म श्री, 1 9 68 में संगीत नाटक अकादमी पुरस्कार और संगीत नाटक अकादमी फैलोशिप - रत्न सदास, सरकार द्वारा प्रदर्शन कला में सर्वोच्च सम्मान से सम्मानित किया गया। 1 99 7 में भारत की नेशनल एकेडमी फॉर म्यूजिक, डांस एंड ड्रामा, संगीत नाटक अकादेमी ने दिया था।


अक्टूबर 2005 में पुणे के राष्ट्रीय फिल्म अभिलेखागार (एनएफएआई) में आयोजित "तेंदुलकर महोत्सव", निर्देशक अमोल पालेकर द्वारा नाटककार विजय तेंदुलकर का सम्मान करने के लिए आयोजित किया गया, का उद्घाटन डीडीवी के रिलीज के साथ और बादल सरकार के जीवन पर एक पुस्तक का उद्घाटन किया गया। ।


जुलाई 200 9 में, अपने 85 वें जन्मदिन को चिन्हित करने के लिए, पांच दिवसीय महोत्सव के नाम पर तमाम तेंदुओं के साथ उद्वेव को उस्तवा का नाम दिया गया था। उन्होंने 2010 में भारत सरकार द्वारा पद्मभूषण की पेशकश की थी, जिसमें उन्होंने अस्वीकार कर दिया, जिसमें कहा गया कि वह पहले से ही साहित्य अकादमी फेलो हैं, जो कि लेखक के लिए सबसे बड़ी मान्यता है।

Badal Sarkar
From Wikipedia,

Badal Sircar


Badal Sarkar in 2010
Born
Sudhindra Sircar
15 July 1925

Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India
Died 13 May 2011 (aged 85)

Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Residence Manicktala, Kolkata
Occupation playwright, theatre director
Years active 1945–2011

Notable work Ebong Indrajit (And Indrajit) (1963)
Pagla Ghoda (Mad Horse) (1967)
Awards 1966 Sangeet Natak Akademi Award
1972 Padma Shri
1997 Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship
Badal Sircar (15 July 1925 – 13 May 2011), also known as Badal Sarkar, was an influential Indian dramatist and theatre director, most known for his anti-establishment plays during the Naxalite movement in the 1970s and taking theatre out of the proscenium and into public arena, when he transformed his own theatre company, Shatabdi' (established in 1967 for proscenium theatre ) as a third theatre group . He wrote more than fifty plays of which Evam Indrajit, Basi Khabar, and Saari Raat are well known literary pieces. A pioneering figure in street theatre as well as in experimental and contemporary Bengali theatre with his egalitarian "Third Theatre", he prolifically wrote scripts for his Aanganmanch (courtyard stage) performances, and remains one of the most translated Indian playwrights. Though his early comedies were popular, it was his angst-ridden Evam Indrajit (And Indrajit) that became a landmark play in Indian theatre.Today, his rise as a prominent playwright in 1960s is seen as the coming of age of Modern Indian playwriting in Bengali, just as Vijay Tendulkar did it in Marathi, Mohan Rakesh in Hindi, and Girish Karnad in Kannada.

He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1972, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1968 and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship, the highest honour in the performing arts by Govt. of India, in 1997.


Early life and educationBadal Sircar, whose real name was 'Sudhindra Sarkar', was born in Calcutta, India. He was initially schooled at the Scottish Church Collegiate School. After transferring from the Scottish Church College, where his father was a history professor, he studied civil engineering at the Bengal Engineering College (now IIEST), Shibpur, Howrah then affiliated with the University of Calcutta. In 1992, he finished his Master of Arts degree in comparative literature from the Jadavpur University in Calcutta.

CareerWhile working as a town planner in India, England and Nigeria, he entered theatre as an actor, moved to direction, but soon started writing plays, starting with comedies. Badal Sirkar did experiments with theatrical environments such as stage, costumes and presentation and established a new genre of theatre called "Third Theatre". In Third Theatre approach, he created a direct communication with audience and emphasised on expressionist acting along with realism. He started his acting career in 1951, when he acted in his own play, Bara Trishna, performed by Chakra, a theatre group.

Eventually still employed in Nigeria, he wrote his landmark play Ebong Indrajit (And Indrajit) in 1963, which was first published and performed in 1965 and catapulted him into instant fame, as it captured "the loneliness of post-Independence urban youth with dismaying accuracy". He followed them with plays like Baaki Itihaash (Remaining History) (1965), Pralap (Delirium) (1966), Tringsha Shatabdi (Thirtieth Century) (1966), Pagla Ghoda (Mad Horse) (1967), Shesh Naai (There's No End) (1969), all performed by Sombhu Mitra's Bohurupee group.

In 1967, he formed the "Shatabdi" theatre group, and the first production he directed was Ebang Indrajit in 1967, a play about three people – Amal, Bimal, Kamal and a loner Indrajit. In the next five years of its existence the troupe performed several of his plays and had a profound impact on contemporary theatre, especially after 1969 when it started performing plays both indoors and outside amidst people, and evolved the angan manch (courtyard stage) and inspired by the direct communication techniques of Jatra rural theatre form, to eventually become his "Third Theatre", a protest against prevalent commercial theatre establishment. Often performed in "found" spaces rather than rented theatre halls, without elaborate lighting, costumes or make-up, where audience was no longer a passive, rather became participatory, it added a new realism to contemporary dramaturgy, retaining thematic sophistication of social committed theatre all the while, and thus started a new wave of experimental theatre in Indian theatre. In 1976, his group "Satabdi", started performing at Surendranath Park (then Curzon Park) Kolkata on weekends. These open-air and free performances led to his troupe travelling to nearby villages on other weekends, where it employed minimal props and improvised dialogues to involve audience further into the performance.

Though he continued to hold his job till 1975, as a playwright he rose to prominence in the 1970s and was one of the leading figures in the revival of street theatre in Bengal. He revolutionised Bengali theatre with his wrath-ridden, anti-establishment plays during the Naxalite movement.

His plays reflected the atrocities that prevailed in the society, the decayed hierarchical system and were socially enlightening. He is a proponent of the "Third theatre" movement that stood ideologically against the state. Third theatre involved street plays, with actors being attired no differently than the audience. Also the formal bindings of the proscenium theatre was given up. Sarkar's "Bhoma" is an example of a third theatre play, set as always, in an urban background. Starting with Sagina Mahato, which marked his advent into arena stage, his subsequent plays, Michhil (Juloos), Bhoma, Basi Khobor, Spartacus based on Howard Fast's historical novel by the same name, were performed in parks, street corners and remote villages with the audience sitting all around.

Sircar directed his last play in 2003, and after that his movements were restricted after a road accident, but even many years later till 2011 he continued performing at play readings and writing new works like adapting William Shakespeare's Macbeth, two stories by Graham Greene and a novel, History of Love.

Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi awarded the prestigious 'Ammannur Puraskaram' in 2010 for his lifetime achievements in Indian Theatre.The award was presented to him by Girish Karnad during the inaugural function of 3rd edition of International Theatre Festival of Kerala (ITFoK)

DeathSarkar was diagnosed with colon cancer in April 2011. He died on 13 May at Kolkata at the age of 85.

Awards and recognitionSarkar was awarded the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship in 1971, the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 1972, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1968 and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship- Ratna Sadsya, the highest honour in the performing arts by Govt. of India, in 1997, given by Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's National Academy for Music, Dance and Drama.

The "Tendulkar Mahotsav" held at the National Film Archive of India (NFAI), Pune in October 2005, organised by director Amol Palekar to honour playwright Vijay Tendulkar, was inaugurated with the release of a DVD and a book on the life of Badal Sircar.

In July 2009, to mark his 85th birthday, a five-day-long festival titled Badal Utsava as tribute to him was organised by several noted theatre directors. He was offered the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India in 2010, which he declined, stating that he is already a Sahitya Akademi Fellow, which is the biggest recognition for a writer.

In mediaSarkar is the subject of two documentaries, one directed by filmmaker and critic, Amshan Kumar, and another A Face in the Procession by Sudeb Sinha, which was shot over two years.

LegacyBadal Sircar influenced a number of film directors, theatre directors as well as writers of his time. Film director Mira Nair in an interview mentioned, "For me, Kolkata was a formative city while growing up.... I learned to play cricket in Kolkata, but more than anything, I learned to read Badal Sircar and watch plays written by him for street theatre. " To Kannada director and playwright, Girish Karnad, Sircar's play Ebong Indrajit taught him fluidity between scenes, while as per theare director-playwright Satyadev Dubey, "In every play I've written and in every situation created, Indrajit dominates." To Actor-director Amol Palekar, "Badalda opened up new ways of expression." Recently (2013), a newly established cultural group, Maniktala Kolpokatha has started their theatrical career paying homage to the great play writer, staging "Ballavpurer Roopkatha". To the group, it is one of the plays that is not often staged in the Kolkata Theatre Circuit, and has all the spices of love, laughter and fear.

B. S. Ranga
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B. S. Ranga
Born
Bindiganavile Srinivas Iyengar Ranga
11 November 1917

Died 12 December 2010 (aged 93)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Film director, producer, cinematographer, screenwriter

Bindiganavile Srinivas Iyengar Ranga (11 November 1917 – 12 December 2010) was an Indian photographer, actor, producer and director who has made many landmark movies in KannadaTamil and Telugu. He was also the owner of Vikram Studios. He has directed and produced about 87 films in these three languages with a maximum of 18 films in Kannada alone starring matinee idol Rajkumar.

Biography

He was born in Magadi Village (near Bare, India) Mysore (now part of Karnataka State). After an art-enriched childhood wherein he interacted with many stage personalities, B.S. Ranga entered the field of photography. At the age of 17, the self-trained Ranga sent some of his work to be exhibited at the Royal Salon in London, and was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society.

Subsequently, he moved to Bombay (now Mumbai) and apprenticed himself to the cameraman and laboratory technician, Krishna Gopal. B.S. Ranga then embarked on a film career lasting more than five decades, during which he played the roles of cinematographer, director, producer, laboratory owner, studio owner, exhibitor and script-writer, sometimes all at once for one of his productions. His production company, Vikram Productions, gained prominence in the 1960s and 1970s, and won B.S. Ranga many awards, including two President's Awards. The first was for Tenali Ramakrishna in Telugu (starring N.T. Rama Rao and Akkineni Nageswara Rao), and the second was for Amarshilpi Jakkanachari, the first colour movie produced in Kannada.

Baburaj (actor)

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Baburaj
Born
Baburaj Jacob
18 June 1970 
AluvaKerala, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation
Actor
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s)
​(m. 2002)​
Children Abhay, Akshay
(From 1st marriage)
Aarcha, Adhri

Baburaj Jacob, mononymously known as Baburaj, is an Indian film actor, director, and screenwriter who works predominantly in Malayalam cinema and has also appeared in TamilTelugu, and Hindi films. He began and established his career in cinema by playing antagonistic roles and graduated to comedic and character roles after the 2011 film Salt N' Pepper.

Personal life

Baburaj was born to P. J. Jacob Oleekkal and T. I. Karmali Thottungal. Baburaj married twice. He has two sons from his first marriage named Abhay and Akshay. His second marriage is to South Indian action heroine Vani Viswanath. The couple has two children, a daughter named Aarcha and a son named Adhri. Babu Raj is a lawyer. They reside at Kochi. On 14 Feb 2017, Baburaj was stabbed by one of his neighbours in Idukki following an argument.

Film career

Baburaj started his acting career as a junior artist. His debut in Malayalam was Beeshmacharyar (1994), directed by Cochin Haneefa, where he played a notorious villain. He also acted as a villain in the Hindi movie, Hulchul, which was a remake of the Malayalam blockbuster, Godfather. He produced four Malayalam movies and one Tamil movie.

In 2009, he debuted as a director in the Malayalam movie Black Dalia, starring Himself and Suresh Gopi in lead. He also directed the movie Manushyamrugam, starring Himself and Prithviraj Sukumaran in lead. His wife produced the movie.

In 2011, he did a comedy role in Salt N' Pepper, directed by Aashiq Abu. With this comedy role in Salt N' Pepper, he became one of the busiest actors in Malayalam cinema. He did one of the lede role in the crime thriller Manushyamrugam after the success of Salt N' Pepper. He did comedy roles in films such as Ordinary and Mayamohini. Apart from this, he was a lead actor in films such as Naughty Professor and DYSP Sankunni Uncle. Baburaj did a lede role in the 2017 comedy movie Honey Bee 2: Celebrations followed by Thrissivaperoor Kliptham, where he did the antagonist role. Baburaj's true potential to do the character roles was revelead with the film Koodasha. In this suspense revenge thriller film, he played the role of a father who seeks revenge against the persons killed his daughter. Baburaj's performance as Panakkal Jomon in the crime drama Joji (2021) was highly appreciated by the critics.

In 2021, he directed the comedy movie Black Coffee, which is a spin-off to Salt N' Pepper.

Murder attempt

Malayalam actor Baburaj was stabbed on 14 February 2017 at his resort in Adimali of Idukki district following a dispute with the locals. The actor was immediately taken to a hospital and was under medical care at the Ernakulam Rajagiri hospital. Fortunately, there was no damage to internal organs, but he lost a chest muscle. He underwent treatment in Rajagiri Hospital, Ernakulam, and left hospital without any complication. According to reports, Baburaj got into a heated argument with locals when he brought in a few labourers to clean the pond located at his resort, Whitemist Emerald. They contented that they drew water from the pond for their daily use and draining it will cause water shortage during the summer.

Awards and nominations

2011 Kochi Times Film Awards Best Actor in a Comic Role Salt N' Pepper Won 
Asiavision Awards Best Comedy Artist 
Vanitha Film Awards Best Comedy Artist 
Filmfare Awards South Best Supporting Actor Nominated 
Vanitha Film Awards Best Comedy Artist Won 
2013 Asianet Film Awards Best Comic Role 
Amrita Film Awards Best Comedian Honey Bee 
2014 South Indian International Movie Awards Best Comedian Nominated 
2019 Kerala State Film Awards Best Actor Koodasha Nominated 

Billy Drago
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Billy Drago
Born
William Eugene Burrows
November 30, 1945

Died June 24, 2019 (aged 73)

Occupation Actor
Years active 1979–2014
Spouse(s)
​(m. 1980; died 2012)​
Children 2, including Darren E. Burrows

William Eugene Burrows (November 30, 1945– June 24, 2019), known professionally by his stage name Billy Drago, was an American television and film actor. Drago's films, in which he was frequently cast as a villain, included Clint Eastwood's western Pale Rider and Brian De Palma's The Untouchables. He also had recurring roles in the television series The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. and Charmed.

Early life

Burrows was born in Hugoton, Kansas, the son of William Franklin Burrows Jr., and Gladys Marie Wilcox (1918–1990) on November 30, 1945. His maternal lineage was of Romany descent and his paternal lineage was Native American. He later took his grandmother's maiden name "Drago" as his stage name to avoid being confused with another actor. Growing up, his parents would drop him off at the movie theater often in their rural town.

After leaving high school he started out as a journalist for the Associated Press, and later became a popular voice on radio that took him first to Canada then to New York City. After a brief stint with a touring theater group, he worked as a stuntman at Boot Hill in Dodge City, Kansas. From there he went on to the University of Kansas. After finishing college, he joined an acting company.

Career

Drago began his acting career in 1979. His early films included No Other Love, Windwalker and the Jeff Bridges vehicle Cutter's Way. He went on to guest star in numerous television series, including Hill Street BluesMoonlightingWalker Texas Ranger and Trapper John, M.D..

The role that brought his career international prominence was as the gangster assassin Frank Nitti in Brian De Palma's 1987 blockbuster The Untouchables. Subsequently, Drago appeared in numerous films and television series including The X-Files and a recurring role in The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr

In 1999 he began playing the demon Barbas in the WB series Charmed. Barbas was originally written as a villain of the week (in the episode "From Fear to Eternity"), but proved so popular with fans that he ultimately appeared in five of the show's eight seasons.

Drago was also featured in Michael Jackson's 2001 music video "You Rock My World,”[citation needed] and played a mysterious stranger who gives a boy a special key in the Mike + The Mechanics music video for "Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)". Other notable projects include Gregg Araki's 2004 film Mysterious SkinPale Rider, the 2006 version of The Hills Have EyesLow Down, and Takashi Miike's Masters of Horror episode "Imprint", which Showtime chose not to air in the United States due to its "disturbing content."

Personal life and death

Drago was married to actress Silvana Gallardo from 1980 until her death in 2012. He had two sons, Derrick Burrows and Darren E. Burrows, a fellow actor.
On June 24, 2019, Drago died in Los Angeles at the age of 73 from complications following a stroke
Baburaj (actor)
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Baburaj
Born
Baburaj Jacob
5 March 1964 

AluvaKerala, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation
Actor
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s)
​(m. 2002)​
Children Abhay, Akshay
(From 1st marriage)
Aarcha, Adhri

Baburaj Jacob, mononymously known as Baburaj, is an Indian film actor, director, and screenwriter who works predominantly in Malayalam cinema and has also appeared in TamilTelugu, and Hindi films. He began and established his career in cinema by playing antagonistic roles and graduated to comedic and character roles after the 2011 film Salt N' Pepper.

Personal life

Baburaj was born to P. J. Jacob Oleekkal and T. I. Karmali Thottungal on 5 March 1964. Baburaj married twice. He has two sons from his first marriage named Abhay and Akshay. His second marriage is to South Indian action heroine Vani Viswanath. The couple has two children, a daughter named Aarcha and a son named Adhri. Babu Raj is a lawyer. They reside at Kochi. On 14 Feb 2017, Baburaj was stabbed by one of his neighbours in Idukki following an argument.

Film career

Baburaj started his acting career as a junior artist. His debut in Malayalam was Beeshmacharyar (1994), directed by Cochin Haneefa, where he played a notorious villain. He also acted as a villain in the Hindi movie, Hulchul, which was a remake of the Malayalam blockbuster, Godfather. He produced four Malayalam movies and one Tamil movie.

In 2009, he debuted as a director in the Malayalam movie Black Dalia,[6] starring Himself and Suresh Gopi in lead. He also directed the movie Manushyamrugam, starring Himself and Prithviraj Sukumaran in lead. His wife produced the movie.

In 2011, he did a comedy role in Salt N' Pepper, directed by Aashiq Abu. With this comedy role in Salt N' Pepper, he became one of the busiest actors in Malayalam cinema. He did one of the lead role in the crime thriller Manushyamrugam after the success of Salt N' Pepper. He did comedy roles in films such as Ordinary and Mayamohini. Apart from this, he was a lead actor in films such as Naughty Professor and DYSP Sankunni Uncle. Baburaj did a lead role in the 2017 comedy movie Honey Bee 2: Celebrations followed by Thrissivaperoor Kliptham, where he did the antagonist role. Baburaj's true potential to do the character roles was revelead with the film Koodasha. In this suspense revenge thriller film, he played the role of a father who seeks revenge against the persons killed his daughter. Baburaj's performance as Panakkal Jomon in the crime drama Joji (2021) was highly appreciated by the critics.

In 2021, he directed the comedy movie Black Coffee, which is a spin-off to Salt N' Pepper.

Murder attempt

Malayalam actor Baburaj was stabbed on 14 February 2017 at his resort in Adimali of Idukki district following a dispute with the locals. The actor was immediately taken to a hospital and was under medical care at the Ernakulam Rajagiri hospital. Fortunately, there was no damage to internal organs, but he lost a chest muscle. He underwent treatment in Rajagiri Hospital, Ernakulam, and left hospital without any complication. According to reports, Baburaj got into a heated argument with locals when he brought in a few labourers to clean the pond located at his resort, Whitemist Emerald. They contented that they drew water from the pond for their daily use and draining it will cause water shortage during the summer.

Awards and nominations

2011 Kochi Times Film Awards Best Actor in a Comic Role Salt N' Pepper Won 
Asiavision Awards Best Comedy Artist 
Vanitha Film Awards Best Comedy Artist 
Filmfare Awards South Best Supporting Actor Nominated 
Vanitha Film Awards Best Comedy Artist Won 
2013 Asianet Film Awards Best Comic Role 
Amrita Film Awards Best Comedian Honey Bee 
2014 South Indian International Movie Awards Best Comedian Nominated 
2019 Kerala State Film Awards Best Actor Koodasha Nominated 
Bill Murray
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Bill Murray
Murray in 2018
Born
William James Murray
September 21, 1950 

Occupation

Years active 1973–present
Spouse(s)

Margaret Kelly
​(m. 1981; div. 1996)​
Jennifer Butler
​(m. 1997; div. 2008)​
Children 6
Relatives

Joel Murray (brother)

William James Murray (born September 21, 1950) is an American actor, comedian and writer. Known for his deadpan delivery, he first rose to fame on Saturday Night Live, a series of performances that earned him his first Emmy Award, and later starred in comedy films—including Meatballs (1979), Caddyshack (1980), Stripes (1981), Tootsie (1982), Ghostbusters (1984), Ghostbusters II (1989), What About Bob? (1991), Groundhog Day (1993), and Kingpin (1996). His only directorial credit is Quick Change (1990), which he co-directed with Howard Franklin.

Murray later starred in Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation (2003), which earned him a Golden Globe and a British Academy Film Award, as well as an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. He also frequently collaborated with directors Wes Anderson and Jim Jarmusch. He received Golden Globe nominations for his roles in Ghostbusters, Rushmore (1998), Hyde Park on Hudson (2012), St. Vincent (2014), and the HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge (2014), for which he later won his second Primetime Emmy Award. Murray received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2016.

Early life

Murray was born in Evanston, Illinois, to Lucille (née Collins), a mail-room clerk, and Edward Joseph Murray II, a lumber salesman. He was raised in Wilmette, Illinois, a northern suburb of Chicago.

Murray and his eight siblings grew up in an Irish Catholic family His paternal grandfather was from County Cork, while his maternal ancestors were from County Galway Three of his siblings, John Murray, Joel Murray, and Brian Doyle-Murray, are also actors. A sister, Nancy, is an Adrian Dominican nun in Michigan; she has traveled the United States in two one-woman programs, portraying Catherine of Siena and Dorothy Stang. His brother Ed Murray died in 2020. Their father died in 1967 at the age of 46 from complications of diabetes when Bill was 17 years old.

As a youth, Murray read children's biographies of American heroes like Kit CarsonWild Bill Hickok, and Davy Crockett. He attended St. Joseph's grade school and Loyola Academy. During his teen years, he worked as a golf caddy to fund his education at the Jesuit high school. One of his sisters had polio and his mother suffered several miscarriages. During his teen years he was the lead singer of a rock band called the Dutch Masters and took part in high school and community theater.

After graduating from Loyola Academy, Murray attended Regis University in Denver, Colorado, taking pre-medical courses. He quickly dropped out and returned to Illinois. Decades later, in 2007, Regis awarded him an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree. On September 21, 1970, his 20th birthday, the police arrested Murray at Chicago's O'Hare Airport for trying to smuggle 10 lb (4.5 kg) of cannabis, which he had allegedly intended to sell. The drugs were discovered after Murray joked to the passenger next to him that he had packed a bomb in his luggage. Murray was convicted and sentenced to probation.

Career
1970s: Early work

Second City, National Lampoon

With an invitation from his older brother, Brian, Murray got his start at The Second City in Chicago, an improvisational comedy troupe, studying under Del Close. In 1974, he moved to New York City and was recruited by John Belushi[19] as a featured player on The National Lampoon Radio Hour.

Saturday Night Live (1977-1980)

In 1975, an Off-Broadway version of a Lampoon show led to his first television role as a cast member of the ABC variety show Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell. That same season, another variety show titled NBC's Saturday Night premiered. Cosell's show lasted just one season, canceled in early 1976. After working in Los Angeles with the "guerrilla video" commune TVTV on several projects, Murray rose to prominence in 1976. He officially joined the cast of NBC's Saturday Night Live for the show's second season, following the departure of Chevy Chase. Murray was with SNL for three seasons from 1977 to 1980.[citation needed] A Rutland Weekend Television sketch Monty Python’s Eric Idle brought for his appearance on SNL developed into the 1978 mockumentary All You Need Is Cash with Murray (alongside other SNL cast members) appearing as "Bill Murray the K", a send-up of New York radio host Murray the K, in a segment of the film that is a parody of the Maysles Brothers's documentary The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit. During the first few seasons of SNL, Murray was in a romantic relationship with fellow cast member Gilda Radner.

1980s: Work with Harold Ramis
Murray (right) with Paul Binder in 1989

Murray landed his first starring role with the film Meatballs in 1979. He followed this with a portrayal of Hunter S. Thompson in 1980's Where the Buffalo Roam. In the early 1980s, he collaborated with writer-director Harold Ramis and starred in a string of box-office hits, including Caddyshack (1980), Stripes (1981), and Tootsie (1982). Murray was the first guest on NBC's Late Night with David Letterman on February 1, 1982. He later appeared on the first episode of the Late Show with David Letterman on August 30, 1993, when the show moved to CBS. On January 31, 2012 – 30 years after his first appearance with Letterman – Murray appeared again on his talk show. He appeared as Letterman's final guest when the host retired on May 20, 2015.

Murray began work on a film adaptation of the novel The Razor's Edge. The film, which Murray co-wrote, was his first starring role in a drama film. He later agreed with Columbia Pictures to star in Ghostbusters—in a role originally written for John Belushi—to get financing for The Razor's Edge. Ghostbusters became the highest-grossing film of 1984 and, at the time, the highest-grossing comedy of all-time. The Razor's Edge, which was filmed before Ghostbusters but not released until after, was a box-office flop.

Frustrated over the failure of The Razor's Edge, Murray stepped away from acting for four years to study philosophy and history at Sorbonne University, frequent the Cinémathèque in Paris, and to spend time with his family in their Hudson River Valley home. During that time, his second son, Luke, was born. With the exception of a cameo appearance in the 1986 film Little Shop of Horrors, he did not make any appearances in films, though he did participate in several public readings in Manhattan organized by playwright/director Timothy Mayer and in a stage production of Bertolt Brecht's A Man's a Man. Murray returned to films with Scrooged in 1988 and Ghostbusters II in 1989.

1990s

In 1990, Murray made his first and only attempt at directing when he co-directed Quick Change with producer Howard Franklin. In 1991 he starred in the Frank Oz comedy film What About Bob? (1991) alongside Richard Dreyfus. The film was a box office hit. In 1993 he starred in the Harold Ramis fantasy comedy Groundhog Day. The film was an immense critical success. Hal Hinson, film critic for The Washington Post praised Murray's performance writing in his film review that, "Murray is a breed unto himself, a sort of gonzo minimalist. And he's never been funnier as a comedian or more in control as an actor than he is here. It's easily his best movie." That same year he starred in the comedy film, Mad Dog and Glory alongside Robert De Niro, and Uma Thurman. Critic Vincent Canby of The New Yorker wrote in his review, "The great satisfaction of Mad Dog and Glory is watching Mr. De Niro and Mr. Murray play against type with such invigorating ease."

After the success of Groundhog Day, Murray appeared in a series of well-received supporting roles in films like Tim Burton's Ed Wood (1994), and Peter Farrelly's broad comedy film Kingpin (1996). Also in 1996 he appeared as himself in the Looney Tunes live action comedy Space Jam with Michael Jordan. However, his starring roles in Larger than Life and The Man Who Knew Too Little were not as successful with critics or audiences. In 1998, he received much critical acclaim for Wes Anderson's coming of age comedy film Rushmore opposite Jason Schwartzman and Olivia Williams. He received praise among critics with Lisa Schwarzbaum from Entertainment Weekly writing, "Murray turns in a thrillingly knowing, unforced performance — an award-worthy high point in a career that continues". For Murray's performance he received the Best Supporting Actor awards from the New York Film Critics Circle, the National Society of Film Critics, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (tying with Billy Bob Thornton).

2000s
Murray at the Get Low premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2009

Murray decided to take a turn towards more dramatic roles and experienced a resurgence in his career, taking on roles in Wild ThingsCradle Will RockHamlet (as Polonius), and The Royal Tenenbaums. In 2003, he appeared in Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation and went on to earn a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award, and an Independent Spirit Award, as well as Best Actor awards from several film critic organizations. He was considered a favorite to win the Academy Award for Best Actor, but Sean Penn ultimately won the award for his performance in Mystic River. In an interview included on the Lost in Translation DVD, Murray states that it is his favorite film in which he has appeared. Also in 2003, he appeared in a short cameo for Jim Jarmusch's Coffee and Cigarettes, in which he played himself "hiding out" in a local coffee shop.

During this time Murray still appeared in comedic roles such as Charlie's Angels and Osmosis Jones. In 2004, he provided the voice of Garfield in Garfield: The Movie, and again in 2006 for Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties. Murray later said that he only took the role because he was under the mistaken impression that the screenplay, co-written by Joel Cohen, was the work of Joel Coen. In 2004, he made his third collaboration with Wes Anderson in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and in 2005 his second collaboration with Jim Jarmusch in Broken Flowers. That same year, Murray announced that he was taking a hiatus from acting as he had not had the time to relax since his new breakthrough in the late 1990s.[citation needed] He did return to the big screen for brief cameos in Wes Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited and in Get Smart as Agent 13, the agent in the tree. In 2008, he played an important role in the post-apocalyptic film City of Ember.

In 2009, Murray starred in the independent film Get Low alongside Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek. The film is loosely based on a true story about a Tennessee hermit in the 1930s who throws his own funeral party while still alive. Murray and Duvall received critical praise and the film received the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature. Also in 2009, Murray had a memorable cameo role as himself in the zombie comedy Zombieland starring Woody HarrelsonEmma Stone and Jesse Eisenberg. Murray provided the voice for the character Mr. Badger in another Wes Anderson movie the 2009 animated film Fantastic Mr. Fox. The film went on to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature.

2010s
Murray in 2014

In 2012, Murray starred in Roger Michell's historical comedy Hyde Park on Hudson, where he played Franklin D. Roosevelt opposite Laura Linney who played Roosevelt's cousin Margaret Suckley and Olivia Williams who portrayed Eleanor Roosevelt. The film focuses on the 1939 visit at Hyde Park of that of the Roosevelts King George VI and Queen Elizabeth portrayed by Samuel West and Olivia Colman respectively. Murray received praise from critics with Roger Ebert writing, "Murray, who has a wider range than we sometimes realize, finds the human core of this FDR and presents it tenderly." Murray also received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy nomination for his performance.

Since 2010, Murray has continued to appear in multiple films with Wes Anderson including the coming of age comedy Moonrise Kingdom (2012) which also starred Bruce WillisEdward NortonFrances McDormand, and Tilda Swinton. The film premiered at the 65th Cannes Film Festival where it competed for the Palme d'Or. The film was a box office and critical success. In 2016, the BBC included the film in its list of greatest films of the twenty-first century.

Murray also made a brief comic turn in The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) where he played, M. Ivan, Gustave's friend and one of several concierges affiliated with the Society of the Crossed Keys. The film competed at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival where it received rapturous reviews. The film later became Wes Anderson's most financially successful film making $172 million. The film received 9 Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, ultimately receiving 4 for Costume DesignProduction DesignMakeup/Hair and Original Score. Murray himself along with the cast won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for his ensemble work in The Grand Budapest Hotel.

In 2014, Murray starred in George Clooney's World War II ensemble drama, The Monuments Men, also starring Matt DamonCate BlanchettJohn GoodmanHugh BonnevilleJean Dujardin, and Bob Balaban. The film received mixed reviews from critics and was a modest box office success. Later that year, Murray also starred in St. Vincent alongside Melissa McCarthy and Naomi Watts receiving a Golden Globe Award nomination for his performance. He also played a music manager in 2015's Rock the Kasbah.

In 2016, he was the voice of Baloo in the live-action adaptation of Disney's The Jungle Book, directed by Jon Favreau.The film earned a 95% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and Murray was nominated to for Favorite Animated Movie Voice at the People's Choice Awards; he lost to Ellen DeGeneres.

There had been speculation that Murray might return to the Ghostbusters franchise for a rumored Ghostbusters 3. Murray once stated, "I'd do it only if my character was killed off in the first reel," and also, "You know, maybe I should just do it. Maybe it'd be fun to do." Eventually, he appeared in both the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot as Martin Heiss, a cynical ghost debunker, which was released on July 15, 2016,[35] and 2021's Ghostbusters: Afterlife.
Murray, Greta Gerwig, and Bryan Cranston at the Isle of Dogs press conference at Berlinale 2018

In 2018, Murray portrayed Steve Bannon on Saturday Night Live alongside Fred Armisen as Michael Wolff. That year he was also part of Wes Anderson's ensemble cast of the animated film Isle of Dogs, which premiered at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival. In 2019, Murray was part of the ensemble cast of the zombie-comedy The Dead Don't Die directed by Jim Jarmusch.

2020s

On February 2, 2020, a Jeep commercial starring Murray aired during the Super Bowl referencing his role in the film Groundhog Day as Phil, with him stealing the groundhog and driving him to various places in the orange Jeep Gladiator.

Murray reunited with Sofia Coppola for the comedy-drama On the Rocks opposite Rashida Jones. The film premiered at the 58th New York Film Festival where it received positive reviews with many critics praising Murray's performance. Critic David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter wrote of his performance that "Murray has seldom been better." It had a limited theatrical release on October 2, 2020, by A24, followed by a digital streaming release on October 23, 2020, on Apple TV+. He received some critical acclaim as well as a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture.

Murray will next appear in a small role in The French Dispatch reuniting him with Wes Anderson for the 9th time. It was set to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 12, 2020, and get a wide release on July 24, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival was cancelled and the film was pulled from the schedule on April 3, 2020. The film was rescheduled for release on October 16, 2020, before being pulled from the schedule again on July 23, 2020. It ultimately premiered at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival and will be released on October 22, 2021.

He will also reprise his role as Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters: Afterlife directed by Jason Reitman.

Outside show business

Murray is a partner with his brothers in Murray Bros. Caddy Shack, a restaurant with two locations. In 2001, they opened a location at the World Golf Village near St. Augustine, Florida. In 2018, the second location was opened inside the Crowne Plaza Rosemont Hotel near the O'Hare International Airport. He resides in Charleston, South Carolina and he is a very active community member.

In 1978, Murray appeared in two at-bats for the Grays Harbor Loggers Minor League Baseball team, credited with one hit and a lifetime batting average of .500.

He is a part-owner of the St. Paul Saints, a Minor League Baseball team of the Triple-A East and the Triple-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. Bill occasionally travels to Saint Paul, Minnesota to watch the team's games. He also owns part of the Charleston RiverDogs, the Hudson Valley Renegades, and the Brockton Rox. He has invested in a number of other minor league teams in the past, including the Utica Blue Sox, the Fort Myers Miracle, the Salt Lake Sting (APSL), the Catskill Cougars, and the Salt Lake City Trappers. In 2012 he was inducted into the South Atlantic League Hall of Fame for his ownership and investment activities in the league.

Being very detached from the Hollywood scene, Murray does not have an agent or manager and reportedly only fields offers for scripts and roles using a personal telephone number with a voice mailbox that he checks infrequently. This practice has the downside of sometimes preventing him from taking parts in films such as Who Framed Roger RabbitMonsters, Inc.The Squid and the WhaleCharlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Little Miss Sunshine.[66] When asked about this practice, however, Murray seemed content with his inaccessibility, stating, "It's not that hard. If you have a good script that's what gets you involved. People say they can't find me. Well, if you can write a good script, that's a lot harder than finding someone. I don't worry about it; it's not my problem."

Murray's popularity has been such that he holds an iconic status in American popular culture. Murray's eccentric style of comedy, both on-screen and in his personal life, has caused him to be seen as a folk hero to many making him a significant meme in various media including books and the Internet. In 2016 he was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor by the Kennedy Center.

On his birthday in 2016, Murray, along with his brother Joel, launched an apparel brand called William Murray Golf.

Personal life
Eric Clapton and Murray kicking off the Crossroads Guitar Festival in 2007

During the filming of Stripes, Murray married Margaret Kelly on January 25, 1981. Later, they remarried in Chicago for their families. Margaret gave birth to two sons, Homer and Luke. Following Murray's affair with Jennifer Butler, the couple divorced in 1996. In 1997, he married Butler. Together, they have four sons: Caleb, Jackson, Cooper, and Lincoln. Butler filed for divorce on May 12, 2008. Their divorce was finalized on June 13, 2008.. Butler died on January 19, 2021.

Murray stated in a 1984 interview: "I'm definitely a religious person, but it doesn't have much to do with Catholicism anymore. I don't think about Catholicism as much.

In 2007, Murray was pulled over by Swedish police on suspicion of driving a golf cart under the influence of alcohol.

Murray has homes in Los AngelesRancho Santa Fe, CaliforniaMartha's Vineyard, MassachusettsCharleston, South Carolina; and Palisades, New York, a suburb of New York City. Between 2008 and 2013, Murray maintained a residence in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Lower Manhattan.

During the 2000 presidential campaign, Murray supported Green Party candidate Ralph Nader. He also donated $1,000 to former Governor of Nebraska Bob Kerrey's successful election to the United States Senate in 1988.

Murray is a fan of several Chicago professional sports teams, especially the Chicago CubsChicago Bears, and the Chicago Bulls. (He was once a guest color commentator for a Cubs game during the 1980s.) He was in attendance, along with fellow Cubs fans John CusackEddie Vedder, and Bonnie Hunt, during the Cubs' historic Game Seven victory during the 2016 World Series. Murray is an avid Quinnipiac University basketball fan, where his son served as head of basketball operations, and he is a regular fixture at home games. He cheered courtside for the Illinois Fighting Illini's game against the 2004–2005 Arizona Wildcats in the Regional Final game in Chicago. He is a fixture at home games of those teams when in his native Chicago. After traveling to Florida during the Cubs' playoff run to help "inspire" the team (Murray joked with Cubs slugger Aramis Ramírez he was very ill and needed two home runs to give him the hope to live), he was invited to the champagne party in the Cubs' clubhouse when the team clinched the NL Central in late September 2007, along with fellow actors John CusackBernie MacJames Belushi, and former Cubs player Ron Santo. Murray appears in Santo's documentary, This Old Cub. In 2006, Murray became the sixth recipient of Baseball Reliquary's annual Hilda Award, established in 2001 "to recognize distinguished service to the game by a fan". He sang "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during a 2016 World Series game at Wrigley Field.

As a Chicago native, Murray appeared at the 50th annual Chicago Air & Water Show in August 2008. He performed a tandem jump with the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights. He was the MC for Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival on July 28, 2007, where he dressed in various guises of Clapton as he appeared through the years. He served as MC again in 2010 and once more in 2019.
Murray cheering for the Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team at the 2005 Final Four in St. Louis

In 1987, he donated a large amount of money to help build the Nathalie Salmon House, which provides affordable housing for low-income seniors. Michael and Lilo Salmon, the founders of Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly (HOME), said Murray performed "miracles" for them.

In an interview with The Guardian he described Donald Trump as “unlike anything anyone has seen before”.

Feuds

Murray has been known for his mood swings, leading Dan Aykroyd to refer to him as "The Murricane". Murray has said of his reputation: "I remember a friend said to me a while back: 'You have a reputation.' And I said: 'What?' And he said: 'Yeah, you have a reputation of being difficult to work with.' But I only got that reputation from people I didn't like working with, or people who didn't know how to work, or what work is. JimWes and Sofia, they know what it is to work, and they understand how you're supposed to treat people."

In the book Live from New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live, as Told By Its Stars, Writers and Guests, Chevy Chase recalls being confronted by Murray shortly before an SNL broadcast in 1978, in which Chase had returned to guest host. The issue, likely to do with Chase's insistence on doing the "Weekend Update" segment that had been taken over by Jane Curtin, led to Murray and Chase trading insults, with Murray telling Chase to go have sex with Jacqueline Carlin, Chase's wife at the time, while Chase commented that Murray's face looked "like something Neil Armstrong had landed on". The argument eventually turned physical, with SNL cast members Jane CurtinLaraine Newman, and Gilda Radner witnessing the altercation. Murray later said of the incident, "It was an Oedipal thing, a rupture. Because we all felt mad he had left us, and somehow I was the anointed avenging angel, who had to speak for everyone. But Chevy and I are friends now. It's all fine." The two later starred together in Caddyshack in 1980.

According to Den of Geek, Murray did not get along well with Sean Young during the production of Stripes and has refused to work with her ever again.

Murray has said in interviews that he and film director Richard Donner did not get along well while filming Scrooged, stating that they would disagree with each other. Donner said of Murray: "He's superbly creative, but occasionally difficult – as difficult as any actor."

Both Murray and Richard Dreyfuss have confirmed in separate interviews that they did not get along with each other during the making of What About Bob? In addition, the film's producer Laura Ziskin recalled having a disagreement with Murray that led him to toss her into a lake. Ziskin confirmed in 2003, "Bill also threatened to throw me across the parking lot and then broke my sunglasses and threw them across the parking lot. I was furious and outraged at the time, but having produced a dozen movies, I can safely say it is not common behavior." Dreyfuss later alleged in 2019 that Murray screamed at him while he was intoxicated and told him, "Everyone hates you! You are tolerated!" and then threw an ashtray at him. Although neither of them have crossed paths since the release of the film, Dreyfuss confirmed in a 2020 interview that he has forgiven Murray.

Murray also had a falling out with film director and longtime collaborator Harold Ramis during the production of Groundhog Day. According to screenwriter Danny Rubin, "They were like two brothers who weren't getting along." Apparently, they had such intense creative differences that one day Ramis grabbed Murray by the shirt collar and threw him against a wall. As a result, Groundhog Day ultimately served as the final film collaboration between Murray and Ramis, although they did take part in 2009's Ghostbusters: The Video Game. Murray eventually reconciled with Ramis just before Ramis' death in February 2014.

During the making of Charlie's AngelsLucy Liu allegedly threw punches at Murray after he told her that she could not act. Murray claims, however, that he and Liu had only an argument rather than a feud and that they have "made peace" since then. Film director McG, who directed Charlie's Angels, alleged in 2009 that Murray headbutted him. Murray has denied ever doing so.

Lost in Translation director Sofia Coppola said that the central scene of Scarlett Johansson and Murray lying on the bed together took multiple takes because the actors did not seem to be getting along. She eventually stopped for the day and started again the next morning. Despite this, Coppola stated that Murray was a lot of fun to work with on the production.

Anjelica Huston recalled having a feud with Murray during the making of The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.
Bharathan
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Bharathan
Born 14 November 1946

Died 30 July 1998 (aged 51)

Occupation Art director, sculptor, poster designer, film director, lyricist, music composer, editor
Years active 1973–98
Children Sreekutti, Siddharth
Relatives P. N. Menon (uncle)


Bharathan (14 November 1946 – 30 July 1998) was an Indian film makerartist, and art director. Bharathan is noted for being the founder of a new school of film making in Malayalam cinema, along with Padmarajan and K. G. George, in the 1980s, which created films that were widely received while also being critically acclaimed. A train of directors, and screenwriters followed this school onto the 1990s including Sibi MalayilKamalLohithadas and Jayaraj. He was born at Engakkadu near Wadakkancherry, in present-day Thrissur district of Kerala, India.

Early career

After completing his diploma from the College of Fine Arts, Thrissur, Bharathan entered films as an art director through the Malayalam film Gandharavakshetram (1972), directed by A. Vincent. He was inspired by his uncle P. N. Menon, an established director. After working as an art director and assistant director in a few films, he made his directorial debut in 1975 with Prayanam, which was based on Padmarajan's script. It also marked the rise of two early proponents of middle-stream Malayalam cinema.

Bharathan's films were known for their realistic portrayal of rural life in Kerala. Melodrama and escapism, often an integral part of mainstream cinema in India, were usually absent in his films. He also managed to steer clear of the "star-centric" culture, prevalent in Indian cinema, throughout his career. His later films did involve major movie stars but usually without compromising on plot or narrative. Bharathan, along with Padmarajan and K. G. George were largely responsible for introducing a counter culture of meaningful mainstream cinema which often tread the middle path between art-house and commercial cinema. This movement was often called the "middle of the road cinema". Bharathan's films were known for their visually appealing shot compositions. His background as a painter enabled him to create frames that were often credited for their visual beauty. Natural props and nature itself often became important characters in his films (like the railway track in Palangal, or the sea in Amaram). Bharathan is one of the few Indian directors known to use an elaborate story-board system for filming. He also often designed the posters for his films.

Several of his early films were known for their bold portrayal of sexual themes. His films often defied social conventions and norms about man-woman relationships. Rathinirvedam was the sexual-coming-of-age story of the relationship between a teenager and an older woman while Chamaram dealt with the tumultuous affair between a student and his college lecturer. In Kattathe Kilikkoodu an elderly, married Professor falls for his student. Kaathodu Kaathoram was about the social ostracism of a woman who has an adulterous relationship.

The latter half of Bharathan's career saw a distinct change in film making style characterized by a wider canvas, more attention to detail with more distinct focus on narrative style (e.g., VaishaliAmaramThaazhvaaram, and Thevar Magan). Some critics argue that this quest for technical excellence was at the expense of the quality of thematic content. Films like Vaishali and Amaram (where he collaborated with acclaimed cinematographer Madhu Ambat) set a new benchmark for cinematographic excellence in Malayalam and Indian Cinema. Thaazhvaaram was stylistically inspired by classic Hollywood Westerns though the theme and backdrop were distinctly original.

His last few films (Manjeeradhwani, Devaraagam and Churam) were received moderately by critics.

Film career

Bharathan directed over 40 films in Malayalam and Tamil. Starting his career in 1975 with Prayanam, Bharathan rode to fame with his off-beat Thakara, a film about a dumb-witted central character who falls in love with the village beauty. Some of his other memorable films include Rathinirvedam, Chamaram, Paalangal, Amaram, and Vaishali.

His association with Padmarajan led to films including Rathi Nirvedam and Thakara. Rathi Nirvedam was a treatment of teenage sexual angst. In Thakara, he deals with life and longings of an intellectually disabled youth and his association with the society.

In the early 1980s he made several notable movies like Chamaram , Marmaram , Paalangal , Ormakkayi , Kattathe KilikkooduKathodu Kathoram and many more. They did well in theaters and set the trend for meaningful mainstream cinema. Other noted directors followed suit. It was the romantic era of Malayalam cinema.

Not all of Bharathan's films skirted with bold themes and controversy. In Oru Minnaaminunginte Nurunguvettam (1987), he tells the poignant story of a childless couple in their post retirement life. It deals with the isolation and loneliness that comes with old age. The film was a departure from Bharathan's usual style and proved to be a major commercial hit while garnering critical acclaim, too.
Screenwriter Lohithadas, director Bharathan and cinematographer Ramachandra Babu at the location of Venkalam.

His Vaisali (1988) is widely regarded as a modern-day masterpiece in Malayalam cinema. Scripted by the iconic Malayalam novelist M. T. Vasudevan Nair, it was an adaptation of a sub-story told in the epic Mahabharatha. Another movie born from their association was Thazhvaram. The subject was revenge, a theme quite uncharacteristic of Bharathan movies. The style was inspired by classic Westerns with a brooding, reticent central character and expansive shots of barren landscape.another movie was Amaram which was written by A. K. Lohithadas starring Mammootty which was milestone movie of malayalam movie of 1990 s.

Even though he was not known to cater to the star-centric system, Bharathan was instrumental in bringing together the two screen icons of Tamil cinema Sivaji Ganesan and Kamal Hassan in the Tamil film Thevar Magan which won critical acclaim and box office success. Sivaji gave an uncharacteristically restrained yet brilliant performance. The movie won several national awards and was remade into many regional languages (most notably Virasat in Hindi).

His more experimental films include Aaravam, more an arthouse than commercial venture, and Nidra, about the plight of a woman who is in love with a mentally deranged man. His film "Nidra" was remade by his son, film director Sidharth Bharathan. "Rathinirvedam" originally directed by Bharathan, which was a noted film was also remade by another famous director T K Rajeev Kumar with Swetha Menon in the lead.

Apart from film direction, he also wrote lyrics and tuned songs for his films. (e.g., lyrics for "Thaaram Valkannadi Nokki" in Keli and "Tharum Thalirum Mizhipootti" in Chilambu or title song for Kathodu Kathoram). He collaborated with writer P. R. Nathan in Keli.

Death

Bharatan died at a private hospital in Chennai on 30 July 1998 at the age of 52 following prolonged illness. His last film was 'Churam', which released a year before his death. His mortal remains were brought back to his ancestral home at Wadakkanchery and cremated with full state honours.

Personal life

Bharathan was married to theatre and film actress K. P. A. C. Lalitha with whom he associated in a lot of films before and after marriage. They had two children - Sreekutty, a former child actress, and Sidharth Bharathan, a film actor and director.
Bala (actor)
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Bala
Born 19 December 1982
Bala Kumar

Nationality Indian

Occupation

Actor
Director
Years active 2003 – present

Spouse(s)
​(m. 2010; div. 2019)​
Dr. Elizabeth Udayan
​(m. 2021)​
Children 1
Relatives Siva (brother)


Bala Kumar born 19 December 1982 , is an Indian film actor and director, who works in Malayalam and Tamil cinema. He made his debut in the Tamil film Anbu (2003). He is well known for his supporting roles; in films such as Big B (2007), Sound of Boot (2008), Puthiya Mukham (2009), Hero (2012), Veeram (2014), Ennu Ninte Moideen (2015), Pulimurugan (2016), Aanakkallan (2018), Lucifer (2019), and Thambi (2019).

Early life

Bala was born into a family closely associated with the film industry, with his grandfather being the owner of the Arunachala Studios. His father, Jeyakumar, directed over 350 films and documentaries, while his brother Siva has worked as a director and cinematographer in films.

Career

He made his debut in the Tamil film Anbu (2003). Since then he acted and found success in a number of Malayalam films. He received appreciation for his role in the 2009 film Puthiya Mukham. He made a comeback to Tamil cinema in 2014 with the Ajith Kumar-starrer Veeram. The film, directed by his brother Siva, the film was a critical and commercial success.

Bala made his directorial debut with the 2012 Malayalam action film The Hit List, in which he played the leading role. In 2015 and 2016, he performed notable supporting roles in the period romantic drama Ennu Ninte Moideen and the action film Pulimurugan, and Lucifer in 2019, all three were the highest-grossing Malayalam films of all time.

Personal life

On 27 August 2010, he married Idea Star Singer-fame Malayali singer Amrutha Suresh. They have a daughter, Avantika, born in September 2012. The couple divorced in 2019 after living separately for three years.

On 5 September 2021, he married Elizabeth Udayan, who is reportedly a doctor by profession.
Brad Pitt
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Brad Pitt
Pitt in 2019
Born
William Bradley Pitt
December 18, 1963 

Occupation
Actor
film producer
Years active 1987–present

Works Full list
Spouse(s)
​(m. 2000; div. 2005)​
​(m. 2014; div. 2019)
Children 6
Relatives Douglas Pitt (brother)
Awards Full list

William Bradley Pitt (born December 18, 1963) is an American actor and film producer. He is the recipient of numerous accolades, including an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, and two Golden Globe Awards for his acting, in addition to a second Academy Award, a second British Academy Film Award, a third Golden Globe Award, and a Primetime Emmy Award as a producer under his production company, Plan B Entertainment.

Pitt first gained recognition as a cowboy hitchhiker in the road film Thelma & Louise (1991). His first leading roles in big-budget productions came with the drama films A River Runs Through It (1992) and Legends of the Fall (1994), and the horror film Interview with the Vampire (1994). He gave critically acclaimed performances in the crime thriller Seven (1995) and the science fiction film 12 Monkeys (1995), the latter earning him a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor and an Academy Award nomination.

Pitt starred in Fight Club (1999) and the heist film Ocean's Eleven (2001), as well as its sequels, Ocean's Twelve (2004) and Ocean's Thirteen (2007). His greatest commercial successes have been Ocean's Eleven, Troy (2004), Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), World War Z (2013), and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019), for which he won a second Golden Globe Award and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Pitt's other Academy Award nominated performances were in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) and Moneyball (2011). He produced The Departed (2006) and 12 Years a Slave (2013), both of which won the Academy Award for Best Picture, and also The Tree of Life (2011), Moneyball, and The Big Short (2015), all of which were nominated for Best Picture. Alongside George Clooney, Pitt is one of two actors to have won Academy Awards for both Best Supporting Actor and Best Picture.

As a public figure, Pitt has been cited as one of the most powerful and influential people in the American entertainment industry. For many years, he was cited as the world's most attractive man by various media outlets, and his personal life is the subject of wide publicity. He is divorced from actresses Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie. Pitt has six children with Jolie, three of whom were adopted internationally.

Early life

Pitt was born on December 18, 1963, in Shawnee, Oklahoma, to William Alvin Pitt, the proprietor of a trucking company, and Jane Etta (née Hillhouse), a school counselor. The family soon moved to Springfield, Missouri, where he lived together with his younger siblings, Douglas Mitchell (born 1966) and Julie Neal (born 1969). Born into a conservative Christian household, he was raised as Southern Baptist and later "oscillate[d] between agnosticism and atheism."[6] He later reconciled his belief in spirituality. Pitt has described Springfield as "Mark Twain country, Jesse James country," having grown up with "a lot of hills, a lot of lakes."

Pitt attended Kickapoo High School, where he was a member of the golf, swimming and tennis teams He participated in the school's Key and Forensics clubs, in school debates, and in musicals. Following his graduation from high school, Pitt enrolled in the University of Missouri in 1982, majoring in journalism with a focus on advertising. As graduation approached, Pitt did not feel ready to settle down. He loved films—"a portal into different worlds for me"—and, since films were not made in Missouri, he decided to go to where they were made. Two weeks short of completing the coursework for a degree, Pitt left the university and moved to Los Angeles, where he took acting lessons and worked odd jobs. He has named Gary OldmanSean Penn, and Mickey Rourke as his early acting heroes.

Career

1987–1993: Early work

While struggling to establish himself in Los Angeles, Pitt took lessons from acting coach Roy London. Pitt's acting career began in 1987, with uncredited parts in the films No Way Out (1987), No Man's Land (1987) and Less Than Zero (1987). In May 1987, he made his television debut in a two-episode role on the NBC soap opera Another World. In November of the same year, Pitt had a guest appearance on the CBS sitcom Trial and Error and the ABC sitcom Growing Pains. He appeared in four episodes of the CBS primetime series Dallas between December 1987 and February 1988 as Randy, the boyfriend of Charlie Wade (played by Shalane McCall). Later in 1988, Pitt made a guest appearance on the Fox police drama 21 Jump Street. In the same year, the Yugoslavian–U.S. co-production The Dark Side of the Sun (1988) gave Pitt his first leading film role, as a young American taken by his family to the Adriatic to find a remedy for a skin condition. The film was shelved at the outbreak of the Croatian War of Independence, and was not released until 1997. Pitt made two motion picture appearances in 1989: the first in a supporting role in the comedy Happy Together; the second a featured role in the horror film Cutting Class, the first of Pitt's films to reach theaters. He made guest appearances on television series Head of the ClassFreddy's NightmaresThirtysomething, and (for a second time) Growing Pains.

Pitt was cast as Billy Canton, a drug addict who takes advantage of a young runaway (played by Juliette Lewis) in the 1990 NBC television movie Too Young to Die?, the story of an abused teenager sentenced to death for a murder. Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly wrote: "Pitt is a magnificent slimeball as her hoody boyfriend; looking and sounding like a malevolent John Cougar Mellencamp, he's really scary." The same year, Pitt co-starred in six episodes of the short-lived Fox drama Glory Days and took a supporting role in the HBO television film The Image. His next appearance came in the 1991 film Across the Tracks; Pitt portrayed Joe Maloney, a high school runner with a criminal brother, played by Rick Schroder. After years of supporting roles in film and frequent television guest appearances, Pitt attracted wider recognition in his supporting role in Ridley Scott's 1991 road film Thelma & Louise. He played J.D., a small-time criminal who befriends Thelma (Geena Davis). His love scene with Davis has been cited as the event that defined Pitt as a sex symbol. After Thelma & Louise, Pitt starred in the 1991 film Johnny Suede, a low-budget picture about an aspiring rock star, and the 1992 live-action/animated fantasy film Cool World, although neither furthered his career, having poor reviews and box office performance.

Pitt took on the role of Paul Maclean in the 1992 biographical film A River Runs Through It, directed by Robert Redford. His portrayal of the character was described by People's Janet Mock as a career-making performance, proving that Pitt could be more than a "cowboy-hatted hunk." He has admitted to feeling under pressure when making the film and thought it was one of his "weakest performances ... It's so weird that it ended up being the one that I got the most attention for. Pitt believed that he benefited from working with such a talented cast and crew. He compared working with Redford to playing tennis with a superior player, saying "when you play with somebody better than you, your game gets better." In 1993, Pitt reunited with Juliette Lewis for the road film Kalifornia. He played Early Grayce, a serial killer and the abusive husband of Lewis' character, in a performance described by Peter Travers of Rolling Stone as "outstanding, all boyish charm and then a snort that exudes pure menace." Pitt also garnered attention for a brief appearance in the cult hit True Romance as a stoner named Floyd, providing comic relief to the action film. He capped the year by winning a ShoWest Award for Male Star of Tomorrow.
1994–1998: Breakthrough
Pitt with Losang Thonden in Argentina on the set of Seven Years in Tibet in 1997

In 1994, Pitt portrayed the vampire Louis de Pointe du Lac in the horror film Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, based on Anne Rice's 1976 novel of the same name. He was part of an ensemble cast that included Tom CruiseKirsten DunstChristian Slater, and Antonio Banderas. Despite his winning two MTV Movie Awards at the 1995 ceremony, his performance was poorly received. According to the Dallas Observer, "Brad Pitt [...] is a large part of the problem [in the film]. When directors play up his cocky, hunkish, folksy side [...] he's a joy to watch. But there's nothing about him that suggests inner torment or even self-awareness, which makes him a boring Louis." Following the release of Interview with the Vampire, Pitt starred in Legends of the Fall (1994), based on a novel by the same name by Jim Harrison, set in the American West during the first four decades of the twentieth century. Portraying Tristan Ludlow, son of Colonel William Ludlow (Anthony Hopkins) a Cornish immigrant, Pitt received his first Golden Globe Award nomination, in the Best Actor category. Aidan Quinn and Henry Thomas co-starred as Pitt's brothers. Although the film's reception was mixed, many film critics praised Pitt's performance. Janet Maslin of The New York Times said, "Pitt's diffident mix of acting and attitude works to such heartthrob perfection it's a shame the film's superficiality gets in his way." The Deseret News predicted that Legends of the Fall would solidify Pitt's reputation as a lead actor.

In 1995, Pitt starred alongside Morgan FreemanGwyneth Paltrow, and Kevin Spacey in the crime thriller Seven, playing a detective on the trail of a serial killer who preys on people he considers guilty of the Seven Deadly Sins. Pitt called it a great movie and declared the part would expand his acting horizons. He expressed his intent to move on from "this 'pretty boy' thing [...] and play someone with flaws." His performance was critically well received, with Variety saying that it was screen acting at its best, further remarking on Pitt's ability to turn in a "determined, energetic, creditable job" as the detective. Seven earned $327 million at the international box office. Following the success of Seven, Pitt played psychotic anarchist Jeffrey Goines in Terry Gilliam's 1995 science fiction film 12 Monkeys. The movie received predominantly positive reviews, with Pitt praised in particular. Janet Maslin of The New York Times called Twelve Monkeys "fierce and disturbing" and remarked on Pitt's "startlingly frenzied performance", concluding that he "electrifies Jeffrey with a weird magnetism that becomes important later in the film." He won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for the film and received his first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

The following year, he appeared in the legal drama Sleepers (1996), based on Lorenzo Carcaterra's novel of the same name. The film received mixed reviews. In the 1997 film The Devil's Own Pitt starred, opposite Harrison Ford, as Irish Republican Army terrorist Rory Devany, a role for which he was required to learn an Irish accent. Critical opinion was divided on his accent; "Pitt finds the right tone of moral ambiguity, but at times his Irish brogue is too convincing – it's hard to understand what he's saying", wrote the San Francisco ChronicleThe Charleston Gazette opined that it had favored Pitt's accent over the movie. The Devil's Own grossed $140 million worldwide, but was a critical failure. Later that year, he led as Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer in the Jean-Jacques Annaud film Seven Years in Tibet. Pitt trained for months for the role, which demanded significant mountain climbing and trekking practice, including rock climbing in California and the European Alps with his co-star David Thewlis. Pitt had the lead role in 1998's fantasy romance film Meet Joe Black. He portrayed a personification of death inhabiting the body of a young man to learn what it is like to be human. The film received mixed reviews, and many were critical of Pitt's performance. According to Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle, Pitt was unable to "make an audience believe that he knows all the mysteries of death and eternity." Roger Ebert remarked, "Pitt is a fine actor, but this performance is a miscalculation."
1999–2003: Rise to prominence

In 1999, Pitt portrayed Tyler Durden in Fight Club, a film adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's novel of the same name, directed by David Fincher. Pitt prepared for the part with lessons in boxingtaekwondo, and grappling. To look the part, Pitt consented to the removal of pieces of his front teeth which were restored when filming ended. While promoting Fight Club, Pitt said that the film explored not taking one's aggressions out on someone else but to "have an experience, take a punch more and see how you come out on the other end." Fight Club premiered at the 1999 Venice International Film Festival. Despite divided critical opinion on the film as a whole, Pitt's performance was widely praised. Paul Clinton of CNN noted the risky yet successful nature of the film, while Variety remarked upon Pitt's ability to be "cool, charismatic and more dynamically physical, perhaps than [...] his breakthrough role in Thelma and Louise". In spite of a worse-than-expected box office performance, Fight Club became a cult classic after its DVD release in 2000.
Pitt in 2001

Pitt was cast as an Irish Traveller boxer with a barely intelligible accent in Guy Ritchie's 2000 gangster film Snatch.[75] Several reviewers were critical of Snatch; however, most praised Pitt. Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle said Pitt was "ideally cast as an Irishman whose accent is so thick even Brits can't understand him", going on to say that, before Snatch, Pitt had been "shackled by roles that called for brooding introspection, but recently he has found his calling in black comic outrageousness and flashy extroversion;" while Amy Taubin of The Village Voice claimed that "Pitt gets maximum comic mileage out of a one-joke role". The following year Pitt starred opposite Julia Roberts in the romantic comedy The Mexican, a film that garnered a range of reviews but enjoyed box office success. Pitt's next role, in 2001's $143 million-grossing Cold War thriller Spy Game, was as Tom Bishop, an operative of the CIA's Special Activities Division, mentored by Robert Redford's character. Mark Holcomb of Salon.com enjoyed the film, although he noted that neither Pitt nor Redford provided "much of an emotional connection for the audience".

On November 22, 2001, Pitt made a guest appearance in the eighth season of the television series Friends, playing a man with a grudge against Rachel Green, played by Jennifer Aniston, to whom Pitt was married at the time. For this performance he was nominated for an Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series. In December 2001, Pitt played Rusty Ryan in the heist film Ocean's Eleven, a remake of the 1960 Rat Pack original. He joined an ensemble cast including George ClooneyMatt DamonAndy García, and Julia Roberts. Well received by critics, Ocean's Eleven was highly successful at the box office, earning $450 million worldwide. Pitt appeared in two episodes of MTV's reality series Jackass in February 2002, first running through the streets of Los Angeles with several cast members in gorilla suits, and in a subsequent episode participating in his own staged abduction . In the same year, Pitt had a cameo role in George Clooney's directorial debut Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. He took on his first voice-acting roles in 2003, speaking as the titular character of the DreamWorks animated film Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas and playing Boomhauer's brother, Patch, in an episode of the animated television series King of the Hill.

2004–2008: Worldwide recognition

Pitt had two major film roles in 2004, starring as Achilles in Troy, and reprising his role, Rusty Ryan, in the sequel Ocean's Twelve. He spent six months sword training before the filming of Troy, based on the Iliad. An on-set injury to his Achilles tendon delayed production on the picture for several weeks. Stephen Hunter of The Washington Post stated that Pitt excelled at such a demanding role. Troy was the first film produced by Plan B Entertainment, a film production company he had founded two years earlier with Jennifer Aniston and Brad Grey, CEO of Paramount Pictures.Ocean's Twelve earned $362 million worldwide, and Pitt and Clooney's dynamic was described by CNN's Paul Clinton as "the best male chemistry since Paul Newman and Robert Redford." In 2005, Pitt starred as John Smith in the Doug Liman-directed action comedy Mr. & Mrs. Smith, in which a bored married couple discover that each is an assassin sent to kill the other. The feature received reasonable reviews but was generally lauded for the chemistry between Pitt and Angelina Jolie, who played his character's wife Jane Smith. The Star Tribune noted that "while the story feels haphazard, the movie gets by on gregarious charm, galloping energy and the stars' thermonuclear screen chemistry". Mr. & Mrs. Smith earned $478 million worldwide, making it one of the biggest hits of 2005.
Pitt at the premiere of Burn After Reading in 2008

For his next film, Pitt starred opposite Cate Blanchett in Alejandro González Iñárritu's multi-narrative drama Babel (2006). Pitt's performance was critically well-received, and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer said that he was credible and gave the film visibility. Pitt later said he regarded taking the part as one of the best decisions of his career. The film was screened at a special presentation at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival and was later featured at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival. Babel received seven Academy and Golden Globe award nominations, winning the Best Drama Golden Globe, and earned Pitt a nomination for the Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe. Thame year, Pitt's company Plan B Entertainment produced The Departed, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Pitt was credited on-screen as a producer; however, only Graham King was ruled eligible for the Oscar win.

Reprising his role as Rusty Ryan in a third picture, Pitt starred in 2007's Ocean's Thirteen. While less lucrative than the first two films, this sequel earned $311 million at the international box office. Pitt's next film role was as American outlaw Jesse James in the 2007 Western drama The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, adapted from Ron Hansen's 1983 novel of the same name. Directed by Andrew Dominik and produced by Pitt's company Plan B Entertainment, the film premiered at the 2007 Venice Film Festival,with Pitt playing a "scary and charismatic" role, according to Lewis Beale of Film Journal International, and earning Pitt the Volpi Cup award for Best Actor at the 64th Venice International Film Festival. He eventually collected the award one year later at the 2008 festival. As of January 2019, it was his own favorite of his films.

Pitt's next appearance was in the 2008 black comedy Burn After Reading, his first collaboration with the Coen brothers. The film received a positive reception from critics, with The Guardian calling it "a tightly wound, slickly plotted spy comedy", noting that Pitt's performance was one of the funniest. He was later cast as Benjamin Button, the lead in David Fincher's 2008 film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, a loosely adapted version of a 1921 short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The story follows a man who is born an octogenarian and ages in reverse, with Pitt's "sensitive" performance making Benjamin Button a "timeless masterpiece", according to Michael Sragow of The Baltimore Sun. The performance earned Pitt his first Screen Actors Guild Award nomination, as well as a fourth Golden Globe and second Academy Award nomination, all in the category for Best Actor. The film received thirteen Academy Award nominations, and grossed $329 million at the box office worldwide.

2009–present: Established actor
Pitt at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival

Pitt's next leading role came in 2009 with the Quentin Tarantino-directed war film Inglourious Basterds, which premiered at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. Pitt played Lieutenant Aldo Raine, an American resistance fighter battling Nazis in German-occupied France. The film was a box office hit, taking $311 million worldwide, and garnered generally favorable reviews. The film received multiple awards and nominations, including eight Academy Award nominations and seven MTV Movie Award nominations, including Best Male Performance for Pitt. He next voiced the superhero character Metro Man in the 2010 animated feature Megamind. Pitt produced and appeared in Terrence Malick's experimental drama The Tree of Life, co-starring Sean Penn, which won the Palme d'Or at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. In a performance that attracted strong praise, he portrayed the Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane in the drama Moneyball, which is based on the 2003 book of the same name written by Michael Lewis. Moneyball received six Academy Award nominations including Best Picture and Best Actor for Pitt.

His next role was as mob hitman Jackie Cogan in Andrew Dominik's 2012 Killing Them Softly, based on the novel Cogan's Trade by George V. Higgins. In 2013, Pitt starred in World War Z, a thriller about a zombie apocalypse, based on Max Brooks's novel of the same name. Pitt also produced the film. World War Z grossed $540 million at the box office worldwide, becoming Pitt's highest grossing picture. Next in 2013, he produced, and played a small role in, 12 Years a Slave, a historical drama based on the autobiography of Solomon Northup. The film received critical acclaim and was nominated for nine Academy Awards, winning three, including Best Picture. Also in 2013, Pitt had a supporting role in Ridley Scott's The Counselor. Plan B Entertainment landed its first television series on the 2013–2014 schedule, as their joint venture with ABC Studios, the sci-fi/fantasy drama Resurrection, was picked up by ABC.
Pitt at the Japan premiere of War Machine in 2017

Pitt starred in Fury, a World War II film directed and written by David Ayer, and co-starring Shia LaBeoufLogan LermanJon BernthalMichael Peña, and Jason Issacs. The film was released on October 17, 2014. By the end of its run, Fury proved to be a commercial and critical success; it grossed more than $211 million worldwide and received highly positive reviews from critics. In 2015, Pitt starred opposite his wife, Jolie, in her third directorial effort, By the Sea, a romantic drama about a marriage in crisis, based on her screenplay. The film was their first collaboration since 2005's Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Pitt's next role came with the biographical comedy-drama The Big Short, which he also produced and also co-starred alongside Christian BaleSteve Carell, and Ryan Gosling. The film was a commercial and critical success. It went on to gross over $102 million worldwide and received positive reviews from critics. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, earning Pitt his third Academy Award nomination as producer. In 2016, Pitt starred in Robert Zemeckis's romantic thriller Allied, in which he plays a spy assassin who falls in love with a French spy (played by Marion Cotillard) during a mission to kill a German official in World War II.In 2017, he starred in the Netflix satirical war comedy War Machine, which he also produced. Pitt played a recurring role as a weatherman on the late-night talk show The Jim Jefferies Show throughout 2017.

In 2016, it was announced that Pitt will star in the upcoming sequel to World War Z, with official release date set as June 9, 2017. However, in early 2017, the release date was announced to be indefinitely delayed. In June, David Fincher was confirmed to direct the World War Z sequel, but it was ultimately shelved due to budget issues. Pitt starred as Cliff Booth, a stunt double, opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, in Quentin Tarantino's 2019 film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. For his performance in the film, he received awards for Best Supporting Actor at the Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, BAFTA AwardsScreen Actors Guild Awards, and Critics' Choice Movie Awards. This is the second Academy Award for Brad Pitt, his first that he received for acting. In 2019, he also starred in James Gray's deep space epic Ad Astra, in which he played Roy McBride, a space engineer searching the galaxy for his father. Pitt's performance was praised as one of his career-best turn, delivering a performance "that weaponizes passivity into a lethal form of self-defense".

Pitt will next star alongside his Once Upon a Time in Hollywood co-star Margot Robbie in Babylon directed by Damien Chazelle and in Bullet Train directed by David Leitch. In September 2021, it was revealed that he will reteam with George Clooney in a thriller film written and directed by Jon Watts.

Humanitarian and political causes

Pitt visited the University of Missouri campus in October 2004 to encourage students to vote in the 2004 U.S. presidential election, in which he supported John Kerry. Later in October, he publicly supported the principle of public funding for embryonic stem-cell research. "We have to make sure that we open up these avenues so that our best and our brightest can go find these cures that they believe they will find", he said. In support of this he endorsed Proposition 71, a California ballot initiative intended to provide state government funding for stem-cell research.
Pitt at the 'Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict' in 2014

Pitt supports One Campaign, an organization aimed at combating AIDS and poverty in the developing world. He narrated the 2005 PBS public television series Rx for Survival: A Global Health Challenge, which discusses current global health issues. The following year Pitt and Jolie flew to Haiti, where they visited a school supported by Yéle Haïti, a charity founded by Haitian-born hip hop musician Wyclef Jean. In May 2007, Pitt and Jolie donated $1 million to three organizations in Chad and Sudan dedicated to those affected by the crisis in the Darfur region. Along with Clooney, Damon, Don CheadleDavid Pressman, and Jerry Weintraub, Pitt is one of the founders of Not On Our Watch, an organization that focuses global attention on stopping "mass atrocities".

Pitt has a sustained interest in architecture, even taking time away from film to study computer-aided design at the Los Angeles offices of renowned architect Frank Gehry. He narrated e2 design, a PBS television series focused on worldwide efforts to build environmentally friendly structures through sustainable architecture and design. In 2000, he co-authored an architectural book on the Blacker House with the architects Thomas A. Heinz and Randell Makinson. In 2006, he founded the Make It Right Foundation, organizing housing professionals in New Orleans to finance and construct 150 sustainable, affordable new houses in New Orleans's Ninth Ward following the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina.

The project involves 13 architectural firms and the environmental organization Global Green USA, with several of the firms donating their services. Pitt and philanthropist Steve Bing have each committed $5 million in donations. The first six homes were completed in October 2008, and in September 2009 Pitt received an award in recognition of the project from the U.S. Green Building Council, a non-profit trade organization that promotes sustainability in how buildings are designed, built and operated. Pitt met with U.S. President Barack Obama and Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi in March 2009 to promote his concept of green housing as a national model and to discuss federal funding possibilities.

In September 2006, Pitt and Jolie established a charitable organization, the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, to aid humanitarian causes around the world. The foundation made initial donations of $1 million each to Global Action for Children and Doctors Without Borders, followed by an October 2006 donation of $100,000 to the Daniel Pearl Foundation, an organization created in memory of the late American journalist Daniel Pearl. According to federal filings, Pitt and Jolie invested $8.5 million into the foundation in 2006; it gave away $2.4 million in 2006 and $3.4 million in 2007. In June 2009, the Jolie-Pitt Foundation donated $1 million to a U.N. refugee agency to help Pakistanis displaced by fighting between troops and Taliban militants. In January 2010, the foundation donated $1 million to Doctors Without Borders for emergency medical assistance to help victims of the Haiti earthquake.

Pitt is a supporter of same-sex marriage. In an October 2006 interview with Esquire, Pitt said that he would marry Jolie when everyone in America is legally able to marry. In September 2008, he donated $100,000 to the campaign against California's 2008 ballot proposition Proposition 8, an initiative to overturn the state Supreme Court decision that had legalized same-sex marriage In March 2012, Pitt was featured in a performance of Dustin Lance Black's play, 8 – a staged reenactment of the federal trial that overturned California's Prop 8 ban on same-sex marriage – as Judge Vaughn Walker.

In September 2012, Pitt reaffirmed his support of President Obama, saying, "I am an Obama supporter and I'm backing his US election campaign." In October 2020, he narrated an advertisement for Joe Biden's 2020 presidential campaign.

Personal life
Relationships
Pitt with former wife Angelina Jolie at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Pitt was involved in successive relationships with several of his co-stars, including Robin Givens (Head of the Class),Jill Schoelen (Cutting Class), and Juliette Lewis (Too Young to Die? and Kalifornia) In addition, Pitt had a much-publicized romance and engagement to his Seven co-star, Gwyneth Paltrow, whom he dated from 1994 to 1997.

Pitt met actress Jennifer Aniston in 1998 and they married in a private wedding ceremony in Malibu on July 29, 2000. In January 2005, Pitt and Aniston announced they had decided to separate. Two months later, Aniston filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. Pitt and Aniston's divorce was finalized by the Los Angeles Superior Court on October 2, 2005. Despite media reports that Pitt and Aniston had an acrimonious relationship, Pitt said in a February 2009 interview that he and Aniston "check in with each other", adding that they were both big parts of each other's lives.

During Pitt's divorce proceedings, his involvement with his Mr. & Mrs. Smith co-star Angelina Jolie attracted media attention. Jolie and Pitt stated that they fell in love on the set and that there was no infidelity. In April 2005, one month after Aniston filed for divorce, a set of paparazzi photographs emerged showing Pitt, Jolie, and her son Maddox at a beach in Kenya; the press interpreted the pictures as evidence of a relationship between Pitt and Jolie. Throughout 2005, the two were seen together with increasing frequency, and the entertainment media dubbed the couple "Brangelina". On January 11, 2006, Jolie confirmed to People that she was pregnant with Pitt's child, thereby publicly acknowledging their relationship for the first time. Pitt and Jolie announced their engagement in April 2012 after seven years together. They were married on August 23, 2014, in a private ceremony in Château Miraval, France. On September 19, 2016, Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt, citing irreconcilable differences. On April 12, 2019, the court restored Jolie and Pitt to single status and they were declared divorced.

Children
Children
Maddox Chivan Jolie-Pittborn August 5, 2001 (age 20) in Cambodia;
adopted March 10, 2002 by Jolie;
adopted early 2006 by PittPax Thien Jolie-Pittborn November 29, 2003 (age 17) in Ho Chi Minh CityVietnam;
adopted March 15, 2007 by Jolie;
adopted February 21, 2008 by PittZahara Marley Jolie-Pittborn January 8, 2005 (age 16) in AwassaEthiopia;
adopted July 6, 2005 by Jolie;
adopted early 2006 by PittShiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pittborn May 27, 2006 (age 15) in SwakopmundNamibiaKnox Léon Jolie-Pitt and Vivienne Marcheline Jolie-Pitt (twins)born July 12, 2008 (age 13) in NiceFrance

In July 2005, Pitt accompanied Jolie to Addis AbabaEthiopia, where she adopted her second child, Zahara Marley. On December 3, 2005, Pitt was in the process of becoming the adoptive father of Zahara, and Jolie's first adopted child, Maddox Chivan On January 19, 2006, a California judge granted Jolie's request to change the children's surnames from "Jolie" to "Jolie-Pitt" The adoptions were finalized soon after.

Jolie gave birth to daughter Shiloh Nouvel in SwakopmundNamibia, on May 27, 2006. Pitt confirmed that their newborn daughter would qualify for a Namibian passport. The couple sold the first pictures of Shiloh through the distributor Getty Images; the North American rights were purchased by People for over $4.1 million, while Hello! obtained the British rights for approximately $3.5 million. The proceeds from the sale were donated to charities serving African children. Madame Tussauds in New York unveiled a wax figure of two-month-old Shiloh; it marked the first time an infant was recreated in wax by Madame Tussauds.

On March 15, 2007, Jolie adopted three-year-old Pax Thien from an orphanage in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Pitt adopted Pax in the United States on February 21, 2008

At the Cannes Film Festival in May 2008, Jolie confirmed that she was expecting twins. She gave birth to son Knox Léon and daughter Vivienne Marcheline on July 12, 2008 in Nice, France The rights for the first images of Knox and Vivienne were jointly sold to People and Hello! for $14 million—the most expensive celebrity pictures ever taken.The couple donated the proceeds to the Jolie-Pitt Foundation.

In September 2016, the FBI and the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services investigated Pitt for child abuse following an incident on a plane, where Pitt was accused by an anonymous person of being verbally abusive and physical towards one of his children. Pitt said that he put his hands on his child but did not hit him, but he cooperated with the investigation In its final report on the investigation, the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services ruled that Pitt did not physically abuse any of his children. Pitt was also cleared by the FBI of any wrongdoing.

Alcoholism

In September 2016, Pitt got sober and began attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. In December 2019, he wrote an article for Interview in which he talked with his Legends of the Fall and Meet Joe Black costar and fellow recovering alcoholic Anthony Hopkins about their experiences with addiction and recovery.

Public image

Pitt has been cited as a sex symbol by many sources, including Empire, who named him one of the 25 sexiest stars in film history in 1995. The same year, he was named People's Sexiest Man Alive, an accolade he received again in 2000. Pitt appeared on Forbes' annual Celebrity 100 list of the 100 most powerful celebrities from 2006 to 2008 placing at numbers 20, 5 and 10, respectively. In 2007, he appeared on the Time 100 list, a compilation of the 100 most influential people in the world, as selected annually by Time magazine. The magazine credited Pitt for using "his star power to get people to look [to where] cameras don't usually catch". He was again included on the Time 100 in 2009, this time in the "Builders and Titans" list.

Beginning in 2005, Pitt's relationship with Angelina Jolie became one of the world's most reported celebrity stories. After Jolie was confirmed to be pregnant in early 2006, the intense media hype surrounding the couple reached what Reuters, in a story titled "The Brangelina fever," called "the point of insanity". To avoid media attention, the couple flew to Namibia for the birth of their daughter Shiloh, which was described by a paparazzi blog as "the most anticipated baby since Jesus Christ." Similarly, intense media interest greeted the announcement of Jolie's second pregnancy two years later; for the two weeks Jolie spent in a seaside hospital in Nice, reporters and photographers camped outside on the promenade to report on the birth.

In a 2006 global industry survey by ACNielsen in 42 international markets, Pitt, together with Jolie, were found to be the favorite celebrity endorsers for brands and products worldwide. Pitt has appeared in several television commercials. For the U.S. market, he starred in a Heineken commercial aired during the 2005 Super Bowl; it was directed by David Fincher, who had directed Pitt in Seven, Fight Club, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Other commercial appearances came in television spots including Acura Integra, in which he was featured opposite Russian model Tatiana Sorokko, as well as SoftBank, and Edwin Jeans. On June 2, 2015, the minor planet 29132 Bradpitt was named in his honor.
Bharathiraja
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Bharathirajaa
Born
Chinnasaamy
17 July 1942

Occupation Film director, screenwriter, film producer, actor
Years active 1977–present
Spouse(s) Chandraleela (m.1974)
Children Manoj Bharathiraja (b.1976)
Janani (b.1979)
Parent(s)

Periyamayathevar
Karuthammaal

Relatives Manoj Kumar (brother-in-law)
Rathina kumar (brother)
Awards Padma Shri (2004)

Bharathiraja (born 17 July 1942) is an Indian film director who works mainly in the Tamil film industry. Making his debut in 1977 with 16 Vayathinile, he is known for realistic and sensitive portrayals of rural life in his films. As of 2017, he has won six National Film Awards, four Filmfare Awards South, two Tamil Nadu State Film Awards and a Nandi Award. He has also directed films in Telugu and Hindi. The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri award, India's fourth-highest civilian honour, in 2004 for his contribution to the film industry. In 2005, he was conferred with the Doctor of Letters (honorary degree) from Sathyabama University.

Film career

Bharathiraja started his film career as an assistant to Kannada filmmaker Puttanna Kanagal. Later, he assisted P. PullaiahM. Krishnan Nair, Avinasi Mani and A. Jagannathan. His first film 16 Vayathinile, for which he wrote the script, broke the then existing convention to create a new genre of village cinema. The film is now regarded as a milestone in the history of Tamil Cinema. About the film, Bharathiraja said: "This movie was meant to be a black & white art film produced with the help of National Film Development Corporation", but turned out to be a commercially successful colour film and a starting point for several important careers. His next film Kizhake Pogum Rail produced similar results and eventually brought in criticisms that Bharathiraja was capable of catering only to village audiences. This led him to make Sigappu Rojakkal, about a psychopathic woman-hater that was totally westernized in terms of both conception and production.

Bharathiraja confirmed his versatility and refusal to be tied down to one particular genre with an experimental film Nizhalgal (1980), and the action thriller Tik Tik Tik (1981). But undoubtedly, rural themes proved to be his strong suit as his biggest hits in the 1980s: Alaigal Oivathillai (1981), Mann Vasanai (1983) and Muthal Mariyathai (1985) were strong love stories in a village backdrop. Muthal Mariyathai starred Sivaji Ganesan in the lead, playing a middle-aged village head. Radha is a poor young woman who moves into his village for a living. The love that bonds these two humans separated not just by age but also by caste and class, is told by Bharathiraja with poetic touches.

Vedham Pudhithu dealt with the caste issue in a stronger manner.The film's narrative was seamless and starred Sathyaraj as Balu Thevar. It contains some of Bharathiraja's trademark touches as well as several ground-breaking scenes. However, it does follow the anti-Brahmin trend common in Tamil films – in this respect it departed from his earlier success Alaigal Oiyvadhillai, where the caste and religion factor was given a more balanced treatment. Bharathiraja has successfully managed to modernise his film-making techniques for the 1990s. The commercial success of Kizhakku Cheemaiyile and the awards that Karuththamma garnered stand as testimony to his ability to thrill the younger generation as well. Bharathiraja was on the same stage in 1996 to receive another National Award for Anthimanthaarai.

In late 1996, Bharathiraja was signed on to direct two films, with the Sarathkumar-starrer Vaakkapatta Bhoomi announced in October. The following month, he began work on a film titled Siragugal Murivadhillai, with NapoleanHeera Rajgopal and Prakash Raj in the leading roles. Both films were later shelved. He planned to revive Vaakkapatta Bhoomi with Cheran during late 2004, but the collaboration did not materialise.

His 2001 film Kadal Pookal won him that year's National Film Award for Best Screenplay. The well-known Tamil film director Bhagyaraj was one of his assistant directors. In 2008, Bharathiraja made his television debut with series Thekkathi Ponnu which aired on Kalaignar TV. He went on to direct two other series Appanum Aathaalum and Muthal Mariyathai for the same channel.

During early 2016, Bharathiraja was embroiled in a legal tussle with director Bala on making a film titled Kutra Parambarai, though neither filmmaker eventually made their respective films. He later moved on to plan a film starring director Vasanth's son, Ritwik Varun, and Vikram's nephew, but the film was dropped after two schedules. In 2018, Bharathirajaa was working on a film titled November 8, Iravu 8 Mani starring Vidharth, which narrates events following the decision to demonetise certain banknotes in India.
Style, critique and public perception

When the old era was dominated by films shot inside studios, Bharathiraja directed village themed films which inspired Tamil cinema to capture live locations. Array of village films in Tamil cinema started after his trendsetting film 16 Vayathinile. He changed the attire of male lead role as simple and without much cosmetics and female leads in his films as dusky looking which were before dominated by fair skinned ladies. He started the style of directors speaking to the audience with his famous dialogue "En Iniya Thamizh Makkale (My sweet Tamil people)". Bharathiraja is revered as one of the best directors of Indian cinema. His ideas were original and his subjects were complex ideas expressed in a manner every common man could understand.

He is also known for introducing hundreds of new faces to the film industry. He has introduced many actors as new face notable among them are KarthikRadhaRevathiRaadhika, and Vijayashanti.Apart from lead actors he have introduced bunch of supporting actors. Notable among them includes JanagarajVadivukkarasiChandrasekharPandiyan, and Napoleon. As an experimental initiative he used to give new actors a small role in his films later they becoming popular among people and turning to busy actors. Many present day directors who were unknown to people turned into actors after playing a debut petty role in his films: K. BhagyarajManivannanManobalaThiagarajan, and Ponvannan are among them. He was also instrumental in portraying Sathyaraj for the first time in lead role.

Bharathiraja inspired many young film makers and runs a school called Bharathi Raja International Institute of Cinema (BRIIC) on film making. His films were inspired by other directors like ManiratnamPriyadarshan and more.

Bharathiraja directed socially themed films with special emphasis on women and their complicated interpersonal relationships. He addressed other social evils like caste discrimination in his films.
Personal life

Bharathiraja was born as Chinnasamy to parents Periyamayathevar and Karuthammal. He got married to ChandraLeela in 1974 and has two children Manoj Bharathiraja (born 1976) and Janani (born 1979).

Manoj is an actor who was introduced in Tajmahal and he got married to actress Nandana. Janani is married to Malaysian Rajkumar Thambiraja. Bharathiraja's brother-in-law Manojkumar has directed films such as Mannukkul VairamVandicholai ChinraasuVaanavil and Guru Paarvai. His brother Jayaraj made his acting debut with Kaththukkutti. His relative Stalin is a television actor who acted in serials such as Saravanan Meenatchi and 7C.
Awards
Civilian honours
2004 – Padmashri from the Government of India
National Film Awards
2001 – National Film Award for Best Screenplay for Kadal Pookkal (Director & Writer)
Filmfare Awards South
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
1977 – Best Director Award for 16 Vayathinile
1981 – Best Director Award for Alaigal Oivathillai
1994 - Best Film Portraying Woman in Good Light for Karuththamma
2001 - Tamil Nadu State Film Honorary Award- Arignar Anna Award in 2001
2003 – Best Film in First place Eera Nilam
Nandi Awards
Other awards
1980 – South Indian Film Technicians : Best Technician Award for Kallukkul Eeram
Controversies
He attended the Heroes Day conference at Jaffna and appreciated its heroism and valour.Tamil Nadu Congress president Krishnasamy claimed he met the LTTE's leader Prabhakaran, accused of planning the assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and who is banned in India.
He organised a protest by Tamil Nadu artists against the Indian state of Karnataka for not releasing Cauvery water at Neyveli. During a SUN TV interview, film co-stars such as Sarath Kumar and Radhika who attended the conference accused him of using that opportunity to eulogise current Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalitha and launching attacks on Rajinikanth's home state's ethnicity.

Television
Appanum Aathaalum
Dubbing artist
Singer[edit]
"Kaadu Pottakaadu" (Karuthamma)
Baburaj (actor)
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Baburaj
Born
Baburaj Jacob
5 March 1964 

AluvaKerala, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation
Actor
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s)
​(m. 2002)​
Children Abhay, Akshay
(From 1st marriage)
Aarcha, Adhri

Baburaj Jacob, mononymously known as Baburaj, is an Indian film actor, director, and screenwriter who works predominantly in Malayalam cinema and has also appeared in TamilTelugu, and Hindi films. He began and established his career in cinema by playing antagonistic roles and graduated to comedic and character roles after the 2011 film Salt N' Pepper.

Personal life

Baburaj was born to P. J. Jacob Oleekkal and T. I. Karmali Thottungal on 5 March 1964. Baburaj married twice. He has two sons from his first marriage named Abhay and Akshay. His second marriage is to South Indian action heroine Vani Viswanath. The couple has two children, a daughter named Aarcha and a son named Adhri. Babu Raj is a lawyer. They reside at Kochi. On 14 Feb 2017, Baburaj was stabbed by one of his neighbours in Idukki following an argument.

Film career

Baburaj started his acting career as a junior artist. His debut in Malayalam was Beeshmacharyar (1994), directed by Cochin Haneefa, where he played a notorious villain. He also acted as a villain in the Hindi movie, Hulchul, which was a remake of the Malayalam blockbuster, Godfather. He produced four Malayalam movies and one Tamil movie.

In 2009, he debuted as a director in the Malayalam movie Black Dalia,[6] starring Himself and Suresh Gopi in lead. He also directed the movie Manushyamrugam, starring Himself and Prithviraj Sukumaran in lead. His wife produced the movie.

In 2011, he did a comedy role in Salt N' Pepper, directed by Aashiq Abu. With this comedy role in Salt N' Pepper, he became one of the busiest actors in Malayalam cinema. He did one of the lead role in the crime thriller Manushyamrugam after the success of Salt N' Pepper. He did comedy roles in films such as Ordinary and Mayamohini. Apart from this, he was a lead actor in films such as Naughty Professor and DYSP Sankunni Uncle. Baburaj did a lead role in the 2017 comedy movie Honey Bee 2: Celebrations followed by Thrissivaperoor Kliptham, where he did the antagonist role. Baburaj's true potential to do the character roles was revelead with the film Koodasha. In this suspense revenge thriller film, he played the role of a father who seeks revenge against the persons killed his daughter. Baburaj's performance as Panakkal Jomon in the crime drama Joji (2021) was highly appreciated by the critics.

In 2021, he directed the comedy movie Black Coffee, which is a spin-off to Salt N' Pepper.

Murder attempt

Malayalam actor Baburaj was stabbed on 14 February 2017 at his resort in Adimali of Idukki district following a dispute with the locals. The actor was immediately taken to a hospital and was under medical care at the Ernakulam Rajagiri hospital. Fortunately, there was no damage to internal organs, but he lost a chest muscle. He underwent treatment in Rajagiri Hospital, Ernakulam, and left hospital without any complication. According to reports, Baburaj got into a heated argument with locals when he brought in a few labourers to clean the pond located at his resort, Whitemist Emerald. They contented that they drew water from the pond for their daily use and draining it will cause water shortage during the summer.

Awards and nominations

2011 Kochi Times Film Awards Best Actor in a Comic Role Salt N' Pepper Won 
Asiavision Awards Best Comedy Artist 
Vanitha Film Awards Best Comedy Artist 
Filmfare Awards South Best Supporting Actor Nominated 
Vanitha Film Awards Best Comedy Artist Won 
2013 Asianet Film Awards Best Comic Role 
Amrita Film Awards Best Comedian Honey Bee 
2014 South Indian International Movie Awards Best Comedian Nominated 
2019 Kerala State Film Awards Best Actor Koodasha Nominated 
Bryan Cranston
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Bryan Cranston
Cranston at the San Diego Comic-Con in 2018
Born
Bryan Lee Cranston
March 7, 1956

Occupation

Actor
director
producer
screenwriter
Years active 1980–present

Works Full list
Spouse(s)

Mickey Middleton
​(m. 1977; div. 1982)​
Robin Dearden

​(m. 1989)​
Children Taylor Dearden
Awards Full list

Bryan Lee Cranston (born March 7, 1956) is an American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. He is best known for his roles as Walter White in the AMC crime drama series Breaking Bad (2008–2013), Hal in the Fox sitcom Malcolm in the Middle (2000–2006), and Dr. Tim Whatley in the NBC sitcom Seinfeld (1994–1997).

Cranston's performance on Breaking Bad earned him the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series four times (2008, 2009, 2010, and 2014). After becoming a producer of the show in 2011, he also won the award for Outstanding Drama Series twice. Breaking Bad also earned Cranston five Golden Globe nominations (with one win) and nine Screen Actors Guild Award nominations (with four wins). He was previously nominated three times for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in Malcolm in the Middle. Cranston co-developed and occasionally appeared in the crime drama series Sneaky Pete (2015–2019) and served as a director for episodes of Malcolm in the Middle, Breaking Bad, Modern Family, and The Office.

In 2014, Cranston earned a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his portrayal of President Lyndon B. Johnson in the Broadway play All the Way, a role he reprised in the HBO 2016 television film of the same name. In 2018, he received the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Play for his portrayal of Howard Beale in the play Network at London's National Theatre, later winning his second Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for the same role on Broadway. For portraying Dalton Trumbo in the film Trumbo (2015), he received nominations for Academy AwardBAFTA Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and Golden Globe Award, all for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

He has also appeared in several acclaimed films, such as Saving Private Ryan (1998), Little Miss Sunshine (2006), Drive (2011), Argo (2012), Godzilla (2014), and The Upside (2017). He also provided voice acting in the films Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012), Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016), and Isle of Dogs (2018).

Early life

Bryan Lee Cranston was born on March 7, 1956, in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, the second of three children born to Annalisa (née Sell; 1923–2004), a radio actress, and Joseph Louis Cranston (1924–2014), an actor and former amateur boxer. His father was of Austrian-Jewish, German, and Irish descent, while his mother was the daughter of German immigrants. He has an older brother, Kyle, and a younger sister, Amy. Cranston was raised in Canoga Park, California. His father held many jobs before deciding to become an actor, but did not secure enough roles to provide for his family. He eventually walked out on the family when Cranston was 11 years old, and they did not see each other again until a 22-year-old Cranston and his brother Kyle decided to track him down. He then maintained a relationship with his father until his father's death in 2014.

Cranston has claimed that he based his portrayal of Walter White on his own father, who had a slumped posture "like the weight of the world was on his shoulders". After his father left, he was raised partly by his maternal grandparents, living on their poultry farm in Yucaipa, California. He has called his parents "broken people" who were "incapacitated as far as parenting" and caused the family to lose their house in a foreclosure. In 1968, when he was 12 years old, he encountered Charles Manson while riding horses with his cousin at the Spahn Ranch. This happened about a year before Manson ordered the Tate-LaBianca murders. Cranston graduated from Canoga Park High School, where he was a member of the school's chemistry club, and earned an associate degree in police science from Los Angeles Valley College in 1976. While at Los Angeles Valley College, he took an acting class for an elective, which inspired him to pursue a career in acting, saying “And at 19 years old, all of a sudden, my life changed.”

Career

Early work
Cranston (right) with Aaron Paul and Vince Gilligan in 2010

After college, Cranston began his acting career in local and regional theaters, getting his start at the Granada Theater in the San Fernando Valley. He had previously performed as a youth, but his show business parents had mixed feelings about their son being involved in the profession, so he did not continue until years later. Cranston was ordained as a minister by the Universal Life Church, and performed weddings for $150 a service to help with his income. He also worked as a waiter, night-shift security guard at the gates of a private LA community, truck loader, camera operator for a video dating service, and CCTV security guard at a supermarket.

Cranston started working regularly in the late 1980s, mostly doing minor roles and advertisements. He was an original cast member of the ABC soap opera Loving, where he played Douglas Donovan from 1983 to 1985. Cranston starred in the short-lived series Raising Miranda in 1988. Cranston played Tom Logan in an episode of the first season of the TV series Baywatch in 1989. Cranston's voice acting includes English dubbing of Japanese anime (for which he primarily used the non-union pseudonym Lee Stone), including Macross Plus and Armitage III: Poly-Matrix, and most notably, Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie as Fei-Long, and the children's series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Cranston did voice work for the 1993–94 first season of that series, playing characters such as Twin Man and Snizzard, for which he was paid about $50 an hour for two or three hours of daily work. The Blue Power Ranger, Billy Cranston, was thought to be named for him but this has since proven false.

Career breakthrough and Malcolm in the Middle

In 1994, Cranston got the recurring role of Dr. Tim Whatley, Jerry's dentist, on Seinfeld. He played the role until 1997.

In 1996, he played the first of his two biographical roles as an astronaut when he portrayed Gus Grissom in the film That Thing You Do!

In 1997, he played a supporting role in the Michael Dudikoff action vehicle, the air hijack picture Strategic Command, alongside Richard NortonPaul Winfield, and Stephen Quadros. Later that year he had a small role in Babylon 5 as Ericsson, a starship captain who sacrifices himself as part of a plan to save the galaxy.
Cranston at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International

In 1998, Cranston appeared in the episode "Drive" of The X-Files written by Vince Gilligan. That same year, he played his second astronaut role when he portrayed Buzz Aldrin in the HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon. In 1999, Cranston wrote and directed the film Last Chance. That same year he made his second appearance for a recurring role on the CBS sitcom The King of Queens, playing Doug Heffernan's neighbor, Tim Sacksky. In 1998, he appeared in Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, as one-armed War Department Colonel I.W. Bryce, who reported to General George Marshall that Private Ryan was the last survivor of his brothers, and his assumed location. His theatrical credits include starring roles in The God of HellChapter TwoThe Taming of the ShrewA Doll's HouseBarefoot in the Park, Eastern Standard, Wrestlers and The Steven Weed Show, for which he won a Drama-Logue Award.

In 2000, Cranston landed a leading role as Hal on the comedy series Malcolm in the Middle. He would remain with the show until its end in 2006. Cranston ended up directing several episodes of the show and received three Primetime Emmy Award nominations for his performance. Cranston reprised his role in a cutaway gag during the Family Guy episode "I Take Thee Quagmire", killing Lois (his wife on Malcolm in the Middle) with a refrigerator door, and in a leaked alternate ending of Breaking Bad with Jane Kaczmarek reprising her role as Lois.

He has had guest roles in many television series, including a white-collar criminal searching for his estranged wife and daughter on The Flash, and a lawyer attempting to free the title character from a contract in Sabrina the Teenage Witch. He also had a guest role in late 2006 on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, playing Ted Mosby's obnoxious co-worker and former boss Hammond Druthers. He played Lucifer in the ABC Family miniseries Fallen and appeared as Nick Wrigley, an irresponsible uncle who accidentally brings Christmas close to destruction when he steals Santa's sleigh to have a crazy ride, in the 2001 Disney Channel Original Movie 'Twas the Night. In that same year, he provided the voice of Gary's father in Gary & Mike. He appeared as the more successful business colleague of Greg Kinnear's character in the film Little Miss Sunshine (2006). In September 2008, Cranston narrated a pre-teen adventure/fantasy audiobook called Adventures with Kazmir the Flying Camel.

Breaking Bad to present

From 2008 to 2013, Cranston starred in the AMC series Breaking Bad, created by Vince Gilligan, in which he played Walter White, a high-school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Walter teams up with former student Jesse Pinkman (played by Aaron Paul), to manufacture and sell methamphetamine to ensure the well-being of Walter's family after he dies. Cranston's work on the series was met with widespread critical acclaim, winning him the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in each of the show's first three seasons and being nominated in 2012 and 2013 for seasons four and five (winning again in 2014 for the second half of season 5). Cranston and Bill Cosby are the only actors to have won the award three consecutive times. Cranston was also a producer for the fourth and fifth seasons of the series, and directed three episodes of the show during its run.
Cranston at the All the Way premiere at the LBJ Library, Austin in 2016

In 2011, Cranston had supporting roles in three successful films, the drama The Lincoln Lawyer, as well as the thrillers Drive and Contagion. He voiced James Gordon in the animated film Batman: Year One (2011). In 2012, he had supporting roles in John CarterMadagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted as Vitaly the tiger, and Rock of Ages, and a major role in the hostage drama Argo. He also lent his voice to several episodes of the animated series Robot Chicken. In 2012, he starred in the remake of the 1990 film Total Recall, as Chancellor Vilos Cohaagen, the corrupted president of a fictional war-ravaged United Federation of Britain. In the same year, he made a guest appearance as Kenneth Parcell's step-father, Ron, on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock, and was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

From September 2013 to June 2014, Cranston played U.S. president Lyndon B. Johnson in the American Repertory Theater and Broadway productions of All the Way, in a performance that has received widespread acclaim, and he won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for the role. He also played scientist Joe Brody in the 2014 reboot of Godzilla.

Cranston has produced an instructional DVD called KidSmartz, which is designed to teach families how to stay safe from child abductors and Internet predators. KidSmartz raises money for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children by donating half the proceeds from sales. Also, following the success of Breaking Bad, the year 2014 saw reports of Cranston developing new TV projects in collaboration with Sony Pictures Television. In 2016, it was announced that he would star in an episode of the Channel 4/Amazon Video series Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams, and would also serve as an executive producer on the series.

On July 16, 2014, it was announced that Cranston would star in an HBO adaptation of his hit play All the Way. Steven Spielberg was set to be an executive producer on the film. Following the film's premiere on May 21, 2016, Cranston's performance was widely praised by critics, garnering eight Primetime Emmy Award nominations and a Television Critics Choice Award nomination. In 2015, Cranston starred as screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in the biopic Trumbo, for which he received his first Academy award nomination. In 2016, Cranston voiced Li, the biological father of Po, in Kung Fu Panda 3.[49] Also that year, he appeared in the films The Infiltrator and Wakefield. Cranston's memoir, A Life in Parts, was published on October 11, 2016, became a New York Times bestseller, and received positive reviews. In 2017, he voiced Zordon in Lionsgate's Power Rangers, which marked his return to the franchise after providing voices for the first season.
Bill MurrayGreta Gerwig, and Cranston at the Isle of Dogs press conference at Berlinale 2018

Cranston starred in a stage adaptation of the 1976 film Network playing Howard Beale, directed by Ivo van Hove at the West End Royal National Theatre, opening in November 2017. The play, with Cranston as star, transferred to Broadway, opening at the Belasco Theatre on December 6, 2018. Cranston received the 2019 Drama League Award, Distinguished Performance Award. as well as his second Tony Award for best lead actor in a play.

In 2017, he acted the role of Phillip Lacasse, a wealthy paraplegic in the movie The Upside along with Kevin Hart and Nicole Kidman. The film had scheduled a release in 2018, but was delayed because of the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations scandal. It was eventually released on January 11, 2019.

He was part of the ensemble cast of the 2018 animated film Isle of Dogs, by Wes Anderson, which premiered at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival, where he played the lead dog Chief. The film was released on March 23, 2018.

Cranston appeared in the ninth season of the HBO comedy series Curb Your Enthusiasm, playing Larry David's therapist. In October 2018, Cranston became the voice for a new series of Ford commercials featuring the tagline 'Built Ford Proud'. In 2020, he starred as the lead human, Mack, in the Disney film The One and Only Ivan. In 2019, his production company Moonshot Entertainment signed a deal with Warner Bros. Television. He also appeared in the miniseries Your Honor, playing a judge and the father of a boy who accidentally kills someone.

Charity work

In April 2014, Cranston presented at Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Easter Bonnet Competition with Idina MenzelFran Drescher, and Denzel Washington, after raising donations at his Broadway show All the Way.

Influences

Cranston has stated, "Dick Van Dyke influenced me a lot... you know, his physical comedy and his ability to be loose in his body." In a 2016 interview with Larry King, he stated that he would love to work with Meryl StreepEmma Thompson, and Dustin Hoffman

Personal life
Cranston and wife Robin Dearden in September 2008

From 1977 to 1982, Cranston was married to writer Mickey Middleton. On July 8, 1989, he married Robin Dearden, whom he had met on the set of the series Airwolf in 1984; he was playing the villain of the week and she played a hostage he held at gunpoint. Their daughter, actress Taylor Dearden Cranston (born February 12, 1993), played an extra in the Breaking Bad episode "No Más", directed by her father.

Cranston played baseball when he was a student and remains a collector of baseball memorabilia He is an avid fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers. When he accepted his third Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Cranston thanked his wife and daughter and told them he loves them "more than baseball". The family had a beach house in Ventura County, California, which Cranston designed.

While filming Breaking Bad, Cranston lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was a co-owner of the former independent theater Cinemas Palme d'Or in Palm Desert, California.

To commemorate the final episode of Breaking Bad, Cranston and castmate Aaron Paul both got Breaking Bad tattoos on the last day of filming; Cranston's tattoo consists of the show's logo on his right ring finger, while Paul's tattoo consists of "no half measures" on his biceps.

Cranston and Breaking Bad co-star Aaron Paul announced the release of their signature mezcal, Dos Hombres, in July 2019.

In July 2019, Cranston donated to the Congressional Election Campaign of Valerie Plame for New Mexico's 3rd congressional district.

In March 2020, Cranston contracted COVID-19 during the global COVID-19 pandemic, and recovered with mild symptoms. By December 2020, his sense of smell had only partially recovered.
Bhushan Pradhan
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Bhushan Pradhan
Bhushan Pradhan
Born
Bhushan Pradhan
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actor, Model
Years active 2007 – Present
Known for Pinjara
Kunku

Bhushan Pradhan is an Indian film, web series and theatre actor in Marathi. He has starred in movies like Aamhi DoghiCoffee Ani Barach Kahi, Satarangi Re, Miss MatchTimepassTimepass 2 and more. Bhushan received accolades for his role of Damodar Hari Chapekar in ZEE5 Originals web series Gondya Aala Re.

In 2018, he was appreciated for his role as Raam in Pratima Joshi's directorial debut Aamhi Doghi and also for his role as Laertes in Chandrakant Kulkarni directed William Shakespeare play Hamlet. His upcoming movie Lagnakallol is scheduled to release in 2020 directed by Mohammad Burmawala.

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He was ranked fourth in The Times of India's Top 20 Most Desirable Men of Maharashtra in 2017. He was ranked eleventh in The Times of India's Top 20 Most Desirable Men of Maharashtra in 2018. He was ranked first in The Times of India's Top 30 Most Desirable Men of Maharashtra in 2019. He was ranked fourth in The Times of India's Top 20 Most Desirable Men of Maharashtra in 2020. He was ranked twenty-fourth in The Times of India's Top 50 Most Desirable Men of India in 2019.

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Bapulal Nayak
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Bapulal Nayak
Bapulal Nayak (left) with Jaishankar Bhojak 'Sundari' in a play Sneh-Sarita in 1915. They acted in several successful plays together.
Born
Narayan Bhabhaldas Nayak
25 March 1879

Gerita, MehsanaBaroda State, British India
Died 4 December 1947 (aged 68)

Undhai near Mehsana, Baroda State, British India
Occupation Stage actor, director, manager
Years active 1890–1946
Parents
Bhabhaldas (father)
Narbhiben (mother)

Bapulal Nayak (25 March 1879 – 4 December 1947) was an Indian stage actor, director and manager of the early Gujarati theatre. Born into a family of traditional folk theatre performers, he joined the theatre company Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali at a young age. His acting was well received in his initial roles. He was involved in stage planning and managing and later became a partner in the company. He rose to fame and acted in several successful plays with Jaishankar Bhojak 'Sundari', who played female roles opposite him. He acted in plays written by Mulshankar Mulani, Gajendrashnakar Pandya and Nrisinh Vibhakar. He wrote and directed several plays and eventually bought the theatre company. After a career lasting five decades, he retired after his company suffered heavy loss with the advent of the cinema.

Biography
Bapulal Nayak (left) and Jaishankar Bhojak 'Sundari' in the play Kamlata, at Gaiety Theatre, Bombay, 1904

Nayak was born in Gerita near Mehsana on 25 March 1879 and was named Narayan by his parents Bhabhaldas Khemchand Nayak and Narbhiben. He studied till the fifth standard in the Gujarati school in his native village Undhai. He was nicknamed Bapulal by his father. In Februatry 1890, at the age of eleven, he quit the family tradition of performing Bhavai (folk theatre) and farming, and started his stage career with Dayashankar Visanji Bhatt's Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali for a salary of three rupees per month. He was given a role of Jayant, son of Indra, in a play, Harishchandra (1890). He next appeared in Rajbeej (King's Progeny, 1891), a play written by Mulshankar Mulani specifically for him which premiered at the Geity Theatre in Bombay. It was successful. His performance as Mularaja in Mularaj Solanki (1895) was well received. In the next decade, he acted Ramcharitra (1989), Raman in Lakshadhipati-no Raman, Jayraj (1898) and other plays, as well as becoming involved in stage planning and the management of a theatre company. In 1899, he and Mulani became partners in the company, each holding a 6% share of the Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali. He also acted in the acclaimed play, Ajabkumari (1899), opposite female impersonator actor Jaishankar Bhojak 'Sundari' who had recently joined their company. The pair soon rose to fame and acted together in several successful plays including Saubhagya Sundari (Fortunate Sundari, 1901), Vikram Charitra (1901, directed by him), Dage Hasrat (1901), Jugal Jugari (Jugal the Gambler, 1903), Kamlata (1904), Sneh Sarita (1915), Madhubansari (1917). Around the end of the 19th-century, he was guided by Mulshankar and Dayashankar Visanji. He learned direction from Sorabji Katrak.He trained many actors as well.

Nand-Batrisi (1906) was a first play written by him which was well received. He also wrote Chandrabhaga (1909), a farce entitled Navalsha Hirji (1909), Anandlahari (1919) and Saubhagya-no Sinh (1925). When Mulani's three plays failed consequently, he chose to stage nationalistic plays written by Nrisinh Vibhakar. These plays experimented with story and theme but enactment stayed unchanged. During this period, Mahatma Gandhi had arrived in India from South Africa and the Indian independence movement was gathering steam. He acquired Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali in April 1922.

Bapulal Nayak started directing his plays and started adapting literature into plays He chose Ramanbhai Neelkanth's play Raino Parvat written in 1911 and staged it in 1926. The songs of the play were written by Rasiklal Parikh and four shows of it were staged. Later he staged four plays written by Champshi Udeshi, four plays written by Gajendrashankar Pandya as well as many Parsi theatre styled plays. Gajendrashankar Pandya's play College Kanya was staged by Bapulal and it created controversy due to some of its dialogue about females; Narsinhrao DivetiaChandravadan Mehta and Hansa Jivraj Mehta led the public protests against the play.

With the advent of the cinema, the theatre started to lose its audience. Bapulal was forced to sell his company in 1938 due to it suffering heavy losses. In 1944, he tried to revive his company with the help of a financier. He retired after staging his last play Ladakvayo, written by Prafulla Desai, in 1946. He had acted in more than a hundred plays, directed forty seven plays and written six plays during his career.[ He also wrote some poems. He died on 4 December 1947 in Undhai near Mehsana, Baroda State.

Reception

P. K. Nayyar, a columnist of Sanjvartaman daily of Bombay, called him the "one of the best actors in the world" in 1917. Rasiklal ParikhChandravadan Mehta and Pragji Dosa have praised the excellence of his directing.

Stage
Acting career 

10 August 1889 Shakuntal Sarvadaman Mulshankar Mulani Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
9 August 1890 Harishchandra Jayant Vishwanath Prabhuram Vaidya Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
22 January 1891 Rajbeej Beej Mulshankar Mulani Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
27 February 1892 Kundabala Chand Mulshankar Mulani Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
15 August 1892 Rasikmani Mohan Narabheshankar Manchharam Vyas Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
2 December 1893 Sundar Veni Sundarlal – Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
3 November 1894 Premkala Premrai Vijayshankar Kalidas Bhatt Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
27 April 1895 Mevadno Pratapi Chand Mokal Vijayshankar Kalidas Bhatt Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
19 October 1895 Mularaj Solanki Mularaja Vijayshankar Kalidas Bhatt Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
5 September 1896 Karanghelo Beejkhan Mulshankar Mulani Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
14 August 1897 Barrister Shankar Mulshankar Mulani Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
8 January 1898 Ramcharitra Ram Vijayshankar Kalidas Bhatt Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
23 April 1898 Pushpasen Pushpavati Pushpasen – Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
27 August 1898 Jayraj Jayraj Mulshankar Mulani Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
8 July 1899 Tilakkumar Tilakkumar Vijayshankar Kalidas Bhatt Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
30 September 1899 Ajabkumari Randhir Mulshankar Mulani Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
16 December 1899 Veer Mandal Pratapsinh Mulshankar Mulani Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
14 February 1900 Mohini Kalyandev Vijayshankar Kalidas Bhatt Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
7 July 1900 Vikramcharitra Rajratan Mulshankar Mulani Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
19 October 1901 Saubhagya Sundari Saubhagya Mulshankar Mulani Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
26 August 1902 Jugal Jugari Jugal Mulshankar Mulani Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
18 October 1904 Kamlata Meenketu Mulshankar Mulani Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
1906 Nandbatrisi Vilochan Bapulal Nayak Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
1908 Sangatno Rang Lalaji – Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
22 May 1909 Chandrabhaga Ratansinh Bapulal Nayak Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
3 November 1909 Navalsha Heerji Navalsha Mulshankar Mulani Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
17 December 1910 Vasantprabha Vasantsen Mulshankar Mulani Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
1911 Devkanya Kishor Mulshankar Mulani Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
1912 Krishnacharitra Baldev Mulshankar Mulani Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
31 January 1914 Prataplakshmi Pratap Mulshankar Mulani Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
28 February 1915 Sangatna Fal Kant Mulshankar Mulani Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
19 September 1915 Sneh Sarita Shenchandra Nrisinh Vibhakar Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
5 August 1916 Sudhachandra Chandrakumar Nrisinh Vibhakar Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
28 July 1917 Madhubansari Madhusudan Nrisinh Vibhakar Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
23 November 1918 Meghmalini Meghdoot Nrisinh Vibhakar Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
23 August 1919 Anandlahari Laharikant Bapulal Nayak Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
25 September 1920 Vishwaleela Vishwadev Ambashankar Harishankar Upadhyay Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
25 April 1925 Saubhagyano Sinh Mansinh Bapulal Nayak Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
1926 Madandh Mahila Yane Noorjahan Sher Afghan Jayshankar Vaghajibhai Vyas Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
1926 Kumali Kali Pranjeevan Shayda Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
1927 Jamanano Rang Dhanraj Gajendrashankar Lalshankar Pandya Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
1928 Tarunina Tarang Padmakumar Gajendrashankar Lalshankar Pandya Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
1928 Kashmirnu Prabhat Devakar Gajendrashankar Lalshankar Pandya Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
21 February 1929 Kudaratno Nyay Kantilal Gajendrashankar Lalshankar Pandya Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
29 March 1929 Up-to-date Mavali Sorabji Joseph David Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
1929 Swamibhakti Yane Baji Deshpande (Hindi) Heeroji Munshi Mohiyuddin Naza Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
27 January 1929 Kimiyagar Shripatrai 'Manasvi' Prantijwala (rewritten) Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
9 January 1930 Kuldeepak Shantilal Gajendrashankar Lalshankar Pandya Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
January 1931 Kutil Rajneeti Shivaji Gajendrashankar Lalshankar Pandya Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
23 January 1932 Karmasanjog Dharmadas Mugatlal Pranjeevan Oza Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
1932 Karyasiddhi (Hindi) Duple 'Manasvi' Prantijwala (adaptation) Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
9 September 1933 Kon Samrat? Bhimdev 'Manasvi' Prantijwala (rewritten) Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
1934 Kirtivijay Ratnapal 'Manasvi' Prantijwala Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
13 September 1934 Jeenjarna Zankare Ramsinh Champshi Udeshi Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
20 March 1935 Mumbaini Badi Sukhlaji Joseph David Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
1 June 1935 Gheli Guniyal Kanchanlal Champshi Udeshi Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
January 1936 Kiritkumar Vijayvarma Manilal 'Pagal' Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
February 1936 Nepolian Francis Manilal 'Pagal' Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
15 May 1937 Shataranjna Dav Shripal Champshi Udeshi Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
7 August 1937 Gareebna Ansu Varjabhushan Champshi Udeshi Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
19 November 1938 Sukhi Sansar Bhanuprasad Champshi Udeshi Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali
11 March 1939 Kalankit Kon? Bakshi Sheth Chimanlal Trivedi Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali

Bharat Jadhav

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Bharat Jadhav

Nationality Indian
Born 12 Dec 1973
Occupation Actor, Film and TV Producer
Years active 1985–present
Spouse(s) Sarita Jadhav
Website bharatjadhav.com

Bharat Jadhav is an actor and producer in Marathi moviestheatre and TV shows in India. He is known more for his comic roles as a leading man in commercial Marathi cinema and theatre.

He is originally from Kolhapur, but his family had settled in Mumbai many years ago. Bharat’s childhood was spent in the courtyard(Chal) of Rajaram Studios in Lalbaug Parel.

Bharat Jadhav became famous while acting with Ankush Chaudhari and Sanjay Narvekar in the Marathi stage play "All The Best", which completed 3000 shows. He later acted in the hit Marathi play Sahi re Sahi. His performance in the song Kombadi Palali in the movie Jatra was lauded by fans.

Jadav launched Bharat Jadhav Entertainment Pvt Ltd in 2013. The launch function was attended by Raj ThackerayNikhil WagleSachin PilgaonkarMahesh ManjrekarSiddarth JadhavMakarand Anaspure, Jaywant Wadkar, Prachi Cheulkar, Kiran Shantaram, and Anjan Shrivastav

Career

As per his website, he has acted in more than 85 movies, 8 serials and been involved in more than 8500 drama shows. He is considered as a close friend of producer and director Kedar Shinde.

Stage Play

Jadhav began his acting career in 1985, when he joined Maharashtrachi Lokdhara dance troupe, under the guidance of Shahir Sable. He is known for his roles in All the Best, Sahi Re Sahi and Shrimanta Damodar Panta.

Movies

He have done famous Marathi movies like Jatra, Pachadalela, Masta Chalalay Amacha, Shreemant Damodar Panta (released in 2013), Sat Na Gat (based on a novel by Rajan Khan), One Room Kitchen, Jabardast, Kho-Kho, Khabardar, Shikshanachya Aaicha Gho, Sade Made Teen, No Entry - Pudhe Dhoka Aahe, Agabai Arrecha 2 and many more. He made a guest appearance in Me Shivaji Raje Boltoy, Agabai Arrecha, Vaastav.

TV Shows

Hasa Chakatfu, Saheb Biwi Ani Me (along with Girish OakNeelam Shirke) are famous serials in which he was part of cast.

In 2016, Bharat hosted a comedy show Aali Lahar Kela Kahar on Colors Marathi.

Chirag Patil
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Chirag Patil
Born
Chirag Patil
10 March 1987

Mumbai
Nationality Indian
Education BSc (Hospitality Management)
Occupation Actor
Years active 2008–present
Spouse(s) Sana Ankola
Parent(s) Sandeep Patil (father)
Deepa Patil (mother)

Chirag Patil (born 10 March 1987) is an Indian actor who appears in Hindi and Marathi films. He is best known for his role as Omkar in Vazandar (2016) directed by Sachin Kundalkar.

Patil made his acting debut in (2008) with Balaji Telefilms Karam Apna Apna in a negative role he then made his marathi film debut with Raada Rox (2011), the film was directed by Rahul Thackeray and Heyramb S Khot. He made his Bollywood debut with Chargesheet (2011) directed by Dev Anand.

Filmography
Key Denotes films that have not yet been released

Hindi films
YearTitleDirectorNotesRef.
2012Le Gaya Saddam Amjad Khan
2012No Smoking Prateek Patil Short Film
2013Wake Up India Babloo Seshadri
2013Villa

Prateek Patil To Be Released
2014Lost and Found Avi Vasu Short film
202183  Kabir Khan Will be seen to play his father Sandeep Patil

Hindi TV series
Balaji Telefilms Karam Apna Apna (2008)
Marathi films
YearTitleDirectorNotesRef.
2011Raada Rox Rahul Thackeray, Heyramb S Khot


Nidray Rohit Dhiwar To Be Released
2017Whatsup Lagna Vishwas Joshi Guest Appearance
2018Asehi Ekada Vhave Sushrut Bhagwat
Love Betting Raju Meshram To Be Released

Dil Dosti Deewangi Shirish Rane To Be Released
2019Marathi Paul Pudhe Swapnil Mayekar To Be Released

Marathi TV series
YearTitleDirectorCharacter playedChannelNotesRef.
2015Yek Number Girish Mohite Deva Star Pravah
Chhabi Biswas




(1900-62) Aced in at least 264 films ‘He is the best remembered for his numerous roles as the quintessential aristocratic patriarch, [and] was himself the scion of a rich and cultured North Kolkata family.’ Was he an SC?


Birthday : July 12, 1900,
Birthplace : India
Death Date : Jun 11, 1962

Popularity
About


Bengali character actor who became known for his work in films such as Kabuliwala, Jalshaghar, and Devi. He received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, the highest Indian recognition given to artists, in 1960.


Before Fame


He acted in amateur theatre productions and won the admiration of Bengali theatre legend, Sisir Kumar Bhaduri.


Trivia
In 1960, he appeared in The Goddess.


Family Life


He was born into a rich North Kolkata family.


Associated With

He appeared in the 1957 film, Kabuliwala, which was directed by Tapan Sinha.


Chandrahasan

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Chandrahasan
Born 06 March 1936



ParamakudiTamil NaduIndia
Died 18 March 2017
Occupation Film producer, actor
Years active 1981–2017
Spouse(s) Geethamani
(m.1965-2017)
Children Nirmal Hasan
Anu Hasan

Chandrahasan (6 March 1936 — 18 March 2017) was an Indian film producer and actor from Tamil Nadu, India.

Career

Born to advocate Srinivasan and Rajalakshmi, Chandrahasan was the second of four children. His elder brother Charuhasan and younger brother Kamal Haasan worked predominantly as actors in the film industry, while his younger sister, Nalini Raghuram, is a classical dancer. As a youngster, Charuhasan practised as a singer, before being readied for a career as a lawyer. In contrary to Charuhasan, Chandrahasan maintained a very close relationship with his younger brother Kamal Haasan throughout his successful career as an actor.

In 1995, he appeared as an actor in his niece Suhasini Maniratnam's directorial debut Indira. The film featured his own daughter Anu Hasan in the titular role alongside Arvind Swamy and Nassar. During the 2000s, Chandrahasan took a more active role in the management of Raaj Kamal Films International. During the problems faced during the release of Vishwaroopam (2013), Charuhasan had taken a pivotal role in mediating with the opposition.

Prior to his death, Chandrahsan completed acting in the lead role of a film titled Appathava Aattaya Pottutanga by debutant director Stephen Rangaraj. A tale of romance between two older individuals, Stephen cast Chandrahasan as he wanted someone who was known as a "respectable person" and because the romance should not be conveyed in the wrong light. The film, which featured him alongside Sheela, the mother of actor Vikranth, remains unreleased.
Personal life

Chandrahasan was married to Geethamani and has a son, Nirmal Hasan, who is settled at United States. His daughter, Anu Hasan, has appeared as an actress in Indian and British productions.

Geethamani has died in January 2017 aged 73. Following her death, Chandrahasan has died in March 2017 aged 81.
Death

Following a cardiac arrest, Chandrahasan died aged 81 on 18 March 2017 in LondonUnited Kingdom. Following the death of his wife in January 2017, Chandrahasan had travelled to stay with his son Nirmal in the United States, for a change of scenery. On his return, to avoid taking a twenty three hour journey to Chennai, he had made a brief stopover in London to visit his daughter Anu. He was staying at her residence during the time of his death. The family later held a quiet funeral upon the return of his body to Chennai, before holding a remembrance meet with film industry personalities in April 2017. Apart from family, other guests included RajinikanthIlaiyaraaja and Prakash Raj. Kamal Haasan later described his brother as "a father figure".




C. L. Anandan
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Anandan
Born
C. L. Anandan
15 June 1933

SalemMadras PresidencyBritish India (present day Tamil Nadu, India)
Died 25 March 1989 (aged 55)

Madras, Tamil Nadu, India
Nationality Indian
Other names Anandan, Anandhan
Occupation

Actor
Film producer
Politician
Years active 1952–1988
Spouse(s) Lakshmi
Children incl. Lalitha Kumari & Disco Shanti
Relatives

Srihari (son-in-law, deceased)
Prakash Raj (former son-in-law, before divorcing from Lalitha Kumari)

Anandan (15 June 1933 – 25 March 1989), born as C. L. Anandan, was a film actor and producer who was active in Tamil cinema as well in Malayalam cinema during the second half of the 20th century. He was well known for his hero, supporting, and villain roles. In a career spanning close to three decades, he acted in about 60 films in Tamil and Malayalam, in which 25 films had him as hero. Anandan debuted in a supporting role in the Tamil movie Thandhai, and later he holds the heroic role in Vijayapuri Veeran. He made a move on the Malayalam film industry; Kaattumaina was his first Malayalam movie, which was also re-shot in Tamil. He appeared in a song sequence "Us Paar Saajan" as a fisherman dancer from the Hindi film Chori Chori (1956).

Early life

Anandan was born in Salem, Tamil Nadu. His mother tongue is Tamil.

Personal life

Anandan married Lakshmi, the couple has four daughters and three sons. Anandan is the father of actresses Disco Shanti and Lalitha Kumari.

Film career

Initially, C. L. Anandan was doing supporting roles in many films. He was introduced by Citadel Films as the hero in their production Vijayapuri Veeran, released in the year 1960. He won the hearts of the cine-goers through his versatility, which he displayed in sword fighting and horse-riding. He reached heights through his film Veerathirumagan, released in the year 1962. The film catapulted him to the film industry's big league of happening stars. The film helped his heroine Sachu also climb the rungs of the success ladder. He owned his own production company known as "Aanandan Movies", where the movie Nanum Manidhandhaan was his first production. He was frequently paired with actress Rajasree in most of his films such as Magaley Un Samathu, Kubera TheevuSengamala Theevu and Yanai Valartha Vanampadi Magan.

Filmography

C. L. Anandan acted in about 60 films in Tamil and Malayalam.
Chunnu Mehra 

Chunnu Mehra is an actor and producer, known for Khatailal Mithailal (2008), Ssshhhh... Koi Hai (2001) and Benaam (1999).

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FILMOGRAPHY

#Released DateTypeCredited AsMovie14 01 Jan 2010 Film Producer Khatailal Mithailal
13 09 Mar 2007 Film Supporting Actor Sarhad Paar
12 01 Jan 2007 Film Supporting Actor Paandav
11 08 Sept 2006 Film Supporting Actor Naksha
10 03 Mar 2006 Film Supporting Actor Tera Pati Mera Pyaar
9 12 Sept 2003 Film Supporting Actor Market
8 26 Oct 2001 Film Supporting Actor Indian
7 02 July 1999 Film Supporting Actor Benaam
6 08 May 1998 Film Supporting Actor Duplicate
5 29 Sept 1995 Film Supporting Actor Veergati
4 25 Nov 1994 Film Supporting Actor Zakhmi Dil
3 01 Jan 1993 Film Supporting Actor Kohra
2 24 Feb 1989 Film Supporting Actor Guru
1 01 Jan 1984 Film Supporting Actor Asambhava
Chevella Ravi
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Bithiri Sathi
Born
Chevella Ravi Kumar (Kavali Ravi Kumar)
5 April 1979

Nationality Indian
Education Intermediate
Occupation News presenter, reporter, actor, singer
Years active 2007–present

Chevella Ravi Kumar (born 5 April 1979) known for his TV pseudonym, Bithiri Sathi, is an Indian TV anchor, reporter and actor. Bithiri Sathi, a title character played by him, is an intellectually disabled person, is part of the daily news, Teenmaar News, on Telugu news channel, V6 News. His news program is a parody on current affairs, politicians and entertainment industry which runs for 8–10 minutes. It is a huge hit for the channel. He became a YouTube sensation with Telugu audience and has millions of hits for his programs..

Early life

Kavali Ravi Kumar (birth name) was born in Pamena village Chevella mandal in Ranga Reddy districtTelangana to Yadamma and Kavali Narsimhulu. His father was a drama performer (Bagotham and yakshagana) in the villages. He studied till 5th standard in his village and went to Chevella for high school education. He discontinued education after his intermediate. He was a good mimicry artist and was good at imitating and making fun of people. He became popular among his friends and known circle, and was encouraged to pursue a career in acting in Hyderabad.

Career

Ravi moved to Hyderabad to pursue a career in acting but struggled as was rejected. He worked small jobs to make a living. He finally made his TV debut on Zee Telugu show, Comedy Club, a comedy show with 6–8 participants, and imitation of Tollywood and popular culture personalities. He did well in imitating Tollywood characters.

Narsayya Thata

He started working with Telugu news channel, 6 TV, and did the program, Odavani Muchata and Mana Ooru. He interviewed celebrities and visited remote villages in an old man's attire. It was well received by the audience. He worked for two years until he moved to V6 news channel.
Bithiri Sathi

His character, Bithiri Sathi, is part of a daily news parody show on V6 News, Theen Maar News. His role along with the host, Savithri, is funny and asks hilarious questions in a vernacular Telangana dialect.

He developed Bithiri Sathi character, an intellectually disabled person, by closely watching two persons in Chevella with similar condition. He learnt their true nature, behavior and interaction with the people. Bithiri in Telugu means immature minded person.

Tollywood

He made his Tollywood debut with a side role in 2007 Telugu movie, Seema Sastry. He acted in three movies in 2017.

His performance during the audio launch for the film, Nene Raju Nene Mantri, was well received.

He did a rap song for 2017 New Year's Eve called as Anti- Virus, and was released on 29 December 2017 on YouTube.

TV Shows

Zee Telugu Comedy Club
6TV Telangana Narssayya Thata – 2012–2014
V6 News Teen Maar News – 2015–2019(August)
V6 News Weekend Teenmaar Special with Bithiri Sathi – 2015–2019(August)
TV9 Telugu "iSmart News" – 2019(September) – Present.
Sa Re Ga Ma Pa The Next Singing ICON (2020) as a guest in episode 9

Awards and honors

Haasya Prapurna title (2015) – Surya Chandra International's Seva Prapurna Puraskar
Best Presenter Award (2015) – Padmamohana TV Awards
Chaams
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Chaams
Born
Swaminathan
17 July 1970

Occupation Actorcomedian
Years active 1998–present

Chaams (born 17 July 1970) is an Indian actor and comedian who has appeared in Tamil language films. His birth name is Swaminathan. He has predominantly appeared in supporting roles, notably in Crazy Mohan dramas and playing one of the several leads in Palaivana Solai (2009) and Onbadhule Guru (2013).

Career

He is an actor who began his career by doing small roles but later bagged meaningful roles and had received mass appreciation for his performances. Right from the beginning he started a new style of comedy that people loved and then he followed it with every film. He used his natural tone and local Tamilian style to deliver dialogues with perfect timing and incredible sense of humor.

In the year 2009, a film named Palaivana Solai was released which was a remake version of the same film released in 1981 where a love story of five friends woven around one simple girl received critics appreciation. In the 2009 flick, Chaams had played the lead role as one of the five friends. This position gave him maximum satisfaction till date.

Chaams garnered acclaim for his role in Payanam (2011). Rediff stated that a "special mention must be made of Chaams" as he provided "excellent comic relief". The Hindu stated that "Chaams as the doting fan whose blinkers fall off" is "a riot".

Similarly in the year 2013, another film Onbadhule Guru was released, where he played the role of disgruntled married man who wants to go back to his bachelor days along with his other friends. The film needed all leading actors to do comedy as per the script and actor Chaams appeared as Guru, which was marvelous.

He has appeared in some Tamil films in 2015, and most of the films have been received well by audiences. His expression only can one make laugh and he has excelled in films like , Maanga and 49-O respectively. Earlier, he was acting with comedians like Vadivelu and Goundamani and supported in their comedy roles.

In 2021, Chaams shines in a serious role and is very impressive with the film Operation JuJuPi as lead role.
Christopher Walken
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Christopher Walken
Walken in 2018
Born
Ronald Walken
March 31, 1943 
Other names Ronnie Walken
Chris Walken
Occupation
Actor
comedian
Years active 1952–present
Works Full list
Spouse(s)
​(m. 1969)​
Awards Full list

Christopher Walken (born Ronald Walken; March 31, 1943) is an American actor and comedian who has appeared in more than 100 films and television programs, including Annie Hall (1977), The Deer Hunter (1978), The Dogs of War (1980), Brainstorm (1983), The Dead Zone (1983), A View to a Kill (1985), King of New York (1990), Batman Returns (1992), True Romance (1993), Pulp Fiction (1994), Antz (1998), Vendetta (1999), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Joe Dirt (2001), Catch Me If You Can (2002), Click (2006), Hairspray (2007), Seven Psychopaths (2012), the first three Prophecy films, The Jungle Book (2016), and Irreplaceable You (2018). He has received a number of awards and nominations, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for The Deer Hunter. He was nominated for the same award and won BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild Awards for Catch Me If You Can. His films have grossed more than $1 billion in the United States alone.

Walken has also played the lead in the Shakespeare plays HamletMacbethRomeo and Juliet, and Coriolanus. He is a popular guest-host of Saturday Night Live, hosting seven times. His most notable roles on the show include record producer Bruce Dickinson in the "More Cowbell" sketch; the disgraced Confederate officer Colonel Angus; and multiple appearances in the Continental sketch. He has also appeared in Hallmark Hall of Fame's Sarah, Plain and Tall (1991), which earned him a Primetime Emmy Award nomination.

Walken debuted as a film director and screenwriter with the 2001 short film Popcorn Shrimp. He also wrote and played the lead role in the 1995 play Him about his idol Elvis Presley.

Early life

Walken was born Ronald Walken on March 31, 1943, in Astoria, Queens, New York, the son of Rosalie Russell (May 16, 1907 – March 26, 2010), a Scottish immigrant from Glasgow, and Paul Wälken (October 5, 1903 – February 23, 2001), a German immigrant from Gelsenkirchen who owned and operated Walken's Bakery in Astoria. Walken was named after actor Ronald Colman. He was raised Methodist. He and his brothers, Kenneth and Glenn, were child actors on television in the 1950s, influenced by their mother's dreams of stardom. When he was 15, a girlfriend showed him a magazine photo of Elvis Presley, and Walken later said, "This guy looked like a Greek god. Then I saw him on television. I loved everything about him." He changed his hairstyle to imitate Presley and has not changed it since. As a teenager, he worked as a lion tamer in a circus. He attended Hofstra University but dropped out after one year, having gotten the role of Clayton Dutch Miller in an off-Broadway revival of Best Foot Forward alongside Liza Minnelli.[ Walken initially trained as a dancer at the Washington Dance Studio before moving on to dramatic stage roles and then film.

Career
1950s–1960s

As a child, Walken appeared on screen as an extra in numerous anthology series and variety shows during the Golden Age of Television. After appearing in a sketch with Martin and Lewis on The Colgate Comedy Hour, Walken decided to become an actor. He landed a regular role in the 1953 television show Wonderful John Acton playing the part of Kevin Acton. During this time, he was credited as Ronnie Walken.

Over the next two years, he appeared frequently on television (landing a role in the experimental film Me and My Brother) and had a thriving career in theatre. From 1954 to 1956, Walken and his brother Glenn originated the role of Michael Bauer on the soap opera The Guiding Light. In 1963, he appeared as a character named Chris in an episode of Naked City, starring Paul Burke. In 1966, Walken played the role of King Philip of France in the Broadway premiere of The Lion in Winter. In 1968, he played Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Romeo in Romeo and Juliet at the Stratford Festival in Canada. In 1969, Walken guest-starred in Hawaii Five-O as Navy SP Walt Kramer.

In 1964, he changed his first name to Christopher at the suggestion of Monique van Vooren, who had a nightclub act in which Walken was a dancer and who believed the name suited him better than Ronnie (a pet form of his given name, Ronald), which he was credited as until then. He prefers to be known informally as Chris instead of Christopher.

1970s

In 1970, Walken starred in the Off-Broadway production of Lanford Wilson's Lemon Sky opposite Charles Durning and Bonnie Bartlett. Later that year Walken received the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance.

Walken made his feature film debut with a small role opposite Sean Connery in Sidney Lumet's The Anderson Tapes. In 1972's The Mind Snatchers a.k.a. The Happiness Cage, Walken played his first starring role. In this science fiction film, which deals with mind control and normalization, he plays a sociopathic U.S. soldier stationed in Germany.

Paul Mazursky's 1976 film Next Stop, Greenwich Village had Walken, under the name "Chris Walken", playing fictional poet and ladies' man Robert Fulmer. In Woody Allen's 1977 film Annie Hall, Walken played the borderline crazy brother of Annie Hall (Diane Keaton). Also in 1977, Walken had a minor role as Eli Wallach's partner in The Sentinel. In 1978, he appeared in Shoot the Sun Down, a western filmed in 1976 that costarred Margot Kidder. Along with Nick Nolte and Burt Reynolds, Walken was considered by George Lucas for the part of Han Solo in Star Wars; the part ultimately went to Harrison Ford.

In 1977, Walken also starred in an episode of Kojak[28] as Ben Wiley, a robber.

Walken won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in Michael Cimino's 1978 film The Deer Hunter. He plays a young Pennsylvania steelworker who is emotionally destroyed by the Vietnam War. To help achieve his character's gaunt appearance before the third act, Walken consumed only bananas, water, and rice for a week.

1980s
Walken in 1984 stage play Hurlyburly

Walken's first film of the 1980s was the controversial Heaven's Gate, also directed by Cimino. Walken also starred in the 1981 action adventure The Dogs of War, directed by John Irvin. He surprised many critics and filmgoers with his intricate tap-dancing striptease in Herbert Ross's musical Pennies from Heaven (1981). In 1982, he played a socially awkward but gifted theater actor in the film adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's short story Who Am I This Time? opposite Susan Sarandon. Walken then played schoolteacher-turned-psychic Johnny Smith in David Cronenberg's 1983 adaptation of Stephen King's The Dead Zone. That same year, Walken also starred in Brainstorm alongside Natalie Wood and (in a minor role) his wife, Georgianne.

In 1985, Walken played a James Bond villain, Max Zorin, in A View to a KillRoger Moore's last appearance as Bond. Walken dyed his hair blond to befit Zorin's origins as a Nazi experiment.

At Close Range (1986) starred Walken as Brad Whitewood, a rural Pennsylvania crime boss who tries to bring his two sons into his empire; his character was mostly based on criminal Bruce Johnston.

In 1988, Walken played a memorable role as Sgt. Merwin J. Toomey in Neil Simon's Biloxi Blues, which was directed by Mike Nichols, and he played the role of Federal Agent Kyril Montana in The Milagro Beanfield War. He also played the leading role of Whitley Strieber in 1989's Communion, an autobiographical film written by Strieber based on his claims that he and his friends were subject to visitations by unknown, other-worldly entities variously identified as possibly "aliens" or, simply, as "visitors". That same year, Walken appeared in the film Homeboy, which was written by and which featured Mickey Rourke in the titular role. In 1989, he played the lead role of "Puss" in the Cannon theatre group's musical version of Puss in Boots.

1990s
Walken (right) on the set of Celluloide, 1996

The Comfort of Strangers, an art house film directed by Paul Schrader, features Walken as Robert, a decadent Italian aristocrat with extreme sexual tastes and murderous tendencies who lives with his wife (Helen Mirren) in Venice.

King of New York (1990), directed by Abel Ferrara, stars Walken as ruthless New York City drug dealer Frank White, recently released from prison and set on reclaiming his criminal territory. In 1991, Walken starred in Sarah, Plain and Tall as Jacob Witting, a widowed farmer. In 1992, Walken played a villain in Batman Returns, millionaire industrialist Max Shreck. Also in 1992, Walken appeared in Madonna's controversial coffee table book SEX and the music video for her hit single, "Bad Girl" (directed by David Fincher). He also played Bobby, Cassandra's producer, in Wayne's World 2.

Walken's next major film role was opposite Dennis Hopper in True Romance, scripted by Quentin Tarantino. His so-called Sicilian scene has been hailed by critics as the best scene in the film[citation needed] and is the subject of four commentaries on the DVD. Walken has a supporting role in Tarantino's Pulp Fiction as a Vietnam veteran named Captain Koons. He gives his dead comrade's son the family's prized possession—a gold watch—while explaining in graphic detail how he had hidden it from the Vietcong by smuggling it in his rectum after the boy's father, in whose rectum the watch had previously been concealed, had died of dysentery.

Later in 1994, Walken starred in A Business Affair, a rare leading role for him in a romantic comedy. Walken manages to once again feature his trademark dancing scene as he performs the tango. In 1995, he appeared in Things to Do in Denver When You're DeadWild SideThe Prophecy and the modern vampire flick The Addiction, which was his second collaboration with director Abel Ferrara and writer Nicholas St. John. He also appeared in Nick of Time, which also stars Johnny Depp, and an art house film by David SalleSearch and Destroy. In 1995, Walken acted in "Him," a first play written by Walken about his idol Elvis in the afterlife featured in the New York Shakespeare Festival. The New York Times gave a somewhat positive review of his "most cheering and refreshingly absurd invention" of retelling Elvis' death as a disappearing act that enabled Elvis to flee to Morocco for a sex change to become "her" in a "woozily conceived, fantastical new play...in the sharpness and wit of writing and in the performances by Mr. Walken and Mr. Heyman."

In the 1996 film Last Man Standing, Walken plays a sadistic gangster named Hickey. That year, he played a prominent role in the video game Ripper, portraying Detective Vince Magnotta. Ripper made extensive use of real-time recorded scenes and a wide cast of celebrities in an interactive movie. In 1996 Walken also appeared in the Italian film Celluloide as US Officer Rod Geiger and played the role of Ray in the Abel Ferrara crime-drama film The Funeral. In 1997, Walken starred in the comedy films Touch and Excess Baggage and had a minor role in the film Mouse Hunt. He also appeared in the drama/thriller film Suicide Kings, which was also filled with suspense and humor.

In 1998, Walken played an influential gay New York theater critic in John Turturro's film Illuminata. The same year he voiced Colonel/General Cutter in the computer-animated film Antz.

In 1999, he played James Houston in Vendetta, an HBO original movie based on the March 14, 1891 New Orleans lynchings. In the same year, Walken appeared in the romantic comedy Blast from the Past portraying Calvin Webber, a brilliant but eccentric Caltech nuclear physicist whose fears of a nuclear war lead him to build an enormous fallout shelter beneath his suburban home. The same year, he appeared as the Headless Horseman in Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow, starring Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci. He also appeared in Kiss Toledo Goodbye with Michael Rapaport and Nancy Allen.

Walken also starred in two music videos in the 1990s. His first video role was as the Angel of Death in Madonna's 1993 "Bad Girl". The second appearance was in Skid Row's "Breakin' Down" video.

2000s

In 2000, Walken was cast as the lead, along with Blair Brown, in James Joyce's The Dead on Broadway. A "play with music", The Dead featured music by Shaun Davey, conducted by Charles Prince, with music coordination and percussion by Tom Partington. James Joyce's The Dead won a Tony Award that year for Best Book for a Musical.

Walken had a notable music video performance in 2001 with Fatboy Slim's "Weapon of Choice". Directed by Spike Jonze, it won six MTV awards in 2001 and—in a list of the top 100 videos of all time compiled from a survey of musicians, directors, and music industry figures conducted by UK music TV channel VH1—won Best Video of All Time in April 2002. In this video, Walken dances and flies around the lobby of the Marriott Hotel in Los Angeles; Walken also helped choreograph the dance. Also in 2001, Walken played a gangster who was in the witness protection program in the David Spade comedy Joe Dirt and an eccentric film director in America's Sweethearts. Also in 2001, Walken played Lieutenant Macduff in Scotland, PA, a loose film adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth.
Walken in 2008

In 2002 Walken played Mike in the film Poolhall Junkies and played Frank Abagnale, Sr. in Catch Me If You Can, which is inspired by the story of Frank Abagnale, Jr., a con artist who passed himself off as several identities and forged millions of dollars' worth of checks. His portrayal earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Walken also had a part in the 2003 action comedy film The Rundown, starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Seann William Scott, in which he plays a ruthless despot. He was nominated for a Razzie (Worst Supporting Actor) in 2002's The Country Bears and in two 2003 movies, Gigli and Kangaroo Jack. Walken also starred in Barry Levinson's Envy, in which he plays J-Man, a crazy guy who helps Ben Stiller's character, and in his starring role in 2004's Around the Bend he again has a dancing scene as he portrays an absentee father who has fled prison to reunite with his father, his son, and the grandson he never knew before dying. Walken played the role of Paul Rayburn in 2004's Man on Fire, where, when speaking about the imminent destructive actions of John Creasy (Denzel Washington), his character states: "A man can be an artist... in anything, food, whatever. It depends on how good he is at it. Creasy's art is death. He's about to paint his masterpiece."

Also in 2004, Walken played Mike in the film The Stepford Wives.

In 2005, he played Mark Heiss in the film Domino and the role of Secretary Cleary in the film Wedding Crashers.

In 2006, he played Morty, a sympathetic inventor who is more than meets the eye, in the comedy/drama Click and also appeared in Man of the Year with Robin Williams and Lewis Black. He co-starred in the 2007 film adaptation Hairspray, wherein he is seen singing and dancing in a romantic duet with John Travolta, and portrayed the eccentric but cruel crime lord and Ping-Pong enthusiast Feng in the 2007 comedy action film Balls of Fury opposite Dan Fogler.

Walken was in the movie Five Dollars a Day (released in 2008), in which he plays a con man proud of living like a king on $5 a day.

The film The Maiden Heist, a comedy co-starring Morgan FreemanWilliam H. Macy and Walken about security guards in an art museum, debuted at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on June 25, 2009.

Walken also starred in Universal Studios Florida's "Disaster" attraction (formerly "Earthquake and the Magic of Effects" and soon to be Fast & Furious: Supercharged). Walken portrayed the owner of "Disaster Studios" Frank Kincaid and encouraged guests to be extras in his latest film, Mutha Nature. Walken was projected on a clear screen, much like a life-size hologram, and interacted with the live-action talent. Famous quote "Frankenstein never scared me".

2010s

Walken returned to Broadway in Martin McDonagh's play A Behanding in Spokane in 2010, and received a Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play. He had a small voice role in NBC sitcom 30 Rock, in the "Audition Day" episode. In 2011, he played the role of Jewish-American loan shark Alex "Shondor" Birns in the film based on the life of gangster Danny GreeneKill the Irishman. In 2012, Walken reunited with McDonagh for the British-American crime comedy film Seven Psychopaths, and also played the founder and leader of a string quartet in A Late Quartet.

Walken costarred with Al Pacino and Alan Arkin in the film Stand Up Guys, a story about aging gangsters out on the town for one last hoorah. He also appeared in The Power of Few.

In December 2012, Walken was selected as a "GQ" Man of the Year. ("Gentlemen's Quarterly." April 2018. p. 24)

In 2013, Walken became the protagonist in the campaign "Made From Cool" by Jack & Jones. In 2014, he appeared in Turks & Caicos. Walken appears as Gyp DeCarlo in the 2014 film Jersey Boys.

In 2014, Walken played Captain Hook in the NBC production Peter Pan Live!

In 2015, Walken starred in the film When I Live My Life Over Again and played the role of Clem for the second time in the David Spade comedy Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser.

In 2016, he voiced King Louie in the CGI-live action adaptation of Disney's The Jungle Book, directed by Jon Favreau. He also recorded a cover of Louie's song "I Wan'na Be like You", which he sings in the film as well as on the soundtrack. Also that year, he appeared in Dexter Fletcher's Eddie the Eagle and Barry Sonnenfeld's Nine Lives. In 2017, Walken replaced Bill Irwin in the role of Walter Tinkler in the critically panned Father Figures. The following year, he played Myron in the Netflix film Irreplaceable You.

In 2021, Walken appeared in The Outlaws.

Legacy and popularity

Described as "diverse and eccentric" and "one of the most respected actors of his generation", Walken has long established a cult following among film fans. He is known for his versatility and was named as one of Empire magazine's "Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" Once dubbed a "cultural phenomenon", he has portrayed several iconic movie characters including Johnny Smith in The Dead ZoneMax Shreck in Batman Returns and Max Zorin in A View to a Kill and was also considered for the role of Han Solo in Star Wars films. His Oscar-winning performance in The Deer Hunter was ranked as the 88th greatest movie performance of all time by Premiere magazine and his performance in Pennies from Heaven made it into Entertainment Weekly's list of the "100 Greatest Performances that should have won Oscars but didn't." Sometimes regarded as "one of the kings of cameos", Walken has made several notable cameo appearances or appeared in a single but popular scene of films including as Captain Koons in Pulp Fiction, Duane in Annie Hall, Hessian Horseman in Sleepy Hollow, and Don Vincenzo in True Romance. Writer and director Quentin Tarantino declared that Walken's involvement in True Romance's popular "Sicilian scene" as one of the proudest moments in his career.

Walken's work has been praised and acclaimed by many popular figures. Benicio del Toro cited Walken as an influence and stated that the best advice he had ever been given regarding acting came from him: "When you're in a scene and you don't know what you're gonna do, don't do anything." Kat Dennings called him her favorite actor and said that he was the reason that she wanted to be an actress. Johnny Depp once said one of the main reasons he starred in Nick of Time was wanting to work with Walken. Mickey RourkeSam RockwellColin Farrell,[58] Bradley CooperLeonardo DiCaprio and Mads Mikkelsen are among actors who spoke about their admiration for Walken. Prominent movie critic Roger Ebert was particularly impressed by his villain and anti-hero portrayals, once stated "when he is given the right role, there is nobody to touch him for his chilling ability to move between easy charm and pure evil" and called him "one of the few undeniably charismatic male villains."

Walken is noted for refusing movie roles only rarely, having stated in interviews that he will decline a role only if he is too busy on other projects to accept. He regards each role as a learning experience. A rare example of a role Walken turned down was that of Ray Ruby in the film Go Go Tales (2007). According to film director Abel Ferrara, the character was originally written for Walken but the latter "didn't want to do it". The role was then given to Walken's New Rose Hotel (1998) co-star Willem Dafoe.

Walken's unique voice and speaking style has been compared to other entertainment figures with voices that create "a pleasing (or at least entertaining) aural experience," such as William Shatner and Garrison Keillor. Walken believes that the source of his speech stems from growing up with immigrant neighbors who came from everywhere stating, "The neighborhood itself, you didn't hear a lot of English. Lots of Greek, Italian, Polish, German, Yiddish. I think I grew up listening to people who spoke English in a kind of broken way. I think maybe I talked that way." Walken inspired the stage show, All About Walken: The Impersonators of Christopher Walken, created by actor/comedian Patrick O'Sullivan in Hollywood in 2006.

Appearances on Saturday Night Live

Walken has hosted the comedy sketch and satire TV series Saturday Night Live (SNL) seven times.

One of Walken's more famous SNL performances was a spoof of Behind the Music, featuring a recording session of Blue Öyster Cult's "(Don't Fear) the Reaper". In the guise of record producer Bruce Dickinson (not to be confused with the real Bruce Dickinson, lead singer for Iron Maiden), Walken makes passionate and slightly unhinged speeches to the band and is obsessed with getting "More Cowbell" into the song. The phrase "I gotta have more cowbell" has since been adapted to merchandise. The producer who suggested the cowbell on the original BÖC recording is David Lucas.

Walken is also known for his part in one of Will Ferrell and Rachel Dratch's "The Luvahs" skits. His character brought a lady friend to meet The Luvahs, and she is subjected to learning the history that Walken's character shares with The Luvahs. He also divulges private information about his sex life with his girlfriend, much to her horror ("She was willing to accept her lover's body in places no one had ever trespassed...specifically, the ear canal").

Walken spoofed his starring role from The Dead Zone (1983) in a sketch titled "Ed Glosser: Trivial Psychic" (1992). In the film, Walken's character can predict deaths and catastrophes, while Glosser can accurately predict meaningless, trivial future but with the same emotional intensity as in the film: "You're going to get an ice cream headache. It's going to hurt real bad, right here, [touches forehead] for eight, nine seconds.").

His character in A View to a Kill was parodied in a sketch titled "Lease with an Option to Kill", in which he reprised his role as Max Zorin. Zorin, who had taken on some qualities of other notable Bond villains (Blofeld's cat and suit, Emilio Largo's eye patch), was upset that everything was going wrong for him. His lair was still under construction; his henchmen had jump suits that didn't fit; and his shark tank lacked sharks, having a giant sea sponge instead. A captive James Bond, portrayed by Phil Hartman, offered to get Zorin "a good deal" on the abandoned Blofeld volcanic lair if Zorin let him go, to which he reluctantly agreed.

He performed a song and dance rendition of the Irving Berlin standard, "Let's Face the Music and Dance". Finally, there was the "Colonel Angus" sketch, laden with ribald double entendres, in which Walken played a dishonored Confederate officer.

Until 2003, Walken had a recurring SNL sketch called "The Continental", in which Walken played a "suave ladies' man" who in reality cannot do anything to keep a woman (a neighbor in his apartment building) from giving him the cold shoulder. Though he is outwardly chivalrous, his more perverted tendencies inevitably drive away his date over his pleading objections. For instance, he invites the woman to wash up in his bathroom; once she is inside, it becomes obvious that the bathroom mirror is a two-way mirror when he is seen lighting up a cigarette. In "The Continental", only the hand of his neighbor is ever seen; the camera always shows her point of view.
Walken in 2012

The April 5, 2008 Saturday Night Live show was the first time an episode hosted by Walken did not have a "Continental" sketch or a monologue in which he sang and danced. This episode, however, did include one sketch titled "Walken Family Reunion", which spoofs many of Walken's idiosyncrasies. The sketch depicts a fictional Walken family reunion, where all of Christopher's relatives have his mannerisms and speech patterns, and sport his trademark pompadour hairstyle. In order of appearance, the other Walkens are Christopher's cousin Stanley (Bill Hader); Stanley's brother John (Jason Sudeikis); John's son Scott (Andy Samberg) and daughter Maxine (Amy Poehler) (who carries a doll that also has a pompadour); Nathan (Fred Armisen), a gay relative for whom "flamboyance" means dressing all in black and running his finger around the rim of a cosmo glass; Uncle Richard (Darrell Hammond) and Aunt Martha (Kristen Wiig), who think that The Deer Hunter was hilarious, and who are hosts of a Nigerian foreign exchange student named Oleki (Kenan Thompson). When he came to live with them, Oleki—who has absorbed all of the Walken Family traits—could not speak any English. But now (he says) he "talks like a normal teenaged American boy". The biggest laugh of the sketch occurs when Christopher expresses his sympathies for Scott's teenaged attitude: "I appreciate your situation. For a Walken, adolescence is a difficult time. You feel like you're the only normal person in a school full of nutjobs." Scott's response: "Wow! It's like you're lookin' right into my noggin!" (Will Forte also appears as a waiter at the beginning of the sketch, but does not do a Walken impression.)

In September 2004, SNL released a DVD titled The Best of Christopher Walken through Lionsgate.

Presidential candidacy hoax

Walken became the subject of a hoax controversy in 2006, when a fake website started in August of that year by members of Internet forum Genmay.com announced that he was running for President of the United States. Some believed it was authentic, until Walken's publicist dismissed the claims. When asked about the hoax in a September 2006 interview with Conan O'Brien, Walken said he was amused, and when asked to come up with a campaign slogan, he replied, "What the Heck" and "No More Zoos!"

Personal life

In 1963, Walken met Georgianne Thon during a tour of West Side Story. They married in January 1969. The couple have no children, and Walken has stated in interviews that being childless is one of the reasons he has had such a prolific career. The couple have a cat named Bowtie, and their previous cat was named Flapjack.

Walken was one of the last two people to see actress Natalie Wood alive before her drowning on November 29, 1981, while on a Thanksgiving weekend boating trip near Santa Catalina Island, California. In 2011, Walken hired a lawyer when authorities reopened the Wood case, while the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said, "Walken is not a suspect." The case was closed and termed an accidental death until June 2012, when the investigation was reopened and the cause of death was changed to "undetermined".

Awards
Chandra Mohan 
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Chandra Mohan Wattal
Chandra Mohan in 1942
Born 24 July 1906

Died 2 April 1949 (aged 42)

Occupation Actor
Years active 1930–1949

Chandra Mohan (24 July 1906 – 2 April 1949) was an Indian film actor, known for his work in Hindi cinema in the 1930s and 1940s. He became known for his villainous roles in a number of critical and commercial successes.

Life and career

Born in Narsinghpur in Madhya Pradesh, he was known for his large grey eyes, voice modulation and dialogue delivery. His eyes form the opening sequence in V. Shantaram's 1934 film Amrit Manthan, which was also his film debut. It was the first film made in the newly established Prabhat Films studio, and made both in Hindi and Marathi. Mohan received acclaim for his role as role Rajguru and went on to establish himself as a noted villain of the time.

Mohan later appeared as Emperor Jehangir in Sohrab Modi's Pukar, as Randhir Singh in Mehboob Khan's Humayun and as Seth Laxmidas, in Mehboob Khan's Roti.

One of his last appearances was in Ramesh Saigal's 1948 film Shaheed. As Rai Bahadur Dwarka Nath, he played father to Ram, who was portrayed by Dilip Kumar. Mohan's character in this film initially supports the British Government but later favors the Freedom Struggle. Chandra Mohan's last movie was a religious movie Rambaan (1948), in which he played the role of the demon emperor Ravana.

He was the original choice to play the lead role in K. Asif's Mughal-e-Azam, but due to his untimely death the film had to be reshot after ten reels were shot with him as lead. The film was eventually released in 1960.

Death

Mohan gambled and drank heavily and died penniless on 2 April 1949 at the age of 42 at his residence, Bilkha House, in Bombay.

Charlie Day
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Charlie Day
Day dressed as The Dayman at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con
Born
Charles Peckham Day
February 9, 1976 

Alma mater Merrimack College
Occupation Actor, writer, producer, comedian
Years active 2000–present
Spouse(s)
​(m. 2006)​
Children 1

Charles Peckham Day (born February 9, 1976) is an American actor, screenwriter, producer, and comedian. He is best known for playing Charlie Kelly on the sitcom It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005–present), for which he was nominated for a Critics' Choice Television Award and a Satellite Award in 2011. In 2020, he co-created the Apple TV+ comedy series Mythic Quest alongside Rob McElhenney and Megan Ganz. In film, he is known for his role as Dale in the films Horrible Bosses (2011) and its 2014 sequel, as well as for his roles in Monsters University (2013), Pacific Rim (2013), The Lego Movie (2014), Fist Fight (2017), Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018), and The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019). From 2018 to 2019, Day was the executive producer on the Fox comedy The Cool Kids.

Early life

Day was born in ManhattanNew York City. His family lived in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. He spent most of his childhood in Middletown, Rhode Island. He is the younger child of two, with an older sister named Alice. His mother, Mary (née Peckham), was a piano teacher at The Pennfield School in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, and his father, Dr. Thomas Charles Day, is a retired professor of music history at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. His family's original surname was "Del Giorno" and his father is of Irish and Italian descent, while his mother has EnglishIrish, and Welsh ancestry.

Day attended Pennfield School and graduated from the Portsmouth Abbey School, both in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. He attended Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts, majoring in art history in 1998. In May 2014, Day gave the commencement speech for Merrimack College's graduating class and received an honorary Ph.D.

After graduating, Day worked on small television roles and doing voiceovers for the Independent Film Channel, and supplemented his income by waiting tables and answering phones for a telethon. At Merrimack, he was active in the Onstagers, Merrimack's student theater organization.

Career
Day at the premiere for Horrible Bosses in August 2011.

During the summers of his college years, Day was active in the training programs at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and went on to play the lead role in Dead End, at the Huntington Theatre in Boston.

Besides playing Charlie Kelly on the hit FX television series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, he is also one of the show's executive producers and one of its writers, along with Rob McElhenney and Glenn Howerton.[9] He has also appeared on several other television shows such as Third WatchLaw & Order, and Reno 911!.

He starred in New Line Cinema's Horrible Bosses in July 2011, with Jason BatemanJason SudeikisKevin SpaceyJennifer AnistonColin Farrell, and Jamie Foxx. He also had a role in the 2010 film Going the Distance, alongside Justin LongJason Sudeikis, and Drew Barrymore. In 2013, he voiced the character Art in the Pixar animated film Monsters University and appeared in Guillermo del Toro's film Pacific Rim. In 2017, Day starred in Fist Fight, with Ice Cube. In it, Day plays Andy Campbell, a high school English teacher challenged by his co-worker, history teacher Ronald Strickland (Cube), to a fight after getting him fired. In 2018, he reprised his role for the Pacific Rim sequel, Pacific Rim: Uprising and had a role in Drew Pearce's film Hotel Artemis, with Jodie FosterSterling K BrownBrian Tyree Henry and Jenny Slate.

Day has also been a producer for the television shows How to Be a Gentleman and Unsupervised. Day hosted the November 5, 2011 episode of Saturday Night Live (SNL) with Maroon 5 as the musical guest. He was the second cast member from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia to host SNL (after Danny DeVito, though DeVito hosted SNL before It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia premiered and he made a special appearance during Day's opening monologue), and also played Congressman Fenton Worthington Carrey in 2012. In September 2014, Day provided his voice for The Sims 4 TV spots.

He is the creator and producer of Fox comedy The Cool Kids, starring Vicki LawrenceMartin MullDavid Alan Grier and Leslie Jordan and set in a retirement community. On August 9, 2019, Mythic Quest, a new half-hour comedy series written and produced by Day and Rob McElhenney, was announced as one of the original productions for Apple's upcoming streaming service, Apple TV+.

As a film director, Day is currently working on his debut on the upcoming comedy El Tonto, with Kate BeckinsaleEdie Falco and John Malkovich. Day writes, produces, and stars as a silent man who becomes a celebrity and loses it all.

Personal life

A skilled musician, Day started to play the violin at the age of three. He can play the piano, accordion, trombone, guitar, and harmonica, and has written and improvised some of the music featured in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. In 2014, he received an honorary doctorate in performing arts from Merrimack College, where he also delivered that year's keynote address.

Day has been married to actress Mary Elizabeth Ellis since March 4, 2006. They met in 2001 and were dating in 2004 when they co-starred as incestuous siblings on Reno 911! Ellis has a recurring role on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia as The Waitress, the object of the unrequited love and obsession for Day's character. The couple had their first child, a son named Russell Wallace Day, in December 2011. They live in Los Angeles, California.

Day has stated that he is an agnostic.

Filmography
Film
YearTitleRoleNotes2001 Late Summer Trevor Short film
2001 Campfire Stories Joe Boner
2002 Bad Company Stoner Uncredited
2005 Love Thy Neighbor Video Clerk
2011 Horrible Bosses Dale Arbus
2013 Monsters University Art (voice)
2013 Pacific Rim Dr. Newton Geiszler
2013 Party Central Art (voice) Short film
2014 The Lego Movie Benny (voice)
2014 Horrible Bosses 2 Dale Arbus
2015 Vacation Chad
2016 The Hollars Jason
2017 Fist Fight Andrew "Andy" Campbell Also executive producer
2017 I Love You, Daddy Ralph
2018 Pacific Rim: Uprising Dr. Newton Geiszler
2018 Hotel Artemis Acapulco
2021 How It Ends Lonny
TBA El Tonto The Fool Post-production; also director and screenwriter
TBA I Want You Back Peter Filming

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes2000 Mary and Rhoda Mailroom Kid Television film
2000 Madigan Men Clerk Episode: "Three Guys, a Girl and a Conversation Nook"
2001 Law & Order Jeremy Episode: "Swept Away – A Very Special Episode"
2001–2004 Third Watch Michael Boscorelli 5 episodes
2003 Luis Richie 10 episodes
2004 Reno 911! Inbred Twin Episode: "Not Without My Mustache"
2005–present It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Charlie Kelly Also executive producer and writer
2011 Saturday Night Live Himself (host) Episode: "Charlie Day/Maroon 5"
2012 Unsupervised Jesse Judge (voice) Episode: "Jesse Judge Lawncare Incorporated"
2012 Saturday Night Live Congressman Fenton Worthington Carrey Episode: "Jamie Foxx/Ne-Yo"
2012 American Dad! Meth Head (voice) Episode: "Adventures in Hayleysitting"
2014 Drunk History Allan Pinkerton Episode: "Baltimore"
2018–2019 The Cool Kids Chet 1 episode, also co-creator, executive producer and writer
2020–present Mythic Quest N/A Co-creator, executive producer, and writer

Video games

YearTitleVoice role
2013 Disney Infinity Art
2015 Lego Dimensions Benny

Theme Park attraction

YearTitleRoleNotes

Awards and nominations

2011 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actor in a Comedy Series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Nominated
2015 MTV Movie & TV Awards #WTF Moment Horrible Bosses 2 Nominated
2017 Choice Movie: Fight Fist Fight Nominated

Chithra Lakshmanan
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Chitra Lakshmanan
Born
Lakshmanan Ramasamy
23 January 1948 

Years active 1983-present
Spouse(s) Radhika (m.1989-present)
Children Gayatri, Krithiga

Lakshmanan Ramasamy (born 23 January 1948), known professionally as Chitra Lakshmanan, is an Indian journalist, filmmaker and actor. He produced and directed several Tamil language films starring some of Tamil cinema's major stars during the 1980s and 1990s, while appearing in numerous films and television series in supporting roles. He currently operates a YouTube channel called Touring Talkies, which features interviews and talk shows about Tamil cinema.

Career

Lakshmanan began working in a hardware shop in Arani. He later joined the magazine Vidhi Velli as a sub-editor until its closure. He later joined Thayin Manikodi run by Jayakanthan. He later joined a Singaporean Tamil magazine. After it's failure, he decided to start his own magazine Thirai Kathir which became successful. His career in entertainment journalism helped him to also become a public relations officer.

He became acquainted with director Bharathiraja to enter the film industry, and subsequently served as a co-producer on all his films with Lakshmanan's brother, Ramu. In 1983, he produced Mann Vasanai under Gayathri Films, which won commercial success as well as the Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Film. He also served as a press relations officer for Tamil films during the 1980s, and later reprised that role as an actor through Uttama Villain (2015). His first directorial venture was Soora Samhaaram (1988) with Kamal Haasan and later he directed Periya Thambi (1997) with Prabhu and Chinna Raja (1999) with Karthik in the lead role. He turned actor in Japanil Kalyanaraman (1985) and began to prioritise acting commitments in the 2000s, winning acclaim for his comedy roles in Boss Engira Bhaskaran (Nene Ambhani) (2010) and Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru (2013).

Throughout his career, Lakshmanan has also taken up posts of responsibility. He served as the Secretary of Tamil Film Producers Council for four years and as an executive committee member in South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce, Film Federation of India, and Tamil Film Directors Association for several years. In 2011, he published the book 80 Years of Tamil Cinema, an account documenting the history of Tamil cinema.
Chandra Sekhar Yeleti
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Chandra Sekhar Yeleti

Born 4 March 1973

TuniAndhra PradeshIndia
Occupation Film directorScreenwriter
Years active 2003–present

Chandra Sekhar Yeleti (born 4 March 1973) is an Indian film director, known for his works in Telugu cinema. He made his directorial debut with the Neo-noir crime filmAithe, which received the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu, and the Nandi Award for Best Story for that year. Another Neo-noir work Anukokunda Oka Roju has garnered two State Nandi Awards, including Best Screenplay for Yeleti.
Early life and career

He was born in Tuni on 4 March 1973. He studied in Ganavaram St.Johns until 10th grade. He is the cousin of Gangaraju Gunnam. He was married on 19 May. He worked as an assistant Director under Gangaraju Gunnam for Little Soldiers. He had directed the first 10 episodes of Amrutham serial, which was the best Telugu serial ever made.
Breakthrough (2004–2015)

After working as an assistant director, Chandra Sekhar Yeleti made his debut with a small budget film titled "Aithe". That film was made on a small budget of about 1.5 crores and performed well commercially, with a box office of 6 crores. After almost two years he produced another film "Anukokunda Oka Roju". Both the films were produced by Gunnam Gangaraju. After a gap of two years, he directed his third film with Gopichand as the protagonist, titled "Okkadunnadu". In 2009, Yeleti directed his fourth film "Prayanam" with Manchu Manoj as the lead actor. After four year, Yeleti teamed again with Gopichand with an adventure movie Sahasam.

In October 2015, Yeleti met Mohanlal and narrated a family subject to him. The plot was green-lit by Mohanlal, and Yeleti started production work for the Telugu drama thriller, titled Manamantha with an ensemble supporting cast including