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Saurabh Shukla

Saurabh Shukla

Director

Born 5 March 1963, Saurabh Shukla is an Indian film, theater and television actor, director and screenwriter.

He is best known for his work in films like Bandit Queen (1991), Satya (1998), Barfi! (2012) and Jolly LLB (2013).

In 2014, he won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Jolly LLB.

Early career

Shukla began serious theatre in 1986 with roles in plays like A View From The Bridge (Arthur Miller), Look Back In Anger (John Osborne), Ghashiram Kotwal (Vijay Tendulkar) and Hayvadan. In 1991, he joined the National School of Drama Repertoire Company — the professional wing of the National School of Drama — as actor. 

The next year he got his first break when Shekhar Kapur, impressed with his work, created a role for him in Bandit Queen.

Breakthrough 1998

 

Shukla's biggest break came when he co-wrote the script for Ram Gopal Varma's 1998 cult classic Satya and essayed the role of gangster Kallu Mama in the film. He won the Star Screen Award for Best Screenplay.

In 2003, he wrote the screenplay for Calcutta Mail. He received the Zee Cine Award for Best Screenplay.

In 2008, he acted in his first international film, the Golden Globe and Academy Award winning Slumdog Millionaire, as the character Constable Srinivas.

In 2009 he made a black comedy Raat Gayi Baat Gayi, which won the Best Film Audiences Choice Award At SAIFF, New York.

In 2010 Shukla did an experimental Short film with the FTII, Pune which won the Best Screenplay Award in Short Film Festival Of Los Angeles, USA.

In 2012, he was appointed as the member of the Academic Council of Film and Television Institute of India, Pune.

In 2014, he won the Nation Award and the Screen Cine Award for his role as Judge Tripathi in the film Jolly LLB

Presently Shukla is involved in Films like JAGGA JASOOS, KICK and one of the most awaited release of the year 2014, PK.

 

Raja Menon

Raja Menon

Director

Started his career as a production runner with Magic Eye Films, in Bangalore. He went on to be chief assistant to Mr D Radhakrishana, one of the top photograher/ Ad films makers in the south. Looking for more challenges, he moved to Bombay in ’93 with Mr Sanjiv Khamgaonkars Looking Glass, where he handled everything from prep to post and also started directing small projects.

Meeting Mr. Mukul Anand made him take the leap to branch out on his own. He worked with Mr. Anand on his commercials. He also pioneered creating and shooting film promos for Bollywood instead of simply using the film footage. He worked on films like Army, Loafer, Raja Hindustani etc.

He has since then produced, written, and directed two Hindi features films (Bas Yun Hi and Barah Aana), over 200 Tv commercials, documentaries including his latest, a project on HIV AIDS, for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

His first feature, Bas Yun Hi, stars Nandita Das, and Purab Kohli. A rom-com, about a group of urban youth and their changing aspirations, it was one of the early wave of Indian independent films.

The second, Barah Aana, starring Naseeruddin Shah, Vijay Raaz, Arjun Mathur, Tannishtha Chatterjee and Italian star Violante Placido is the story about the real working class. A driver, a waiter and a watchman are forced to rethink their principles and beliefs when faced with the possiblity that a life of crime could provide them the option of living with dignity.

Released theatrically in 2009, with support from many industry stalwarts like Aamir Khan, John Abraham, Zoya Akhtar etc, Barah Aana went on to be critically acclaimed both in India and abroad with write ups in the New York Times, IHT, and The Telegraph. It travelled to festivals in India, Europe, Africa, and North America. Barah Aana was the first Indian film in 10 years to be selected at the 45th Chicago International Film Festival, the oldest and one of the most prestigious festivals in North America. Barah Aana won several nomimations and awards including best director at the NJSAIFF.

Raja is now working with Emmay and together they have developed his next script titled ‘Airlift’, a film based on true events that occurred in the early 90’s in the middle east. The film is in prep and expects to start shooting by the end of 2014.

Gaurav Chawla

Gaurav Chawla

Director

Gaurav Chawla has nearly a decade invested in assisting and leading directorial teams for films such as Patiala House, Dum Maaro Dum, Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, Chandni Chowk to China and Bluff Master. This is his maiden directorial venture.

He has also directed Television commercials for various brands such has Etisalat, Pepsi (Internet), etc and music video’s for films such as Nautanki Sala.

Having finished his schooling from Mayo College, Ajmer, Gaurav decided to pursue the world of Cinema during his college days. His foray into the world of cinema started with Ramesh Sippy Films, where he assisted and worked on all aspects with Rohan Sippy. From there, Gaurav gradually grew and worked with various production houses such as Yashraj Films & People Tree.

He also worked on a few international TV Shows and films which were doing their production in Mumbai. Having worked with a few production houses, he finally made his base with Emmay Entertainment & Nikhil Advani, whom he assisted on Chandni Chowk to China and also did 2nd Unit Direction for his films such as Patiala House and D-Day.

Having developed a script titled Guppie – Main Liar Nahin Shayar hoon for Emmay Entertainment with Anuja Chauhan (Noted author of books such as The Zoya Factor & Battle for Bittora) Gaurav is currently working on another script for Emmay Entertainment, tentatively titled Mohabbat Zindabad which will be his 1st directorial venture to go on floors.

Kaashvi Nair

Kaashvi Nair

Director

Kaashvi Nair had a dream. Right from her kindergarten days while her peers said they would be doctors or engineers she said, 'I will direct films'.

She started writing short film scripts in school itself, and in college directed her first short film for an inter-college competition which won her accolades.

She helmed a film on educating the girl child, ‘Educating Sarawati’ and won the Worldwide Nokia Mobile Film Competition.

She also won a short film competition on the ‘Girl Child’ for the NGO Laadli.

Soon after college she joined Mr. Nikhil Advani as a Director’s Assistant and assisted him in the films Patiala House, Delhi Safari and D-day.

She has directed her first film as an independent director for MTV Movies titled ‘Shaadi Vaadi and all that' which is due to release on 24 August 2014.