Saurabh Shukla was born at Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh in the year 1963 on 5th March. He is a versatile personality who started from theater & reached to Bollywood where he tried his hands in Direction, Screenplay writing along with his Acting. At the age of two, he left Gorakhpur & moved to Delhi. He completed his schooling & later did his graduation from Khalsa College in Delhi. In 1984, he kickstarted his career as a professional with his entry into the theater. Shekhar Kapur gave him the debut role in Bandit Queen.
Earlier he did many plays & also joined NSD Repertoire Company as an actor. Satya, that was directed by Ram Gopal Verma proved to be the film in which his role could not be sidelined. Anurag Kashyap & Saurabh Shukla wrote the story of this movie. It proved to be a turning time & take him to the peak of fame by playing the role of Kallu Mama, a gangster. He also wrote the screenplay of Calcutta Mail & got Zee Cine Award. In Slumdog Millionaire, he played the role of Constable, it was an international movie that won Academy Awards & Golden Globe. For the movie Jolly LLB, he was honored with National Award for best supporting actor. He also bagged the same in Screen Awards. His style of work got a lot of acclamation. His other remarkable works can be seen in PK, Barfi & Kick to name a few.
Vijay Anand also known as ‘Goldie‘ is an Indian filmmaker, producer, director, screenwriter and an actor who made some classic films to date. He is related to actor Dev Anand and directed many in-house films of ‘Navketan Films’ (owned by actor Dev Anand). He was born on 22 January 1934 in Punjab. As an actor, he acted opposite Jaya Bhaduri in ‘Kora Kagaz’ which was critically applauded and was a hit film. Later, he also acted with Shabana Azmi. But his contribution to Indian cinema is understood as a director where he crafted classic film such as Guide, behind the camera lens. It was Guide that made him an acclaimed director of Indian cinema. The film was based on R.K. Narayanan’s novel and it had Waheeda Rehman and Dev Anand playing the lead roles. The film won him even international recognition. The other three films that he directed after Guide for Dev Anand are Johny Mera Naam (1970), Jewel Thief (1967) and Tere Mere Sapne(1971). All these three films were blockbusters in the box office. If Guide boosted Waheeda’s career, so did ‘Jewel Thief for Vyjayanthimala and ‘Johny Mera Naam’ did the same magic for Hema Malini.
Vijay Anand made his debut as a director with his film ‘Nau Do Gyarah’(1957) which had Dev Anand being pitted against Kalpana Karthik for the first time. After this movie, Dev Anand married Kalpana Karthik. This film was also was a blockbuster.
Vijay Anand’s directional venture ‘Tere Mere Sapne’ was remade In Bengali and Telugu languages too. In 1972, the film was made in Bengali as Jiban Saikate with Soumitra Chatterjee and Aparna Sen. In the year 1982, it was remade into Telugu as Madhura Swapnam. Vijay Anand is also known for shooting extraordinary dance sequences songs like ''O Haseena" (Teesri Manzil ), "Kaaton Se Kheech" (Guide ) and "Honthon Mein Aisi Baat" (Jewel Thief), These songs were picturised on Asha Parkeh, Waheeda, and Vyjayanthimala.
Other than Navketan Banners (Dev Anand production house) Vijay Anand also directed some movies outside it. His first direction outside Navketan was ‘Teesri Manzil’ which was for producer Nasir Hussain. The film which had Shammi Kapoor and Asha Parekh in lead roles were a hit. R.D. Burman’s musical score gave some foot-tapping numbers for audiences to enjoy.
In most of his films except 'Guide' and 'Teesri Manzil', Vijay Anand had been the screenwriter. In 1973, he directed ‘Black Mail’ which featured Raakhee and Dharmendra in lead roles. The film was declared a hit.
After this film, he produced, directed and penned the script for ‘Chupa Rustom’ which failed in the box-office. In 1980, he directed ‘Ram Balram’ which had Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan being paired together after Sholay. The film was produced by Tito and had Zeenat Aman and Rekha being cast opposite Dharmendra and Amitabh. The film received average box office response due to the fact it had Amitabh and Dharmendra together.
Vijay Anand is well known for his other two films that were ‘Kala Bazar’ and ‘Tere Ghar Ke Samne’ which had melodious music of S.D. Burman . The actor and director passed away on 23 February 2004 due to a heart attack.
Milind Gawali is a popular film actor, producer, and director. He was born on June 16 and studied at Fatima High School in Vidhya Vihar. He also attended Sharda Ashram High School in Dadar and went to Ambedkar College for Commerce. When he was in the second year, he went to Kirti College, Prabhadevi and attended Lala Lajpat Rai College of Commerce in Worli before he took post graduation at The University of Mumbai. Ever since his childhood, it is always his passion to enter the filmdom. He even had the chance to act in two children movies, Hum Bachche Hindustan Ke and Waqt Se Pehle. Since then, his journey has started.
Milind has worked in ad films, voice-overs, modelling, dubbings, TV serials, TV ads, and corporate films, but his love for films remained constant. Pradeep Maini’s Hindi film, Vartaman and Baburam Ishara’s Anumati eventually came his way. That’s when the time when the television serials became a hit, and Sanjeev Bhattacharya invited him to perform in the television serial, Campus. Its success led him to perform in several TV serials like Parivartan, Aahat, C.I.D, Bandhan, Kahani Teri Meri, Itihas, and more. During that time, he started working in the Marathi films Aai, Nilambari, and Maratha Battalion simultaneously.
Milind has since acted and completed more than 65 Marathi and Hindi films. He also donned short films, documentaries and had acted in more than three thousand TV shows. He anchored television shows and had worked as Transmission Executive in All India Radio. Milind also worked in a short film entitled Did You Notice, and earned an Award at the Honolulu Film Festival. Aside from that, he bagged two Zee Talkies Awards (Vishesh Lakshavedi Kalakar) for his work in Ramesh More’s Aamhi Ka Tisare.
He also earned nominations at the Maharashtra State for Marathi Film, He Khel Nashibache and Zee Talkies for Marathi Film Bhavachi Laxmi and another nomination for Best Supporting Actor at Zee Talkies for Marathi Film, Sakha Bhau Pakka Vairi. This 2016, Milind acted, produced, and turned director in the Marathi film, Athang; a story of a talented orphan named Shilpa (played by Tanvi Hegde), who suddenly received a gift that eventually changed her life. For his outstanding work as the director of the film, he bagged the Best Debut Director Award at the Nashik International Film Festival (NIFF) 2016. Milind has a deep passion for photography and loves to capture captivating moments. He is married to Deepa Gawali, and they have one daughter.