Rajeev Virani is an Indian director and producer.He has trained from San Fransisco, California in the USA. Even though his training is from the West, his movies principally have the essence of the East. He completed his initial education at St. Mary’s School in Bombay. He was born in 1969. His mother’s name is Shobha Virani. He is married and has two children. He has an elder daughter, and a younger son. He has received a degree in Bachelor of Arts in Commerce from the reputed Sydenham College in Mumbai in the year 1990. After having completed his graduation, he felt compelled to attempt a new and innovative career stream rather than the usual MBA or CA preparations. He was very confused. He then decided to partner with his cousin who lived in
New York. They ran a diamond trading business,but even then Rajeev felt the need to do more.
It was during then that he began discovering his love for television and movies. On finding out that it was his passion, he began enrolling into various film institutes. The San Fransisco State University accepted him, and he joined the course in Broadcast Electronic Communication Arts. This program was an integrated course, and in 5 years he received a Bachelor and Master degree. He felt extremely involved in all the campus activity and finally was relieved that he had chosen the right field. Rajeev admits that it was San Francisco Bay Area that acted as an influence for him to chase a career in the film industry. The Producer Brad Listermann, on his friends’ references, contacted Rajeev and they fixed a meeting for a new project. This project later turned out to be Rajeev Virani’s directorial debut My Bollywood Bride.
Although the film did not do extremely well at the box office, but it made a mark enough to be renamed as My Faraway Bride and to be even released in DVD format. On completion of My Faraway Bride, Rajeev came in contact with one of the entrepreneurs who had worked on that project. The person, Mr. Ashok, later turned out to be the perfect person who Rajeev was willing to risk on for his next venture, The Whisperers. He made use of his Hollywood and Bollywood contacts and started to work on The Whisperers, which received rave reviews from themost audience that viewed the movie. After The Whisperers, Rajeev directed the horror thriller Help, which had
Mugdha Godse and
Bobby Deol playing the lead role. The movie got mixed reviews. He currently lives in Mumbai and continues to chase a career in directing.