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  • Karan Johar

    Karan Kumar Johar (born Rahul Kumar Johar, 25 May 1972),often informally referred to as KJo,is an Indian film director, producer, screenwriter, costume designer, actor and television personality who works in Hindi films.He is the son of Hiroo Johar and the producer Yash Johar.Johar made his directorial debut with the widely-seen romance Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), which earned him the Filmfare Awards for Best Director and Best Screenplay. His next two films were the ensemble dramas Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2001) and Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006), which were both very successful in the overseas market. His social drama My Name Is Khan (2010) earned him his second Filmfare Award for Best Director. The 2018 spy thriller Raazi won him Filmfare Award for Best Film. These, along with the several successful films he has produced under the Dharma Productions banner, have established him as one of the leading director-producers in Hindi cinema.

  • Neeraj Panday

    Neeraj Pandey is an Indian film director, producer and screenwriter. Pandey made his directoral debut in A Wednesday!, which was largely praised by audiences as well as critics and which later became a recipient of many accolades.

  • Rohit Shetty

    Rohit Shetty (born 14 March 1973)is an Indian film director and producer. His work as a filmmaker includes the Golmaal film series, the Singham film series, Bol Bachchan, Chennai Express (for which he was nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Director), and Dilwale.He started his career at the age of 17 as an assistant director with Kuku Kohli during Phool Aur Kaante (Ajay Devgn's debut film that costarred Madhoo).Then he assisted him in Ek Aur Kohinoor, which was never released. He also worked with him on Suhaag (starring Ajay Devgn, Akshay Kumar, Karisma Kapoor), Haqeeqat (starring Ajay Devgn, Tabu) and Zulmi (starring Akshay Kumar, Twinkle Khanna). In the movie, Suhaag, Rohit also played a body double for Akshay Kumar.Shetty directed his debut feature film, Zameen, as an independent director with Devgn in 2003 at the age of 30. Zameen did average business at the boxoffice. He rose to fame after he directed the 2006 comedy film, Golmaal: Fun Unlimited starring Ajay Devgan, Arshad Warsi, Tusshar Kapoor and Sharman Joshi.

  • Arati Kadav

    She is an ex-IITian, ex-Microsoftie who moved to India to make her own movies. She is the founder of Short Film Window which is a community of all short filmmakers. She has graduated from Whistling Woods in 2010 and has worked on films like Uss Paar, Time Machine and Gulmohar.

  • Sujoy Ghosh

    Is an Indian film director, actor and screenwriter.[1] He has directed Jhankaar Beats (2003), Home Delivery: Aapko... Ghar Tak (2005), Aladin (2009) and Kahaani (2012). He was born in Calcutta. He studied in St. James' School. He used to stay in Bhowanipore and then moved to London when he was 13. Sujoy attended Queen Elizabeth's College, Darlington where he completed his A Levels. He has a degree in engineering and an MBA from Manchester University. He worked as a South Asia head of the media division of Reuters before quitting in 1999.

  • Rahul Bose Returns To Direction With 'Poorna'

    After his 2002 film Everybody Says I'm Fine!, actor Rahul Bose has returned to direction with POORNA , a biopic about Malavath Poorna a tribal girl from Telangana. Poorna created history on May 25, 2014, by becoming the youngest girl in the world to scale Mount Everest. Rahul, who was last seen in Dil Dhadakne Do, will also act in the film. Rahul is yet to show the film to Poorna and her father. And he plans to take the film to her village, where they shot for 11 days. Aditi Inamdar, a girl hailing from Telangana, was chosen to play the role of female lead after Rahul auditioned 109 girls. Rahul will be essaying the role of her father.

  • Darjeeling lad Saurav Rai's short film Gudh goes to Cannes

    A young filmmaker from a small town in West Bengal's Darjeeling district will be India's sole representative at the Cannes International Film Festival that begins on May 11 in the French Riviera. Saurav Rai's 28-min film Gudh (Nest) is the only official Indian entry to compete in the 69th Cannes film festival's Cinefondation Selection. "It is autobiographical. The film is a recollection of my childhood in a very raw and bold form. It also showcases my relationship with my grandparents and parents. My genre of filmmaking is not pleasing to anyone," said Rai from New Delhi, where he is busy shooting for a travelogue, but 'Gudh' isn't a narrative-based film. It has a lot of long shots and surreal elements. Awaiting his convocation on May 2, he is currently soaking in all the adulation of his friends and faculty members. However, international acclaim isn't new to Rai. In 2014, his short film titled 'Monsoon Rain' was officially selected at the Munich film festival.

  • Yashpal Sharma - Talent Unlimited

    Yashpal Sharma is an Indian Actor renowned for playing challenging roles of all types in various movies. He is best known for the portrayal of Laakha in the historical epic Lagaan.

  • Pankaj Tripathi - The Raw Talent

    Pankaj Tripathi is an acclaimed Indian Film Actor who has a panache of pulling out beautifully crafted acting in any role he is given. He is best known for the portrayal of Sultan Qureshi in critically acclaimed Gangs of Wasseypur.

  • Tigmanshu Dhulia - The Wasseypuri Talent

    Tigmanshu Dhulia is an Indian film director, actor, screenwriter, and casting director. Dil Se., for which he wrote the screenplay, was the first Hindi movie to chart in the UK top ten. He is best known for the portrayal of the role of Ramadhir Singh in Gangs of Wasseypur

  • Piyush Mishra - The Multi Talented

    Piyush Mishra is an Indian Actor, music director, lyricist, singer, dialogue and script writer. Although he is most famous for the role of Nasir in Gangs of Wasseypur, he has done many memorable roles in other movies and short films, most importantly that of Prithvi Bana in Gulaal.

  • Ratna Pathak Shah

    Known for her comic act in the hugely successful Sarabhai vs Sarabhai television Series, Ratna Pathak Shah is an accomplished actress who has worked in various bollywood hits like Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, Mirch Masala, Mandi, Golmaal 3 to name a few. In Mai, the acting prowess of the actress comes to the fore once again. With a very impressive act, she shows what an accomplished actress she is.

  • Varun Machhar

    Varun is the Director of the Short Movie Bling, that is being featured on Shotz-7 this week. Apart from being the Director of the Short Movie, Varun is also the story writer of the movie. Varun has quality experience in the film making domain and has also worked as an Assistant Director for the Short Movie “A little ways down the road”. Moreover, he has also worked in the capacity of Assistant Director of the much awaited Romantic Comedy of the year “Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania”

  • Bryan Thomas Norton & Antonio Padovan

    Bryan Thomas Norton is a qualified film maker with an M.F.A. degree in film production from the Tisch School of The Arts Graduate Film and Television Program and Maurice Kanbar Institute. Bryan has also earned a B.A. in Cinema Studies from the Sarah Lawrence College. The seasoned Bryan Thomas is an adept filmmaker and also dons the hat of being a professor by teaching filmmaking all over the United States and fostering young talent through his teaching. Bryan is also a writer and has been a consultant on a number of documentaries, books and articles dealing with the history of cinema. Antonio Padovan, an Italian origin immigrant who came to the United States in order to study in a one year program at the New York Film Academy. Antonio Padovan is also a writer and a film director whose work concentrates on depicting ordinary people and events and makes the usual scenarios come alive by his skill in the art of filmmaking.

  • Arati Kadav - Precision Personified

    Arati Kadav is the director of Uss Par- the short movie featured this week by Shotz7. Arati was a computer engineer from IIT Kanpur and has worked for Microsoft in Seattle. Perhaps it is her technical background that reflects the precision seen in Uss Par. No doubt, her education in the technical aspects of film making has added to her skills but this talent may also be innate in her. Arati has been successful in matching with the brilliant performance by Jackie Shroff in this flick and the technical soundness and the artistic flair that this movie depicts speaks highly of Arati’s finesse in the art of movie making. Uss Paar was highly acclaimed and has been selected in over 25 film festivals and won several awards.

  • Riya Sen

    Even though her success in Hindi film industry may be moderate, actor and model Riya Sen possesses the ability to captivate the viewers with her killer looks and charm. Her bold avatars in both her reel and real life have established her as a youth icon. Hailing from an illustrious family of actors with Moon Moon Sen being her mother, Riya has been successful in establishing a bold and a carefree image for herself. We wish her loads of success in the times ahead.

  • Harsh Chhaya- The Shadow Master

    People associate Harsh Chhaya more with television and as a Bollywood film actor and just a few know that Harsh Chhaya is also an accomplished director. His directorial venture, A Puzzle, in which he has also acted, is featured in Shotz7 website. A skillful director, Harsh has delivered a crisp and an engaging film, and both the critics and the general audience have received this movie well. Shot way back in 2010, Puzzle depicts the unrelenting efforts of a man to understand the real feelings and emotions of women in his life but fails miserably to fathom what really goes on inside the minds of the female species. Harsh shot into prominence in the mid nineties by playing KT on the television, a wealthy boss who has an extra martial affair with his married employee. Harsh has been instrumental in delivering mature and debonair content to the Indian television audiences. His subsequent roles include the one as the CEO Naveen Shroff in Madhur Bhandarkar’s Corporate and his role as a gay fashion designer in the critically acclaimed Fashion by the same director in 2008 were also hugely appreciated. Harsh wanted to break the mould as he found television to be 'creatively bankrupt' and aiming just to mint money rather than focusing on the creative aspects. Thus, to give vent to his creativity both as a writer and a director, Harsh Chhaya wrote, produced and directed A Puzzle in 2010. In his own words, Harsh has attempted to 'uplift the benchmark of sensibilities' rather than finding just the common minimum denominator in the public taste. This urge to create something different and meaningful is clearly reflected in ‘A Puzzle'. Harsh Chhaya still has a lot to offer in the world of cinema and we wish him a bright future ahead.

  • Mandira Bedi

    Besides being a talented actor, Mandira Bedi has done her bit to break the gender stereotypes entrenched in the Indian mindset by being the first female to host a series of prestigious cricketing events and IPL seasons alongside veterans like Harsha Bhogle and Charu Sharma. Besides this, the graceful Mandira Bedi is also involved in fashion designing and modelling. Mandira has already left an indelible mark on the television viewers by oozing sensuality and charisma both on screen and off screen.

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