Short Biographies

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Ranganathan Madhavan

Actor Jamshedpur Jharkhand

Madhavan, or Maddy, is a versatile actor working in South Indian and Hindi movies. He was born on 1 June 1970 to a family of business professionals. Despite living in Bihar, his family remained grounded in their Tamilian roots and culture. Madhavan was very competitive during his school and college days. He became the Cultural Ambassador of India for his Alma Mater, was involved in military training, and even led NCC cadets in Maharashtra. During his trip to England under NCC, he received training from the British Army, The Royal Navy, and the Royal Air Force. He is a keen orator and has won Indian Championship for Public Speaking. While living in Mumbai, he wanted to set up an office, but due to limited funds, decided to do modeling for a little more income. Madhavan soon developed an interest in the film industry but his mother encouraged him to start with acting in commercials. Soon he landed on a sandalwood talc advertisement, which was directed by Santosh Sivan. This led to him later being recommended for a role in Iruvar (1997) but was left out of the project. He was later cast in Zee TV's daily soap ‘Banegi Apni Baat’ and ‘Ghar Jamai’. With the film ‘Alaipayuthey’ (2000) and its subsequent critical and commercial success, Madhavan found his breakthrough as an actor. He was critically acclaimed for movies like ‘Kannathil Muthamittal’, ‘Run’, ‘Rang De Basanti’, ‘3 Idiots’, ‘Tanu weds Manu’ and ‘Tanu weds Manu Returns’. In 2012, he suffered from chondromalacia patellae due to a knee injury during the shoot of ‘Vettai’ and during this time he decided to reinvent himself and focus on one film at a time. For his remarkable works on-screen characters, he has been awarded four Filmfare Awards South and three Tamil Nadu State Film Awards. He is also an active philanthropist and is a member of ‘PETA’. He believes that a strong storyline for a movie can easily win over audiences. He is considered one of those rare gems of Indian cinema who has a pan-Indian appeal, as he has established himself in seven different film industries in India.

Abhishek Kapoor

Film director Mumbai Maharashtra

Abhishek Kapoor, born 6 August 1971, comes from a filmy background. Ekta Kapoor and Tusshar Kapoor, his cousins, rose to stardom earlier in their lives, whereas his uncle Jeetendra holds a Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award. But things weren't the same for Abhishek Kapoor. His acting career did not take off with his role in ‘Uff! Yeh Mohabbat (1996)’. He then tried his hands in direction with the film ‘Aryan’ in 2006, which did not do well at the big screens. In 2008, he directed ‘Rock On!!’, the film that fetched him recognition and won him a National Award for “Best Hindi Film". His 2013 film ‘Kai Po Che!’, adapted from Chetan Bhagat's book ‘3 Mistakes Of My Life’, had its premiered at the 63rd Berlin Film Festival and received the Filmfare Award in 2014 for Best Screenplay. In 2016, he produced and directed ‘Fitoor’, an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ ‘Great Expectations’. In 2018, he directed ‘Kedarnath’, a romantic-drama film based on the 2013 Uttarakhand Floods, and is now preparing for the release of Ayushmann Khurrana and Vaani Kapoor starrer ‘Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui’. Each of Kapoor’s films is a celebration of India’s multi-cultural and multi-ethnic society, featuring the essence, nature, and settings of the country. This has caused each of his films to be completely different from each other, and therefore no signature trademark of the director. In an interview with ‘The Indian Express,’ he said “I feel that there is no similarity between the director who made Kai Po Che, Kedarnath or Rock On.” He believes that the core of direction should be to keep the essence of the film intact. Abhishek’s films are few and far between, but they have made an impact on audiences nonetheless. He goes on to say that ‘What your failure teaches you, your successes will never teach you.’ thus giving an insight into how he works wonders with his films.

Sukumar Bandreddi

Film director East Godavari Andhra Pradesh

Sukumar was born in a remote village of Andra Pradesh, Mattaparru. He came from a trader's family where education was preferred over passion. He is a mathematics graduate with a Master's degree. Soon after his graduation, he began working as a Physics and Mathematics lecturer in Aditya Junior College. A monotonous life soon caused fatigue, hampering his creativity, ultimately motivating him to venture out and find his passion in screenwriting. But this new passion posed a daunting challenge as being a student of science he needed to master channelizing his interests. He began working on the script of his first film, ‘Arya’. Arya was commercially successful; it grossed ₹ 160 million on a budget of ₹ 40 million, blessing overnight stardom to Sukumar. He held various accolades like the Telugu Filmfare Award For Best Director and the Best Screenplay Writer award. Soon after he started working on the film ‘Jagadam’ which did not fare well at the box office. During an interview, Sukumar revealed that he made Jagadam in a moment of bravado and innocence, and didn't really think about the audience's response. Most critics say that Sukumar's protagonists are wired differently in terms of psychology, with a grey side. To this Sukumar says, "We all have a lot of emotions and we suppress most of them fearing rejection. To achieve something, there must be a driving force and that could be jealousy which you term as negative" The Tollywood director opines that one doesn't always have to be on top, but growing through each critical review is very important.

Priyanka Chopra

Model Jamshedpur Jharkhand

Priyanka Chopra, better known in Bollywood as Desi Girl, won Miss World in 2000, at the mere age of 18. She hailed from a non-acting background. Both her parents served as Physcians in the Indian Military. Due to her parent's demanding careers, she had to frequently move across the country and across the globe too, which exposed her to various cultures, although she considers Bareilly as her home. When she was a teenager, Chopra moved to the United States. There, she participated in several theater productions, studied Western classical music and Choral singing. She had to endure racial bullying, but her modest and hardworking temperament helped her to overcome it. She started competing in several beauty pageant contests. She considers her Miss World title win the turning point for her career. In 2016, the Government of India honored her with the Padma Shri. Forbes India listed her among the World's 100 most powerful women. Her first film debut was supposed to be the 2002 movie Hamraaz, but due to several reasons she could not it fell through.Then again in 2003 she again made her debut with Hero: love story of a spy. Between 2005 and 2006, she rose to prominence, where she did 6 films in 2005. Soon after some highs and lows in her career, her ship sailed smoothly with her striking movies like ‘Barfi, Mary Kom, Fashion, Agneepath. Soon after her career went overseas with her Hollywood debut ‘Quantico’ and then ‘Baywatch’. But for Chopra, all the glitters are not gold when she said that in order to step into Hollywood she had to shed her Indian-ness and often losing her self and identity. But her diligence got her to the front posters. Chopra also supports various causes through her foundation "The Priyanka Chopra Foundation for Health and Education” and has worked with UNICEF since 2006 and in 2010 was appointed as the national UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. Nevertheless, Chopra never let worldly glam let her religious attributes down. She performs her Puja every morning at a small shrine at her house. She tied the knot with Nick Jonas, American singer-musician in 2018.