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Tigmanshu Dhulia

Tigmanshu Dhulia (born 3 July 1967) is an Indian film dialogue writer, director, actor, screenwriter, producer and casting director known for his works in Hindi cinema and Television. He wrote the dialogues for the 1998 film Dil Se.., which was the first Bollywood film to chart in the UK top ten, and was screened at the Berlin International Film Festival. His directing career has also garnered international recognition with the biographical film, Paan Singh Tomar premiered at the 2010 BFI London Film Festival and the thriller drama Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster.

Paan Singh Tomar eventually went on to win the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in 2012. Similarly, his sequel film Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns had gained critical acclaim. He is also well known for his role as Ramadhir Singh in Anurag Kashyap's modern cult film Gangs of Wasseypur. Dhulia holds a Master's Degree in Theatre from the National School of Drama.

Early life and education

Dhulia, who has his roots in the hills of Uttarakhand was born and raised in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India, where his father was a judge at the Allahabad High Court and a secretary of the Students' Federation of India, student wing of the CPM, while his mother was a professor of Sanskrit. He was the youngest of three brothers, one later joined the Navy, while the other became a judge at the Uttarakhand High Court . He attended St. Joseph's College and Anglo Bengali Intermediate College, then Allahabad University where he majored in English, Economics and Modern History. During his studies here, he joined and became a member of the pro-Left Progressive Students' Organisation. After graduating in 1986 he took a Master's Degree in Theatre at the National School of Drama in New Delhi, completing the course in 1989.

Career

In 1990 he moved to Mumbai where he worked as casting director on the film Bandit Queen, a biopic of Phoolan Devi. He was casting director for 1995's Stiff Upper Lips, in which he also had a cameo role as a stallholder,[15] and 2000's The Warrior, directed by Asif Kapadia. Dhulia started his direction career, by assisting Pradip Krishen in Electric Moon (1992) and Ketan Mehta in Sardar (1993). Thereafter he turned to television, thus during the 90s Dhulia directed and produced several television programs, including the six-part Krishna's Dream for UK Channel Four. Kahani Ek Kanya Ki (1991) was written for Doordarshan, and Hum Bambai Nahin Jayenge (1993), for BI Television, was set in an acting school. 1996's Just Mohabbat was the story of a boy's coming-of-age, and Naya Daur (1995) adapted a classic Hindi novel by Bhagwati Charan Verma for Zee TV.

Dhulia's 1999 series Star Bestsellers, a sequence of six 45-minute short stories ("Ek Sham Ki Mulaqat", "Fursat Main", "Hum Saath Saath Hain Kya", "Anekon Hitler", "Musafir", and "Bhawaron Ne Khilaya Phool"), won him popular recognition.

His 2005 comedy Who Dus Din, for Star TV, satirised the Indian film industry, while Ek Duje Ke Liye, produced the same year and also for Star TV, was an adaptation of Neil Simon's play The Odd Couple. He also directed the TV serial 'Rajdhaani' for Starplus featuring Neha Dhupia.

He directed his first feature film, Haasil in 2003, a love story set among politicised students in northern India. The film was critically well received and has gained a cult following. Haasil was nominated for six awards (including best directorial debut) at the Zee Cine Awards, where it won for best screenplay. His second film Charas: A Joint Operation was a thriller concerning drug cartels, shot in marijuana-growing regions of Himachal Pradesh. In 2011, Tigmanshu has come up with two films – the first one being Shagird which released on 13 May and the second one was Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster.

Dhulia's film Paan Singh Tomar released on 2 March 2012 and won him wide critical acclaim including National Film Award for Best Feature Film. He has announced four other upcoming projects, Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns (2013), Milan Talkies, Jai Ramji, Bullet Raja, and Sultana Daku.

Recently he has been honoured with the life membership of International Film And Television Club of Asian Academy of Film & Television by Sandeep Marwah President Marwah Films & Video Studios.

In Spring 2013, Dhulia announced plans to produce a female oriented action film to be called Revolver Rani and to star Kangana Ranaut and Vir Das. According to Dhulia, it is a B grade entertainment movie and everybody will like it.

Awards

National Film Awards

  • National Film Award for Best Feature Film – Paan Singh Tomar – Director – 2013

Filmfare Awards

  • Filmfare Award for Best Screenplay – Paan Singh Tomar – 2013

Stardust Awards

  • Best Director – Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster – 2012

SAARC Film Festival

  • Filmfare Award for Best Screenplay – Paan Singh Tomar – 2013

Honours

  • Jury Member for India Film Project in 2013
  • Chief guest at 7th Filmsaaz where he was given lifetime membership of the prestigious University Film Club, Aligarh Muslim University.

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