Following is a list of movie personalities who will be participating at the “Mumbai Fully Booked, The Times of India’s Literary Carnival”. The literary festival will take place at Mehboob studio in Mumbai, from December 2 to 4.
Mira Nair at The Times of India’s Literary Carnival
Mira Nair is probably the most famous (and talented) Hollywood moviemaker of Indian origin. Mira Nair’s first movie was “Jama Masjid Street Journal”, which was her thesis project at Harvard. She made her commercial directorial debut in 1988, with Salaam Bombay, which was based on a homeless boy in Bombay. Mira Nair is married to Columbia University professor Mahmood Mamdani. She is currently filming “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” based on the book by Mohsin Hamid.
Mira Nair’s Filmography
Jama Street Masjid Journal, So Far From India, India Cabaret, Children Of A Desired Sex, Salaam Bombay!, Mississippi Masala, The Day the Mercedes Became a Hat, The Perez Family, Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love, My Own Country, Monsoon Wedding, Hysterical Blindness, 11’9″01 September 11 (Segment – “India”), Still, The Children are Here, Vanity Fair, The Namesake, Migration (AIDS Jaago), New York, I Love You (Segment – “Kosher Vegetarian”), 8 (Segment – “How can it be?”), Amelia.
Sooni Taraporevala at The Times of India’s Literary Carnival
Screen writer, movie director, and photographer. She has collaborated with her fellow Harvard buddy, Mira Nair, on Salaam Bombay, Mississippi Masala and The Namesake. She made her directorial debut with “Little Zizou”. Ms Taraporewala has also published an important book on the India’s Parsi Zoroastrian community, titled “Parsis: the Zoroastrians of India – A Photographic Journey”.
Sooni Taraporevala’s Filmography
Salaam Bombay!, Mississippi Masala, My Own Country, Such a Long Journey, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, The Namesake, Little Zizou
Jaideep Sahni at The Times of India’s Literary Carnival
Screenwriter, producer and songwriter who has worked on Khosla Ka Ghosla, Chak De – India, Bunty Aur Babli, Company, Aaja Nachle, etc. He has a contract with Yash Raj Films. Jaideep won the Best Story and Best Dialogue Filmfare awards for “Company”.
Jaideep Sahni Filmography
Screenwriter: Jungle, Company, Bunty Aur Babli, Khosla Ka Ghosla (also creative producer), Chak De! India, Aaja Nachle, Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year. Songwriter: Jungle, Naach, Bluffmaster!, Salaam Namaste, Bunty Aur Babli, Aaja Nachle, Johnny Gaddaar, Roadside Romeo, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Dil Bole Hadippa!, Tere Bin Laden, Dum Maaro Dum
Akshat Varma at The Times of India’s Literary Carnival
He is the immensely talented scriptwriter of the Indie hit “Delhi Belly”. In addition to writing the script for Delhi Belly, Akshat Varma was also the Assistant Director and lyricist of the movie. This California educated movie maker has now settled for a movie career in Mumbai. Akshat also has writing honors for the 2008 movie “The Ode” which is based on a gay Indian in Hollywood.
Akshat Varma Filmography
The Ode and Delhi Belly
Zoya Akhtar at The Times of India’s Literary Carnival
Producer, writer, lyricist and director who, with the success of “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara”, has completely come out of the shadow of her famous father (Javed Akhtar), mother (Honey Irani) and brother (Farhan Akhtar). Zoya made her directorial debut with “Luck By Chance”. Her last directorial venture was the hit movie “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara”. Zoya is current working as co-writer, with Reema Kagti, on the Aamir Khan starrer Talaash.
Zoya Akhtar Filmography
Director: Luck by Chance, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. Executive Producer: Lakshya, Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd, Luck by Chance. Writer & Lyricist: Bride & Prejudice.
Ayan Mukherjee at The Times of India’s Literary Carnival
28 year old Ayan Mukherjee won the Filmfare award for “Best Debutante Director” for “Wake Up Sid”. Ayan also wrote the screenplay for Swades. Ayan has movies in his genes. His father is the Bengali actor Deb Mukherjee, his uncle is actor Joy Mukherjee, his aunt is Tanuja, and Kajol, Tanisha and Rani are Ayan Mukherjee’s cousins. He is also Ashutosh Gowariker’s brother-in-law. Ayan’s next film is the Ranbir Kapoor- Deepika Padukone starrer, “Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani”.
Ayan Mukherjee Filmography
Swades, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (Assistant Director), Wake Up Sid.
Vikramaditya Motwane at The Times of India’s Literary Carnival
This immense talented writer used to be an assistant to Sanjay Leela Bhansali. He has written the script for Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal, Dev D. Vikramaditya made a promising debut with the critically acclaimed 2010 movie, Udaan.
Vikramaditya Motwane Filmography
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (Assistant Director), Devdas (AD), Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal (writer), Dev D (writer), Udaan (writer and director).
Prasoon Joshi at The Times of India’s Literary Carnival
Ad man, lyricist and screenwriter. Prasoon has published books even before he was 17 years of age. He has won Filmfare awards for best lyricist for Fanaa and Taare Zameen Par. Prasoon has worked on ads for Saffola, Marico, Coca Cola, Happydent, Asian Paints, Cadbury, etc.
Prasoon Joshi Filmography
Bhopal Express, Lajja, Love at Times Square, Kyon?, Aankhen, Hum Tum, Phir Milenge, Rok Sako To Rok Lo, Black, Rang De Basanti, Fanaa, Taare Zameen Par, Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic, Ghajini, Delhi 6, London Dreams, Sikandar, Break Ke Baad, Aarakshan
Gulzar at The Times of India’s Literary Carnival
Padma Bhushan awardee, Gulzar, is the Indian equivalent of the British Poet Laureate. Gulzar is a poet, lyricist, scriptwriter and director. Last year he won an Oscar and a Grammy for Jai Ho (Slumdog Millionaire). Gulzar has won 19 Filmfare awards and 5 National Film awards.
Kashmakash, Raavan, Raajneeti, Striker, Ishqiya, Veer, Kaminey: The Scoundrels, Billu, Yuvvraaj, Slumdog Millionaire, Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, Just Married: Marriage Was Only the Beginning!,Guru, Jaan-E-Mann: Let’s Fall in Love… Again, Omkara, The Blue Umbrella, Yahaan, Paheli, Bunty Aur Babli, Maqbool, Saathiya, The Web of the Witch, Mitr: My Friend, Filhaal, Aks, Fiza, Dil Se, Chachi 420 (lyricist), Maachis, Mammo, Maya, Lekin, Libaas, Ijaazat, Baseera, Sitara, Khubsoorat, Masoom, Angoor, Meera, Namkeen, Devata, Ghar, Khatta Meetha, Naram Garam, Faraar, Bharosa, Chupke Chupke, Sitara, Doosri Sita, Namak Haraam, Thodisi Bewafaii, Gol Maal, Ghar, Gharaonda, Mausam, Khushboo, Achanak, Aandhi, Parichay, Bawarchi, Koshish, Anubhav, Seema, Mere Apne, Anand, Guddi, Bilambita Lay, Khamoshi, Aashirwad, Do Dooni Char, Bandini, Purnima, Biwi Aur Makaan, Sunghursh, Prem Patra, Kabuliwala, Swami Vivekananda, Shriman Satyawadi
Swanand Kirkire at The Times of India’s Literary Carnival
Multi talented Swanand kirkire is a lyricist, playback singer, dialogue writer, music director and actor. His songs “Bande Me Tha Dum – Vande Mataram” (Lage Raho Munna Bhai) and “Behti Hawaa Sa Tha Who” (3 Idiots) have won the National Film Award for Best Lyrics.
Swanand Kirkire Filmography
Singer: Striker, 3 Idiots, Gulaal, Uttaran, Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, Parineeta, Sehar, Eklavya, Khoya Khoya Chand. Music Director: Ajab Teri Karni Maula – Striker. Lyricist: Maula Ajab Teri Karni Maula – Striker, Laaga Chunari Mein Daag, Khoya Khoya Chand, Eklavya: The Royal Guard, Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Jai Santoshi Maa, Sehar, Kal- Yesterday & Tomorrow, Parineeta, Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, 3 Idiots, Paa, Lafangey Parindey, Yeh saali zindagi, Singham. Dialogue writer: Eklavya: The Royal Guard, Chameli, Sivaji, Enthiran. Associate Director: Chameli, Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, Calcutta Mail.
Anurag Kashyap at The Times of India’s Literary Carnival
Anurag is arguably the most famous present day Indie/Alternative movie maker in India. His experimentation and movie subjects are hard hitting. Ever new movie is eagerly anticipated. Anurag wears multiple hats – director, writer, producer and actor. This zoology graduate from Delhi University was heavily influenced by Vitorio de Sica’s Bicycle Thieves. Anurag’s college years and his first 10 years in Mumbai make for fascinating reading and give some insight into the movie maker that he has turned into. Anurag Kashyap is married to actress Kalki Koechlin and his younger brother, Abhinav Kashyap, is a much sought after director after the super hit Dabangg.
Anurag Kashyap Filmography
Gangs of Wasseypur, That Girl in Yellow Boots, Mumbai Cutting, Gulaal, Dev.D, Return of Hanuman, No Smoking, Black Friday, Paanch, Last Train to Mahakali, Mumbai Cutting, Udaan, Gulaal, Fool N Final, Water, Paisa Vasool, Kaun?, Shool, Last Train to Mahakali, Satya, Shaitan, Michael, Aamir.
Kareena Kapoor at The Times of India’s Literary Carnival
Born to Indian movie royalty, in a short career of 11 years, Kareena Kapoor has won 6 Filmfare awards (Refugee, Chameli, Dev, Omkara, Jab We Met and We Are Family). Kareena made her debut in J.P. Dutta’s “Refugee”, alongside fellow debutante Abhishek Bachchan. Kareena is also the face of brands such as Airtel, Gitanjali, Sony Viao, Vivel, etc.
TOI Literary Carnival from December 2 to 4 at Mehboob Studio, Mumbai