Anupam Kher is one of India’s most acclaimed and versatile actors. He is also a film producer, an acting school founder, and an award-winning philanthropist. He has acted in 450 films and more than 100 plays. Kher has won the Filmfare Award for ‘Best Performance in a Comic Role’ five times, and holds the record as the only actor in the industry to have won eight consecutive Filmfare awards. He also won the 14th IIFA award for ‘Outstanding Contribution by an Indian to International Cinema’ in 2013. In 2004 he was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India for his contribution to Indian cinema, the fourth highest civilian award. In recent years, Kher is frequently sought after by business schools and corporates, to provide life coaching. Kher received the Dalai Lama Award for his work with underprivileged children.
Sanjeev Bikhchandani, co-founder of Info Edge (owner of Naukri.com, Jeevansathi.com, 99acres.com, Shiksha.com, NaukriGulf.com), is a distinguished entrepreneur. His accolades include the "Ernst and Young – Entrepreneur of the Year" award (2008) for transformative business leadership, along with the Dataquest Pathbreaker Award and the Teacher's Achievement Award for Business. Beyond Info Edge, he's associated with Ashoka University and has a background with The Pioneer, HMM, and Lintas. Bhikchandani served as TiE Delhi's President and on the Global Board of Trustees. His contributions extend to FICCI's National Executive, AIMA's National Council, and chairs NASSCOM's Internet Council. Sanjeev is a multifaceted leader, recognized for shaping the landscape of online businesses in India and contributing significantly to the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Chetan Bhagat is the author of nine blockbuster books which usually stand on the bestsellers lists across the country. His novels namely Five Point Someone, One Night at the Call Center, The 3 Mistakes of My Life, 2 States and Half Girlfriend have been already adapted into successful Bollywood Productions. The New York Times called him the biggest selling English language novelist in India's history. Bhagat was included in Time magazine's list of World's 100 Most Influential People in 2010. Chetan writes columns for leading English and Hindi newspapers, focusing on youth and national development issues. He is also a motivational speaker and screenplay writer.
Yashraj Mukhate, a name that has transcended the boundaries of innovation and musical ingenuity, has captured the hearts of millions across the globe. Known for his extraordinary talent in transforming ordinary moments into captivating melodies, Yashraj has become a household name synonymous with creativity in the world of music. He is is an Indian music producer, composer, YouTuber and social media personality. He recently started a new venture and unveiled his very first original track, "Rasmalai," presented under his own label, YM Originals. He was the creator of the viral vieo- 'Rasode Mein Kaun Tha'. He believes that rhythm is connected to our anatomy so closely that rhythm and music is there right from before our birth, the very core level music connection to our human anatomy and that is what makes it very relatable.
A versatile and transformative news personality with over two decades of experience, Navika Kumar is a name to reckon with in News Broadcasting in India. Navika leads the editorial mandate of Times Now Navbharat. Under her leadership, the Hindi news channel has built a strong affinity with the viewers and advertisers alike, within a year of its launch. In her role as the Group Editor of Times Network, Navika drives the Political Reporting strategy for the Network’s news brands and its digital entity. An integral part of the Network’s flagship brand, TIMES NOW since inception, Navika anchors the primetime show ‘The Newshour’ @ 9 pm & the popular interview format show ‘Frankly Speaking’ on the channel.
Tisca Chopra is an Indian actress, author and film producer. She has acted in over 45 feature films in different languages. Taare Zameen Par, her best known feature film, was India's official entry to the Academy Awards. It also won her Filmfare and other top nominations. Beyond her acting career, Tisca has worked with Sam Pitroda on the National Knowledge Commission, to help revamp the education system. And has authored a book called ‘Acting Smart’ which talks about the ingredients needed to live a successful life. She is passionate about health and wellness and likes to motivate people to adopt healthy lifestyle options and be positive about their body and be well groomed.
V.V.S. Laxman is a former renowned Indian cricketer. He is widely regarded as one of the Best batsman in the Test match format of the game. His knock of 281 against Australia in Eden Gardens in 2001 was rated as the greatest Test performance of the last 50 years. He also has the record of highest partnership (376 runs) in the third inning of a test match. He was awarded with Arjuna Award in 2001 for his excellent cricketing performance. He was also named as Wisden Cricketer of the year 2002. He 2011, he was awarded the India’s fourth highest civilian award, Padma Shri. Since retirement, he has been a regular part of the Hindi commentary panel. Laxman inspires audiences with his insights on Building High Performance Teams and deep insight on how to develop Winning mindsets and Peak performance.
Shekhar Kapur is an award-winning director, producer and entrepreneur. He has not only become a prominent figure in Indian cinema, with films such as Mr India (1987) and Bandit Queen (1994) but also in western cinema, with films such as the Oscar-winning Elizabeth (1998) and Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007). In addition to his prolific contributions to cinema, Kapur has been an Honorary Scholar at MIT, and more recently, has become President of the Film and Television Institute of India. Questioning the structured existence of his early years spent as a professional Accountant, Management Consultant and Economist in the UK, he set off in search of a life of adventure. Since then he has been a Chat Show Host in the UK and India, an Actor in India, a Writer, Futurist and speaker at forums all over the world on the future of technology. He has also created popular comic books, animation films and characters.
Viswanathan Anand, India's inaugural Chess Grandmaster, embarked on his chess journey at the age of 6. Familiarly known as Vishy, he has amassed a remarkable list of achievements. As the first World Chess Champion from Asia and a former world No. 1, he holds five world championship titles, triumphing in various game formats. An unparalleled figure in the chess world, Anand stands as one of only two individuals to clinch the Classical, Rapid, and Blitz world championships. Furthermore, he remains the sole player to secure the world championship in Match, Tournament, and Knockout formats. As a distinguished ambassador of the sport, Viswanathan Anand commands profound respect and admiration in the realm of chess.
Dr. Shashi Tharoor is an award-winning author, politician, and former Under Secretary General of United Nations. He is also a member of Parliament in India, a third-term Lok Sabha MP representing the Thiruvananthapuram constituency. With a doctorate in International Relations and Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, he has authored several acclaimed books covering a wide array of topics from history to politics. Tharoor's eloquence and intellect have made him a prominent figure in Indian public life and international discourse.
Television celebrity, Masterchef India judge, author, restaurateur, food film producer and benefactor, chef Ranveer Brar is one of the most celebrated chefs in the country. He has set up restaurants in India (including a heritage hotel, Alila Fort Bishangarh) and abroad and curated the menu of many more (including cruise kitchens aboard Royal Caribbean). He was recognised as the youngest Executive Chef at 25 and the second chef to be featured on the Forbes Celebrity 100 list. He also pioneered the first ever Twitter video show called Ranveer On The Road, covering new destinations each season and exploring their cuisines and cultures. With a bestseller in his kitty, a popular host and judge on television and an artist both in and out of the kitchen, chef Brar calls himself a food-sufi on a constant culinary quest.
Actress, Entrepreneur, Creator, Presenter and Producer of The Tara Sharma Show, Tara has worked with brands like Hershey's, Byju's, Blue Star, Johnsons Baby, Pepperfry, Pampers and more. She has had celebrity guests like Virat Kohli, Mary Kom, John Abraham, Rohit Sharma and Sunil Chhetri on her show talking about inspiring kids through sport, inclusion, health and fitness, following dreams and more. She has worked in movies like Masti, Page 3 and “Khosla Ka Ghosla to name a few. Having had a corporate background, working at Accenture for a few years, then some yoyo-ing, then acting and now the show, Tara loves to combine her passions, being on screen, business and family!
Shraddha, aka Aiyyo Shraddha, hails from a Mangalorean family in Mumbai. Excelling in academics and securing a high-profile IT job, she always harbored dreams of performing but hesitated to pursue them. Transitioning to Bengaluru, she embraced her passion, becoming RJ Shraddha on Fever 104 FM for nine years. She later ventured into hosting dance reality shows and acting in Amazon Prime’s Pushpavalli. Now, she pioneers non-fiction programming at Colors Kannada. Recently, she ventured into sketch comedy on Instagram, showcasing her multilingual talents. With 157,000 followers, she tackles topics like online classes and lockdown frustrations, reveling in her newfound creative zone.
Saina Nehwal, India's trailblazing badminton athlete, etched her name in history as the first Indian to secure an Olympic medal in the sport. Her groundbreaking bronze at the London 2012 Games marked a pivotal moment. From the outset, she garnered attention, seizing the BWF World Junior Championships title in 2008. Despite her debut at Beijing 2008, it was her triumph at London 2012 that catapulted her to global acclaim. Born on March 17, 1990, in Haryana, Saina's badminton journey commenced at eight, after her family's relocation to Hyderabad. Her pursuit stemmed from bridging linguistic barriers and honoring her mother's badminton legacy. Representing India in the 2008 Beijing Olympics fulfilled both aspirations. A trailblazer, Saina reached Olympic quarter-finals, defeating world number five Wang Chen before an intense match against Indonesia's Maria Kristin Yulianti. Her journey symbolizes resilience, making her a pioneer in Indian badminton history.
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