Part stand-up comedy, part-musical and part-biting diatribe on socio-political issues, Aisi Taisi Democracy is a refreshing satire political/musical act that tells the truth about our times, crafting it in the form of songs and stories. Lead by an illustrious lot, the act features fusion folk band Indian Ocean's bassist and vocalist Rahul Ram, Delhi's angry satirist Sanjay Rajoura and lyricist/comedian Varun Grover. The show is a mixed bag of personal stories, talks about various issues like border relations, elections, politics, et al, and dares to ask some uncomfortable questions while keeping you in splits throughout. Not recommended for those who are easily offended
After a sparkling career as the head of the kitchen brigade for globally recognized chains Marriott and Starwood, and after successfully hosting food shows on two of India’s leading television channels Chef Ajay Chopra has reinvented himself. He is now taking on the role of entrepreneur in the brick and mortar world and is building his personal brand in the digital space. Ajay began his career with the Cecil Oberoi in Shimla. He then joined the Oberoi Center for Learning and Development from where he completed the culinary and management training program, graduating as a gold medallist. His first assignment as a chef was at Kandahar, the Indian specialty restaurant at the Oberoi New Delhi. In addition to Kandahar he was also responsible for the hotel’s banqueting operations as well as the coffee shop.
With more than 700 shows across three continents, Amit is one of the best known observational comics in India. He is known as 'The Married Guy' in the stand-up comedy circuit. After two kids and one marriage, he realized it couldn't get any worse and took to comedy. In the last three years he has toured three solo shows across India and has co-produced three other shows. He was also responsible for bringing a popular comedy face-off show of Singapore, Fight Comic to India. He also hosts a weekly show on Radio City 91.1.
Anupam Kher is an Indian actor who has appeared in over 500 films and many plays. Mainly working in Hindi films, he has also appeared in acclaimed international films.
Sehwag holds multiple records including the highest score made by an Indian in Test cricket. He also holds the distinction of being one of four batsmen in the world to have ever surpassed 300 twice in Test cricket, and the only one to score two triple centuries and take a five-wicket innings haul. He is currently well praised throughout the country for his witty humor-filled tweets on the micro-blogging site Twitter relating to current affairs.
Ashish Diwansingh Nehra is an Indian cricketer who has represented India internationally since 1999. He embodies various virtues of a left- handed bowler- pace, accuracy, strategic variations in line and length, and the ability to swing the ball both ways. He has been particularly effective with the new ball and at the death overs. Ashish Nehra was also famously called "one of the best bowlers that the Indian team has ever seen", by Ravi Shastri. M.S. Dhoni also suggested Nehra's name as the future bowling coach for India considering his massive experience, his ability to easily swing the ball both ways and his amazing performance even when bowling under pressure.
Pullela Gopichand is a former Indian badminton player. Presently, he is the Chief National Coach for the Indian Badminton team. He won the All England Open Badminton Championships in 2001 becoming the second Indian to achieve this feat after Prakash Padukone. He runs the Gopichand Badminton Academy. He received the Arjuna Award in 1999, the Dronacharya Award in 2009 and the Padma Bhushan – India's third highest civilian award – in 2014.
Kalki Koechlin is an Indian actress and writer of French descent. Apart from acting in films, Koechlin is also a regular presence in theater productions in the country. An acclaimed actress in the Indian film industry for her unconventional body of work, she is the recipient of a National Film Award, a Filmfare Award and two Screen Awards, among other accolades.
Ananya Birla is an Indian musician and Entrepreneur. She is the founder of Svatantra Microfinance, a company that provides microfinance to woman in rural India. She is also founder of CuroCarte and cofounder of Mpower
Baba Ramdev is a yoga guru. He is the founder of Divya Yog Mandir Trust in 1995, and was featured by Aastha TV in its morning yoga slot. He is the reason why half the nation and a number of celebrities from India & abroad started practicing Yoga. Celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Shilpa Shetty are some of his disciples, among others. He is known for his work in ayurveda, business, politics and agriculture and is also the founder of Patanjali Group of Institutions.
Shashi Tharoor is an Indian politician and a former diplomat who is currently serving as Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala since 2009
One of the pioneers of Television Advertising, the man who has ruled the advertising world with his brand of irreverent humor, memorable brand building campaigns and has created award winning commercials for the most reputed corporations and agencies. Known as the Ad Guru of India, he has been instrumental in changing the face of advertising in our country bringing in the appropriate “regional Indianness” and values into an urban context through his films, creative workshops, articles and interviews.
Rashmi Pitre, an actress, painter and a poetess is known for her concept- ‘ Painting with Poetry’ in which she beautifully merges her own poems with her paintings. Recently she received the prestigious BMC’s ‘Mumbai Mayor Award 2017’ from the Mayor of Mumbai. She has also received the ‘Golden Achiever Award’ from renowned Jury members of the film fraternity. She has received the Spandan’s Best Artist Award and the Social Award for Artist’s Contribution in Social Work. She is also a recipient of the Humanity First Foundation Award for social work and is being announced as the Recipient of Laadli Award- the ‘Daughter’s Special Achievement Award’ while having received Best Actress Awards for her acting in State and National Drama Competitions more than 11 times. She has acted in numerous major shows of the Indian Television while also playing supporting roles in various Hindi and Marathi movies and has completed more than 2000 episodes on TV till date.
Abhinav Bindra is an Indian businessman and retired professional shooter who is a World and Olympic champion in the 10 m Air Rifle event. By winning the gold in the 10 m Air Rifle event at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, he became the first Indian to win an individual gold medal at the Olympic Games.He is the first and only Indian to have held both the World and Olympic titles at the same time, a feat he accomplished by capturing the Gold Medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, after having won the gold at the 2006 ISSF World Shooting Championships. Abhinav won Gold Medal in 2014 Commonwealth Games at Glasgow.Bindra feels that he has no talent and his only talent is that he can practise regularly, diligently and honestly. He said that he had a dream of winning gold medals in Olympics from the very first day he started shooting practice. According to him, most Indian parents do not consider sports as a profession. Bindra wants people to look up sports as a serious profession in India
Sonam Wangchuk is the founder of SECMOL, an alternative school dedicated to students failed by the system. Along with his students, he created a ground breaking method of storing water - the Ice Stupa, thereby solving the water shortage problems of thousands of Ladakhi farmers. For this, he received the prestigious Rolex Award for Enterprise. In this talk, he illustrates the various issues with the present system of education and puts forth his vision to create a people’s university where students would learn through practical application and solving real life problems. Watch this talk and let Sonam Wangchuk paint a beautiful picture of what our education system could look like. Inventor, Engineer and an Education Reformist. Founder of SECMOL. Rolex Award recipient.
Boman Irani is an Indian film and theatre actor, voice artist and photographer of Parsi Irani descent. He is widely known for his comedic and villain roles in Bollywood films such as Don, Munna Bhai MBBS, 3 Idiots, Happy New Year, PK and Dilwale. Irani was dyslexic and had ADHD and had a lisp. He got over his lisp eventually. He did a polytechnic diploma course, after which, he joined the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower and worked there as a waiter and in room service. Irani began his acting career in theatre and moved to films in 2000. Irani gained attention for his role in the 2003 comedy Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.. He later appeared in Lage Raho Munna Bhai for which he received several IIFA award nominations and in 3 Idiots opposite Aamir Khan which earned him a Filmfare Award and a Star Screen Award for Best Actor in a Villainous Role.
Chetan Bhagat is the author of nine blockbuster books. These include seven novels—Five Point Someone (2004), One Night @ the Call Center (2005), The 3 Mistakes of My Life (2008), 2 States (2009), Revolution 2020 (2011), Half Girlfriend (2014) and One Indian Girl (2016) and two non-fiction titles— What Young India Wants (2012) and Making India Awesome(2015). Chetan’s books have remained bestsellers since their release. Four out his five novels have been already adapted into successful Bollywood films and the others are in process of being adapted as well. The New York Times called him the ‘the biggest selling English language novelist in India’s history’. Time magazine named him amongst the ‘100 most influential people in the world’ and Fast Company, USA, listed him as one of the world’s ‘100 most creative people in business’. 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. Chetan quit his international investment banking career in 2009 to devote his entire time to writing and make change happen in the country. He lives in Mumbai with his wife, Anusha, an ex-classmate from IIM-A.
Zoya Akhtar is an Indian film director and screenwriter. After completing a diploma in filmmaking from NYU, she assisted directors such as Mira Nair, Tony Gerber and Dev Benegal, before turning writer-director in her own right. She has directed movies such as Luck by Chance (2009), Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) and Sheila Ki Jawani, a segment of Bombay Talkies (2013). She has co-written Talaash (2012) alongside Reema Kagti. She then went on to direct Dil Dhadakne Do (2015), a film based on a dysfunctional Punjabi family.
Anurag Kashyap is an Indian film director, writer, producer and actor, known for his work in Hindi cinema. For his contributions to film, the Government of France awarded him the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) in 2013. After writing a television serial, Kashyap got his major break as a co-writer in Ram Gopal Varma's crime drama Satya (1998), and made his directorial debut with Paanch, which never had a theatrical release due to censorship issues. He then went on to direct Black Friday (2007), a film based on the book by Hussain Zaidi about the 1993 Bombay bombings. Its release was held up for two years by the Central Board of Film Certification because of the pending verdict of the case at that time, but was released in 2007 to widespread critical appreciation. Kashyap's followup, No Smoking (2007) met with negative reviews and performed poorly at the box-office. His next venture Dev.D (2009), a modern adaptation of Devdas was a critical and commercial success; followed by the political drama Gulaal (2009), and the thriller That Girl in Yellow Boots (2011). His prominence increased with the two-part crime drama, Gangs of Wasseypur (2012). His next films were Bombay Talkies (2013), Ugly (2014) and Bombay Velvet (2015). In 2016, Kashyap directed Raman Raghav 2.0, a film based on the serial killer Raman Raghav. His next film was the sports drama Mukkabaaz, which was released in 2018. Apart from filmmaking, Kashyap serves as the Member of board of the Mumbai-based NGO, Aangan, which helps protect vulnerable children around India. He is the founder of two film production companies: Anurag Kashyap Films, Phantom Films with partnership from directors Vikramaditya Motwane and Vikas Bahl and producer Madhu Mantena.
Sahabzade Irfan Ali Khan, credited as Irrfan Khan or simply Irrfan, is an Indian film actor, known for his work predominantly in Hindi cinema, as well as his works in British films and Hollywood. Film critics, contemporaries and other experts consider him to be one of the finest actors in Indian cinema for his versatile and natural acting. Marked his screen debut in 1988 with the Academy Award-nominated Salaam Bombay!, Khan received the Padma Shri (2011), India's fourth highest civilian honour for his contribution to the field of arts. Khan has garnered the National Film Award for Best Actor in the 60th National Film Awards 2012 and a Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor for his performance in Paan Singh Tomar. Khan has won the 2014 Asian Film Award for Best Actor, three International Indian Film Academy Awards, three Filmfare Awards, an Independent Spirit Award nomination, and various international honours. He also hosted a television show and commercials. Khan is featured in more than fifty Indian films, and other international works such as The Namesake, The Darjeeling Limited, the Academy Award winner Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi, New York, I Love You, The Amazing Spider-Man, Jurassic World, and Inferno. In September 2015, he was appointed as the brand ambassador for "Resurgent Rajasthan", a campaign by the state government of Rajasthan. In the year 2017, his solo lead film Hindi Medium became a super hit at the box office, garnered significant praise from critics, and earned Khan the 2017 Filmfare Award for Best Actor for the role.
Navjot Singh Sidhu is an Indian politician, television personality and former cricketer. He currently serves as the Minister of Local Government, Tourism, Cultural Affairs, and Museums of the State of Punjab. As a professional cricketer, Sidhu had a career spanning over 19 years after his first-class debut in 1981–82. After losing his place in the national team after his international debut in 1983–84, Sidhu returned to score four half-centuries in the 1987 World Cup. Playing mostly as a top-order batsman, Sidhu went on to play in 51 Tests and 136 One Day Internationals for the country. He came to be known for his six-hitting ability and earned the sobriquet 'Sixer Sidhu'. After retirement, he turned to commentary and television, most notably as a judge of comedy shows, and as a permanent guest in Comedy Nights with Kapil (2013–15) and later The Kapil Sharma Show (since 2016). He was a contestant in the reality television show Bigg Boss (2012). Sidhu joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2004 and contested the general election from Amritsar. He won the election and held the seat till 2014 winning also the next election. He was nominated to the Rajya Sabha in 2016 from Punjab before he resigned from the position the same year and quitting the party. In 2017, he joined the Indian National Congress and was elected to the Punjab Legislative Assembly from Amritsar East.
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