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.
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.
Varun Agarwal is an Entrepreneur, Bestselling Author, Motivational Speaker and Filmmaker. He has given over 500 talks in 8 different countries at the top corporations and colleges. His talks and videos have been seen by over 10 million people globally and have a following of over half a million people. His entrepreneurial journey started at the age of 21. Launched his company Alma Mater in 2009. Alma Mater is an E-Com brand that provides customized merchandise to students of schools and colleges. In a matter of 3 years, they were able to grow Alma Mater from 0 to a Million dollars in revenue. As an author, he penned a book – How I Braved Anu Aunty and Co-Founded a Million Dollar Company at the age of 23. The book is a National Bestseller with more than half a million copies sold. It's being made into a motion picture by Nitesh Tiwari (Director of Dangal).
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