Rajkumar Santoshi

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Rajkumar Santoshi
Rajkumar Santoshi at Bonny Duggal Bash
Rajkumar Santoshi at Bonny Duggal Bash
Born Rajkumar Santoshi
Chennai, Tamilnadu, India
Nationality Indian
Other names Rajji
Occupation Bollywood Film Director
Known for Ghayal, Pukar, Lajja, Andaz Apna Apna& Damini

Rajkumar Santoshi (Hindi: राजकुमार सन्तोषी) is an Indian film director and producer of Hindi films.

Personal Life[edit]

He is the son of producer-director P.L. Santoshi and his second wife. Rajkumar was born in Chennai.[1]

Career[edit]

Santoshi started his career as an assistant director and worked with Govind Nihalani during the filming of Ardh Satya (1982). He has given colossal hit films at the box office and is known to be one of the most successful directors in Bollywood. His notable films as director include Ghatak: Lethal, Pukar and The Legend of Bhagat Singh. He won the Filmfare Best Director Award for Ghayal (1990) and Damini (1993), both starring Sunny Deol.[2][3]

Santoshi is known to be one of the most versatile directors as he has directed films of all genres except sci-fi. His film Pukar focused on Indian army and court martial thereafter to its protagonist played by Anil Kapoor. Damini portrayed the justice and law of India. Andaz Apna Apna was a comedy which emerged as a cult in Hindi film history. Barsaat was a romantic action drama, which marked the debut of actor Bobby Deol. Lajja (2001) was a woman oriented film about four Indian women belonging to different strata of society. The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002) saw Ajay Devgan as a freedom fighter. The film won a National Film Award and Filmfare Award.[4][5] Khakee (2004) was another success for Santoshi. His films Family (2006) and Halla Bol (2008) did not do well at the box office. In 2009, his film Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani starring Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif emerged as one of the biggest hits of that year. His last release is Phata Poster Nikla Hero (2013), a masala Bollywood entertainer film starring Shahid Kapoor and Ileana D'Cruz. The film will be produced by Ramesh Taurani of TIPS Industries.

Personal life[edit]

Santoshi lives in Juhu with his wife Manila Santoshi. He has two children: a son, Ram and a daughter, Tanisha.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1982 Ardh Satya Assistant director
1982 Vijeta Assistant director
1990 Ghayal Director, Writer Filmfare Award for Best Director
Filmfare Award for Best Story
1993 Damini Director, Writer (Story & Screenplay)
Producer
Filmfare Award for Best Director
1994 Andaz Apna Apna Director, Writer Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Director
1995 Barsaat Director, Writer
1996 Ghatak Director, Writer Filmfare Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Director
1996 Halo Actor
1998 China Gate Director, Writer Filmfare Award for Best Dialogue
1998 Vinashak Writer (screenplay)
1998 Doli Saja Ke Rakhna Co-producer
1999 Jaanam Samjha Karo Writer (screenplay)
Co-producer
2000 Pukar Director, Writer
2001 Lajja Director, Writer
2002 The Legend of Bhagat Singh Director, Writer
2002 Dil Hai Tumhaara Writer (screenplay)
2004 Khakee Director, Writer -
2006 Family: Ties of Blood Director, Writer
2008 Halla Bol Director, Writer
2009 Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani Director, Writer
2013 Phata Poster Nikla Hero Director, Writer
2014 Hum Honge Kamyaab Director, Writer Announced

References[edit]

  1. ^ "I was not able to give my father even one meal with my money: Rajkumar Santoshi". The Times Of India. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "The Winners - 1993". The Times Of India. Retrieved 9 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "The Winners - 1990". The Times Of India. Retrieved 9 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "The Winners - 2002". The Times Of India. Retrieved 9 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "Devgan bags National Award for Bhagat Singh". The Tribune. 27 July 2003. Retrieved 9 December 2010. 

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