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|Born||Baffa (Aptabad) - Undivided India|
|Occupation||Film, Theatre, Television Director|
|Years active||1969 - till date|
Ramesh Talwar is an Indian film, theatre, television and film director, co-producer and actor. He is the nephew of the film writer, short story writer and playwright Sagar Sarhadi. Talwar began his career as a child artist in Love in Shimla (1958), Dhool Ka Phool (1959) and Phool aur Kaliyan (1960) ( Produced by V Shantaram; directed by Ram Gabale ) which was a National Award winner - Gold medal for best children's film.
He was Yash Chopra's assistant director for seven films between 1969 and 1979 and directed several 7 films 1977 onwards. He is best known for directing 2 successful films - Baseraa (1981) which garnered him a Filmfare Best Director Award nomination and Zamana (1985).He is also known for directing around 24 plays in theatre from 1963-2010 and for being theatre actor from 1957-2003.
Talwar's first film as director, Doosra Aadmi (1977), which starred Raakhee, Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Singh, Deven Verma, Parikshat Sahni and in special appearance Shashi Kapoor.His debut film received several Filmfare Award nominations for its lead heroine Rakhee but became a flop. He co-produced only one movie - Noorie in 1978. Among his 7 directorial ventures, only Basera and Zamana (1985) managed to be successful. Since the other films he directed did not work, he decided to make tele films and tele serials between 1988-2005, which did well.He made his debut as Theatre Director in 1963 and continued as one till 1983 after which he decided to concentrate on making films and tele films and tele serials. He made a comeback as theatre director in 1998 and continued to work in this field till 2013. He has directed around 25 theatre plays since 1963 to 2010.
His next film Aaj Phir Jeene ki Tamannaa Hai, starring Shatrughan Sinha, Rekha, Satish Shah and Hrishitaa Bhatt is yet to be released as of 2013. The film is produced by Punam S Sinha and Kamia Mulhotra and was shot in 2012.
Besides his dedication towards films, Talwar has been an Ardent Theatre personality as well. His association with theatre goes back to his childhood days when he joint Juhu Art Theatre which had personalities as members in the likes of Balraj Sahni. Udhali Hoi Kudi a Punjabi play was his prominent first play with Balraj Sahni in 1957.He was active as a theatre actor from 1959-1974. Acting took a back seat from 1975-1998 when he chose to be assistant director, later director in films, then tele films, tele serials and as theatre director.He made a comeback to theatre acting in 1999 and acted till 2003.
During his college days he actively participated in the intercollegiate drama competitions as a director and actor.
In 1968, Talwar joint IPTA (Indian Peoples Theatre Association) Bombay. He has done many plays with IPTA over the years. Some of his works are Shatranj Ke Mohre which inaugurated in 1971, Tanhai, Apan Toh Bhai Aise Hain, Kashmakash, Hum Deewane Hum Parwane, Aalll izz well with Shuturmurg, etc. In 1972, Talwar formulated and organised IPTA's first ICDC (Intercollegiate Drama Competition) which is a stage for young students to showcase their talent in front of dignitaries of the industry. IPTA's ICDC completed its 40th year in 2011.
Talwar's play Sheeshon ka Masiha (IPTA)is based on the life and times of Faiz Ahmed Faiz the poet and writer. Also his play Kaifi Aur Main (IPTA), which is based on the autobiographical work of the poet, writer, lyricist and freedom fighter Kaifi Azmi 's wife Shaukat Azmi. The play highlights her journey of life and love with her husband Kaifi Azmi. Both these plays are a tribute to two writer's and their journey of creativity. The cast of both the plays is Shabana Azmi, Javed Akhtar and Jaswinder Singh.
Apart from IPTA, Talwar has done some plays with various film personalities. These plays have been performed in many countries around the world. The plays are Khoobsurat (1998) with Pooja Bhatt, Maa Retire Hoti Hai (1999) and Dr Mukta (2000) with Jaya Bachchan, Pati, Patni aur Main (2002) with Shatrughan Sinha and Chupkay Chupkay with Zeenat Aman and then Kabuliwala starring Tanvi Azmi, Raman Kumar, Asif Sheikh and more.
Also he has been a Jury Member for Screen Awards, Filmfare Awards and Indian Films Panorama,3rd Eye Film festival awards and Mumbai Film Festival (MAMI) and the Chairman of Jury (TV awards by Screen)over the last few years.