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Sammir Dattani at Always Kabhi Kabhi Bash
January 27, 1982 |
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Sammir Dattani (Gujarati: સમીર દત્તાની) also known as Dhyan (Kannada: ಧ್ಯಾನ್) (in Kannada film industry) is an Indian film actor who acts in Bollywood, the Hindi Film Industry and Sandalwood, the Kannada Film Industry.
Sammir belongs to a Gujarati industrialist business family and was born and brought up in Mumbai. He did his schooling at Greenlawns and graduated from H.R college. Before turning to acting, Sammir was a national level roller skater and has won many awards at the all India level. The actor hails from a family which has been in the textiles business for over 50 years, besides being an active part of the business Sammir is also the owner of a restaurant and lounge in Kala Ghoda, Mumbai. Sammir currently lives in the Malabar Hills neighbourhood of south Mumbai.
Sammir has been facing the camera since the age of 17. He has been popular in many TV commercials and music videos, 'Valentine's Day' being among the famous ones.
Sammir started his Hindi film career with one of the biggest banners in Bollywood, Rajshri Productions. In his first Hindi film Uuf Kya Jaadoo Mohabbat Hai his performance was appreciated. It landed him roles in Madhur Bhandarkar's Corporate and Vikram Bhatt's Life Mein Kabhie Kabhie and films like Pyar Mein Twist where he got further recognition and appreciation for his talent, good looks and screen presence.
Most of his films in the Kannada film industry have been big hits. A few have been dubbed in Telugu and become hits there as well. In fact, his career in films began with the Kannada-language Nanna Preethiya Hudugi. The film celebrated its silver jubilee at the box office and fetched him the best debutant award in the South. A famous song from car car became a huge hit with the audience and continues to be a popular number. Besides hits like Monalisa, another Kannada film of his Amruthadhare made waves at the box office. It ran successfully for 25 weeks across cinema halls in Karnataka. The film even had the Big B (Amitabh Bachchan) make a special appearance, his only appearance in a South Indian film so far.
Now besides consolidating his career in Bollywood, he continues to do films in the South, where his screen name is 'Dhyan'.
In the Hindi film Mukhbir Sammir played the lead role of an undercover police informer. It was directed by Mani Shankar and starred senior actors like Om Puri, Suniel Shetty, and Jackie Shroff. Mukhbir won rave reviews and got Sammir lots of praise and fame; it also landed him some great films.
Shyam Benegal cast him in Well Done Abba (2010), alongside Boman Irani and Minissha Lamba. After premiering at international film festivals in Montreal, Dubai and London, the film had its commercial release 26 March 2010. It was very well received by all critics and garnered a lot of praise for Sammir. This film gave him a role which had great depth to showcase his acting talent, and he surprised all by pulling off a performance to match that of the senior actors. While reviewing Well Done Abba Taran Adarsh wrote "Samir Dattani is another revelation. The role gives him ample opportunity to showcase his talent and he does it with great restraint, without going overboard." His signature line "insaaniyat ke liye" will be memorable to all girls whose heartstrings he pulled. Shyam Benegal's directorial efforts and Sammir Dattani's talent has proven that the talented actor has come a long way.
Sammir has also acted in Dharma Production's I Hate Luv Storys, which was released on 2 July 2010 alongside Sonam Kapoor and Imran Khan.
|2001||Nanna Preethiya Hudugi||Puttu||Deepali||Nagathihalli Chandrashekhar|
|2005||Jootata||Sanju||Richa Pallod||N.S Shankar|
|2008||Neene Neene||Abhisekh||Aishwarya Nag||Shivadwaj|
|2010||Huduga Hudugi||Sachin||Lekha Washington/Sadha||Indrajith Lankesh|
|2010||Kutty||Arjun Devanayagam||Dhanush, Shriya Saran||A. Jawahar (Gemini Productions)|
|2004||Uuf Kya Jaadoo Mohabbat Hai||Yash||Pooja Kanwal||Rajshri Productions|
|2005||Pyaar Mein Twist||Sanjay||Soha Ali Khan||Perpect Picture Co.|
|2006||Corporate||Anmol Rawat||Minissha Lamba||Madhur Bhandarkar|
|2007||Life Mein Kabhie Kabhiee||Jai Gokhale||-||Vikram Bhatt|
|2008||Dhoom Dhadaka||Shama Sikander||Shashi Ranjan|
|2008||Mukhbiir||Mukhbir||Raima Sen||Mani Shankar|
|2009||Mallika||Saahil||Sheena Nayar||Wilson Louis|
|2010||Well Done Abba||Arif||Minissha Lamba||Shyam Benegal|
|2010||I Hate Luv Storys||Raj||Sonam Kapoor||Punit Malhotra (Dharma Productions)|