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12 August 1960
Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India.
Esmayeel Shroff (born 12 August 1960) is an Indian film director and writer, noted for his work in the Bollywood industry. His hit film Thodisi Bewafaii was famous among the crowd of the 1980s. The movie was written by his brother, Moin Ud Din Shroff.
Though he made his directorial debut on television, Esmayeel gained success with Thodisi Bewafaii. While working on the film, he started attracting a variety of roles in films including Agar - If, Love 86, Police Public, God and Gun, Zid, where he first teamed with long-term collaborator Pranlal Mehta. In 1986, Shroff's fame widened with the release of his movie - Agar - If, the first of a profitable film, that is a written by Moin Ud Din Shroff.
Shroff was born in Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh. His mother was Maryam Bi and his father, Shroff Abdul Kareem, was gold merchant. Shroff is of Indian descent on his father's side. Shroff began his education at the Govt School For Boys, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh. Shroff developed habit of following all the movie magazines and getting all the possible information.
Shroff graduated from the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli as a sound engineer after completing his education at NIT, Srinagar. He later went to Bombay, now Mumbai, to pursue his interest in films. He worked as Assistant Director to Bheem Singh and later directed his first film Thodisi Bewafaii, followed by other films in Bollywood.
Shroff directed Thodisi Bewafaii followed by Agar - If, God and Gun, Ahista Ahista, Zid, Police Public, Majhdhaar, Dil Akhir Dil Hai, Tarkieb, Bulundi, Nishchaiy, Surya and Jhuta Sach. He is currently directing the movie - Nazuk sa Modh which will be shot in Delhi. "I am going to be in Delhi during the shoot and would like to see the film should move in the right direction" said Shroff while leaving Mumbai for Delhi.