Kaizad Gustad

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Kaizad Gustad
Born 1968
Nationality Indian
Occupation Film director, Writer
Years active 1998-present
Known for Bombay Boys (film)
Of No Fixed Address (novel)

Kaizad Gustad (born 1968) is an Indian film director and writer based in Mumbai, India. He is best known for his 1998 comedy Bombay Boys. In his career as an author, he has also written three books, Of No Fixed Address published in 1998 by Harper Collins, The Road to Mandalay and 7 Storeys.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Gustad was born in Bombay (now Mumbai) into a wealthy Parsi-Iranian family.[3] He has an older brother and a younger sister.[4] He grew up on a farm in the outskirts of Wadi, a town in the Gulbarga district of Karnataka, where his father and grandfather owned cinema theaters and a stone quarrying business. He first attended the Cathedral and John Connon School in Bombay and then studied at St. Paul's School, Darjeeling. At the age of sixteen, he moved along with his family to Sydney, Australia. He later attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts to study film.

Career[edit]

At the age of 18, Gustad left home and started traveling to different parts of the world. He kept a diary on his travels and called it "Of No Fixed Address," in reference to the fact that he had no fixed address for three years. He used this diary as the basis for his book of short stories entitled Of No Fixed Address, which was published in 1998.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Bombay Boys[edit]

At 28, Gustad wrote and directed his debut feature film Bombay Boys. It starred Naseeruddin Shah, Naveen Andrews and Tara Deshpande among others. It was a break out commercial and critical cult success, paving the way for independent cinema in India. It also travelled to several film festivals worldwide and premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 1998, followed by the Vancouver and London Film Festivals. The film was nominated for best film at Verzaubert, Berlin.[3][5]

Boom[edit]

Gustad's next film as writer and director was Boom, which had an ensemble cast like Amitabh Bachchan, Zeenat Aman, Jackie Shroff, Gulshan Grover, Padma Lakshmi, Madhu Sapre and launched Katrina Kaif. It was released worldwide.[6]

Later films[edit]

Gustad's third film, Bombil and Beatrice, was a British arthouse film made in English, and his fourth and latest offering was Jackpot, a film set in a casino in Goa, starring Sunny Leone and Naseeruddin Shah. The premiere of Jackpot was held at PVR Cinemas in Juhu, Mumbai, and was attended by Shah Rukh Khan.[7] It was released worldwide.

Personal life[edit]

Gustad dated Miss World Diana Hayden in 1998, during the release of Bombay Boys. In January 2004, he married Alexandra Ritt, an American woman. He has two sons, Zahaan and Zakary.[8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gustad, Kaizad (1999). Of no fixed address. New Delhi: HarperCollins India. ISBN 8172233469. 
  2. ^ Gustad, Kaizad (2005). The road to Mandalay : South East Asia on speed (1st ed.). Mumbai, India: Below the Line Productions. ISBN 8190316907. 
  3. ^ a b Jigna Desai. Kaizad Gustad (1968- ). 
  4. ^ a b Lata Khubchandani. "Kaizad's 'Boom' creates a boom in Bollywood!". India Syndicate. 
  5. ^ Ravi, Joshy (10 February 1999). "Better be original than be different". The Week. 
  6. ^ "Boom". IMDB. 
  7. ^ "Sunny Leone sizzles at Jackpot premiere, Shah Rukh wants her as a co-star". India Today. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Kaizad Gustad weds". Sify. 
  9. ^ "Kaizad Gustad". IMDb.