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Mayur Puri is an Indian screenwriter, lyricist, actor and film-maker working in Mumbai. He written songs, screenplays and dialogue for several movies, including Om Shanti Om (2007) starring Shahrukh Khan directed by Farah Khan, where Mayur also did a cameo appearance (as the wanna be Gujju Director of 'Apahij Pyar'). He wrote dialogue for the Farah Khan film Happy New Year (2014). On 17 November 2014 Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences selected the screenplay of Happy New Year for its permanent Core Collection.
Mayur wrote the dialogue for India's first 3D Dance film ABCD: Any Body Can Dance. He also penned the songs for 'ABCD: Any Body Can Dance'. After the success of 'ABCD: Any Body Can Dance', Mayur wrote dialogue and songs for the second installment of the franchise ABCD: Any Body Can Dance 2.
Mayur recently directed Firdaws (2017), his first short film.
Mayur has aided in the adaptation and translation of American films into Hindi. He has penned the Hindi translation of Hollywood films like The Lion King (2019), Avengers – Endgame (2019), Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018), Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Thor Ragnarok (2017) Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019), Orange Is The New Black (2013–19), Jojo Rabbit (2019), Spies In Disguise (2019) and Locke and Key (2020).
Mayur hails from Ahmedabad, Gujarat, where he did most of his education, including a Master of Arts degree from University School of Languages and F.Y. Diploma in Dramatics from the Drama Department of Gujarat College (topped the university). He spent his early years writing and directing for local theatre and television, and after 8 years of experience, he moved from Ahmedabad to Mumbai in late 1999 and immediately landed a job with Sanjay Gadhvi, an Indian film director as his Chief Assistant Director. From the year 2000, he started writing screenplay and dialogues for films that he was assisting on. During his first year in Mumbai, he also wrote and acted in lead for a Gujarati play Amastaa Amastaa (2001).
In 1999, Mayur started in the film industry, by assisting Sanjay Gadhvi. They worked on three films together, one of which was Tere Liye, where Mayur was the chief assistant director. Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai (2002) was next and was Mayur's first as a screenwriter as well. Mere Yaar ki Shaadi Hai was made by Yash Raj Films. He next worked as an associate director on Dhoom (2004), an action film which was a departure from the production house's usual romantic and family-oriented movies.
In 2004, Mayur left Yash Raj Films and worked as an independent screenwriter and lyricist. His first film as an independent was My Name is Anthony Gonsalves, an adaptation of Julius Caesar). It released to a lukewarm response. His big break as a screenwriter came with Om Shanti Om. The dialogues in Om Shanti Om achieved widespread public appreciation, with phrases 'Ek chukti sindoor' and 'Picture abhi baaki hai mere dost' acquiring a cult status upon the release.
Next, Mayur was the creative director for the animation film Jumbo (2008) by Percept Picture Company, where Akshay Kumar voiced the titular character. He co-wrote Blue (2009) which was the first Indian film to be shot extensively underwater in the Bahamas with top technicians from Hollywood. However, the film failed at the box-office. Mayur then wrote the dialogues for Prince, and also had a supporting role as P.K.
In 2009, Mayur took a sabbatical from Bollywood and founded a story-telling institute for young children called Story Circus and conducted a workshop for aspiring film-makers in Goa with the help of Goa University. While he was busy with his activities Beyond Bollywood, Mayur's next hit at the box-office came in 2011 with Remo D'Souza's directorial debut F.A.L.T.U - the screenplay and dialogues for which Mayur had written a few years back.
After one of the sessions in Story Circus, Mayur bumped into Farah Khan who had come to pick her kids. While Mayur was still off Bollywood, Farah's Tees Maar Khan had released and she was starting to script her next project Happy New Year which she offered Mayur immediately. Also, around the same time, Pritam came back to Mayur and offered him to work on the songs of I Love New Year and Race 2. By 2012 Mayur returned to full-time writing with additional dialogue and lyrics of Remo D'Souza's next musical 'ABCD: Any Body Can Dance'. For this film's songs, Mayur collaborated with music director duo - Sachin-Jigar. In 2013 he wrote 26 songs as a lyricist.
Happy New Year released in 2014, the dialogues of the film written by Mayur were very well received. Apart from this, Mayur worked on the script of ABCD: Any Body Can Dance 2. His recent releases as a lyricist are Humshakals, Entertainment, Kick, All is Well and ABCD: Any Body Can Dance 2.
In a TV Interview with Komal Nahata it was indicated that Mayur is working on his directorial debut film which will be announced soon.
As a songwriter, Mayur has closely worked with composer Pritam on the albums for Race 2 (2013), Singh Is Kinng (2009) and Pyaar Ke Side Effects (2006), Chocolate, Garam Masala, Pyaar Ke Side Effects, Fight Club – Members Only, Singh Is Kinng, Jannat 2, Race 2, Shaadi Ke Side Effects. The latest release is 'Selfie Le Le Re' from Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015) starring Salman Khan.
Mayur recently directed Firdaws (2017), his first short film that has been doing festival rounds and has been the official selection in over 36 international festivals. Mayur has won 16 International Awards for Firdaws.
Ahmedabad Theatre, Commercials, TV shows (including 'DharmYuddh') which was the first Gujarati daily soap (edited and wrote also).
MUMBAI: Tere Liye was the first Hindi Film Mayur started to work as a First Assistant Director. It marked the launch of the Music duos Jeet-Pritam who are now working as independent music composers. The film was entirely shot in Ramoji Rao Filmcity (Hyderabad).
Mere Yaar ki Shaadi Hai was Mayur's first break as a screenwriter. He was also the Chief Assistant Director on the film. It was a light-hearted Romantic Family Drama that was received very well.
Mayur worked as the Associate Director on the first instalment of Dhoom.
Story Circus - In 2010, Mayur founded a theatre production group that creates live theatre and storytelling productions for educational institutions, corporates, and theatre enthusiasts. Read more about Story Circus here.
In 2011, Mayur started an initiative called FilmGoa - an effort to decentralize the mainstream film-making in India. It aimed to provide training and job support to aspiring film-makers and to facilitate film making activities in Goa. Mayur went on to give orientation lectures in more than 30 colleges in Goa, interacting with over 6000 students during this year long event. Out of hundreds of applicants from all over the country, 85 promising ones were chosen for a yearlong workshop, hosted by Goa University and Goa Tourism Development Corporation.
Mayur also undertakes Corporate Workshops for Middle and Upper Management, the sessions usually focus on creating ‘Brand Ambassadors through Broadcast and Social Media Content’ and ‘Decoding Creativity at Workplace. His clients include Radio Mirchi and Viacom.
For more info on Mayur's work and community initiatives please visit www.mayurpuri.com
Awards and nominations
|Filmfare Awards||2008||Om Shanti Om||Best Dialogue||Nominated|
|Li'l Star Awards||2008||Om Shanti Om||Best Dialogue||Won|
|German Public Bollywood Awards||2008||Om Shanti Om||Best Dialogue||Won|
|Star Screen Awards||2009||Singh Is Kinng||Best Lyrics – Teri Ore||Nominated|
|Star Guild Awards||2014||Race 2||Best Lyrics – Beintehaan||Nominated|
|Mirchi Music Awards||2016||ABCD 2||Best Lyrics – Chunar||Nominated|
|Feel The Reel International Film Festival||2017||Firdaws||3rd Best of the Fest Award||Won|
|Feel The Reel International Film Festival||2017||Firdaws||Audience Award||Won|
|Feel The Reel International Film Festival||2017||Firdaws||Best Screenplay||Nominated|
|Roma Cinema DOC||2017||Firdaws||Best International Short Film||Nominated|
|Baretower Forge World Film Competition||2017||Firdaws||Best Plot Development - Runner Up||Won|
|Los Angeles Film Awards||2017||Firdaws||Best Fantasy Film||Won|
|Festigious International Film Festival||2017||Firdaws||Best Fantasy Film||Won|
|Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards||2017||Firdaws||Best Foreign Film Short||Nominated|
|Top Shorts||2017||Firdaws||Best Fantasy Film||Won|
|Auckland International Film Festival||2017||Firdaws||Best Short Film||Nominated|
|Depth of Field International Film Festival||2017||Firdaws||Best of Show||Won|
|VOB Film Festival||2017||Firdaws||Shorts||Nominated|
|Top Indie Film Awards||2018||Firdaws||Best Original Idea||Won|
|Year||Film||Lyrics||Actor||Director||Dialogue Writer||Assistant Director / Associate Director||Notes|
|2000||Tere Liye||Yes||First Assistant Director|
|2002||Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai||Yes||Yes||Chief Assistant Director|
Screenplay & Dialogue
|2003||Fun2shh... Dudes in the 10th Century||Yes||Lyrics: Dhuan Dhuan|
|2005||Chocolate||Yes||Lyrics: Halka Halka, Khalish, Mummy|
|2005||Garam Masala||Yes||Lyrics: Falak Dekhun|
|2005||Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena||Yes||Lyrics: Ishq Hai Jhoota, Yaaron|
|2006||Fight Club – Members Only||Yes||Yes||Additional Dialogue|
Lyrics: Ye Khuda, Chhore Ki Baatein, Fight Club
|2006||Provoked||Yes||Lyrics: Zindagi (This version of the song Alive was recorded by Shreya Ghoshal but was not featured in the movie or officially released)|
|2006||Gangster||Yes||Lyrics: Bheegi Bheegi|
|2006||Pyaar Ke Side Effects||Yes||Lyrics: Tauba Main, Jaane Kya Chahe Mann, Is this love? Dil Tod Ke, Allah Bachaye, Bad Boy|
|2006||Apna Sapna Money Money||Yes||Lyrics: Paisa Paisa|
|2006||Naksha||Yes||Lyrics: U and I|
|2007||Om Shanti Om||Yes||Yes||Dialogue|
Role: Gujju Director
|2007||Hattrick||Yes||Lyrics: Ek Pal Ne, Rabba Khair Kare, Wicket Bacha|
|2007||Speed||Yes||Lyrics: Hello, Loving You, Tikhi Tikhi, Wanna Wanna|
|2007||Dhol||Yes||Lyrics: All Night Long|
|2008||Singh Is Kinng||Yes||Lyrics: Bas Ek King, Jee Karda, Teri Ore, Talli Hua, Bhootni Ke|
|2008||My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves||Yes||Story, Screenplay & Dialogue|
|2008||Love Story 2050||Yes||Dialogue|
|2008||Kidnap||Yes||Lyrics: Hey Ya, Haan Ji, Mausam, Meri Ek Ada Shola|
|2009||Billu||Yes||Lyrics: Love Mera Hit Hit|
Lyrics: Aaj Dil
|2009||Ek: The Power of One||Yes||Lyrics: Bang Bang|
|2010||Toh Baat Pakki!||Yes||Lyrics: Jis Din Mera|
|2011||F.A.L.T.U||Yes||Dialogue & Screenplay|
|2011||Hum Tum Shabana||Yes||Lyrics: Kaare Kaare|
|2011||Double Dhamaal||Yes||Lyrics: Chill Maaro|
|2011||Tell Me O Kkhuda||Yes||Yes||Dialogue & Screenplay|
Lyrics: Someone Somebody, Morchang, Janasheen, Love you Dad
|2012||Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya||Yes||Lyrics: Pee Paa, Fann Ban Gayi|
|2012||Jannat 2||Yes||Lyrics: Jannatein Kahaan|
|2012||Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum||Yes||Lyrics: Dil Garden Garden|
|2012||Ajab Gazabb Love||Yes||Yes||Dialogue & Screenplay|
|2013||Race 2||Yes||Lyrics: Be-Intehaan, Lat Lag Gayee, Allah Duhaayi Hai|
|2013||ABCD: Any Body Can Dance||Yes||Yes||Additional Dialogue|
Lyrics: Bezubaan, Psycho Re, Sorry Sorry, Chandu Ki GirlFriend, Duhaayi, Kar Ja Ya Mar Ja, Shambhu Sutaya, Sadda Dil Vi Tu
|2013||Himmatwala||Yes||Lyrics: Thank God It's Friday|
|2013||I, Me Aur Main||Yes||Lyrics: Dar-ba-dar|
|2013||Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story||Yes||Lyrics: Thoda Thoda, Hai Naa|
|2013||Commando||Yes||Lyrics: Lutt Jawaan, Saawan Bairi, Mungda, Lena Dena|
|2013||Issaq||Yes||Lyrics: Issaq Tera(Male), Issaq Tera (Duet)|
|2013||R... Rajkumar||Yes||Lyrics: Saree Ke Fall Sa|
|2014||Dishkiyaoon||Yes||Lyrics: Mere Type Ka Nahi Hai|
|2014||Shaadi Ke Side Effects||Yes||Lyrics: Vyah Karke Pachhtaya|
|2014||Humshakals||Yes||Lyrics: Hum Paagal Nahi Hai, Barbaad Raat|
|2014||It's Entertainment||Yes||Lyrics: Johnny Johnny, Veerey Di Wedding|
|2014||Kick||Yes||Lyrics: Tu Hi Tu, Tu Hi Tu (Reprise)|
|2014||Radio Mirchi Song||Yes||Lyrics: Tere Bina Main - Mirchi Song|
|2014||Finding Fanny||Yes||Lyrics: Shake Your Bootiya|
|2014||Happy New Year||Yes||Dialogue|
|2015||Coke Studio||Yes||Lyrics: Sawan Mein|
|2015||ABCD: Any Body Can Dance 2||Yes||Yes||Dialogue|
Lyrics: Bezubaan Phir Se, Bezubaan Phir Se Reprise, Happy Hour, Happy Budday, If You Hold My Hand, Naach Meri Jaan, Tattoo Song, Maayi Teri Chunariya, Hey Gannraya, Vande Mataram
|2015||I Love NY||Yes||Lyrics: Gud Nal Ishq, Halki Halki, Aaja Meri Jaan|
|2015||Bajrangi Bhaijaan||Yes||Lyrics: Selfie, Chicken Song|
|2015||All Is Well||Yes||Lyrics: Tu Mila De|
|2015||Baaki Baatein Peene Baad||Yes||Lyrics: Baaki Baatein Peene Baad|
|2016||The Jungle Book||Yes||Yes||Hindi Dialogue
Hindi Lyrics: Ye Zarooratein (Bare Necessities:Hindi), Tujhsa Banoo (I wanna be like you:Hindi)
|2016||Captain America: Civil War||Yes||Hindi Dialogue|
|2016||The Angry Birds Movie||Yes||Hindi Dialogue with Taranveer Singh & Akshaye Rathi|
|2016||Finding Dory||Yes||Yes||Hindi Dialogue
Hindi Lyrics: Hum Chaley Ghar (We're Going Home:Hindi), Ghar Wapasi (Migration:Hindi), Tairtey Raho (Just Keep Swimming:Hindi)
|2016||Dishoom||Yes||Lyrics: Toh Dhishoom, Janemann Aah|
|2016||A Flying Jatt||Yes||Lyrics: Bhangra Pa|
Hindi Lyrics: Aagey Aagey (Make Way:Hindi), Manzil Meri (How Far I'll Go:Hindi), Tathastu (You are Welcome:Hindi), Shona (Shiny: Hindi), Tu Hi Hai (Who You Are: Hindi), Avey Avey (Avey Avey: Hindi)
|2017||Ek Dafaa||Yes||Lyrics: Ek Dafaa|
Story, Screenplay & Dialogue
Lyrics: Firdaws (OST)
|2017||Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales||Yes||Hindi Dialogue|
|2017||Thor: Ragnarok||Yes||Hindi Dialogue|
|2018||Avengers: Infinity War||Yes||Hindi Dialogue|
|2018||Incredibles 2||Yes||Hindi Dialogue|
|2018||Ralph Breaks the Internet||Yes||Hindi Lyrics: Slaughter Race, Hindi Lyrics: Superstar|
|2018||Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle||Yes||Hindi Dialogue|
|2019||Avengers: Endgame||Yes||Hindi Dialogue|
|2019||The Lion King||Yes||Yes||Hindi Dialogue & Hindi Lyrics|
|2019||Maleficent: Mistress of Evil||Yes||Hindi Dialogue|
|2019||Hona Chaida - Arjun Kanungo||Yes||Lyrics|
|2019||Orange Is The New Black:All Seasons||Yes||Hindi Dialogue for Netflix India|
|2019||Jojo Rabbit||Yes||Hindi Dialogue|
|2020||Spies In Disguise||Yes||Hindi Dialogue for Netflix India|
|2020||Locke & Key||Yes||Hindi Dialogue for Netflix India|
|2020||My Neighbor Totoro||Yes||Hindi Dialogue for Netflix India|
|2020||Kiki's Delivery Service||Yes||Hindi Dialogue for Netflix India|
|2020||Ponyo||Yes||Hindi Dialogue for Netflix India|
|2020||Mira - Royal Detective||Yes||Hindi Dialogue for Netflix India|
|2020||The Willoughbys||Yes||Hindi Dialogue for Netflix India|
|2020||Here We Are||Yes||Hindi Dialogue for Netflix India|
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