Mayur Puri

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Mayur Puri
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OccupationFilmmaker

Mayur Puri is an Indian screenwriter, lyricist, actor and film-maker working in Mumbai. He wrote 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'[1]). He wrote dialogue for the Farah Khan film Happy New Year (2014).[2] 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.[3]

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 has written dialogue and songs for the second installment of the franchise ABCD: Any Body Can Dance 2.[4]

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.

Mayur Puri has donned many hats over his two-decades-long Bollywood career as director, film writer, lyricist and actor, but he primarily is and always will remain a passionate storyteller at heart - a role he’d never grow out of. Mayur has been one of the game changers responsible for the localization, transcreation and adaptations of various big studio Hollywood films into Hindi translated blockbusters. He has penned the Hindi translation of big-ticket 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) and Thor Ragnarok (2017) to name a few. As of now, Mayur is gearing up for his directorial debut.


Early life[edit]

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)[5]. 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).

Film career[edit]

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.[6] 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. [7]

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[8] in the Bahamas with top technicians from Hollywood.[9] 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.[10] 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 [11] 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[12] it was indicated that Mayur is working on his directorial debut film which will be announced soon.

Film songwriter[edit]

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.

According to a Times Poll, "Be Intehaan" from the movie Race 2 was ranked as the 7th most Romantic songs of 2013.[13]

Mayur also worked with A. R. Rahman on the songs "Aaj Dil Gustakh Hai" for Blue and "Alive" (Hindi version - Zindagi) for 'Provoked'.[14]

Mayur has collaborated with music directors Sachin–Jigar on ABCD (2013), ABCD 2 (2015) and revamped Zoom (TV channel)'s song called "Turn On" and with Himesh Reshammiya on Kick.

Film director[edit]

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.

Mayur then went on to be a Creative Director on an Animation film Jumbo starring Voice of Akshay Kumar, produced by Percept Picture Company

Beyond Bollywood[edit]

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.

FilmGoa

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[edit]

Award Year Film Category Result
Filmfare Awards 2008 Om Shanti Om Best Dialogue Nominated
Li'l Star Awards 2008 Om Shanti Om Best Dialogue Won
German Public Bollywood Awards[15] 2008 Om Shanti Om Best Dialogue Won
Star Screen Awards[16] 2009 Singh is Kinng Best Lyrics – Teri Ore Nominated
Star Guild Awards[17] 2014 Race 2 Best Lyrics – Beintehaan Nominated
Mirchi Music Awards 2016 ABCD 2 Best Lyrics – Chunar Nominated
Feel The Reel International Film Festival[18] 2017 Firdaws 3rd Best of the Fest Award Won
Feel The Reel International Film Festival[18] 2017 Firdaws Audience Award Won
Feel The Reel International Film Festival[18] 2017 Firdaws Best Screenplay Nominated
Roma Cinema DOC[19] 2017 Firdaws Best International Short Film Nominated
Baretower Forge World Film Competition[20] 2017 Firdaws Best Plot Development - Runner Up Won
Los Angeles Film Awards[21] 2017 Firdaws Best Fantasy Film Won
Festigious International Film Festival[22] 2017 Firdaws Best Fantasy Film Won
Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards 2017 Firdaws Best Foreign Film Short Nominated
Top Shorts[23] 2017 Firdaws Best Fantasy Film Won
Auckland International Film Festival 2017 Firdaws Best Short Film Nominated
Depth of Field International Film Festival[24] 2017 Firdaws Best of Show Won
VOB Film Festival 2017 Firdaws Shorts Nominated
Top Indie Film Awards 2018 Firdaws Best Original Idea Won

Filmography[edit]

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
2004 Dhoom Yes Associate Director
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[25] (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[26]
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
2008 Jumbo Yes Creative Director
2009 Billu Yes Lyrics: Love Mera Hit Hit
2009 Blue Yes Yes Dialogue
Lyrics: Aaj Dil
2009 Ek: The Power of One Yes Lyrics: Bang Bang
2010 Prince Yes Yes Dialogue
Role: P.K.
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
Role: T2
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[27] 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[28] Yes Lyrics: Johnny Johnny, Veerey Di Wedding
2014 Kick[29] 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[30]
2015 ABCD: Any Body Can Dance 2[31][32] 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[33] Yes Lyrics: Gud Nal Ishq, Halki Halki, Aaja Meri Jaan
2015 Bajrangi Bhaijaan Yes Lyrics: Selfie,[34] Chicken Song[35]
2015 All Is Well Yes Lyrics: Tu Mila De[36]
2015 Baaki Baatein Peene Baad Yes Lyrics: Baaki Baatein Peene Baad[37]
2016 Fursat Yes Lyrics: Fursat[38]
2016 The Jungle Book Yes Yes Hindi Dialogue[39]

Hindi Lyrics: Ye Zarooratein (Bare Necessities:Hindi), Tujhsa Banoo (I wanna be like you:Hindi)

2016 Captain America: Civil War Yes Hindi Dialogue[40]
2016 The Angry Birds Movie Yes Hindi Dialogue with Taranveer Singh & Akshaye Rathi[41]
2016 Finding Dory Yes Yes Hindi Dialogue [42]

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,[43] Janemann Aah[44]
2016 A Flying Jatt Yes Lyrics: Bhangra Pa[45]
2016 Moana Yes Yes Hindi Dialogue
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[46]
2017 Raees Yes Lyrics: Dhingana[47]
2017 Firdaws Yes Yes Yes Director
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 (2019 film) Yes Yes Hindi Dialogue & Hindi Lyrics
2019 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Yes Hindi Dialogue
2019 Hona Chaida - Arjun Kanungo Yes Lyrics

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