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Mayur Puri
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Mayur Puri is an Indian screenwriter, lyricist, actor and film-maker working in Mumbai. His film songwriting and dialogue work includes Farah Khan-directed films Om Shanti Om (2007),[1] and Happy New Year (2014), as well as the 3D dance franchise ABCD: Any Body Can Dance and ABCD: Any Body Can Dance 2.[2] He directed his first short film, Firdaws, in 2017.

On 17 November 2014, the library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences selected the screenplay for Happy New Year for its permanent Core Collection.[3]

Mayur has also worked on the adaptation and translation of several U.S. films and TV shows into Hindi, including Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, The Lion King (2019), Avengers: Endgame (2019), Orange Is The New Black (2013–19), Jojo Rabbit (2019), Spies in Disguise (2019), and Locke and Key (2020).

Early life[edit]

Mayur was born in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, where he completed most of his education, earning a master's degree from the University School of Languages and a one-year diploma in dramatics from the Drama Department of Gujarat College.[4]

Career[edit]

He spent his early years writing and directing for local theatre and television, before moving from Ahmedabad to Mumbai in late 1999, where he began working as chief assistant director to Sanjay Gadhvi at Yash Raj Films. They worked on three films together: Tere Liye, Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai (2002; Mayur's first as a screenwriter), and Dhoom (2004). During his first year in Mumbai, he also wrote and starred as the lead in a Gujarati play, Amastaa Amastaa (2001).

In 2004, Mayur left Yash Raj Films to work as an independent screenwriter and lyricist. His first film as an independent was My Name is Anthony Gonsalves (2008), an adaptation of Julius Caesar.[citation needed] His breakthrough as a screenwriter was Om Shanti Om (2007), from which several phrases entered the film-quote lexicon.[5]

Puri was the creative director for the animation film Jumbo (2008) produced by Percept Picture Company, and co-wrote Blue (2009), the first Indian film to be shot extensively underwater.[6] He then wrote the script for Prince (2010), in which he also appeared in a supporting role.

In 2009, Mayur took a sabbatical from Bollywood; in 2010, he founded Story Circus, a theatre production group that creates live theatre and storytelling productions for educational institutions and other clients,[citation needed] and in 2011, he founded FilmGoa, a joint initiative with Goa University which provides training and job support to aspiring film-makers and facilitates film making in Goa.[7] Mayur's next Bollywood project was Remo D'Souza's directorial debut F.A.L.T.U (2011), the script and screenplay for which he had written a few years previously.

Through his Story Circus project, Mayur reconnected with director Farah Khan, whose children were attending one of the workshops, and began working on the script for her next project Happy New Year. Around the same time, he began working with composer Pritam on songs for Race 2 (2013) and I Love New Year (2013). "Be Intehaan" from Race 2 was later ranked as the 7th most romantic song of 2013, according to a poll in The Times of India.[8] By 2012, Mayur had returned to full-time writing, contributing additional dialogue and lyrics for Remo D'Souza's next musical ABCD: Any Body Can Dance (2013).

Happy New Year was released in 2014, with a script written by Mayur. On 17 November 2014, the library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences selected the screenplay for Happy New Year for its permanent Core Collection.[3] He also worked on the script and song lyrics for ABCD: Any Body Can Dance 2 (2015), and provided lyrics for films including Humshakals, Entertainment (2014), Kick (2014), and All is Well (2015).[citation needed]

Directorial work[edit]

In 2017, Mayur directed his first short film, Firdaws, which was entered into the official selection at a number of festivals,[citation needed] winning a number of awards.[citation needed]

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[9] 2008 Om Shanti Om Best Dialogue Won
Star Screen Awards[10] 2009 Singh Is Kinng Best Lyrics – Teri Ore Nominated
Star Guild Awards[11] 2014 Race 2 Best Lyrics – Beintehaan Nominated
Mirchi Music Awards 2016 ABCD 2 Best Lyrics – Chunar Nominated
Feel The Reel International Film Festival[12] 2017 Firdaws 3rd Best of the Fest Award Won
Feel The Reel International Film Festival[12] 2017 Firdaws Audience Award Won
Feel The Reel International Film Festival[12] 2017 Firdaws Best Screenplay Nominated
Roma Cinema DOC[13] 2017 Firdaws Best International Short Film Nominated
Baretower Forge World Film Competition[14] 2017 Firdaws Best Plot Development - Runner Up Won
Los Angeles Film Awards[15] 2017 Firdaws Best Fantasy Film Won
Festigious International Film Festival[16] 2017 Firdaws Best Fantasy Film Won
Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards 2017 Firdaws Best Foreign Film Short Nominated
Top Shorts[17] 2017 Firdaws Best Fantasy Film Won
Auckland International Film Festival 2017 Firdaws Best Short Film Nominated
Depth of Field International Film Festival[18] 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
Garam Masala Yes Lyrics: Falak Dekhun
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
Provoked Yes Lyrics: Zindagi[19] (This version of the song Alive was recorded by Shreya Ghoshal but was not featured in the movie or officially released)
Gangster Yes Lyrics: Bheegi Bheegi
Pyaar Ke Side Effects Yes Lyrics: Tauba Main, Jaane Kya Chahe Mann, Is this love? Dil Tod Ke, Allah Bachaye, Bad Boy
Apna Sapna Money Money Yes Lyrics: Paisa Paisa
Naksha Yes Lyrics: U and I
2007 Om Shanti Om Yes Yes Dialogue[20]
Role: Gujju Director
Hattrick Yes Lyrics: Ek Pal Ne, Rabba Khair Kare, Wicket Bacha
Speed Yes Lyrics: Hello, Loving You, Tikhi Tikhi, Wanna Wanna
Dhol Yes Lyrics: All Night Long
2008 Singh Is Kinng Yes Lyrics: Bas Ek King, Jee Karda, Teri Ore, Talli Hua, Bhootni Ke
My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves Yes Story, Screenplay & Dialogue
Love Story 2050 Yes Dialogue
Kidnap Yes Lyrics: Hey Ya, Haan Ji, Mausam, Meri Ek Ada Shola
Jumbo Yes Creative Director
2009 Billu Yes Lyrics: Love Mera Hit Hit
Blue Yes Yes Dialogue
Lyrics: Aaj Dil Gustakh Hai, Aaj Dil Gustakh Hai (Remix)
Ek: The Power of One Yes Lyrics: Bang Bang
2010 Prince Yes Yes Dialogue
Role: P.K.
Toh Baat Pakki! Yes Lyrics: Jis Din Mera
2011 F.A.L.T.U Yes Dialogue & Screenplay
Hum Tum Shabana Yes Lyrics: Kaare Kaare
Double Dhamaal Yes Lyrics: Chill Maaro
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
Jannat 2 Yes Lyrics: Jannatein Kahaan
Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum Yes Lyrics: Dil Garden Garden
Ajab Gazabb Love Yes Yes Dialogue & Screenplay
Role: T2
2013 Race 2 Yes Lyrics: Be-Intehaan, Lat Lag Gayee, Allah Duhaayi Hai
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
Himmatwala Yes Lyrics: Thank God It's Friday
I, Me Aur Main Yes Lyrics: Dar-ba-dar
Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story[21] Yes Lyrics: Thoda Thoda, Hai Naa
Commando Yes Lyrics: Lutt Jawaan, Saawan Bairi, Mungda, Lena Dena
Issaq Yes Lyrics: Issaq Tera(Male), Issaq Tera (Duet)
R... Rajkumar Yes Lyrics: Saree Ke Fall Sa
2014 Dishkiyaoon Yes Lyrics: Mere Type Ka Nahi Hai
Shaadi Ke Side Effects Yes Lyrics: Vyah Karke Pachhtaya
Humshakals Yes Lyrics: Hum Paagal Nahi Hai, Barbaad Raat
It's Entertainment[22] Yes Lyrics: Johnny Johnny, Veerey Di Wedding
Kick[23] Yes Lyrics: Tu Hi Tu, Tu Hi Tu (Reprise)
Radio Mirchi Song Yes Lyrics: Tere Bina Main - Mirchi Song
Finding Fanny Yes Lyrics: Shake Your Bootiya
Happy New Year Yes Dialogue
2015 Coke Studio Yes Lyrics: Sawan Mein
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
I Love NY[24] Yes Lyrics: Gud Nal Ishq, Halki Halki, Aaja Meri Jaan
Bajrangi Bhaijaan Yes Lyrics: Selfie, Chicken Song
All Is Well Yes Lyrics: Tu Mila De
Baaki Baatein Peene Baad Yes Lyrics: Baaki Baatein Peene Baad
2016 Fursat Yes Lyrics: Fursat
The Jungle Book Yes Yes Hindi Dialogue[25]

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

Captain America: Civil War Yes Hindi Dialogue[26]
The Angry Birds Movie Yes Hindi Dialogue with Taranveer Singh & Akshaye Rathi[27]
Finding Dory Yes Yes Hindi Dialogue[28]

Hindi Lyrics: Hum Chaley Ghar (We're Going Home:Hindi), Ghar Wapasi (Migration:Hindi), Tairtey Raho (Just Keep Swimming:Hindi)

Dishoom Yes Lyrics: Toh Dhishoom, Janemann Aah
A Flying Jatt Yes Lyrics: Bhangra Pa
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
Raees Yes Lyrics: Dhingana
Firdaws Yes Yes Yes Director
Story, Screenplay & Dialogue
Lyrics: Firdaws (OST)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Yes Hindi Dialogue
Thor: Ragnarok Yes Hindi Dialogue
2018 Avengers: Infinity War Yes Hindi Dialogue
Incredibles 2 Yes Hindi Dialogue
Ralph Breaks the Internet Yes Hindi Lyrics: Slaughter Race, Hindi Lyrics: Superstar
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle Yes Hindi Dialogue
2019 Avengers: Endgame Yes Hindi Dialogue
The Lion King Yes Yes Hindi Dialogue & Hindi Lyrics
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Yes Hindi Dialogue
Hona Chaida - Arjun Kanungo Yes Lyrics
Orange Is The New Black:All Seasons Yes Hindi Dialogue for Netflix India
Jojo Rabbit Yes Hindi Dialogue
2020 Spies In Disguise Yes Hindi Dialogue for Netflix India
Locke & Key Yes Hindi Dialogue for Netflix India
My Neighbor Totoro Yes Hindi Dialogue for Netflix India
Kiki's Delivery Service Yes Hindi Dialogue for Netflix India
Ponyo Yes Hindi Dialogue for Netflix India
Mira - Royal Detective Yes Hindi Dialogue for Netflix India
The Willoughbys Yes Hindi Dialogue for Netflix India
Here We Are Yes Hindi Dialogue for Netflix India
2022 Titu Ambani Yes Lyrics: Jabre Piya, Mr. Malang, Haq Tumko Hi, Badal Gaye Tum
Atithi Bhooto Bhava Yes Lyrics: "Raat Kawari Hai"
Middle Class Love Yes Lyrics: "Hypnotize"
2023 Shehzada Yes Lyrics: "Shehzada Title Track"
Chatrapathi Yes Lyrics: "Bareilly Ki Bazaar"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Om Shanti Om (2007) Yahoo Movies". Yahoo. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
  2. ^ "ABCD2 Full Cast & Crew". Bollywood Hungama. Archived from the original on 6 March 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
  3. ^ a b "HNY in Oscar Library". The Hindu. 17 November 2014. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
  4. ^ "Mayur Puri: The man who Indianised Hollywood this year". Livemint. 17 May 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2024.
  5. ^ "10 Most Memorable Scenes and Dialogue (2014)". News18. 22 July 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
  6. ^ "Blue to be India's first underwater thriller". India Today. Retrieved 13 April 2009.
  7. ^ "Film workshop to end with making a film". The Times of India. 23 May 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2024.
  8. ^ "Tum Hi Ho, the most romantic song of 2013". The Times of India. 27 July 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2024.
  9. ^ "German Public Bollywood Awards". GPBA.EU. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  10. ^ "Star Screen Awards 2008". Indicine. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  11. ^ "Star Guild Awards 2014". Indicine. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  12. ^ a b c "Feel The Reel International Film Festival 2017". Feel the Reel International Film Festival. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  13. ^ "Roma Cinema DOC 2017". Roma Cinema DOC. April 2017. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  14. ^ "Baretower Forge World Film Competition 2017". Retrieved 4 May 2017 – via Facebook.[non-primary source needed]
  15. ^ "Los Angeles Film Awards 2017". Los Angeles Film Awards. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
  16. ^ "Festigious International Film Festival 2017". Festigious International Film Festival. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  17. ^ "Top Shorts 2017". Top Shorts. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  18. ^ "Depth of Field International Film Festival 2017". Depth of Field International Film Festival. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  19. ^ "Zindagi Song". Soundcloud. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  20. ^ "Om Shanti Om Credits". redchillies.com. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
  21. ^ "Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story (2013) Lyrics". BollyLyrics.com. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  22. ^ "Entertainment Music Review". koimoi.com. 30 July 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
  23. ^ "Kick Music Review - BollywoodHungama". Bollywood Hungama. Archived from the original on 18 May 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
  24. ^ "I Love New Year (2013) Song List". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  25. ^ "The Jungle Book(Hindi) - StudioFlicks". StudioFlicks.com. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
  26. ^ "Captain America: Civil War (Hindi) - Indian Express". The Indian Express. 22 April 2016. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  27. ^ "The Angry Birds Movie (Hindi) - Indian Express". The Indian Express. 24 May 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  28. ^ "Finding Dory (Hindi) - The People Post". thepeoplepost.com. Retrieved 3 June 2016.

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