Tarsem Singh

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Tarsem Singh
Tarsem Singh at WonderCon 2011.jpg
Singh at WonderCon 2011
BornTarsem Singh Dhandwar
(1961-05-26) 26 May 1961 (age 57)
Jalandhar, Punjab, India
Other namesTarsem
OccupationFilm director, producer, screenwriter
Years active1990–present
Websitewww.tarsem.org

Tarsem Singh Dhandwar (born 26 May 1961), known professionally as Tarsem, is an Indian director who has worked on films, music videos, and commercials. His unique visual style has received praise from critics.

Early life[edit]

Tarsem was born in Jalandhar, Punjab to a Punjabi Sikh family. His father was an aircraft engineer.[1] He attended Bishop Cotton School in Shimla, Hans Raj College in Delhi, and is a graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.[2]

Career[edit]

Tarsem began his career directing music videos, including those of "Hold On" by En Vogue, "Sweet Lullaby" by Deep Forest and R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion", the latter of which won Best Video of the Year at the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards. He has directed commercials for brands such as Nike and Coca-Cola.[3] Tarsem's feature film directorial debut was The Cell (2000), starring Jennifer Lopez.

In 2003, Tarsem directed one of the most elaborate Pepsi commercials to date. It combined a gladiator theme with Queen's "We Will Rock You". The commercial starred Enrique Iglesias in the version of the commercial aired in Europe and North America and Amr Diab in the version aired in the Arab world.

Tarsem's second film, The Fall, debuted at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival and was released theatrically in the United States in 2008. His third film was 2011's Immortals.[1][4] He directed an adaptation of the Brothers Grimm story of "Snow White", called Mirror Mirror (2012).[5][6]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Television[edit]

Music videos[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Goldstein, Patrick (26 June 2007). "A 'Fall' no one wants to take". The Los Angeles Times.
  2. ^ "Tarsem and the legend of "The Fall"". The Chicago Sun-Times.
  3. ^ Chhabra, Aseem. "Hindi movies often do not capture the beauty of India". Rediff.
  4. ^ Wise, Damon (4 October 2008). "Final fantasy". The Guardian. London.
  5. ^ Kit, Borys (1 November 2010). "It's Official: Tarsem Directing Relativity's Snow White Movie". The Hollywood Reporter.
  6. ^ Sarafin, Jarrod. "Singh Confirmed for Snow White". Mania. Archived from the original on 5 November 2010.

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