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Abhinay Banker
Abhinay Banker
Born (1984-09-14) 14 September 1984 (age 30)
Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actor, Director, Writer & Casting Director
Website ABCasting Studio

Abhinay Banker (Gujarati: અભિનય બેન્કર) (हिन्दी: अभिनय बेन्कर) (Born 14 September 1984) is an Indian Actor, Director, Writer and now an Independent Casting Director in Indian Theatre and Cinema. Being a sensational personality, who has shaped and inspired a lot of young actors and theater enthusiasts, has worked with various directors and designers from France, USA and Australia, Germany, Italy etc. on various theatrical techniques and honed his acting skill.

Early life[edit]

Abhinay Banker was born in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, He has completed his Bachelor of Performing arts with Theatre concentration and was awarded Gold medal from Gujarat University in April 2009. He has acquired intensive training (Workshop) in acting from National School of Drama, New Delhi in 2007.

Theatre (as an Actor-Director-Writer)[edit]

Abhinay has acted in more than 70 plays. His acting career started in 2005 with Nat-samrat. From 2006 he is associated with Darpana Academy of Performing Arts with which he acted in Mallika Sarabhai's Unsuni and performed more than 150 shows all over the country.

He plays a lead character in Saumya Joshi’s play which is milestone of Gujarati theatre 'Welcome Zindagi', a play which is considered among the best five plays in Gujarati Theatre and performed more than 450 shows all over the world. CLICK HERE for Talk show of Welcome Zindagi on TV9 Channel.

He has also performed and played Théramène in Jean Racine's Phedre in India at the 10th Bharat Rang Mahotsav in 2008. Astrid Bas's Pheadre'In India', Dinesh Khanna's 'Hemlet-O-Lear' are most liked plays of him.

He is well-known as a director-actor for his Musical act based on Amrita Pritam’s life - Main Tenu Phir Milangi. CLICK HERE for Teaser

He is playing Mahatma Gandhi in critically acclaimed play Kasturba and won the Transmedia Award for Best actor (2013) for the same. He has acted in more than 70 plays including Shakespeare's Hamlet and King Lear, Bhas’s Sharvilak, Tagore's Sacrifice and Madhu Rye’s Ashwatthama.

He entered into INDIAN CINEMA with path breaking Gujarati film Kevi Rite Jaish which has won more than 20 awards. He has also acted in many short films like a Gujarati fiction film Frock which was screened at Berlin Film Festival and also at Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) on celebration of completing 100 years of Indian Cinema, a Marathi film Bhinti Maage (Behind the Wall) which has won Dada Saheb Phalke Award.

A R Rehmaan & Chalta Phirta Bambai Team

He is an Acting Trainer at Darpana Academy of Performing Arts, Ahmedabad. Apart from being an actor-director, he has also engaged himself in sharing his experiences with young actors and is known for-bringing new faces into Theatre.

He is also a founder member of Acktor’s Theatre, Ahmedabad and Founder Director of Aarambh Arts.

'Chalta Phirta Bambai' a 90 minutes play is written & Directed by him, based on short stories of Saadat Hasan Manto is a big hit and talk of the town these days and running successfully in Ahmedabad.
CLICK HERE for Teaser

Some other of his notable works includes plays such as Dhru Bhatt's Akoopar, Haji EK Varta and Madhu Rye's Koi pan ek phool nu naam bolo to.

Personalities like Shyam Benegal, A R Rehman, Mani Ratnam, Paresh Rawal and Madhu Rye have graced their presence as audience in his plays and have much appreciated his work

AB Casting Studio[edit]

“A perfect casting studio for the new talents”

Abhinay Banker is considered as the first official Casting director of Gujarat and well known for his sharp casting skills, he is also associated with big banners of Bollywood.

Nowadays, Film industry has moved away from the song and dance routines and become more realistic and sensible because of which there has been observed an utmost need for elegant casting, supported by filmmakers.

AB CASTING STUDIO is a professional company set forth with a vision to launch new faces and bring upcoming actors/ models/ talents into Cinema, television, theatre and fashion Industry.

To us, you are more than just an appealing face. For last few years we have been successful in representing the best talents in the industry and we are known to fulfill your casting need in the minimum of time.

We have the concept of COMPLETE CASTING wherein we take up entire casting for Films, Commercials and TV-shows. Our extensive casting process include Character briefing, Conducting Auditions, Coordination with Talents, Casting Presentations and conducting acting workshops with the actors.


  • Voice of the year by 98.3FM RADIO MIRCHI in 2008.
  • Honored by former chief minister of Rajasthan Smt. Vasundhara Raje for the play UNSUNI in 2009.
  • Shri Arvind Pathak Award for Dramatics by Gujarat University in 2010.
  • Honored by Muscat Gujarati Wing for WELCOME ZINDAGI in 2011.
  • In the year 2014, Banker has been felicitated by DARPANA ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS for his contribution to Darpana’s ongoing pursuit for excellence in the arts.
  • Felicitated by IIM AHMEDABAD for being the jury member at CHAOS 2015.
  • Awarded & Felicitated by Vishala & Vichar Museum, Ahmedabad for his contribution in Gujarati Theatre in 2015.

Articles and Interviews[edit]

Publisher Title
Times of India Saddat Hassan Manto's stories come alive on stage; Play directed by Abhinay banker "CLICK HERE"
Times of India Theater artists create a car for stage prop; Play directed by Abhinay banker "CLICK HERE"
Times of India Human - animal bonds on stage; Play directed by Abhinay banker "CLICK HERE"
Times of India Gujarati theatre actors making cameos in Bollywood movies "CLICK HERE"
Times of India 'Koi Pan Ek Phool Nu Naam Bolo To' is very close to my heart: Abhinay Banker "CLICK HERE"
Times of India 'Kaun Banega Crorepati' latest promo and Abhinay Banker "CLICK HERE"
Times of India Winning the award was like the icing on the cake: Abhinay Banker "CLICK HERE"
DNA When Bambai walked in Ahmedabad "CLICK HERE"
DNA 1950s, A love story: Amrita Pritam's life and her relationships to be revisited on stage "CLICK HERE"
DNA 'Casting Director' now in Gujarat "CLICK HERE"
DNA Abhinay Banker is all set to win over audiences with Madhu rai's 'Koi Pan Ek Phool Nu Naam Bolo To' "CLICK HERE"
DNA Abhinay Banker wins Nitesh Tiwari's heart (the director of Bhootnath Returns and Chillar Party) "CLICK HERE"
Hindustan Times Author’s love life made into play "CLICK HERE"
Indian Express An untold love story-Main Tenu Phir Milangi "CLICK HERE"
Time Out Mumbai Get an angle on one of the most famous love triangles of our time (Main Tenu Phir Milangi – A Divine Love Story);
Play acted & directed by Abhinay banker "CLICK HERE"
The National (United Arab Emirates) Rediscovering the world of Urdu writer Manto "CLICK HERE"
Mid-Day Sadat Hasan Manto's Mumbai comes alive "CLICK HERE"
My Theatre Cafe 'Chalta Phirta Bambai' – An experimental and musical play "CLICK HERE"
NRI Pulse Gujarati Play Kasturba- A Tribute to India’s Unsung Freedom Fighter and Mother-Figure "CLICK HERE"
The Ahmedabad Blogs In Conversation with Casting Director Abhinay Banker "CLICK HERE"
Filmy Aces Exclusive Interview with Abhinay Banker "CLICK HERE"

Photo Gallery[edit]

Abhinay Banker in Kadak Baadshahi play
The legends: Rajoo barot, Chintan Pandya, Abhinay Banker & Revanta Sarabhai
Chalta Phirta Bambai: A Play directed by Abhinay Banker
Unbroken Wings: A Play directed by Abhinay Banker

Chalta Phirta Bambai: A Play directed by Abhinay Banker
Chalta Phirta Bambai: A Play directed by Abhinay Banker
Koi Pan Ek Phool Nu Naam Bolo To: A Play directed by Abhinay Banker
The greatest sovereign: A Play directed by Abhinay Banker

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