Located in the heart of India, Chhattisgarh is one of the most beautiful states in India which is endowed with a rich cultural heritage and attractive natural diversity. The State is full of ancient monuments, rare wildlife species, carved temples, Buddhist sites, palaces, waterfalls, caves, rock paintings, and hill plateaus which makes it a more interesting place to be a part of.
While there are innumerable sets of qualities that reside in the place, it’s amazing to know the connection between this state and Bollywood.
Various stars in the Bollywood industry hail from Chhattisgarh. We must appreciate these stars who have brought glory to the state and made the people of Chhattisgarh proud. So, without much delay, let’s have a look:
The list is topped by one of the most prestigious directors, actors, screenwriters, and producers of Bollywood, Anurag Basu. This exceptionally talented director started his career with the television world and eventually moved towards films in 2002.
The director is well known for his critically acclaimed movies like Barfi, Murder, Gangster, Kites, Life in a metro, etc. Gaining initial success in the niches like passion and adultery, the director has also aced in comedy-drama films.
Anurag has won various accolades for his work in movies such as the Filmfare Awards and IIFA Awards for the best screenplay in his movies, Life in a Metro and Barfi. Talking about the background of the director, Anurag hails from an upper-middle-class Bengali Kayastha family in Bhilai, Chhattisgarh. Born to Subrato Bose and Deepshikha Bose, the director has been a part of this glitzy world right from his childhood.
All thanks to his parents who were award-winning theatrical artists due to which Basu grew up watching them performing in his father’s theatre company. It would be quite surprising for you to know that he is not only a successful director but has also obtained a BSc degree in Physics honors!! Basu started his career being an assistant director for the Indian soap opera, Tara which was aired on Zee TV channel.
He was responsible to solely handle some 712 episodes in the series and eventually grew up gaining name and fame in the industry and has never looked back since. His recent work as an actor, director, writer, and screenplay in the movie Ludo was a box office hit and is still receiving an overwhelming response from the fans.
The Indian voice and film actor, Satyajit Dubey predominantly works in the Hindi film industry. Satyajeet stepped into the Bollywood industry with the film Always Kabhi Kabhi which was a romantic teenage film directed by Roshan Abbas and produced by Shahrukh Khan under Red Chillies Entertainment. Along with introducing this actor in the movie, various other actors such as Ali Fazal, Giselli Monteiro, Zoa Moran, etc were also introduced in the film.
The actor Satyajeet Dubey was born in Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh, India, and attained his education from St. Francis Senior Secondary School Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh. After completing his education the actor shifted to Mumbai to try his luck in acting in 2007 and started auditioning for jobs. The actor soon made a stint with television and did ad films for leading brands and finally made his debut at the age of 20 with the film Always Kabhi Kabhi.
Apart from this, he has been a part of various other Bollywood projects, Baankey Ki Crazy Baraat, Luck Luck Ki Baat, Prassthanam, etc. He was also a part of the Television series Jhansi Ki Rani and Maharaj Ki Jai Ho! where he was seen in a prominent role.
Saheb Das Manikpuri
A popular face of Indian Television, Saheb Das Manikpuri made a distinct place for himself in the industry with his comical role in the Life Ok’s series, May I Come In Madam? In the series, he plays the role of Khiloni, the main antagonist’s best friend who often drinks with him. Though you might fail to recognize the actor at a glance, the actor is not only actively seen on the Television but has been a part of various movies as well.
He had worked in films like Mardaani starring Rani Mukerji and the movie Family with Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar. Saheb Das hails from the village of Bhainsasri in Raipur and had a strong urge to become an actor since childhood. In the year 2000, the actor was determined to become an actor and shifted to Mumbai.
Despite being discouraged by the family members, the actor didn’t let himself down and headed to Mumbai. With extreme hard work and dedication, he became a part of Mumbai Theaters House for 7 years and eventually started getting projects.
Omkar Das Manikpuri
Omkar Das Manikpuri is an Indian film and stage actor who came into the limelight after being a leader in the Aamir Khan productions’ movie, Peepli Live. It was a satirical comedy film that explores the topic of farmer suicides and the subsequent media and political response and was released in 2010.
Manikpuri was born and brought up in a village near Bhilai in the Durg district of Chhattisgarh. He did his schooling from the place up to fifth grade after which, due to some family pressures he had to join a village folk-theatre troupe, mandali.
The actor started his career by performing in various theatre groups at the tender age of 17. He was also a part of the movie Newton starring Rajkummar Rao and the Hindi television series, Santoshi Maa.
The final name in the list is of one of the most prominent actors of Indian Television, Sanjay Batra. The actor Sanjay has been a part of some well-known Hindi soap Operas such as Balika Vadhu, Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?, Jyoti, Apharan, etc.
The actor started his career on Television by featuring in the Star Plus serial Kesar in 2004 and has never looked back since. The actor was born in Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh, and completed his studies at Durga College in Raipur.
The actor has been well known for the portrayal of his negative roles in various Hindi soap Operas and is one of the established actors in the television world.