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Happy Birthday to Ashutosh Rana, is an Indian actor, born on November 10, 1967, in Gadarwara, Madhya Pradesh, India. Ashutosh used to play Ravana in Gadarwara’s Ramleela. He started his career working in several television shows. Ashutosh made his mark in Bollywood playing the part of a psychopathic killer in ‘Dushman’ (1998).  He has mainly played the part of the villain, and often does supporting roles. He has also worked in the Marathi, Kannada, Tamil, and Telugu film industries. Some of his films are: ‘Ghulam’ (1998), ‘Sangharsh’ (2000), ‘Raaz’ (2002), ‘Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania’ (2014), ‘Dirty Politics’ (2015), ‘Brothers’ (2015), and ‘Shorgul’ (2016). He was last seen in ‘Aa Gaya Hero’ earlier this year, which starred Govinda.

Happy Birthday to Boney Kapoor, Bollywood film producer, born on November 11, 1955, in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India.  Boney is the younger brother of actor/producers Anil Kapoor and Sanjay Kapoor, young actor Arjun Kapoor is his son, and has been married to his second wife, iconic actress Sridevi, since 1996.  Boney’s best known film actually starred his brother, Anil, and his wife, Sridevi. The film, ‘Mr. India’, was a big hit in 1987 and remains a cult classic today. The villain in the movie, Mogambo, played by Amrish Puri, is one of the best villains ever. The sci-fi film is considered one of the best Indian movies ever made. Some of his other well-known movies are: ‘Who Saat Din’ (1983) (the debut of Anil Kapoor), ‘Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja’ (1993), ‘Judaai’ (1997), ‘Pukar’ (2000), ‘Company’ (2002), ‘No Entry’ (2005), and ‘Wanted’ (2009). Earlier this year, Boney produced ‘Mom’ which starred his wife Sridevi.

Happy Birthday to Juhi Chawla, Bollywood actress and film producer, born November 13, 1967, in Ambala, Haryana, India.  Juhi was the winner of the Miss India beauty pageant in 1984 and made her movie debut with the film ‘Sultanat’ (1986). Her first major role in Bollywood was starring with Aamir Khan in the popular ‘Qayamat se Qayamat Tak’ (1988). Juhi won a Filmfare Best Female Debut Award for this film. Juhi became known as the feisty girl next door, lively and funny, and was a leading actress in the 1990’s. Some of Juhi’s best known films include: ‘Pratibandh’ (1990), ‘Bol Radha Bol’ (1992),’Darr’ (1993), ‘Ishq’, ‘Yes Boss’, and ‘Deewana Mastana’ (1997). In the 2000’s, Juhi began making art-house films. The most successful were: ‘Jhankaar Beats’ (2003), ‘3 Deewarein’ (2003), ‘My Brother Nikhil’ (2005), and ‘I Am’ (2011). She received praise for her first negative role in ‘Gulaab Gang’ (2014) in which she co-starred with Madhuri Dixit Nene. kHer last Bollywood film was ‘Chalk n Duster’ (2016), which dealt with the commercialization of the private education system in India. Juhi and her husband, Jay Mehta, are co-owners of the Kolkata Knight Riders cricket team.

Happy Birthday to Aditya Roy Kapoor, Bollywood actor, born on November 16, 1985, in Mumbai. Aditya is a member of a filmy family which includes elder brother Siddharth Roy Kapur, CEO of UTV Motion Pictures, married to Vidya Balan, and his second elder brother Kunaal Roy Kapur, also an actor.  Aditya started his career as a VJ on a music channel. In 2009, he was given a minor role in the unsuccessful ‘London Dreams’, and appeared in ‘Guzaarish’ (2010) and ‘Action Replayy’ (2010). His breakthrough came in 2013, as a singer battling alcoholism in the hit film ‘Aashiqui 2,’ with Shraddha Kapoor. His next role was as Ranbir Kapoor’s alcoholic friend in the very successful ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ (2013). His next three movies were unsuccessful: ‘Daawat-e-Ishq’ (2014) with Parineeti Chopra, ‘Fitoor’ (2016), with Katrina Kaif and Tabu, and ‘Ok Jaanu’ (2017), with Shraddha Kapoor. Aditya will start working in ‘Shiddat’, also starring Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt soon.

Happy Birthday to Sushmita Sen, born on November 19, 1975, in Hyderabad, India. Sushmita was Miss Universe in 1994. She made her film debut in ‘Dastak’ (1996), and became better known in ‘Sirf Tum’ (1999) and ‘Biwi No. 1’ (1999), for which she won a Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award. During the 2000’s, Sushmita’s best roles were in ‘Aankhen’ (2002) playing opposite Arjun Rampal, ‘Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya?’ (2005) with Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif, and, her biggest hit ‘Main Hoon Na’ (2004), playing a teacher in Farah Khan’s directorial debut, opposite Shah Rukh Khan.  In 2015, Sushmita starred in her first Bengali film, ‘Nirbaak’. Although Sushmita never married, she made news when she was allowed to adopt two girls.

Happy Birthday to Rajkumar Hirani, award-winning Indian screenwriter, film editor, producer and director, born on November 20, 1962, in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India. Raju began his career as a film editor, then as a director/producer of commercials.  His big break came in 2000, when he worked as the film editor of ‘Mission Kashmir’, with Vidhu Vinod Chopra.  Raju is most well-known for his direction of ‘Munnabhai MBBS’ (2003), ‘Lage Raho Munnabhai’ (2006), and the iconic ‘3 Idiots’, which became the highest grossing Indian film ever until recently.  In 2014, a sci-fi comedy targeting religions in India, “PK”, written, directed and produced by Rajkumar, became the highest-grossing Indian film of all time. Currently, it ‘PK’ holds third place behind ‘Dangal’ and ‘Baahubali 2’.  Hirani also edited all four pictures. ‘Munnabhai MBBS’, ‘Lage Raho Munna Bhai’, and ‘3 Idiots’ have all won National Awards for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment and Best Director. He is currently working on a biopic of Sanjay Dutt. Ranbir Kapoor will play the lead.

Happy Birthday to Tusshar Kapoor, Bollywood actor, born on November 20, 1976, in Mumbai. Tusshar is the son of veteran actor Jeetendra and Shobha Kapoor, and brother of prominent television and film producer Ekta Kapoor. Tusshar is a co-owner with his family of Balaji Telefilms and Balaji Motion Pictures. Before becoming an actor, Tusshar worked as an assistant to director David Dhawan. In 2002, he won the Filmfare Best Male Debut Award for the movie “Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai”. Tusshar’s is best known for the following movies: ‘Golmaal’ (2006), ‘Shootout at Lokhandwala’ (2007), ‘Golmaal Returns’ (2008), ‘Golmaal 3’ (2010), ‘Shor in the City’ (2011), ‘The Dirty Picture’ (2011), and ‘Shootout at Wadala’ (2013).  Tusshar made news for opting to have a baby through surrogacy since he is single and I now the parent of a baby boy, Laksshya.  Tusshar was last seen in ‘Golmaal Again’ (2017) as the funny character Lucky. The film became a surprise blockbuster.

Happy Birthday to Saroj Khan, acclaimed Bollywood choreographer, born on November 22, 1948, in Mumbai.  Saroj started her career as a child artist in the late ‘50’s in the film ‘Nazarana’. By the age of ten, Saroj joined a dancing troupe. By the time she was 13, Saroj had become the choreographer’s assistant. She choreographed her first song, picturized by Nutan, ‘Nigahein Milane Ko Jee Chahta Hai’ from ‘Dil He Toh Hai’ (1963), at 14. She worked for many years in the days when a woman was not considered good enough to be a master.  Working with Madhuri Dixit, and choreographing ‘Ek Do Teen’ in ‘Tezaab’, changed Saroj’s career. She has worked with the likes of Sridevi dancing to ‘Hawa Hawai’ in ‘Mr. India’ (1987), and Madhuri and Aishwarya in ‘Dola Re Dola’ from ‘Devdas’ (2002). Saroj has won three National Film Awards for Best Choreography for: ‘Dola Re Dola’, ‘Sringaram’ (2006), and ‘Jab We Met’ (2007). She was the first recipient of Filmfare’s Best Choreography Award for the song ‘Ek Do Teen” from Tazaab (1989). Saroj has won the Filmfare Best Choreography Award for ‘Guru’ (2008), ‘Devdas’ (2003), ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ (2000), among others. Saroj feels dance should include the right kind of expression and rehearsal to prepare.

Happy Birthday to Salim Khan, prolific Indian screenwriter, born on November 24, 1935, in Indore, India. Salim started his career acting small parts, but he wasn’t very successful until he became friends with Javed Akhthar.  Together they formed a script-writing team thought by many to be the most successful scriptwriters of all time in Bollywood. Among their scripts were: ‘Andaz’ (1971), ‘Seeta Aur Geeta’ (1972), ‘Yaadon Ki Baaraat’ (1973), ‘Zanjeer’ (1973), ‘Deewaar’ (1975), ‘Sholay’ (1975), ‘Zamana’ (1985), and ‘Mr. India’ (1987). The team split in 1982 due to ego issues. After that, Salim wrote ten other scripts, retiring in 1996. Salim has two wives: Salma Khan and iconic Hindi actress, Helen. His children by Salma are superstar Salman Khan, Arbaaz Khan, Sohail Khan and Alvira Agnihotri. With Helen, Salim has an adopted daughter, Arpita Khan.

Happy Birthday to Arjun Rampal, model. television host, producer and Bollywood actor, born on November 26, 1972, in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India. Arjun began his acting career in 2001 in the movie ‘Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat’. He has appeared in thirty-five plus movies in his career. Some of his better-known movies are: ‘Don – The Chase Begins Again’ (2006), ‘Om Shanty Om’ (2007), ‘Rock On!’ (2008) (won Filmfare Award and National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor), ‘Raajneeti’ (2010), ‘Ra One’ (2011), ‘Chakravyuh’ (2012), ‘Rock On!! 2’ and ‘Kahaani 2’ (2016). Arjun was recently seen in ‘Daddy’ (2017). He received praise for his understated performance as a criminal turned politician.  He is currently filming ‘Paltan’, a story based on India’s war with China in 1962. Arjun has been married since 1998 and has two daughters.

Happy Birthday to Yami Gautam, model and Indian film actress, born on November 28, 1988, in Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh, India. Yami’s father, Mukesh Gautam, directs Punjabi films, and her sister, Surilie, is an actress in Punjabi films. She began her career in television, and her first film was a Kannada film, ‘Ullasa Utsaha’. Her first Bollywood film was ‘Vicky Donor’ (2012), with Ayushmann Khurrana. The film was a major hit. Yami has acted in Punjabi, Telugu, Malayalam, and Tamil files.  Other Bollywood films are: ‘Total Siyappa’ (2014), ‘Action Jackson’ (2014), ‘Badlapur’ (2015), Sanam Re’ and ‘Junooniyat’ (2015). In 2017, Yami was seen in ‘Sarkar 3’, a flop, and in ‘Kaabil’ with Hrithik Roshen, a hit.

Happy Birthday to Esha Gupta, Indian model and actress, born November 28, 1985, in New Delhi.  A former Femina Miss India and Miss India International contestant, Esha made her film debut in Kunal Deshmukh’s successful ‘Jannat 2’ (2012). She followed this with Vikram Bhatt’s successful ‘Raaz 3D’ (2012), and the less successful ‘Chakravyuh’. In 2013, Esha made a special appearance in the item song ‘Dhat Teri Ki’ from the movie ‘Gori Tere Pyaar Mein’. In 2014, she played Dr. Gupta in the unsuccessful ‘Humshakals’. In 2016, Esha played a beautiful villain in the hit ‘Rustom’, which starred Akshay Kumar. In 2017, Esha was seen in ‘Commando 2’ and ‘Baadshaho’.

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