Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra is one of the most prominent filmmakers of India. His films have enjoyed both commercial and critical success at international levels. He has won two Filmfare Awards for Best Director. Known to make thought-provoking films, the Sight & Sound magazine listed his magnum opus Rang De Basanti (2006) as one of the greatest films of all time in 2012.
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra started out as an ad-film maker. In 2001, he wrote and directed his directorial debut, Aks starring Amitabh Bachchan, which has garnered a cult following since. His next release, which he also produced, Rang De Basanti (2006) starring an ensemble cast, broke all box-office records and is regarded as one of the greatest Bollywood films of all time. Other than topping the annual lists of best films worldwide, it won numerous awards including the National Film award for Best Popular Film. It was also nominated for a BAFTA award for Best Film not in the Foreign Language, and was India’s official submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language.
Widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest directors, Mehra ventured into biopics, adapting legendary Indian sprinter Milkha Singh’s life story in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013). The film went onto become that year’s biggest film and also won a National award for Best Popular Film.
Mehra’s big-budget films, allusively addressing social and political issues, have garnered enormous praise from audience and critics. He is also a food connoisseur and an ideologist.
Personal Life -
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra was born in New Delhi, India.