Name – Vishal Bhardwaj
Birthday – 4 August, 1965
Zodiac – Leo
Marital Status – Married to Rekha Bhardwaj.
Awards – Vishal Bhardwaj has won a number of awards and accolades. Some of his films have not received recognition or acclamation as desired; however all his films so far, stand a class apart. As a composer, he won the R. D. Burman Award for New Music Talent for Maachis (1996) and the National Film Award for Best Music Direction for Godmother (1999). In 2002, Makdee, which was composed, directed, produced and written by him won 2nd Place, the Adult Jury Award at the Chicago Children’s Film Festival in the ‘Live-Action Feature Film or Video’ category. The Blue Umbrella (2005) won the National Film Award for Best Children’s Film. He also won National Award for Best Music Direction for his film Ishqiya.
Trivia – Ever since Maachis, Gulzar Saab has provided lyrics for all of Bhardwaj’s films.
Biography – Vishal Bhardwaj, though born in Bijnor, was brought up in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. Ram Bhardwaj, his father, was not only a government sugercane inspector but also a famous as poet and lyricist. Vishal Bhardwaj completed his graduation from the Hindu College of Delhi University. That’s where he met his wife, Rekha Bhardwaj.
Vishal Bhardwaj started his career playing the harmonium for Ghazal singers, while he was still in Delhi. His association with Gulzar started with television series like Jungle Book, Alice In Wonderland and Gubbare. He composed the music for Maachis, which won the R. D. Burman Award (1996) and Godmother, which won the Rajat Kamal Award at the National Film Awards (1999). He went on to belt out melodies for films like Satya, Chachi 420, Hu Tu Tu, Makdee, Omkara, Kaminey, Ishqiya and many others.
With Makdee (2002), he made his directorial debut. Bhardwaj seems to have an affinity to great writers. His second venture was the critically acclaimed Maqbool (2003), which he adapted from Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The Blue Umbrella, his next venture was based Ruskin Bond’s story, by the same name. He reprised to Shakespeare again with the critically acclaimed and successful Omkara (2006), adapted from Othello. His other works include Blood Brothers, a short film on HIV awareness, Dus Kahaniyaan, No Smoking, Kaminey, Ishqiya and 7 Khoon Maaf. His forthcoming projects include Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola and Dedh Ishqiya.
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