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Who is Vivek Agnihotri?

Vivek Agnihotri (born 21 December 1973) is an Indian film director, screenwriter, producer, author, and activist. As of 2019, he is a member of the board of India’s Central Board of Film Certification and a cultural representative of Indian Cinema at the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. 

He won the National Film Award for Best Screenplay – Dialogues for The Tashkent Files (2019). Agnihotri started his career with advertorial agencies and moved to producing and directing teleserial. He debuted in Bollywood with the crime thriller Chocolate (2005) and has directed multiple films since.

The Kashmir Files Makers Vivek Agnihotri and Abhishek Agarwal Get Appreciation From PM Modi

The Kashmir Files has been making headlines for quite some time now. The film which was released on March 11 is getting appreciation from both, the audience and critics. Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi has now appreciated the movie.

Yes, the Prime Minister called on the filmmakers – Vivek Agnihotri and Abhishek Agarwal, to bless them for daring to make a film that depicts the exodus of Kashmiri Hindus during the Kashmir Insurgency. During the visit, Vivek and Abhishek were accompanied by actor Pallavi Josh as well. Expressing his gratitude, producer Abhishek Agarwal felicitated Prime Minister.

He also took to Twitter and shared a couple of pictures from their meeting with the Prime Minister. “It was a pleasure to meet our Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi Ji. What makes it more special is his appreciation and noble words about #TheKashmirFiles. We’ve never been prouder to produce a film. Thank you Modi Ji,” he wrote.

In a recent interview with News18, Vivek Agnihotri said, “It’s a human tragedy of unimaginable proportion. Nobody has ever spoken about the human side of the story. Nobody has ever spoken about when you allow terrorism to enter any society, what do you lose? You just don’t lose lives.

You lose thousands of years of cultural heritage. You lose diversity… Whose loss is this? Is this the loss of Kashmir? Or is this the loss of India? Or is this the loss of humanity, that you lost such great knowledge? That is what my film is all about. It’s not about Hindu or Muslim like people would want to believe.”

On the other hand, The Kashmir Files is also making solid business at the box office. On day one, the film collected around Rs 3.25 to 3.50 crore and has given a tough competition to Prabhas and Pooja Hegde’s Radhe Shyam. With this, the film has also beaten the likes of Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui, Badhaai Do, Bunty Aur Babli 2, Satyameva Jayate 2, Bell Bottom and Roohi. Day two numbers of the movie are expected to be bigger than day one.

For the unversed, The Kashmir Files stars Anupam Kher, Mithun Chakraborty and Darshan Kumar among others. It depicts the story of the exodus of the Kashmiri Pandits.

Vivek Agnihotri Biography, Wikipedia

Vivek Agnihotri (born 10th November) is an avant garde Indian film director, producer and screenwriter. Agnihotri is one of the few new age Hindi cinema film directors, known to experiment in different genres of film making.

He has ventured into genres like erotica, thriller, sports, political dramas and love stories making him a multiple genre director. He is credited to direct India’s first mainstream football film (Dhana Dhan Goal) at a time when not many producers were investing in sports films in Bollywood.

Agnihotri also directed India’s first Erotic thriller (Hate Story) that was produced by Vikram Bhatt and was a critical and commercial success.

Agnihotri made his directorial debut with Chocolate: Deep Dark Secrets (2005) which had multiple stars with Anil Kapoor, Emraan Hashmi, Sunil Shetty, Irfan Khan, Sushma Reddy and Tanushree Dutta in lead roles. Its still rated as one of the most stylized suspense drama. Chocolate has been listed as one of the best city (London) films.

Vivek Agnihotri’s upcoming films include Buddha in a Traffic Jam that is set on the backdrop of the Maoist movement in India. Another of his upcoming film is named Freedom which is a hard-hitting political drama. Agnihotri is also directing a psychological drama Zid that would be produced by Anubhav Sinha. In 2002, he created his production house named Vivek Agnihotri Creates Pvt Ltd.

Vivek Agnihotri Biography Wikipedia
Vivek Agnihotri
BornVivek Ranjan Agnihotri
21 December 1973 (age 48)
Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India
EducationIndian Institute of Mass Communication,
Harvard Extension School,
Bhopal School of Social Sciences,
Jawaharlal Nehru University
OccupationFilm director, producer, screenwriter, activist, author
Years active1996–present
Notable workThe Tashkent Files
The Kashmir Files
Spouse(s)Pallavi Joshi

Vivek Agnihotri Career

Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri is a national award winner filmmaker, best-selling author and a public intellectual.

An ex-advertising man, Vivek is a popular public speaker on socio-political issues ‘Creative Thinking’ and ‘Innovation’ in top global institutes. Vivek is a ‘Indic Culture’ crusader. 

His prophetic cult film, ‘Buddha In A Traffic Jam’ dealt with the theme of Urban Naxalism and exposed the sinister nexus between the Naxals, Media, NGOs, terrorists and the academia. The film faced extreme resistance from the Left and was stuck for five years before Vivek travelled all across India to show his film, encountering few violent assault on him, to curb his freedom of speech.

Vivek’s latest film ‘The Tashkent Files’ based on the mysterious death of India’s second Prime Minister Shri Lal Bahadur Shashtri in Tashkent, went on to become the most successful films of recent times.

Despite a boycott by mainstream film critics and shadow-banning by the media and Bollywood, the film ran for an unheard of 100+ days. Because of the film’s unprecedented and historical success, the prestigious Film & TV director’s association, IFTDA, in a rare gesture, felicitated Mr. Agnihotri.

“The Tashkent Files’ has been included as a case study in official curriculums of IIM Ahmedabad and Media Studies of Mumbai University. 

Vivek’s debut book ‘Urban Naxals’ broke all records and became the fastest selling #1 bestseller. Today the term ‘Urban Naxals’ is used as a legit term and is being accepted as a political reality by the political analysts, media and the government of India. After the book exposed the lethal nexus, many Urban Naxals were arrested to reconfirm Vivek’s hypothesis.

Vivek’s next book ‘Who Killed Shastri’ published by Bloomsbury has been critically acclaimed and despite being launched in the middle of a complete national lockdown due to Covid19, it has been the most successful book of 2020-21 an still growing in the second lockdown.

Vivek is a passionate public speaker on Indic Civilisation and culture, besides speaking on ‘Creative Consciousness’ and ‘Success Plus’. Vivek has spoken on some of the prestigious platforms including Ted, Harvard University Conclave, Neeti Aayog, Ideas India Conclave, World Hindu Congress, Indo-US Chamber of Commerce, FICCI, etc.

Vivek is frequently invited to speak in various universities including Purdue, Columbia, UNC, Huoston University, Ohio State University in USA, Oxford University, Kings college in UK and IITs, IIMs, National Law University, BHU, JNU, DU, Mumbai universities etc.

Vivek Agnihotri served as Chairman of the international Jury of International Film Festival of India and on the jury of National Film Awards. He is served as the Secretary of Indian Film Director’s association and Screenwriters Association of India.

Vivek is currently serving as the member of CBFC board and as the cultural representative of Indian Council for Cultural Relations.   

Vivek is currently making an epic film ‘The Kashmir Files’ on the genocide of Kashmiri Hindus in 1990. Vivek has travelled across the globe to record the testimonials of the first-generation victims of the genocide. The film was scheduled to release in August 2021 but due to a lockdown, it’s been postponed till the cinema halls open again.

Vivek has won the most prestigious National Film award for his 2019 film ‘The Tashkent Files’ for Best Screenplay. The film also won a National film Award for the ‘Best Supporting Actor’ for his wife Pallavi Joshi who played a very complex character in the film. Vivek has won several national and international awards. 

Vivek has made a short film ‘Muhammad & Urvashi’ which broke the internet with unprecedented views and was highly acclaimed. It won many international and national awards.

Vivek is married to national award-winning actor Pallavi Joshi and has two children, Maalika and Manan.

Vivek founded ‘I am Buddha Foundation, with his wife. This NGO mentors and trains disadvantaged youth in creative thinking and empowers them in creative fields. During Covid Crisis, I Am Buddha Foundation has ran special campaigns to provide free psychiatric help to youth from entertainment, films and creati8ve fields.

IABF has also helped children and their families who have suffered due to the pandemic. IABF has conducted a month long ‘The festival of Life’ with world’s top thought leaders and an international fundraiser concert with top artists.

 Vivek runs his YouTube channel #VRATV which has been running daily podcast on Covid related news, updates, data and analysis.

Vivek is an avid traveller, columnist and a social media influencer.

Vivek Agnihotri Family and Education

Vivek Agnihotri achieved the National Film Award for Best Screenplay – Dialogues for The Tashkent Files in 2019. Ranjan Agnihotri began his professional career with advertorial agencies and shifted to producing and directing tele-serials later on.

Agnihotri studied at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication before enrolling at the Harvard Extension School for a Certificate of Special Studies in Administration and Management. In an interview with the media, Ranjan has also mentioned that he attended the Bhopal School of Social Sciences and University.

His mother’s name is Sharda Agnihotri and his father is Dr. Prabhu Dayal Agnihotri. Vivek is 5ft 7in tall and was born of 21 December, 1973 which makes him 48 years old. He is married to an Indian actress, Pallavi Joshi and they have two children together. 

Atul Agnihotri (born 8 July 1970) his brother is an Indian film actor, producer and director.

Vivek Agnihotri Wife

Agnihotri is married to Indian actor Pallavi Joshi and has two children. He has described himself as a supporter of Narendra Modi, but not of the Bharatiya Janata Party that Modi belongs to.

Vivek Agnihotri with wife Pallavi Joshi
Vivek Agnihotri with wife Pallavi Joshi

Vivek Agnihotri’s Net Worth

Vivek Agnihotri has a net worth of nearly Rs.10 crore.

Vivek Agnihotri FAQ’s

Who is Vivek Agnihotri?

Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri (born 21 December 1973) is an Indian film director, screenwriter, producer, author, and activist. As of 2019, he is a member of the board of India’s Central Board of Film Certification and a cultural representative of Indian Cinema at the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. 

How old is Vivek Agnihotri?

Vivek Agnihotri is currently 48 years old.

Who is Vivek Agnihotri’s wife?

Agnihotri is married to Indian actor Pallavi Joshi and has two children. 

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