Abhinay Banker

Abhinay Banker (Gujarati: અભિનય બેન્કર) (Hindi: अभिनय बेंकर) born on 14 September) is an actor, director, and writer who works in Gujarati cinema and theatre. After several theatre performances in his early career, he received recognition for his performance in Gujarati play Welcome Zindagi (2010), written and directed by Saumya Joshi, which has been performed over 650 times worldwide.[1][2][3] He acted in Gujarati film Kevi Rite Jaish (2012).[4][5][6]

Abhinay Banker
Abhinay Banker at the Mug event.jpg
Abhinay Banker at The Mug event
Born
NationalityIndian
Education
Alma materGujarat University
OccupationActor, Director, Screenwriter, Playwright
Years active2006–present
OrganizationAarambh Arts Academy

Early lifeEdit

Banker is born in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India in a Gujarati Hindu family. During his studies, he worked as a freelance photo journalist for several news agencies from 2002–2005.[7][8] He completed his Bachelor of Performing Arts in theatre from Gujarat University in April 2009 and received Gold medal. Since 2014, he is a contributing faculty cum mentor at School of liberal studies, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU).[9][10][11][12]

CareerEdit

Abhinay Banker has acted in number of plays. His debuted in 2005 in a play, Natsamrat. In 2006, he became a theatre trainer and practitioner. He served as the head of the drama department at Darpana Academy of Performing Arts during 2012–2015.[13][14][15] He is a founder-member of Actor's Theatre Ahmadabad, a group of theatre artist, and is a founder director of Aarambh Arts Academy.[16]

In 2007, he acted as Anand in Mallika Sarabhai's Unsuni (Unheard Voices) which is an adaptation of former IAS officer Harsh Mander's novel of the same name. Despite facing the heat from Censor Board,[17] it completed more than 150 performances.[18][19]

He was appreciated by audience as a director-actor for his musical demonstration, based on Amrita Pritam's life, Main Tenu Phir Milangi (2011).[20][21][22] Her love tale is about aside from others, as it talks about the purest unconditional love.[23][24]

When Urdu writer Saadat Hasan Manto left Mumbai to visit Delhi, he said "Main khud ek chalta phirta Bambai hun" (I myself am a travelling Mumbai), to explain his connection to the city. Thus one of his plays has been named as Chalta Phirta Bambai (2012).[25] In it, three joined stories unobtrusively depict the truth of life and all the while challenge the thought of innocence, love, ethics, morality, virtuousness and self-respect, but then ends in the nakedness and blatancy existent in our general public.[26][27]

Banker has acted in the play, Akoopar (2013), based on the novel by Dhruv Bhatt. The play focuses on the existence of the Maldharis (animal breeders), who live within the Gir forest, the last home of the Asiatic lion.[28] Directed by Aditi Desai, daughter of the theatre artiste late Jaswant Thakar,[29] the play has been performed at the Bharat Rang Mahotsav at National School of Drama (NSD) Delhi.[30] It has been additionally announced as the best play at Transmedia awards 2013.[31]

The play Koi Pan Ek Phool Nu Naam Bolo To (Name any one flower) (2014) is a psychological murder mystery. It had been at first written with the aid of Gujarati writer Madhu Rye nearly five decades ago. In 1969, Kailash Pandya, who became the first head of the drama department of Darpana Academy of Performing Arts, directed the play.[32] Forty-five years later, Abhinay Banker and his group performed it on the same stage.[33] It had been also nominated for best drama production at 14th Transmedia Gujarati Screen & Stage Awards.[34]

Director, actor and writer of the play Haji Ek Varta (2014), Abhinay Banker, portrayed it as a play that has the strings of immaculate humorousness, warmth and joy weaved suitably.[35] It is a progression of six distinctive stories falling in a steady progression penned by various Gujarati writers.[36] After its debut at the National Centre for the Performing Arts's (India) Gujarati Vasant Natyotsav 2014,[37][38] the play was performed in Habitat Conclave, Ashapalli Festival at Ahmadabad in early 2016.[39][40]

Banker is playing lead role in Aditi Desai's play Samudramanthan (2016).[41][42] The story, delineating the battle for good over malice, is an anecdotal thought on the lives of Gujarati group of Kharwas (who live by the ocean) enlivened by an old book of the same name. It is genesis of a Nakhuda, the term utilized for a captain of the boat in Kharwas and demonstrates the agitating in the mid ocean that draws out all the nine rasa of human emotions.[43] The play had been performed in19th Bharat Rang Mahotsav 2017 at National School of Drama.[44][45]

Happy Journey (2016), a play written and directed by Abhinay Banker for H L Institute of Commerce, Ahmedabad University, demonstrated the life of today's youth as an understudy seeking after her interests and who experiences thick and diminishes of being in a relationship leading her into melancholy and how benevolently leaves it with the well-built backing of her father. It won first prize, received numerous awards in various categories as well as lifted a standout amongst the most pined for trophies in the field of theatre by INT (Indian National Theatre).[46][47]

Theater creditsEdit

Year Title Role Credited as Notes Ref(s)
2007 Unsuni Anand Actor The act had been demonstrated more than 150 performances throughout the nation [17][18][19]
2007 Hamlet-o-lear Edger Actor National School of Drama (Intensive acting workshop production) [47]
2007 Aswastthama Aswastthama Actor A play by Madyu Rye based on the character of Mahabharata [47][48]
2008 Phèdre in India Théramène Actor Have been performed at 10th Bharat Rang Mahotsav in the year of 2008 as well as at French Embassy (New Delhi, India) in Residence programme [49][50][51][52]
2009 Khamoshiyaan Director A play based on the scars suffered from riots – a collage of Gulzar's literary creations on stage at 'Festival of non-violence through arts' [16][53]
2009 Khuda Hafiz Director A play based on the scars suffered from riots – a collage of Gulzar's literary creations on stage at 'Festival of non-violence through arts' [16][53]
2009 Ahmedabad ki aurat bhali – Ramkali Narrator Actor An adaptation of Bertolt Brecht's popular play 'The good woman of Setzuan' in 34th Vikram Sarabhai International Art Festival [54][55][56]
2010 Welcome Zindagi Vivek Ganatra Actor More than 550 shows worldwide & Abhinay Banker was nominated for best supporting actor at Transmedia Awards 2011 as well as performed at National School of Drama (NSD) Delhi '8th during Theater Olympics' in 2018[57] [1][2][3]
2011 Main Tenu Phir Milangi Sahir Ludhianvi Actor, Director Musical play based on Amrita Pritam's life containing compositions of her poetry [20][21][22][23]
2012 Chalta Phirta Bambai Director, Writer Based on three plays by Saadat Hassan Manto, a writer of British-Indian Pakistani Origin [25][26][27]
2012 Kasturba Mahatma Gandhi Actor Awarded as best actor at 13th Transmedia Gujarati Screen & Stage Awards[58][59] and the play has also been dramatized at AIANA's Chaalo Gujarat event at Edison, New Jersey[60] [61][62]
2013 Akoopar Nayak – Painter Actor Announced as the best play at Transmedia awards for the year 2013[31] & also have been performed at the Bharat Rang Mahotsav at National School of Drama (NSD) Delhi[30] [28]
2014 Kadak Badshahi Ahmed Shah Actor Celebrated six hundred years of Ahmadabad city [63][64]
2014 Koi Pan Ek Phool Nu Naam Bolo To Keshav Thaker Actor, Director Nominated for more than 7 categories at 14th Transmedia Gujarati Screen & Stage Awards along with nomination for best drama production[34] [32][33]
2014 Haji Ek Varta Marathi Servant Actor, Director, Writer Performed at the National Center for Performing Art's Gujarati Vasant Natyo Utsav 2014[37][38] as well as at the Habitat Conclave, Ashapalli Festival[39][40] [35][36][47]
2015 Unbroken Wings - Director Won number of awards at the INT 2015 (Indian National Theatre) including the best drama, best director, best performer (male & female) and the best music[65] [66][67]
2016 Samudra Manthan Mithu Actor Performed in19th Bharat Rang Mahotsav 2017 at National School of Drama;[44][45] the play which demonstrates the agitating in the mid ocean that draws out all the 9 ras of human emotions [41][42][43]
2016 Happy Journey Director, Writer Won the 1st prize and lifted one of the most coveted trophies in the field of Theatre by INT (Indian National Theatre) [46][47]
2017 Saat Teri Ekvees Writer An act, produced by Manhar Gadhia and performed by Ami Trivedi, about the problems during Indian marriage & tradition. Which also got translated in Hindi language titled as Womanlogues. [68][69][70][71]
2017 Pune Highway (Dramatised reading) Director A playwright development programme in association with British Council, written by Rahul da Cunha, having faces from all mainstream mediums – theatre, television and films. It has been managed by Rajat Kapur and Shernaz Patel. [72][73][74][75]
2018 Jaane Woh Kaise Log The Director, Writer A theater production premiered at Sunday to Sunday Theatre Festival organised by Darpana Academy of Performing Arts [71]

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Role Field Credited as Director Ref(s)
2012 Kevi Rite Jaish Raheel Gujarati Feature Film Actor, Casting director, Script associate Abhishek Jain [4][5][6][47]
2013 Bhinti Maage – Behind the Wall[76] Atul Marathi Film (Short fiction) Actor Vishwesh Kolwalkar [77][78]
2017 Shubhaarambh Gujarati Feature Film Writer (Screenplay and Dialogues) Amit Barot [47][79][80]
2017 Dhantya Open Murlee Lalvani[81] Gujarati Feature Film Actor Ajay Phansekar [82]
2017 Colorbaaj Inspector Girish Ramavat[83] Gujarati Feature Film Actor Zanane Rajsingh [84][85]
2018 Mijaaj VP Gujarati Feature Film Actor Tapan Vyas [86][87][88][89][90]
2018 Reva Bittu-Banga[91] Gujarati Feature Film Actor Rahul bhole & Vinit Kanojia [92][93][94][95][96]
2018 Manto Shoe Shop Owner[97] Hindi Feature Film Actor Nandita Das [97]
Key
  Denotes films that have not been released yet

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