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Dinesh Raheja

Dinesh Raheja (born March 31, 1957) is an Indian author, columnist, TV scriptwriter, film historian. Raheja has been writing on cinema for over 30 years. In his long and prolific career as a writer, he has worked as the Editor of Movie magazine (1988-1999), Channel Editor of India Today’s online film section and Editor of Bollywood News Service. He has been a regular columnist for rediff.com and Sunday Mid-day for over a decade and his articles have been published in The Times of India, The Indian Express, The Hindustan Times, India Today and Outlook.[9] Raheja is a committed film historian and has authored five books: The Hundred Luminaries of Hindi Cinema (1996),[10] Indian Cinema, The Bollywood Saga (2004),[11] Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam: The Original Screenplay (2012),[12] Chaudhvin Ka Chand: The Original Screenplay (2014)[13] and Kaagaz Ke Phool – The Original Screenplay (2015).[14]

Dinesh Raheja
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Born (1957-03-31) 31 March 1957 (age 61)
Mumbai, Maharastra, India
NationalityIndian
EducationPalm Beach School, Mumbai and HR College, Mumbai
OccupationAuthor,[1][2] Columnist,[3] TV Screenwriter[4] and Film Historian.
Years active1982–present
Notable workAuthor of The Hundred Luminaries of Hindi Cinema,[5] Indian Cinema The Bollywood Saga,[6] Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam – The Original Screenplay,[7][8] ‘Chaudhvin Ka Chand – The Original Screenplay’, ‘Kaagaz Ke Phool – The Original Screenplay’, writer of TV serials Just Mohabbat, Kasamh Se, non fiction TV show, Film India (host Victor Banerjee).
Spouse(s)Anita Raheja
ChildrenNikita Raheja Mohanty (Daughter)
RelativesMishal Raheja (Nephew)

Raheja also writes for TV (Just Mohabbat (fiction),[15] Kasamh Se (fiction),[16] and the BBC World TV show, Film India) and pens poems in English and Hindi, which have been published in several magazines and newspapers. In 2017 Raheja iniitiated THE DINESH RAHEJA WORKSHOP in which he teaches Bollywood aspirants everything related to the media including the art of image building and giving interviews. In August 2017, he has also released his first book of poems, '101 Haiku by Dinesh Raheja'.

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Education and early careerEdit

Raheja was born to a Sindhi business family in Mumbai. His father Bhagwandas Raheja was a finance broker and his mother Janki a housewife. Raheja graduated from Palm Beach High School, Napean Sea Road, in December 1973 and from HR College of Commerce in 1978. Raised on a staple diet of two films a week, he showed a proclivity for the arts from an early age and, while still a reader, began writing about films for magazines such as Filmfare, Star and Style and Cine Blitz. He often won small sums of Rs 100 in contests for the Best Letter of the Month. Interviews with Hema Malini and Zeenat Aman were published, based on his questions as a reader.

After a half-hearted attempt at pursuing chartered accountancy, Raheja embraced the true calling of his life in 1982 and embarked on a career in film journalism. He began writing on films first for the monthly magazine, Cine Blitz, though this was preceded by a short stint as a reporter with The Daily newspaper.

Milestones as an editorEdit

Rising quickly through the ranks, he was the Chief Reporter of Cine Blitz by the time he left in September 1988. Thereafter, he became the Editor of Movie magazine at the young age of 31. He has conducted analytical, in-depth interviews with most of the leading lights of the Hindi film industry including Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand, Amitabh Bachchan, Rajesh Khanna, Rishi Kapoor, Mithun Chakraborty, Anil Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Sunny Deol, Rekha, Sridevi, Madhuri Dixit, Dimple Kapadia, Ram Gopal Varma, Mahesh Bhatt, Mukul Anand and Subhash Ghai.[17][18]

Over the next decade, Raheja had a golden run at the magazine, and embarked on several innovative ventures. Recognising the demand for high-quality visuals of the stars, Raheja simultaneously edited several issues of Postermag and Classic Postcards. These were released by the stars who featured in them (Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bachchan etc.).

The innovative features in Movie magazine included the 'Dial A Star Scheme' (you could talk to your favourite film star on a pre-advertised date; Juhi Chawla was the first to speak to her fans and was followed by Sanjay Dutt, Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit among several others) and 'Movie Goes Mad' (a cartoon series that became hugely popular). Raheja’s witty spoofs on films, which were then illustrated, included a takeoff on the superhit Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge.

Raheja’s most famous covers for Movie magazine include his first cover that featured then rising star Aamir Khan alongside contemporaneous box-office queen Sridevi; a body-painted picture of Pooja Bhatt, and the momentous cover when two megastars Amitabh Bachchan and Rajesh Khanna came together for a photo-session and a joint interview that ran into reams of print.[19]

His annual feature for the magazine, 'The Movie Opinion Poll,' which let the public vote for ‘The Best Actor’ and ‘The Best Actress’ among 40 categories, inspired many clones. Raheja also conducted an auction of star paraphernalia, 'Forever Yours,' which included Shammi Kapoor's chess set, Raj Kapoor’s tweed coat, Juhi Chawla’s pillow and Madhuri’s dhak dhak outfit from Beta, the proceeds of which were handed over to Cheshire Homes, an old-age home.[20]

Books on cinemaEdit

In 1996, after a cover story on The Hundred Luminaries Of Hindi Cinema, he was asked by Padmini Mirchandani of IBH, the publisher of Movie magazine, to give it the shape of a book. Amitabh Bachchan launched the book in Mumbai, and subsequently Rekha, Anil Kapoor and Sridevi launched it in other places.[21]

Raheja has collaborated with Jitendra Kothari on four other books on cinema: Indian Cinema, The Bollywood Saga (Roli Books),[22] Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam: The Original Screenplay,[23][24][25] Chaudhvin Ka Chand: The Original Screenplay (2014)[26] and Kaagaz Ke Phool – The Original Screenplay (Om Books).[27]

Creative pursuitsEdit

Ayaz Memon, the editor of Mid-day in the mid '90s, enthused Raheja to write a personalised column for the Sunday paper; and later, an analytical box-office think piece on a weekday. Raheja remained a columnist with Mid-day for an unbroken stint of 13 years (1996 to 2009).

For television, Raheja has written the concept for Tony And Deeya Singh’s Just Mohabbat and was one of the prominent writers on Ekta Kapoor’s Kasamh Se (2006). UTV asked him to write two seasons of the BBC show, Film India (hosted by Victor Banerjee).

He is married to Anita whom he met in December 1982. Anita Raheja is a popular food columnist and author of two bestselling books, Simply Sumptuous Sindhi Cooking[28] and High Tea And Kitty Party Recipes. They have a daughter, Nikita Raheja, better known as Nikita Mohanty in the film industry for her work as a costume stylist for films such as English Vinglish, Two States, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania and Kapoor & Sons.

Raheja has initiated a debate group 'Let’s Talk Over Chai,' in which professionals from all strands of life—writing, modelling, playback singing, photography, film direction – participate. In consonance with his belief in the need to connect, Raheja, in his spare time, teaches English to the less privileged.

List of worksEdit

BooksEdit

  • The Hundred Luminaries of Hindi Cinema (1996)[29]
  • Indian Cinema The Bollywood Saga (2003)[30]
  • Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam – The Original Screenplay (2012)[31]
  • Chaudhvin Ka Chand – The Original Screenplay (2015)[32]
  • Kaagaz Ke Phool --The Original Screenplay (2015)[33]

TV serialsEdit

  • Just Mohabbat (fiction)
  • Kasamh Se (fiction)
  • Film India (a film review show hosted by Victor Banerjee)
  • Ek Se Badhkar Ek (Countdown Show)

JournalismEdit

  • Reporter, Cine Blitz (1982 to 1988)
  • Editor, Movie (1988 to 1999)
  • Channel Manager, India Today Online (2001)
  • Editor, Bollywood News Service (2007 to 2016)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Chaudhvin Ka Chand laid the seed for bromance in films: Dinesh Raheja | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis". Chaya Unnikrishnan. DNA. 2 April 2014.
  2. ^ "Dinesh Raheja". Goodreads.
  3. ^ "Dinesh Raheja revists Golmaal". www.rediff.com. Rediff. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Dinesh Raheja". IMDb. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  5. ^ Dinesh Raheja, Jitendra Kothari (1996). The hundred luminaries of Hindi cinema. Bombay: India Book House Publishers. ISBN 8175080078.
  6. ^ Dinesh Raheja, Jitendra Kothari (2004). The Bollywood saga indian cinema (3. impr. ed.). New Delhi: Aurum Press. p. 156. ISBN 8174362851.
  7. ^ Dinesh Raheja, Jitendra Kothari (2012). Sahib, Bibi, aur Ghulam : the original screenplay. Noida: Om Books International. p. 216. ISBN 9380069863. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  8. ^ Adil, Mamun M. (11 May 2014). "REVIEW: Sahib, Bibi, aur Ghulam: The Original Screenplay". Dawn.
  9. ^ Padukone, Deepika. "A Lamp's Glare". outlookindia. Outlook India. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  10. ^ Raheja, Dinesh; Kothari, Jitenda. The Hundred Luminaries of Hindi Cinema. India Book House Publishers. ISBN 9788175080072.
  11. ^ Raheja, Dinesh. Indian Cinema: The Bollywood Saga (2 ed.). Roli Books. ISBN 9788174362858.
  12. ^ Raheja, Dinesh; Kothari, Jitendra. Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam: The Original Screenplay (First ed.). Om Books International. ISBN 9789380069869. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  13. ^ Raheja, Dinesh; Kothari, Jitendra. Chaudhvin Ka Chand: The Original Screenplay (First ed.). Om Books International. ISBN 9789380070988. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  14. ^ Raheja, Dinesh; Kothari, Jitendra. Kaagaz Ke Phool: The Original Screenplay (First ed.). Om Books International. ISBN 9789380070995. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  15. ^ "Just Mohabbat". IMDB. 1 January 2000.
  16. ^ "Kasamh Se". IMDB. 1 January 2000. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  17. ^ ":: Welcome to the website of ageless beauty of rekha ::". www.rekhathediva.com. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  18. ^ "Giving the Devi(L) her Due". asridevi.blogspot.in. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  19. ^ Usman, Yasser (5 December 2014). "Rajesh Khanna: The Untold Story of India's First Superstar". Penguin UK. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  20. ^ "Movie magazine holds auction-cum-jumble sale for a noble cause". Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  21. ^ "Rediff On The Net: Transcript of Movie chat". www.rediff.com. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  22. ^ Raheja, Dinesh. Indian Cinema: The Bollywood Saga (2 ed.). Roli Books. ISBN 9788174362858. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  23. ^ Raheja, Dinesh; Kothari, Jitendra. Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam: The Original Screenplay (First ed.). Om Books International. ISBN 9789380069869. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  24. ^ "'Guru Duttji was miscast in Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam". Rediff. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  25. ^ "Film | Of Books and Reading". thehungryreader.wordpress.com. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  26. ^ Raheja, Dinesh; Kothari, Jitendra. Chaudhvin Ka Chand: The Original Screenplay (First ed.). Om Books International. ISBN 9789380070988. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  27. ^ RAHEJA, DINESH. Om Books International Kaagaz Ke Phool: The Original Screenplay. Om Books International. ISBN 9789380070995. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  28. ^ Raheja, Anita. Simply Sumptuous Sindhi Cooking. 17inchcanvas.com. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  29. ^ Raheja, Dinesh; Kothari, Jitenda. The Hundred Luminaries of Hindi Cinema. India Book House Publishers. ISBN 9788175080072. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  30. ^ Raheja, Dinesh. Indian Cinema: The Bollywood Saga (2 ed.). Roli Books. ISBN 9788174362858. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  31. ^ Raheja, Dinesh; Kothari, Jitendra. Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam: The Original Screenplay (First ed.). Om Books International. ISBN 9789380069869. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  32. ^ Raheja, Dinesh; Kothari, Jitendra. Chaudhvin Ka Chand: The Original Screenplay (First ed.). Om Books International. ISBN 9789380070988. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  33. ^ Raheja, Dinesh; Kothari, Jitendra. Kaagaz Ke Phool: The Original Screenplay (First ed.). Om Books International. ISBN 9789380070995. Retrieved 14 December 2016.

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