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Vivek Agnihotri is an Indian film director, producer and screenwriter.[1] A right-wing activist and author,[2][3] he made his directorial debut with Chocolate: Deep Dark Secrets (2005) and is a current member on the panel of Central Board of Film Certification.[4][5]

Vivek Agnihotri
Man, in white shirt, sitting
Agnihotri, c. 2018
Born
Gwalior MP, India
ResidenceMumbai, Maharashtra, India
NationalityIndian
EducationOrganization & Management
OccupationDirector, script writer, producer and activist
Spouse(s)Pallavi Joshi
Children2
Parent(s)Prabhu Dayal Agnihotri and Sharda Agnihotri
Websitehttps://iambuddha.net/

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Early life and educationEdit

He was born in Madhya Pradesh, India.[citation needed] Agnihotri studied at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication and at the school of social sciences.[6]

CareerEdit

Agnihotri has directed the following films in Bollywood:

Year Movie(s) Starring Source
2005 Chocolate Anil Kapoor, Sunil Shetty, Irfan, Arshad Warsi, Emraan Hashmi, Tanushree Dutta [7]
2007 Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal Bipasha Basu, John Abraham, Boman Irani
2012 Hate Story Paoli Dam, Gulshan Devaiah, Nikhil Dwivedi
2016 Buddha in a Traffic Jam Arunoday Singh, Mahi Gill, Anupam Kher, Pallavi Joshi [8][9][10][11][12]
2016 Junooniyat Pulkit Samrat, Yami Gautam, Hrishitaa Bhatt
2019 The Tashkent Files Mithun Chakravorty, Naseerudin Shah, Pallavi Joshi, Pankaj Tripathi, Shweta Basu Prasad, Mandira Bedi

Agnihotri made his debut as an author in 2018 with Urban Naxals.[13][14]A right-wing activist and author,[15][16] he promulgated the term Urban Naxals, in reference to individuals in the academia and media who were allegedly colluding with Naxalites in a bid to overthrow the Indian government.[17] Critics argue that the term was coined to discredit any intellectual who was critical of the establishments or political right.[16][18][19][20][21]

His “Buddha In A Traffic Jam” (2016); an autobiographical film based on its writer & director Vivek Agnihotri's life was officially nominated and premiered at the ‘Mumbai International Film Festival (2014)’ in the India Gold category with a standing ovation and great reviews. It won the Best Actor (Pallavi Joshi) and got nominated for the Best film in Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival’. It won Best Original Screenplay and was nominated for Best film and Best Lead Actress (Mahie Gill) in a Foreign Language at ‘Madrid Film Festival, Spain’. The film went on to receive Best Director (Vivek Agnihotri) at Jakarta Film Festival’ and has been showcased as the Opening Film in more than a dozen festivals.[22]

Agnihotri’s directorial Thriller “The Tashkent Files” (2019), based on the mysterious death of the second Prime Minister of India Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri in Tashkent, within hours after signing the Tashkent Agreement. Denied of Critic-review, the film raked 50-time[23] life-business of day-1 at the Box-Office. Completing a rare 100+ days in theatre; the film is considered as a “Sleeper Hit”[24][25]!

Agnihotri’s directorial and Pallavi Joshi starrer “Bharat Ki Baat”[26][27]; is a 26-part non-fiction show which talks about the greatness and achievements of India, and the immense work done for the country by its people. This is a series of positive approach portraying the New India!

Agnihotri’s next is 'The Kashmir Files'[28][29], based on the lives of the Kashmiri Pundits. The film will be an honest investigation of the Kashmiri Pundit’s issue. The filmmaker has been working closely with the activists in Kashmir and plans to visit the places all over the world where the Kashmiri Pundit refugees have settled to record the first-hand account of the victims.

ControversiesEdit

Vivek Agnihotri has been documented to have propagated fake news on several occasions.[30][31][32] His twitter account was locked briefly after abusing Swara Bhaskar in relation to the Me Too movement in India[33][34][35]; he stood by his tweet though.[36]

Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta had accused him of inappropriate behavior during the filming of Chocolate. Agnihotri refuted the allegations as frivolous and had filed a defamation case against her.[37][38][39][40]

Agnihotri had promulgated the term Urban Naxals, in reference to individuals in the academia and media who were allegedly colluding with Naxalites in a bid to overthrow the Indian government.[41] Critics argue that the term was coined to discredit any intellectual who was critical of the establishments or political right.[3][42][43][44][45]

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Who We Are - #IAmBuddha Foundation". #IAmBuddha. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  3. ^ a b "He's making a list of 'Urban Naxals', but who is Vivek Agnihotri?". ThePrint. 29 August 2018. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
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  8. ^ "They call it show-biz, Entertainment – Bollywood". Mumbai Mirror. 18 February 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  9. ^ "Buddha in a Traffic Jam – Times of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 2 April 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  10. ^ Deccanchronicle Team. "Teaser of Buddha In A Traffic Jam". Deccanchronicle. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  11. ^ timesofindia Team. "Buddha In A Traffic Jam - An apt depiction of corrupt corporate system". TimesofIndia. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  12. ^ KoiMoi Team. "Buddha In an entrepreneurial Jam". KoiMoi. Retrieved 17 March 2016.
  13. ^ IANS (15 June 2018). "Not easy to attract eyeballs from government: Vivek Agnihotri". Business Standard India. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  14. ^ Mastakar, Manasi (2 September 2018). "Vivek Agnihotri: I have mentally resigned from Bollywood". Free Press Journal. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
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  16. ^ a b "He's making a list of 'Urban Naxals', but who is Vivek Agnihotri?". ThePrint. 29 August 2018. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  17. ^ "Interview| Vivek Agnihotri on Urban Naxals, JNU, Fake news and Twitter trolls". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
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  23. ^ "TTF sets new benchmark amid small ventures as it nears 50-day run in theatres".
  24. ^ "Sleeper Hit - VA's Film".
  25. ^ "Anurag Kashyap backs Vivek Agnihotri: Tashkent Files is bonafide hit of 2019. Personal prejudices aside".
  26. ^ "Vivek Agnihotri & Pallavi Joshi Interact with Media for TV Show 'Bharat Ki Baat'".
  27. ^ "BKB on News 18".
  28. ^ "After 'The Tashkent Files', Vivek Agnihotri to direct 'The Kashmir Files'".
  29. ^ "Now, a film on Kashmiri Pandit refugees".
  30. ^ Rampal, Nikhil (25 December 2018). "2018's top 10 fake news: From 'Pak zindabad' to post claiming Congress most 'corrupt party'". The Print. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  31. ^ Sidharth, Arjun (11 March 2019). "Vivek Agnihotri makes false claim of Nehru responsible for outcome of 1965 Indo-Pak war". Alt News. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  32. ^ Team, BOOM FACT Check (12 November 2018). "Vivek Agnihotri Tweets Misleading Video Of Kanhaiya Kumar Speaking About Islam | BOOM". boomlive.in. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  33. ^ "Vivek Agnihotri calls Swara Bhasker a 'prostitute', she single-handedly gets his Twitter account locked". DNA India. 11 September 2018. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  34. ^ "Vivek Agnihotri forced to delete abusive tweet against Swara Bhasker - Times of India ►". The Times of India. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  35. ^ "After Deletion Of His Tweet, Vivek 'Thanks' Swara Bhasker For Curbing His Freedom Of Expression". indiatimes.com. 12 September 2018. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  36. ^ Srivastava, Namrata (12 September 2018). "Standing up against abuse". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  37. ^ DelhiSeptember 28, India Today Web Desk New; September 28, 2018UPDATED:; Ist, 2018 15:37. "Tanushree Dutta alleges Vivek Agnihotri had told her 'kapde utaar ke naacho'". India Today. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  38. ^ "Tanushree Dutta accuses Vivek Agnihotri of harassment, says Irrfan, Suniel Shetty stood up for her". www.hindustantimes.com. 28 September 2018. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  39. ^ "Vivek Agnihotri refutes Tanushree Dutta's allegations: Lawyer". The Indian Express. 4 October 2018. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  40. ^ "Vivek Agnihotri calls Tanushree Dutta's allegations "false, frivolous" - Times of India ►". The Times of India. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  41. ^ "Interview| Vivek Agnihotri on Urban Naxals, JNU, Fake news and Twitter trolls". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  42. ^ DelhiSeptember 2, India Today Web Desk New; September 2, 2018UPDATED:; Ist, 2018 18:24. "Swara Bhasker on Urban Naxals: You cannot punish people for thinking". India Today. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
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  44. ^ "Conversations with". Firstpost. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  45. ^ "Why India activist arrests sparked outrage". 31 August 2018. Retrieved 26 March 2019.