Bhopal: Planning to open a film academy in the city, says 'Khakee' director Rajkumari Santoshi

Film director and producer Rajkumar Santoshi will shoot three films in Bhopal next year. Santoshi, after meeting home minister Narottam Mishra, said to the media, "I have planned to shoot three films back to back in Bhopal next year. I will also open an office in the city. I also want to open a film academy in Bhopal."

Mishra said that he discussed with Santoshi to open a film academy in Bhopal. “I have also requested him to give a chance to the MP's actors in his movies,” Mishra said.

Rajkumar Santoshi is a film director, producer and screenwriter of Hindi films. Having received several accolades including three National Film Awards and six Filmfare Awards, he made his directorial debut with the crime film Ghayal (1990), which won him the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment as well as the Filmfare Award for Best Director.

He next directed the thrillers Damini (1993) and Ghatak: Lethal (1996). All these three coomercially successful films starred Sunny Deol, Amrish Puri and Meenakshi Seshadri; the second of these garnered him a second Filmfare Best Director Award and the latter fetched him the Filmfare Best Screenplay Award as well as a Filmfare Best Director Award nomination. During this period, Santoshi also received praise for directing the comedy Andaz Apna Apna (1994), which though a box office flop has attained cult status, and the major success Barsaat (1995), that marked the film debut of Bobby Deol and Twinkle Khanna.

In 2000, he wrote dialogues of the film Pukar which earned him the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration. He followed it by directing two moderate commercial success- the biopic The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002) and the action-thriller Khakee (2004) - both of which earned him Best Director nominations at Filmfare. His highest- grossing film came in 2009 with over ₹1.2 billion (US$17 million) - earning romantic comedy Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani starring Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif.

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