Date of Birth
7 July 1963, New Delhi, India
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra is a director, writer and producer who established Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Pictures (ROMP) in India. ROMP has cultivated in them an attitude to pioneer the way for the new wave and new age cinema from India, by identifying talent (writers & directors) from India and telling Indian stories to the world. Rakeysh has written, produced and directed the film Rang De Basanti (Colour of Sacrifice) (2006), with an ensemble of Indian and International cast. Rang De Basanti won four National Awards (President’s Medals), was India’s official entry to the Oscars 2006- 2007 and was also nominated by British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) in the foreign language category 06-07. Rakeysh went onto make Delhi-6 (2009) which is set against the backdrop of the caste and religious divide of the Indian social fabric. Delhi-6 has achieved tremendous critical acclaim and was elected for the prestigious Venice Film Festival and also won two National Awards. The Variety has termed it as un-bollywood, and a step forward from Rang De Basanti, ushering an era of new age Indian cinema.
Rakeysh’s next – Bhag Milkha Bhag (Run Milkha Run) is currently under production. Set against the backdrop of when India gained Independence from the British (1947), and the bloody ethnic massacre of millions, this story about the triumph of the undying human spirit, inspired by the greatest Indian athlete Milkha Singh, also known as the “The Flying Sikh”.