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By cintimes entertainment mastermind cinhaslayers,Bhagwan Kaulsagar,is a writer with a passion for all things Indian.
He has written for newspapers, magazines, TV channels, newspapers and magazines, as well as for film festivals, film schools, universities and many more.
In the late 90s, Bhagwan first met a young woman named Kunal who was a journalist and filmmaker.
“She had no formal training in film production, but she had a knack for making documentaries and short films.
She had no background in production and she could produce her own content.
It was clear to me that her talents could be harnessed to make a real impact on the industry.”
Kunal’s success, however, was not to be.
The filmmaker was fired after only two years.
Kunal did not return the call she had received and Bhaggan was left with no alternative but to write a piece for her.
Kunal would go on to produce films including ‘The Wedding’, which won the Indian Film Awards for best documentary in 2006 and the prestigious Bollywood Cinematography award in 2008.
In 2014, Kunal received the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award for her film, ‘The Best Man’.
In his own words, Kalinga, “I have a knack to find new things.
And I also have a love for storytelling.
So I am always interested in different ways to tell stories.
And the films I make are all about the human side of life.”
Kalinga’s films have been screened in over 100 countries including the US, China, India, Japan, Brazil, Russia, France, Italy, South Africa and many others.
He is known for his writing style, which includes “no-nonsense, straight-forward writing” in a sense that his films are “fun, entertaining and uplifting”.
While writing his films, Bhaghgan has also been involved in many projects including the film ‘Nirvana’.
The film is being screened in theatres in India and the world.
Bhaghgan is a recipient of many awards including the National Book Award, the Padma Bhushan, the International Prize for Literature, the National Award for Literature and the National Film Award.
His writing has been published in publications like Times of India, New Delhi Post, The Hindu, CNNI, Business Standard, The Telegraph, The Hindustan Times, The Times of England, NDTV, The Guardian, Business Insider, The Economist and many other magazines and newspapers in India, the United Kingdom, the US and other countries.
In 2016, Bhakan’s writing was nominated for a Bollywood Award for his documentary ‘Raja Jha’ for his story of a woman who went missing in India in 1977.
In 2018, he won a National Award from the Indian Academy of Dramatic Arts.
In 2017, he received the award ‘Nilangal’ for ‘Nawal Prakash’ a story of his mother who left her village in India to escape the caste system and later became an actress in the US.
In 2016, he was inducted in the prestigious Indian Academy Award in Drama category.
Bhakan is also a member of the Indian Institute of Social Sciences, the Indian Council of Historical Research, the Council of Film Education, the Academy of Film Arts and the India Council of Social Scientists.