Creative

Swapna Khanna

---Script and Direction

Swapna started her film career in early ’80s in Southern India with a film titled Swapna directed by the veteran Mr. Dasari Narayan Rao and while she continued to establish her acting vocation—enjoying critical acclaim and the mounting love of her fans—Swapna went on to give hits in succession and has over 90 Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films to her credit. Eventually, she got a break in conventional Hindi Cinema with Ek Din Bahu Ka and continued to win audiences through her performances in films like Hukumat, Farishtey (both directed by Anil Sharma), Sachhe Ka Bol Bala, Aage Ki Soch and many others. She has worked with the crème-de-la-crème including renowned actors like Kamal Hassan, Chiranjivee, Rajnikant, Vijaykant, Rajkumar, Mamooty and Mohanlal in the South Indian Film Industries while with Dharmendra, Vinod Khanna, Raj Babbar, Jackie Shroff, Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit in Bollywood.
Swapna’s understanding of the world of showbiz coupled with her sheer passion for movies, music and dance led her to preside as Managing Director of Sangini Entertainment, where she scripted and directed shows like Maya—The Musical, Umrao Jaan, Shaam-E-Jashn, Bombay Experience and the highly successful Shaam-E-Rangeen. Her ability to amalgamate Indian classical music and dance with pulsating songs and groovy moves from Bollywood made Shaam-E-Rangeen one of the most successful theatrical productions from India, showcasing across the entire length and breadth of the globe. For the latest venture Dreamgirls of Bollywood, Swapna has experimented with a very innovative formula—to introduce Bollywood to those untouched by its charisma and to educate them about its history, evolution and influences through an unmatched story.

Bharathi Pradhan

---Script Advisor, Dialogue Writer and Lyricist

With over 30 years experience in journalism, Bharathi, currently Managing Editor for Movie Mag International—a monthly Bollywood Magazine—has in her past edited magazines like Star & Style, Lehren, Cine Tab, Movie and Showtime while also being Consulting Editor for Savvy. As a writer she has contributed extensively to Femina, Readers’ Digest and Mid-day and remains an active columnist for The Telegraph and The Maharashtra Herald. Author of Valentine Lover, a novel that went into several reprints, her latest book Colas, Cars and Communal Harmony was also extremely well-received by critics. Bharathi has scripted and coordinated a 1-hour documentary on Mughal-E-Azam, an immortal creation from the Indian Film Industry and is presently scripting a comedy-thriller for Mannerism Films, proposed to be shot in Canada. She also ideates for Balaji Telefilms, a company producing daily-soaps in Hindi and presides as Chairperson, National Awards for best writing on cinema. An extremely down-to-earth person, Bharathi enthusiastically agreed to be part of the Dreamgirls Of Bollywood team, lending her utmost support to fortify the script.

Inderjit Nagi

---Creative Director

Qualified as a Fashion Designer from Cambrian College of Applied Arts & Technology, Mumbai, Inderjit is a creatively-inclined individual. He undertook teaching Fashion Design and Technology at a very young age, coaching students in Illustration, History of World Costumes and Portfolio Presentation while also mentoring them for their graduating fashion show. He also guest lectured at a finishing school on Wardrobe Management, Faking Figure Flaws, The Art of Make-up and Dressing Right. Eventually he took up the position of Beauty Stylist with L’Officiel-India Magazine where he was actively involved in conceptualizing and executing beauty related content for each imminent issue. As a stylist, he has worked with some of India’s best photographers, make-up artists, hair stylists, models, socialites, cosmetic and fragrance brands and film stars. Inderjit also takes keen interest in writing and often wrote for L’Officiel-India and freelanced for Spice Route—Spice Jet Airline’s In-flight Magazine. He is in constant touch with his designing abilities and designs clothes for Sangini Boutique. It is his love for all things creative that magnetized him towards the domain of the Indian Film Industry and as Creative Director at Sangini Entertainment, he takes keen interest in scripting and directorial assistance, costumes, ornamentation, beauty styling, stage & set and publicity design. In 2010, Inderjit, in partnership with Syed Ali Arif, launched a quirky and kitschy brand called Item Number, conceptualized to spice-up, glamorize and boost the style quotient of a person’s house, workspace and wardrobe.

Zoheb Husain

---Music Director and Background Score

Hailing from a family of eminent Musicians, the Rampur-Sahaswan Gharana, Zoheb started his music training at the age of 5 under the guidance of his father Ustad Maqbool Husain from whom he learnt all aspects of Indian Classical Music. After his schooling, Zoheb decided to take up music as his full-time vocation and soon emerged as an aesthetic and mellifluous music composer, programming one melody after another with latest technology available for computer-aided music compositions. He has worked on projects like Mr Ya Miss and Sarkar (both Ram Gopal Verma Productions) and Devdas, Jeena Sirf Mere Liye, Aap ko Pehle Bhi Kahin Dekha Hai, Rishtey, I Am Proud To Be An Indian, Black, Bewafa and Lucky (as assistant to Music Director Monty Sharma). His first solo project was a film titled Ludo for which he composed the background score and eventually he single-handedly composed background score for two Malaysian movies, Diva and Tipu Kaanan Tipu Kiri. He regularly composes music for TV channels like Star Plus, Star One, B4U and Pogo.
Also a graduate in Western Classical Music from Trinity College Of Music, London, Zoheb has performed with ace Indian musicians like Late Naushad Ali, Rakesh Chaurasia, Taufiq Qureshi, Vijay Ghate and very recently with Ustad Zakir Hussain.

Subhash Nakashe

---Choreographer

A powerhouse of thrilling performances and impressive choreography, Subhash is no stranger to theatre and is an exponent of Indian folk and western dances. Owing to his aptitude, he got a chance to perform with the legendary Hema Malini as a part of her classical ballet. Subhash choreographed and played the lead character of Buddha in a ballet with the same name and is presently associated with Chaurang Group since last 14 years, choreographing and dancing in highly successful shows like Gaane Suhane, I Love India and Marathi Bana. Versatility, innovation and the ability to choreograph a huge bunch of dancers in sync has led him to conceptualize and direct multitude of stage events like Maharashtra Chitrapat Mahotsav, Maharashtra Times Awards, Pune Festival with actress Urmila Matondkar, Danga Masti Dot Com (a Hindi-Bollywood show), Salaam Kolhapur and Sangeet Sandhya. Subhash has also worked in Hindi and Marathi Cinemas like Hu Tu Tu and Thakshak (as assistant to ace choreographer Bhushan Lakhandri), Sarivar Sari, Balich Rajya Yeu De and Nati Goti. Apart from many Marathi plays that he has choreographed, Subhash lent his vision and competence to two super-hit English plays Tamasha Mumbai Ishtyle and Carry On Heaven, both directed by renowned theatre and ad-film personality Bharat Dabholkar.

Kamal Nath

---Choreographer

Soon after he arrived in Mumbai, Khargeshwar Nath, who chose the screen name Kamal Nath, first assisted top-notch choreographers of yesteryears like Surya Kumar, P. L. Raj, Pandit Hiralal Merchant, P. A. Salim, Madhav Kishan and Saroj Khan; but one person he was associated with for a long period was Vijay Oscar. Thereafter, he decided to go solo and has choreographed over 100 Hindi and regional films in almost all major Indian languages, establishing himself firmly in the industry. In the course of his career, which spans over 25 years, Kamal has worked with many legendary celebrities from Bollywood from past to modern times, earning accolades from them while also winning critical acclaim for his dance directorial ability. He has choreographed Amir Khan, Govinda, Mithun Chakraborty, Jackie Shroff, Jeetendra, Vinod Khanna, Sridevi and Meenakshi Sheshadri in Bollywood and superstars Kamal Hassan and Rajnikanth in South Indian film industries. Kamal’s production house BB Arts Entertainment—established to originate shows based on unique themes and packed with vigorous dances—also looks at producing off-beat films, TV shows and music videos. He has also organized, choreographed and performed in over 1000 shows in India and abroad like Bombay Experience, Toko Fogo Nite I and II, Mithun’s Midnight Cowboy, Naache Govinda, Spotlight Nite, Action 87 and 94, Kamaal Dhamaal and many more. Kamal’s international shows across America, Europe, Africa, Australia and Middle East have all been well-received.

Bhola Sharma

---Set, Light and Sound Designer

For theatre personalities, Bholanath Sharma is no stranger. An alumnus of J. J. School of Applied Art, Mumbai where he studied Commercial Arts, Fine Art, Industrial Photography and Interior Decoration, Bholanath fine-tuned his design skills by studying Film Production, Audio-Visual Production and Film Animation from X. I. C., Mumbai. It was then that Bholanath ventured into the domain of Set, Light and Sound Design and over the years emerged as the leading name for his expertise among theatre groups and stage show producers. His ability to understand his clients’ requisites and deliver aesthetically appealing and practically viable designs led him to associate with multitude of production houses like Primetime Theatre Company, Hosi Vasunia Productions, Poor-Box Production, Alyque Padamsee, Q Theatre and Indian National Theatre. Bholanath has traveled extensively all over the country and the globe with these theatre groups and for him, working on the stage and set in conjunction with international auditoriums as per their guidelines has never caused any hindrance. Apart from these, he has also worked on stage shows and television shows of different genres created for Zee TV, Star TV, MTV and Channel [V], most starring renowned celebrities. It is Bholanath’s vision that gave a magnificent dimension to the presentation of Dreamgirls Of Bollywood.

Syed Ali Arif

---Graphics Director

Like most teenagers, Arif did the right thing and enrolled in a traditional “joboriented” university course, opting to study science. The self-taught artist quickly realised that he was meant to do something else, especially when he bunked classes to visit a nearby movie theatre—he wasn’t there to catch a flick, but to memorize every brush stroke, line and minute detail of movie posters on display, only to paint them later for practice. He juggled a couple of day jobs as a salesman, press reporter and copywriter; his artistic breakthrough came in 1989 when he won the Andhra Pradesh State Arts Competition. A full-time artist now, Arif has explored themes like sexuality, rural India, religion, mythology and self-identity and has presented his art to connoisseurs through more than 7 exhibitions across India. But in constant touch with his graphic design skills, he continued to take up projects like company branding (creating logos and related stationary), website design and publicity design while also freelancing for a Spanish real-estate magazine and a New York based entertainment magazine Talent World. Thrilled to work within his favorite realms, art and Bollywood, the opulent and captivating print publicity design for Dreamgirls Of Bollywood has been designed by Arif.

Harish Bhimani

---Voice Artist

The foremost voice artiste of India, with countless recordings including radio, TV commercials, documentaries, corporate videos, TV promos and in-flight VOs, Harish lent his warm, friendly yet authoritative and convincing voice to the articulate script of Dreamgirls of Bollywood, transforming it to a pleasing acoustic feast.



Ananda Khanna

---Stylist

One of Indian fashion industry’s unparalleled style gurus, Ananda is majorly accredited to make the stunning dream-girls look iconoclastic, chic and enticing. Whilst dressing the actors and dancers performing onstage, her distinguished styling sense can be seen on almost all the collaterals created to publicize the show.



Poornima Bhattacharya

---Publicity Advisor

Poornima—a hard head for streamlined business with the sensitivity of the truly creative—lent her technical and directorial expertise to tighten up the exciting video publicity, meticulously crafted for Dreamgirls of Bollywood.




Runa Rizvi

---Singer

Trained in classical, semi-classical and light classical music, Runa’s honeyed but flexible voice is skilled to sing Ghazals, Thumri, Folk, Punjabi and Sufi genres as well as western pop with equal élan. Runa breathed life into the four original tracks exclusively composed for Dreamgirls of Bollywood.




Sangini Boutique

---Costumes

Launched in 1991 in a quiet Mumbai suburb, Sangini Boutique was the brainchild of Swapna Khanna who wished to properly channel her innate love for clothes, fabrics and embroidery. During her years as a Bollywood actress, Swapna wore the chicest costumes of the time, both on and off-screen and her passion towards clothing only grew stronger. When she traveled around India and abroad, she consistently found that boutiques and designers catered only to the elite who could afford expensively tailored outfits and it was this attitude that Swapna wished to change through a retail experience well in the reach of college students, working women and the quintessential upper-middle class shopper. From its initial days till date, Sangini Boutique has consistently satisfied its loyal clientele who come looking for affordable and classy tailoring. Actresses and luminaries like Juhi Chawla, Neena Gupta, Varsha Usgaokar, Ashwini Bhave, Pooja Batra, Reshma Bombaywala and Achala Sachdev have been to the store either for trendy designs or exotic fabrics or simply for a flawless fit. Over the years, Sangini Boutique has crafted more than 500 costumes for Sangini Entertainment’s Bollywood-inspired shows and is solely responsible for dressing up all the artistes starring in Dreamgirls Of Bollywood.