Manish Gandhi

Manish Gandhi is an Indian theatre director and stage, film and TV actor. In 2006, he worked with the Government of Chandigarh to create a new theatre education programme for children in government schools.[1] In 2009, he was awarded a scholarship from the Inlaks Shivdasani, Foundation[2] after which he completed a stint at FTII, Pune.[3]

Manish Gandhi
Born
Manish Gandhi

OccupationStage director
Years active2006–present

Theatre

In 2010, Gandhi played the lead role in Rizwaan, written and directed by Abhishek Majumdar.[4] In 2011, he directed (and acted in) Mike Bartlett’s Cock for the youth theatre festival, Thespo, where it picked up two awards.[5] The Mumbai Theatre Guide said the play raises "important questions but isn't as provocative as the title would suggest" but "Gandhi displays some acuity as the director."[6] Noted critic Shanta Gokhale said the play "acquires a dimension that lies outside a mere love triangle."[7]

In 2012, he directed Vikram Phukan's Limbo, which opened at Prithvi Theatre[8] after a crowd-sourcing campaign.[9] The play has strong movement elements[10] and Mumbai Theatre Guide wrote, "it has the unbounded freewheeling feel of an exploration."[11] The Times of India said, "what makes it unique is the dance and music routine, which has lots of interesting movements."[12]

In 2013 he directed reality star Eijaz Khan in an adaptation of Anton Chekhov.[13]

Films

He acted in the film adaptation of Rizwaan by Deepti Khurana,[14] which has done the rounds of international film festivals and won special jury mention at the 5th ViBGYOR Film Festival of Kerala.[15]

Gandhi has shot for the film Chai Shai Biscuits,[16] a quirky comedy about arranged marriages.

In 2018 , along with actress Sayani Gupta, Manish Gandhi was casted in a short film The Proposal.

Television

YearShowRoleChannel
2012Crime PatrolAdityaSony TV
2012Haunted NightsAnuragSahara One
2012I Luv My IndiaAeroplaneSAB TV
2012Gumrah: End of InnocenceHarshChannel V India
2013Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha 2Addu (Fake)/MunnaColors TV
2013Judwa RajaBharatDisney Channel (India)

References

  1. G. S. Paul. "Education Dept Initiative Teaching through theatre". Tribune News Service. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  2. Vikrant Dhote. "Gallery - Manish Gandhi". Film Impressions. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  3. Pallavi Kharade. "Step into the big league". DNA. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  4. L Romal M Singh. "I owe a lot to Bangalore: Manish Gandhi". DNA. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  5. Sravasti Datta. "The blue-eyed boy". The Hindu. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  6. Vikram Phukan. "Cock Review". Mumbai Theatre Guide. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  7. Shanta Gokhale. "Opposite Sex". Mumbai Mirror. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  8. Rinky Kumar. "A Journey Within". Mid-day. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  9. Joanna Lobo. "Power People". DNA India. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  10. Quasar Thakore Padamsee. "Exploring dance as a form of theatre". Asian Age. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  11. Devina Dutt. "LIMBO Play review". Mumbai Theatre Guide. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  12. Purvaja Sawant. "Theatre Review Limbo". Times of India. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  13. Archana Mishra. "I am a commitment phobic actor". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  14. L Romal M Singh. "I owe a lot to Bangalore: Manish Gandhi". DNA. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  15. "FTII dazzles at Goa film festival". Times of India. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  16. Pallavi Kharade. "Step into the big league". DNA. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
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