One of the key elements that make a film what it is, apart from the crew and directors, are the small but poignant roles that are played by great new finds that hold your attention long after a film is over. You might think that these gems are easy to come across, but the truth is that there is a whole team that works tirelessly to look for these fresh faces and in popular parlance are referred to as casting directors.
From Ranveer Singh to Parineeti Chopra, casting directors have found amazing talent across the spectrum and here are some of the leading casting directors in Bollywood today.
1. Shanoo Sharma: The leading light of Yash Raj, he is credited with having one of the top casting director jobs in India today. His finds include Parineeti Chopra and Arjun Kapoor with films like EkTha Tiger and Band Baja Baaraat in his CV.
2. Mukesh Chhabra: The more intellectual actor’s casting director, MukeshChhabra has uncovered the talent of the likes of Sushant Singh Rajput, Amit Sadh and Rajkummar Rao. He has worked in films including Gangs of Wasseypur and is presently working on Aamir’s Khan’s Dangal.
3. Shruti Mahajan: What do Ram Leela, Mary Kom and Chakravyuh have in common? A fantastic self-made casting director, Shruti Mahajan. A Delhi girl who landed into casting director jobs more by mistake than anything else seems to be making a name for herself with a stellar line of upcoming films.
4. Atul Mongia: Another one of the leading casting directors in Bollywood, Atul Mongia is considered a fantastic casting director as well as a trainer of actors in Bollywood. He started with Dibakar Banerjee’s Love Sex aur Dhoka and had since moved from strength to strength.
5. Nandini Shrikent: Starting with Lakshya, way back in the 2000’s Nandini Shrikent has only grown in stature since with films such as Life of Pi, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and Rock on!! Now in her kitty.
6. Jogi Malang: Best known as the man who found Ayushmann Khurrana, Johi Malang has been part of Bollywood since the 90’s and has worked with a wide variety of Directors and on a wide range of films.
7. Honey Trehan: The man who cast for Vishal Bharadwaj has grown exponentially to become a top leading casting director in Bollywood having names like Ritesh Sidhwani and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra now associated with him as well.