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 Bollywood Actor and Theatre Artist, is best known for his role as Lakha in Oscar Nominated Hindi Movie Lagaan. Apart  from Gangaajal, Ab Tak Chhappan, Apaharan , Singh is King , Aarakshan and Rowdy Rathore are also known for his remarkable performance. He played Kuwar Singh in Zee’s  Mera  Naam Karegi Roshan. Yashpal is also a stage actor and appears in live plays. He formerly starred in Zee’s Neeli Chhatri Waale. The Haryanvi film Pagdi the honour awarded with “62nd National Film Awards”.

Yashpal Sharma was born and brought up in a lower-middle-class family in Hisar city of Haryana State. Since childhood, he was interested in acting and used to actively organise and participate in Ramlila. He graduated from the National School of Drama, Mandi House New Delhi in 1994.

After his graduation he joined the National School of Drama Repertory Company in Delhi, where he worked for about two years before moving to Mumbai in 1997

His first big break was Govind Nihlani’s film, Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa (1998), which gave him a chance to act alongside Jaya Bachchan and Nandita Das. He also started appearing in commercial films, like Shool and Arjun Pandit. However, it was the Academy Award-nominated Lagaan (2001) which brought him to limelight, and thereafter he appeared in Gangajal (2003) and Ab Tak Chhappan. He has been regular in films of Shyam Benegal and Prakash Jha and continues to work as a stage actor in Mumbai

He made his television debut with Mera Naam Karegi Roshan on Zee TV in 2010. Then he played a cameo role in Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah on SAB TV in 2011. He is returning on television as lead role as Bhagwandas with Neeli Chhatri Waale on Zee TV .His upcoming film as lead is Das Capital directed by Rajen Kothari.

He briefly appeared in a short documentary The Facebook Generation. produced by Blue Strike Productions and Dev Samaj Modern School and directed by Sahil Bhardwaj. The film competed in Reel to Real film making competition at Harmony 2012 organised by The Global Education and Leadership Foundation and was among the top 10 finalists.

Yashpal Sharma shown his  Remarkable performance in Zindagi Ek Juaa ,Dil Tera Aashiq , Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa , Samar ,Shool , Arjun Pandit , Pukar ,Aalavandhan ,Bawandar ,Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai ,Avgat, Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India, Gunaah ,Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost,Chameli ,Dhoop , Amma , Dum , Gangaajal,  Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi , Asambhav , Ab Tak Chhappan , Kisna: The Warrior Poet , D, Yahaan , Amu , Apaharan , Dhadkanein , Bas Ek Pal, Khanna & Iyer , Benaam , Aaja Nachle , Lakshyam , Anwar , Risk , Deshdrohi ,Welcome to Sajjanpur , Singh Is King , Sankat City , Well Done Abba! , Mumbai Cutting , Lamhaa, Rivaaz,Road, Movie ,Yeh Saali Zindagi ,Yeh Sunday Kyun Aata Hai, Jal ,F.O.S.L.A. (Frustrated One-sided Lovers’ Association), Aarakshan , Sahi Dhandhe Galat Bande , Monica , Rowdy Rathore , Sooper Se Ooper , Gangs of Wasseypur , Jeena Hai Toh Thok Daal,  The Facebook Generation, Oass ,Ajoba (Marathi film),Geetiyan (Dogri film), Jatt James Bond (Punjabi film) , Manjunath ,Aisa Yeh Jahaa, Mukhtiar Chadha (Punjabi film), Sardaar Ji 2 (Punjabi film).

His great presence can be shown in many TV Shows that includes Ssshhhh…Koi Hai … ,Mera Naam Karegi Roshan ,Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah ,Neeli Chhatri Waale .

He has also nominated  for Filmfare Best Villain Award for Gangaajal, IIFA Best Performance in a Negative Role for Gangaajal, Screen Weekly Awards for Gangaajal , Zee Cine Awards for Gangaajal . He has won the Award for Actor  for Moksha ( Short Film)

Haryana International Film Festival is proud to associate Yashpal Sharma its Patron & hope HIIF Team will learn a lot from his experiences and support.

Janardhan Sharma

Actor,Director,Writer,Music Director truly a multitalented personality having experience of more than 35 years of Stage,TV & Films.He has served more the one & half decade as Assistant Director & Director in Maharishi Dayanand University organized a huge number of Cultural Programmes, Youth Leadership Training Programme & other youth motivational programmes. He has acted & directed more than 20 plays at State & Natioanl Level. He is one of the founder of Haryanvi Cinema. He acted as comedy actor in 16 Haryanvi and 1 Hindi Feature Films and was declared Best Comedy Actor by H.F.D.C. in 1989 in the film “Mhari Dharti Mhari Maa”.He has written songs, dialogues and scripts for T.V. Serials & Films i.e. “Sawan Ki Jhool”, “Bol Hamare Geet Tumhare”, “Ajab Ajoobe”, “Chhail Gailya Jangi” “Mhari Dharti Mhari Maa”, Chhora Jaat Ka”, “Chhail Gabhru”, “Bairi” and Lagi Chhute Na” (Hindi). He has directed some documentaries on Festival of Haryana, Traditional Marriage & a Spiritual  Docu-Film entitled Sri Leela Dham-Shri Maharaj Dulam Das. His Literary works are Lok Rang -Haryanvi Jakari Geet,  Haryana Jan Jiwan & Hayanvi Kam-Kajmein Vyayam. He has awarded a lot of times for his contribution to Haryanvi Culture, Music, Theatre, Education & Society.He also awarded by President of India for Census Work of India. He begged some other prominent award like Kala Vibhuti Sammaan, Devi Shankar Prabhakar Folk Art & Jan Sanchar Award, Rajiv Gandhi Award, Lok Kala Ratan Award and above all Hasya Samrat Award. He is the First Haryanvi Artist by whose name special cultural night “Sham-E-Janardhan” was organized by Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra. HIFF feel pride to do the honour Shri Janardhan Sharma as Pattern.

Rajeev Bhatia

Film & TV Director, belongs to Hisar (Haryana). He is an alumni, a gold medalist from Dept. of ‘INDIAN THEATRE’, P.U. Chandigarh. He assist in film making to Sh. Ketan Mehta and Late Sh. Mukul S. Anand. He has directed around 26 television shows for various producers and channels. Some of them are Kusum, Kasauti Zindagi Ki, Kyonki Saas Bhi Kabhi BahuThi, Kasam se, Kesar, Chacha Chaudhary, Betiyaan, Maayka, Vivah, Main Aisi Kyon Hoon, Sabki Laadli Bebo, Hitler Didi, Bade Achche Lagte Hain.

‘PAGDI THE HONOUR’ is his first feature film which has bagged 2 National , 4 International awards and film is officially selected in 25 International film festivals. Journey is still on.

Mukesh Chhabra

Actor, casting director, acting workshop director who has cast several actors for movies including director Vikas Bahl’s Chillar Party, Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur, Abhishek Kapoor’s Kai Po Che and Nikhil Advani’s D-Day. Chhabra graduated from Delhi University with an acting diploma from the Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts. He completed a six-year acting and teaching stint with the ‘Theatre in Education’ Company (TIE) affiliated with the National School of Drama. Chhabra came to Mumbai in 2007 and worked as an Assistant Casting Director before setting up his own casting company. His first film as independent casting director was the small budget film Chintuji. His casting for the film Chillar Party won him accolades based on which director Anurag Kashyap engaged him for the casting of his crime thriller Gangs of Wasseypur and also its sequel.

Subsequently, Chhabra did the casting for films of different genres like Kai Po Che, Shahid, Hasee To Phasee and D-day. Apart from films, he’s also done casting for TVCs. In his career, he has employed several unconventional casting methods. For example, he spotted the budding actor Irfan Khan, who played the character ‘Fatka’ in the film Chillar Party, on the streets of Mumbai. His  democratic style of auditioning has previously invited nuisance value from potential actors. As a Casting Director Mukesh Chhabra there are a long List of films that includes 99 Songs, Dangal, Tamasha, Bombay Velvet, Haider, Bhootnath Returns, Highway, Hasee to Phasee ,That Day After Every Day,  Siddharth,  D-Day, Ugly, Kai Po Che,Luv Shuv De Chicken Khurana, Shahid, Gangs of Wasseypur, Rockstar, Force, Chillar Party,Teen The Bhai,Yeh Faasle, Chintu Ji & Amal. He has acted also in Siddharth,Vakratunda Mahakaya    ,Luv Shuv De Chicken Khurana, Gangs of Wasseypur, Chillar Party,Kaminey,Hijack, Amal & Rang De Basanti. Haryana International Film Festival feel proud to associate Mr. Mukesh Chhabra as Patron.