Despite all the odds including annual floods and weak infrastructural system , Mithila region of Bihar , has been able to produce numerous imminent personalities in all fields of the society.Even the films and entertainment business which has been earlier seen as a ‘less respected profession’ has now found an acceptance in the maithil society.
Earlier there used to be only few actors who were active in Hindi film arena but now you can notice these popular faces which are frequently visible on silver screens.
1 Imtiaz Ali
With the look as a ‘Rockstar’ , Imtiaz Ali , is currently one of most successful and creative writer and director in Bollywood.Born in Darbhanga in Bihar, the young director is known for his superhit bollywood films like Jab We Met , Rockstar , Highway and the recently released Tamasha starring Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone.Imtiaz’s early brought was in Patna and Jamshedpur.He is an ex student of St. Michaels High School at Patna.With a short stint in tv direction he made a directorial debut in 2005 with ctitically acclaimed film ‘Socha Na Tha’ starring Abhay Deol and Ayesha Takia.
2 Manoj Bajpayee
Manoj Bajpayee needs no introduction in bollywood.The National School of Drama alumni who started his career in 1994 with Drohkaal tasted the stardom with critically acclaimed hit flick ‘Satya’. Born to a farmer father and a housewife mother , the ‘method’ actor , from Belwa village in Champaran district continues to mesmerize the Indian udience with his serious acting.This year you will get to see him in ‘Aligarh’, a movie based on a real life incident.
3 Sriti Jha
You can better identify this Indian television actress as a protagonist in serial ‘KumKum Bhagya’.The Begusarai born talented actress has become a house hold name after playing the role of Pragya in the Zee TV’s popular show.The 29 year old actress , who made a debut with ‘Dhoom Machaao Dhoom’ on Disney Channel was honoured with the Best Actress in a Lead Role trophy in Indian Telly Awards 2015.
4 Narendra Jha
[Update : Narendra Jha passed away due to cardiac arrest Feb 13 , 2018]
Narendra Jha , with roots in Madhubani district of Bihar , is another popular cine-television artist.You can best identify him as ‘Phulan Thakur’ in popular television serial on &TV ‘Begusarai’ and Tu Con Main on bindass channel.Naredra got appreciations for his role in film ‘Haider’ as Shahid Kapoor’s father.In Sanjay Khan’s serial ‘Jai hanumaan’ he had played the role of Ravan’s brother Kuber.Recently he was seen in bollywood film Hamari Adhuri Kahani (2015) as a police officer.The ace actor will be back with Sunny Deol in ‘Ghayal Once Again’ film.
5 Neha Sharma
The young budding actress , Neha Sharma , hails from Bhagalpur in Bihar.A NIFT graduate , Neha , got recognition from the semi-hit comic flick ‘Kyaa Super Kool Hai Hum’ playing opposite to Tussar Kapoor.She is a trained Indian classical dance artist and has been figured in the Times of India’s ’50 Most Desirable Women’ poll.She has done many TV ads including for brands like Ponds and Tanishq’s.You may catch her up this year in bollywood comedy sequel ‘Hera Pheri 3’.
6 Pankaj Jha
Pankaj Jha is another versatile actor who has been active in film and TV shows.The actor hails from Saharsa’s Muradpur village.He developed an interest in acting when he went to Patna for the study of fine arts.A ‘professional painter’ , Pankaj , charater in Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Gulaal’ was highly appreciated.He pays great value to a good script so ,no wonder, he does very selective films.You will get to see him in a interesting role in a maithili film ‘Mithila Makhana‘ this year.