For a movie to be critically acclaimed or to be a superhit, there are a lot of things required in a movie. A solid-gripping story, exceptional cinematography, good music, a brilliant screenplay and a few other things well-put together makes for a successful movie. However, despite all this, one aspect that cannot be ignored is proper casting. Casting is one of the key factors of the long process of filmmaking and the reason for the same is because it influences how the audiences and critics view a movie. For starters, Casting is the process of identifying the actors/actress who can most effectively and convincingly step into the character and deliver on the expectations of the director as well as the audience.
Casting, in older times, depended largely on the whims and fancies of the director of the movie, and for most of the time, it was the directors who used to rope in the superstars for the movie. However, with changing times, a certain space was created for Casting Directors, who, through their defined skill set along with a strong conviction, decided the cast of a movie who can do justice to their role.
Not just movies but in the Daily soaps, webseries, documentaries and short films, the Casting Directors are doing exceptionally well.
Here are the Top 10 Casting Directors in the Indian Television Industry who have created a name for themselves through their skills:-
1. Kuldeep Singh Chauhan
Kuldeep Singh Chauhan is a well-known Casting Director in the Indian Television and Film Industry who has an extensive 9+ years of experience in the realm of Casting. The young Kuldeep has cast-ed for various genres from daily soaps, commercial ads, episodic shows. He was also the casting director for Ajay-Devgn starrer Bhuj: The Pride of India (2021). Additionally, he also is credited with casting young actors for a plethora of web-series. To name a few, he has cast-ed for the popular Flipkart web series- Kaun? Some of his notable work includes Wagle Ki Duniya SAB TV, Pushpa impossible SAB TV , Tujse Hai Rabta for Zee TV and Papa by Chance for Star Bharat’ , Kesri Nandan for Colors TV , Jhansi K Rani , Namha (Mythology series ) Star-plus , lout Aayi Nagin for Dangal Tv, Alif Laila ( fantasy show ), Savdhan India , Crime Alert, Cid, and many more.
2. Janet Casting Club
Janet Ellis Prajapati is a casting director and owner of Janet’s Casting Hub LLP, a casting agency. She is known for her work in several television shows such as “Bhanwar” (2020), “Adaalat” (2010), and “Direct Ishq” (2016). With her skills and in-depth knowledge of the process of Filmmaking, she has established a strong foothold in the industry.
3. Abhiishek Mohta
Abhiishek Mohta is an Indian actor and casting director who rose to fame with his music album “Tu Hai Wahi” in 2021. He previously served as the in-house casting director for Saffron Broadcast and Media Limited and held the position of Associate Creative Head at Colors TV for “Shrimad Bhagwat Mahapuran” in 2019, where he was also in charge of the casting department. He has experience promoting and casting for projects such as “The Terminal List” by OML Entertainment and has worked on &TV projects, documentaries, and numerous TVC advertisements, as well as a few OTT projects such as “Woh Ek Raat” and “After Breakup”. As of now, Abhiishek is working on numerous projects while also pursuing his acting career.
4. Aakash Jain
Aakash Jain is a well-known Casting Director of the Indian Television Industry. Jain is a casting director who has extensive experience working for various TV channels, including Colors, &Tv, Sony, Life Ok, Bindas, Zee Group, Discovery Jeet, DD1, V channel, Star Plus, and more. He has also worked on TVC advertisements and various YouTube web series, movies, short films, and other projects. Most recently, he served as the casting director for the “Surgical Operation Team” web series on Sony.
You can write to Aakash Jain at:- firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
5. Manoj Ramola
Manoj Ramola is a well-known Indian casting director with a significant portfolio in Hindi cinema and television, including productions such as “Woh Pehli Baar” (2021), “Code Blue” (2019), “Savdhaan India,” “Crime Patrol,” “Waaris,” and “Main Naa Bhoolungi.” He is the author of the book “Audition Room,” a guide for actors on casting and auditions, which was inaugurated by the late Indian actor, Mr. Om Puri. He is also the founder and director of the “Audition School.” His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
6. Taranvir Singh
Taranvir Singh is a casting director in the Hindi entertainment industry. He has extensive experience in casting for popular TV serials, including “Humko Tumse Ho Gaya Hai Pyaar Kya Karein” (2016, Star Plus), “Suhani Si Ek Ladki” (2016-17, Star Plus), “Dev” (2018, Colors TV), “Vikram Betaal Ki Rahasya Gatha” (2018, &TV), “Ikyawann” (2017-18, Star Plus), “Vish” (2019, Colors TV), “Paramavtar Shri Krishna” (2018-19).
7. Parag Chadha
Parag Chadha, a well-known Indian Model, made his TV debut on the popular serial “Jamai Raja” as Krish. He is a talented actor and casting director, best known for winning season 3 of MTV’s youth reality show “Splitsvilla.” With a background in casting, Chadha started his career at Yash Raj Films, where he worked on various projects including “Band Baaja Baarat,” “Ladies V/s Ricky Behl,” “Mere Brother Ki Dulhan,” “Ishqzaade,” and “Ek Tha Tiger.” In just one year, he completed work on eight projects under the direction of Shanoo Sharma. Parag then established his own casting agency, “Bribe With Talent Casting Agency (BWT).”
8. Amrish Sharma
Amrish Sharma is a renowned Casting Director and Actor recognized for his work in popular shows like “Hatim” (2003), “Devon Ke Dev… Mahadev” (2011), and “Shararat” (2003). He has recently established an Acting Institute. You can reach him through email at email@example.com or on WhatsApp at +91 98920 36524.
9. Gaurav Dhir
Gaurav Dhir is a prominent Indian Television Casting Director with experience working for companies like Balaji Telefilms and Ramesh Deo Productions. He has held the title of Casting Director for several popular shows, such as “Kitni Mohbbat Hai,” “Pyar ka bandan,” and “Tujh Sang Preet Lagai Sajna.” In addition to his work in television, Gaurav has also managed the casting process for several films, including “Joker” (2012), “Unforgettable” (2014), and “Grand Masti” (2013).
10. Kuldeep Anand
Kuldeep Anand is a Casting Director working at Dashami Creations LLP. He has been involved in casting for several notable projects, such as “Saavi ki Savaari” (Colors TV), “Mere Sai – Shraddha Aur Saburi,” “Brij Ke Gopal” (Dangal TV), and many others.