Spouse: Gauri Shinde (m. 2007)
Occupation : Chairman and CEO Lowe Lintas, film director, screenwriter
Wiki : R Balki is a popular name in Bollywood Industry for making some of the best movies. He was born with a name R. Balakrishnan but fondly called as R Balki in the industry. He was born in Kumbakonam, Thanjavur district, Tamil Nadu. He married to a talented filmmaker and ad film maker and director. As far as his career is concerned, he started his career with Mudra at the age 23, however, his passion simply laid into filmmaking, which laid him to try his luck in Madras Film Institute for a course on film direction, however, he disliked the way the panel handled him in the interview. He then was seen doing his post graduation in Computer Applications (MCA), which was just the adjacent to the Film Institute.
Though he always liked computers and Information Technology hence thought of doing this program, however, in the last year, he was shown exit door for the lack of attendance. According to him, it was his involvement in cricket and movies, which kept him away from the college. One fine day, he came across an ad in newspaper for Mudra wherein he was asked to describe himself the best. He remembered the same after watching the serial Buniyaad owing to his love for the serial from Ramesh Sippy. He tried emulating Sippy in the ad and thus got the chance one fine day got the chance to meet him.
Some of the popular phrases for different brands like Daag Achche Hain for Surf Excel and Tata Tea’s Jaago Re and the Idea cellular add called Walk When you Talk made him popular in the ad world. He then entered in script writing jotting down a good script for the movie called Cheeni Kum in 2007. The movie was a big hit starring Amitabh Bachchan and Tabu. His second movie Paa starring Amitabh, Abhishek and Vidya Balan was again a big hit helping him to carve his niche in Bollywood as a competent filmmaker. His next venture is Shamitabh wherein he has Amitabh Bachchan, Dhanush and Akshara Haasan. The movie is an average grosser at box office. As far as his personal life is concerned, he is married to Gauri Shinde in 2007, who is also a script writer and director who made the movie English Vinglish. He is the CEO and Chairman of Lowe LIntas, Film director and screenwriter.