Rajat Aroraa is an independent writer in the Indian film and television industry. Rajat wrote Baadshaho directed by starring Ajay Devgn; the movie did the dialogues were appreciated by the audience. He worked on AZHAR, a biopic on the most controversial Indian cricket captain, with Balaji Telefilms; the movie released on 13 May 2016. Rajat has scripted dialogues for the Hindi dubbed version of Captain Marvel. "I was thrilled when I was approached to script the Hindi dialogues for Captain Marvel. It is a significant film being the first Marvel female superhero film and I have endeavoured to keep the emotions and essence of the film intact, while at the same time making it relevant for the Hindi audiences,” Aroraa said in a statement, he is scripting the debut film of Suneil Shetty's son, Ahan Shetty, scheduled to release by the end of 2019. Born and brought up in Delhi, Rajat is a BCom graduate from Delhi University, he is an alumnus of Asian Academy of Film & Television. In the late'90s, Rajat was 21 when he left his South Delhi family for Mumbai, raring to "struggle" and achieve his childhood dream.
Within months he was introduced to Sridhar Raghavan –, writing CID and Aahat. Soon, Rajat, started as the dialogue writer, began contributing towards the story and screenplay for Aahat and C. I. D. Rajat's first break in Bollywood was as a dialogue writer for Bluffmaster; the film was directed by Rohan Sippy. The dialogues of the movie were termed to be fantastic by veteran film critic Taran Adarsh. While the movie received a warm response at the box office, critics described the dialogues as quotable; some were outstanding. He collaborated with director Milan Luthria on Taxi No. 9211. The slice-of-life story, high on drama and action, written by Rajat was applauded by many and described as impeccable by critics. Taxi No. 9211 went on to become one of the highest-grossing films of 2006. After Hattrick and Chandni Chowk to China, Rajat teamed up with Luthria again for Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai, he muscled the single-screens' melodrama into multiplexes by channelling the'70s dialoguebaazi. The movie won many accolades from critics and viewers alike for its direction and its powerful and engaging screenplay.
Komal Nahta quotes'Rajat Arora has penned an interesting story and padded it up with a engrossing screenplay that doesn't let the viewer lose grip for a moment. Arora's dialogues, of course, are fantastic, many of them clapworthy.'His next film, The Dirty Picture saw him double up as a lyricist for the chartbuster'Ooh La La Tu Hai Meri Fantasy'. The movie was an instant blockbuster hit and was accepted by the masses and appreciated by critics alike; the writer-director combo of Rajat and Milan who had achieved tremendous success with Once Upon A Time in Mumbai and The Dirty Picture, teamed up again to deliver another blockbuster success – Once Upon Ay Time in Mumbai Doobara!. The dialogues of the movie were the cherry on the cake, his next was as a screen play writer for Salman Khan starrer Kick. As an Eid release, Kick received an overwhelming response at the box office; the total worldwide collection crossed INR 3 billion and was the highest grosser of 2014. Kick was followed by Akshay Kumar starrer Gabbar Is Back.
Before his foray into Bollywood, Rajat Arora was the story and dialogue writer for prime time Indian television shows. He has written over 100 + episodes of Aaht. With 20 years under his belt as an independent writer in Bollywood, Rajat has written dialogues, screenplay and lyrics for multiple movies and songs respectively. In 2004, Rajat was awarded'Best Teleplay Writer' by the Indian Televesion Academy, he has an entry as the co-writer for C. I. D in the Guinness Book of World Records for'Longest Single Shot Episode'. Rajat has been awarded the Hindi Seva Samman for his literary contribution towards Hindi Language. Rajat Arora on IMDb Rajat Arora at Bollywood Hungama
Tinnu Anand, sometimes referred to as Tinnu Anand or Virender Raj Anand, is an Indian actor and director from Bollywood, most known as the director of Amitabh Bachchan's movies including, Shahenshah, Main Azaad Hoon and Major Saab. He is the son of veteran writer Inder Raj Anand, brother of producer Bittu Anand and uncle of director Siddharth Anand. Anand portrayed an important role in Ghajini in 2008, he did his schooling from Mayo College in India. In an interview, Tinu Anand spoke about his early days and praised Amitabh Bachchan for his generosity, he worked as an assistant director to Satyajit Ray for five years, in Bengali films, Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne, Aranyer Din Ratri, Seemabaddha to Ashani Sanket. His father, Inder Raj Anand, was a well-known writer in the film industry, but he did not want Tinnu, or his younger brother Bittu, to enter this industry, he would say. "..when I told him I wanted to direct films, he was upset. Though, he saw that I didn't want to do anything else. So he sent me to the best school - the Satyajit Ray School.
Mr. Ray and my father were friends, so my father asked him to take me under his wing."Tinnu had been given a role in K. Abbas' film Saat Hindustani when.. "In the evening, I was given the dirty job of offering Amitabh Rs.5000 for the entire film, whether it took a year or five.. Amitabh reluctantly agreed, he got the role of the poet's friend in Saat Hindustani. When my father got the letter from Satyajit Ray saying I could work with him, I had to give up Saat Hindustani. So I left for Amitabh got the role of the poet that I was supposed to play. "I give all the credit to Veeru. He told me that if you have to survive in this industry with actors like these, you should learn how to shoot a film when the actor's not there!" and: "I felt proud when I showed Amitabh a scene between him and Amjad Khan in a dubbing studio one day. He was shocked and said'But I never shot with Amjad'". "My first film as an actor was for Jalal Agha. It starred Naseeruddin Shah and Amol Palekar. People liked my character, but as the film never released, I became a director."
He was shooting Shahenshah with Amitabh. "Sarika, who had got married to Kamal by was on the line. She told me. Amrish puri had promised them dates, but had become busy, They could not get actors from other south Indian languages. Kamal-ji wanted me. I was asked to go to Chennai the next day, just for a day. I told Kamal-ji I was working with Amitabh Bachchan and I couldn't change his dates, he pleaded with me. So I told him what the problem was, he asked me'So, do you want to act?' I said'I don't mind because it's a silent film and an experimental film, they are desperate to have me.' He told me to go. He said. While I was doing Pushpak, Kamal told me he had just finished a ten-day shooting schedule for a film called Nayakan with a young director called Mani Ratnam, he praised Ratnam a lot. He thought that if the film was released, it would be a benchmark not just in Tamil cinema, but in Hindi cinema as well, he said there was a important role being written and he suggested my name. I told him I was a director, not an actor.
But he insisted. He said'If it turns out the way we have planned it, you will never be able to walk the streets of Madras, and when I walked the streets of Madras after the release of Nayakan and Pushpak everyone knew me. That was a very important break that Kamal gave me, in both those films. Pushpak ran for 25 weeks in Bangalore. Whenever I've been to Bangalore, a bar or a restaurant, someone has always picked up my bill. I have never paid a bill in Bangalore! Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne Aranyer Din Ratri Pratidwandi Seemabaddha Ashani Sanket Ek Hindustani Major Saab Jeena Teri Gali Mein Main Azaad Hoon Shahenshah Yeh Ishq Nahin Aasaan Kaalia Duniya Meri Jeb Mein Kahin To Hoga Mr Ahulwaila http://www.rediff.com/movies/slide-show/slide-show-1-interview-with-tinnu-anand/20130611.htm http://m.rediff.com/movies/slide-show/slide-show-1-i-wanted-to-remake-satyajit-rays-film-100-years/20130517.htm Tinnu Anand on IMDb Tinu Anand Filmography at Bollywood Hungama
Nana Patekar is an Indian film actor and writer and filmmaker working in Hindi and Marathi cinema. He is best known for his role in the film Agni Sakshi written by Ranbir Pushp for which he won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor, he won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Parinda. He won the Filmfare Best Villain Award for his role in Angaar. In 1995, he won the National Film Award for Best Actor as well as the Filmfare and the Screen awards for Best Actor for his role in Krantiveer, he won his second Filmfare Best Villain Award for his role in Apaharan. In 2017 he won the Filmfare Marathi award for best actor for his performance in Natsamrat, he is the only actor to win Filmfare Award for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Villain categories. He was bestowed with the fourth highest civilian honour of India, the Padma Shri award for his dedication in the field of Films and Arts. Patekar was born as Vishwanath Patekar on 1 January 1951 in Murud-Janjira in Raigad District, Maharashtra.
He is an alumnus of the Sir J. J. Institute of Applied Art, Mumbai, he went through a tough childhood. He married Neelkanti at the age of 27, he continues to celebrate the Ganesh festival due to tradition. His father died of a heart attack when Nana Patekar was 28 and Patekar lost his first son. Patekar was a chain smoker until the age of 56. In an interview, he said that his father loved encouraged him to watch them; this is. Vijaya Mehta directed his first play. Patekar has played many types of roles, he has been a hero in most of his films. His debut film was Gaman, he did the role of Nathuram Godse in the British television series Lord Mountbatten: The Last Viceroy. He had notable roles in Aaj Ki Awaz, Pratighaat, Trishagni and Sagar Sangam, his performance in Mira Nair's Salaam Bombay! was praised. He was noticed by the mainstream Hindi Cinema for his portrayal of a crime lord in Parinda, for which he won his first National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor and was awarded the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award.
He turned director with his movie Prahaar, co-starring Madhuri Dixit, for which he underwent training for his role as an Indian Army officer. His role in Angaar earned him the Filmfare Best Villain Award, he co-starred with industry veteran Raaj Kumar in Tirangaa. He played a truant, gambling son in Krantiveer, for which he won the National Film Award for Best Actor and won the Filmfare Award and the Star Screen Awards. Patekar portrayed the character of a ghost in the children's film Abhay, which won two awards at the 42nd National Film Festival held in 1994, he co-starred with Rishi Kapoor in Hum Dono. He played a sadist husband in Agni Sakshi, a deaf father to Manisha Koirala in Khamoshi, a gangster in Ghulam-E-Mustafa, an honest, but maverick cop in Yeshwant and a schizophrenic in Wajood, he co-starred with Amitabh Bachchan in Kohram, where he played an undercover Indian Army intelligence officer chasing Bachchan's incognito. His other notable films of this decade were Hu Tu Tu, he starred with Aditya Pancholi as the CBI director in the crime drama Tarkieb.
After a hiatus of a year he returned to acting in Shakti in which he played the role of an violent father. In Ab Tak Chhappan, he played a police officer, an encounter specialist, his performance in Apaharan earned him his second Filmfare Best Villain Award as well as the Star Screen Award Best Villain. He played a taxi driver in Taxi No. 9211. Patekar has done comic roles, such as in Welcome, in which he plays a powerful crime lord in Dubai who once desired to be an actor in films, he acted in Sangeeth Sivan's film Ek. He played the role of a school headmaster in Paathshaala, he acted in Prakash Jha's multi-star political drama film Raajneeti. In 2011, he starred in a Marathi film Deool, his next film was Ram Gopal Verma's The Attacks of 26/11 based on the events of the 2008 Mumbai Attacks in which he played the role of Joint Commissioner of Police Rakesh Maria. In 2014, he starred in another Marathi film Dr. Prakash Baba Amte - The Real Hero. In 2015, he made two sequels reprising his roles in Ab Tak Chhappan 2, sequel of Ab Tak Chhappan and Welcome Back, sequel of Welcome.
In 2016, he starred as Ganpatrao "Appa" Belwalkar in the film adaptation of the Drama Natsamrat, successful critically and commercially. He did the voice acting for Shere Khan in the Hindi version of The Jungle Book. Patekar did some playback singing in the films Yeshwant and Aanch. Patekar is known for his generosity in donating to charities, he contributed money towards rebuilding of the flood ravaged villages in Bihar through the charitable organisation Anubhuthi. All the monetary remuneration he obtained for his performance in the movie Paathshaala was donated by him to five different charitable organisations; when he was awarded the Raj Kapoor award which carries a cash prize of Rs 10,00,000, he donated the entire amount towards drought relief activities in Maharashtra. He provided financial aid to families of farmers who committed suicide due to indebtedness brought about by drought, he distributed cheques worth Rs 15,000 to 62 families of farmers from
Arash Labaf is an Iranian-Swedish singer and producer. He represented Azerbaijan along with Aysel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009, finishing third with the song "Always". Arash Labaf was born in Iran. At age ten, he and his family moved to Sweden. In an interview with BBC Persian Television, he has mentioned that his mother and father are from the Iranian cities of Shiraz and Isfahan, respectively. In one of his interviews, he stated his great grandfather is Iranian Azerbaijani. In an interview with Arash emphasized: "My great-grandfather was an Azeri so I always feel my Azerbaijani roots." In another interview Arash stated he is Azerbaijani. Arash has said that the reason he chooses to sing in his native language is because of his "deep attachment to Iran and Persian culture."His debut album, was released by the Warner Music Sweden in June 2005, after he had finished college. His singles, "Boro Boro" and "Temptation" made it to the hit lists around Europe, their respective videos garnered significant airplay on more than 20 MTV outlets across the world.
In addition to successes in his home countries' music charts, namely Sweden and Iran, the platinum-selling singer and producer Arash has had hits notably in Eastern European and South-East European charts like Russia, Greece, Poland, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Slovakia, Romania, Turkey and in Asian music charts like in Tajikistan, Afghanistan and throughout the Arab Middle Eastern countries. His singles have charted many times on Swiss and Finnish charts and he is famous in Poland. Arash's records were certified gold in 5 countries: his album Arash in Germany, Russia and Greece and single "Boro Boro" in Sweden; this song was featured in the Hindi Bollywood film Bluffmaster! and he was the featured Artist of the Month on MTV India. Helena did not take part in the music video of "Pure Love"; the video starred Arash, together with Marianne Puglia. Arash has produced along with Thomas G:son, Robert Uhlmann, Johan Bejerholm the Swedish entry to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2010 "Allt jag vill ha", performed by Josefine Ridell.
In early 2009, it was revealed that the Azerbaijani entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 would be the song "Always", written and composed by Arash. The song was performed by Aysel Teymurzadeh and Arash in a duet in Semifinal 2 of the Eurovision competition; the song qualified for the Eurovision Song Contest final which took place on 16 May 2009, was placed third. In one of his interviews Arash explained his decision to represent Azerbaijan in this contest: "Why did I take part in the contest? I'm Azerbaijani, I would like to have a part in this country's confident ascent in the history of Eurovision." Labaf married his longtime fiancée, Behnaz Ansari, in Dubai in May 2011. On 22 April 2012 they became the parents of twins. Arash Donya Superman Crossfade Arash: The Album 2005: Bluffmaster! as playback singer 2012: Rhinos Season as Son Official website Arash at MySpace Arash at warnermusic.de Arash on IMDb Arash on IMDb Chori Chori clip
A record producer or music producer oversees and manages the sound recording and production of a band or performer's music, which may range from recording one song to recording a lengthy concept album. A producer has varying roles during the recording process, they may gather musical ideas for the project, collaborate with the artists to select cover tunes or original songs by the artist/group, work with artists and help them to improve their songs, lyrics or arrangements. A producer may also: Select session musicians to play rhythm section accompaniment parts or solos Co-write Propose changes to the song arrangements Coach the singers and musicians in the studioThe producer supervises the entire process from preproduction, through to the sound recording and mixing stages, and, in some cases, all the way to the audio mastering stage; the producer may perform these roles themselves, or help select the engineer, provide suggestions to the engineer. The producer may pay session musicians and engineers and ensure that the entire project is completed within the record label's budget.
A record producer or music producer has a broad role in overseeing and managing the recording and production of a band or performer's music. A producer has many roles that may include, but are not limited to, gathering ideas for the project, composing the music for the project, selecting songs or session musicians, proposing changes to the song arrangements, coaching the artist and musicians in the studio, controlling the recording sessions, supervising the entire process through audio mixing and, in some cases, to the audio mastering stage. Producers often take on a wider entrepreneurial role, with responsibility for the budget, schedules and negotiations. Writer Chris Deville explains it, "Sometimes a producer functions like a creative consultant — someone who helps a band achieve a certain aesthetic, or who comes up with the perfect violin part to complement the vocal melody, or who insists that a chorus should be a bridge. Other times a producer will build a complete piece of music from the ground up and present the finished product to a vocalist, like Metro Boomin supplying Future with readymade beats or Jack Antonoff letting Taylor Swift add lyrics and melody to an otherwise-finished “Out Of The Woods.”The artist of an album may not be a record producer or music producer for his/her album.
While both contribute creatively, the official credit of "record producer" may depend on the record contract. Christina Aguilera, for example, did not receive record producer credits until many albums into her career. In the 2010s, the producer role is sometimes divided among up to three different individuals: executive producer, vocal producer and music producer. An executive producer oversees project finances, a vocal producers oversees the vocal production, a music producer oversees the creative process of recording and mixings; the music producer is often a competent arranger, musician or songwriter who can bring fresh ideas to a project. As well as making any songwriting and arrangement adjustments, the producer selects and/or collaborates with the mixing engineer, who takes the raw recorded tracks and edits and modifies them with hardware and software tools to create a stereo or surround sound "mix" of all the individual voices sounds and instruments, in turn given further adjustment by a mastering engineer for the various distribution media.
The producer oversees the recording engineer who concentrates on the technical aspects of recording. Noted producer Phil Ek described his role as "the person who creatively guides or directs the process of making a record", like a director would a movie. Indeed, in Bollywood music, the designation is music director; the music producer's job is to create and mold a piece of music. The scope of responsibility may be one or two songs or an artist's entire album – in which case the producer will develop an overall vision for the album and how the various songs may interrelate. At the beginning of record industry, the producer role was technically limited to record, in one shot, artists performing live; the immediate predecessors to record producers were the artists and repertoire executives of the late 1920s and 1930s who oversaw the "pop" product and led session orchestras. That was the case of Ben Selvin at Columbia Records, Nathaniel Shilkret at Victor Records and Bob Haring at Brunswick Records.
By the end of the 1930s, the first professional recording studios not owned by the major companies were established separating the roles of A&R man and producer, although it wouldn't be until the late 1940s when the term "producer" became used in the industry. The role of producers changed progressively over the 1960s due to technology; the development of multitrack recording caused a major change in the recording process. Before multitracking, all the elements of a song had to be performed simultaneously. All of these singers and musicians had to be assembled in a large studio where the performance was recorded. With multitrack recording, the "bed tracks" (rhythm section accompaniment parts such as the bassline and rhythm guitar could be recorded first, the vocals and solos could be added using as many "takes" as necessary, it was no longer necessary to get all the players in the studio at the same time. A pop band could record their backing tracks one week, a horn section could be brought in a week to add horn shots and punches, a string section could be brought in a week after that.
Multitrack recording had another pro
Sanjay Mishra (actor)
Sanjay Mishra is an Indian film actor known for his works predominantly in Hindi cinema and television. An alumnus of National School of Drama, he made his acting debut in the 1995 film Oh Darling! Yeh Hai India!. Films include Rajkumar and Satya, he appeared as Apple Singh, an "icon" used by ESPN Star Sports during the 1999 Cricket World Cup. In 2015, he received the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor for his performance in Ankhon Dekhi, he studied in Varanasi in Kendriya Vidyalaya BHU. Mishra joined the National School of Drama and graduated in 1989, he did many commercials and small movie roles before he got the opportunity to stand with Amitabh Bachchan in a Mirinda commercial. In 1991, on his first day of shooting the television series Chanakya, he took 28 takes; the director left him with an assistant director. His first released movie was Oh Darling! Yeh Hai India! in 1995 in which he played a small part as a harmonium player. He acted in Satya and Dil Se.. which helped him in securing the role of Shukla, a corrupt Paan-loving employee, in the famous television sitcom Office Office.
In the next few years, he acted in TV serials before moving to films exclusively. He left television serials in 2005 after he got recognition for his role in Bunty Aur Babli and Apna Sapna Money Money. Mishra is known for his comedic roles, although he has played more serious roles in films such as Zameen, Plan and All the Best:Fun Begins. In 2006, he acted in and gained fame from the back-to-back hit films Golmaal: Fun Unlimited and Dhamaal. Over the next few years, he appeared in small roles in many multi-starer big banner films before getting nationwide popularity for his role as RGV in All the Best: Fun Begins and Phas Gaye Re Obama. Phas Gaye Re Obama was a serious comedy based on the recession, he is directing a movie named Pranaam Walekum, to be released in January 2016, as well as Dhama Choukdhi, which stars Dipraj Rana and model Rozlyn Khan. Besides working in the Hindi film industry, he has acted in Bhojpuri cinema, his only Bhojpuri release until date is Rang Li Chunariya Tere Naam.
In 2014, he played the critically acclaimed role of a male protagonist in the film Ankhon Dekhi, directed by Rajat Kapoor. Mishra won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor for his role as Bauji, the protagonist of the film, his dialogue "Dhondu, Just Chill" and hilarious comic timing in All the Best gained him wide recognition. His latest release Ankhon Dekhi proved him as a serious actor, his movies Bhoothnath Returns and Dum Laga Ke Haisha all brought positive reviews. In the previous year, 2013, he acted as leading actor in the film Saare Jahaan Se Mehnga; until date, he has worked in Hindi, as well as Telugu and Punjabi. He has established himself as one of the most intellectual and versatile actors with his different genre of acting, his films Prem Ratan Dhan Payo and many small budget films released in 2015, all brought him accolades. He has established himself as one of the most talented actors in the industry. During the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, he did a commercial, Mauka Mauka, which made him popular.
In 2017 he worked in Golmaal Again, Newton movies. He is lead actor in 2018 released hindi movie'Angrezi Mein Kehte Hain' which shows the love story of a mature couple, he has once again shown his acting prowess in a different shade from his comic roles played in many movies. A simple yet powerful story in which Ekavali Khanna complimented him beautifully, his upcoming project is a short film Masoom which will be shot in the location of Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, India. Indian TV Honours Golden Globe Awards 2011 Sanjay Mishra on IMDb Sanjay Mishra at Bollywood Hungama Sanjay Mishra at AllMovie Sanjay Mishra at Metacritic
Nicolas Kim Coppola, known professionally as Nicolas Cage, is an American actor and producer. During his early career, Cage starred in a variety of films such as Valley Girl, Racing with the Moon, Peggy Sue Got Married, Raising Arizona, Vampire's Kiss, Wild at Heart, Fire Birds, Honeymoon in Vegas, Red Rock West. Cage received an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award for his performance as an alcoholic Hollywood writer in Leaving Las Vegas before coming to the attention of wider audiences with mainstream films, such as The Rock, Face/Off, Con Air and City of Angels, he earned his second Academy Award nomination for his performance as Charlie and Donald Kaufman in Adaptation. He directed the film Sonny, for which he was nominated for Grand Special Prize at Deauville Film Festival. Cage owns the production company Saturn Films and has produced films such as Shadow of the Vampire and The Life of David Gale, he has appeared in National Treasure, Lord of War, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, Kick-Ass.
Films such as Ghost Rider and Knowing were box office successes. In the 2010s, he has starred in The Croods, Joe and Dad, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Love, Antosha. Cage was born in Long Beach, California, to August Coppola, a professor of literature, Joy Vogelsang, a dancer and choreographer, he was raised in a Catholic family. His father was of Italian descent and his mother was of German and Polish ancestry, his paternal grandparents were composer Carmine Coppola and actress Italia Pennino, his paternal great-grandparents were immigrants from Bernalda, Basilicata. Through his father, he is a nephew of director Francis Ford Coppola and of actress Talia Shire, the cousin of directors Roman Coppola and Sofia Coppola, film producer Gian-Carlo Coppola, actors Robert Carmine and Jason Schwartzman. Cage's two brothers are New York radio personality Marc "The Cope" Coppola and director Christopher Coppola, he attended Beverly Hills High School, known for its many alumni who became entertainers.
He aspired to act from an early age and attended UCLA School of Theater and Television. His first non-cinematic acting experience was in a school production of Golden Boy, he said. I saw him in Rebel Without a East of Eden. Nothing affected me—no rock song, no classical music—the way Dean affected me in Eden, it blew my mind. I was like,'That's what I want to do'."At fifteen years old he tried to convince his uncle, Francis Ford Coppola, to give him a screen test, telling him "I'll show you acting." His outburst was met with "silence in the car". By this stage of his career, Coppola had directed Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Gene Hackman and Robert De Niro. To avoid the appearance of nepotism as Coppola's nephew, he changed his name early in his career to Nicolas Cage, inspired in part by the Marvel Comics superhero Luke Cage. Since his film debut with a minor role in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, opposite Judge Reinhold and Sean Penn, Cage has appeared in a wide range of films, both mainstream and offbeat.
He auditioned for the role of Dallas Winston in his uncle's film The Outsiders, based on S. E. Hinton lost to Matt Dillon, he was in Coppola's films Rumble Fish and Peggy Sue Got Married. Other Cage roles included appearances in the acclaimed 1987 romantic-comedy film Moonstruck starring Cher. Cage has been nominated twice for an Academy Award, winning once for his performance as a suicidal alcoholic in Leaving Las Vegas, his other nomination was for his portrayal of real-life screenwriter Charlie Kaufman and Kaufman's fictional twin Donald in Adaptation. Despite these successes, most of his lower-profile films have performed poorly at the box office compared to his mainstream action/adventure roles; the suspense thriller 8mm is considered a cult film. He took the lead role in the 2001 film Captain Corelli's Mandolin and learned to play the mandolin from scratch for the part, he made his directorial debut with 2002's Sonny. In 2005, two films he headlined, Lord of War and The Weather Man, failed to find a significant audience despite nationwide releases and good reviews for his performances.
Poor reviews for The Wicker Man resulted in low box office sales. The much criticized Ghost Rider, based on the Marvel Comics character, fared better, earning more than $45 million during its opening weekend and over $208 million worldwide through the weekend ending on March 25, 2007. In 2007, he starred in Next, which shared the concept of a glimpse into an alternate timeline with Cage's film, The Family Man. Most of Cage's movies that have achieved financial success were in the action/adventure genre. In his second-highest-grossing film to date, National Treasure, he plays an eccentric historian who goes on a dangerous adventure to find treasure hidden by the Founding Fathers of the United States. Other action hits include The Rock, in which Cage plays a young FBI chemical weapons expert who infiltrates Alcatraz Island in the hope of neutralizing a terrorist threat, Face/Off, a John Woo film where he plays both a hero and a villain, World Trade Center, director Oliver Stone's film about the Se